Amanda’s Randoms: Sex Ed, the Brothers Grimm, and Angus Thongs, Oh My!

Like Robin, I generally like one-word titles, but as I scanned my bookshelves for ones that stood out, most were longer. I haven’t read them all yet—my son has read all but one—but here are some titles I’m loving.

1) How to get Suspended and Influence People by Adam Selzer:
A how-to book about getting suspended—love the concept! Fourteen-year-old Leon wants to make a Sex Ed video for a school project, hoping to get a boob shot. As he works on the tape, it becomes more about how younger kids get info on the trials and tribulations of puberty than gratuitous boob shots—censorship and suspension ensues!

2) The Sister’s Grimm Once Upon a Crime by Michael Buckely: I love the play on once upon a time, and the fact that these girls are not only related to the Brother’s Grimm, but are being chased by a mechanical witch on the cover? I devoured Grimm’s Fairy Tales when I was in sixth grade, but I have to say the Grimm’s needed a little help with some of their titles—The Mouse, the Bird and the Sausage??? Besides the awful title, that story is very weird and disturbing—much like much of the Grimm’s work.

3) Soul Enchilada by David Macinnis Gill: Just the thought of eating a soul as casually as eating Mexican food got me intrigued! This one isn’t out until April, but I was able to snag an ARC at NEIBA. Max gave it two thumbs up!

4) Louise Rennison: OK, that’s the author, not the title, but she’s got some good ones! Knocked out by my Nunga-Nungas, Angus Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging, On the Brightside, I’m not the Girlfriend of a Sex God. Sex God was the last one I read in this series, so I think I’ll have to go to Amazon to check out some of her other titles just for laughs!

5) Need by Carrie Jones: Do you think Carrie and her publisher deviously planned subliminal influence book buyers with this one-word title? With a face on the cover sporting gold-dusted lips and evil pixies inside, I need to read this one!

~A.M.

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