Our Young At Heart group had a wonderful time on Thursday talking with the amazing and local Erin Jade Lange about her first novel, Butter. Butter was honored as a 2013 YALSA Teens' Top Ten Pick and included on several other lists.
What we found most intriguing as a group, was the denial that most of the characters were facing during Butter's journey. It's a heart-wrenching coming-of-age story with a main character that most of us couldn't relate to, but for some reason we were compelled to keep reading. Chime in if I'm wrong, YAHers.
After an in-depth discussion and lots of enlightening tidbits from Erin, our group (which I of course forgot to photograph) came up with a list of books you would enjoy if you enjoyed Butter:
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Willow by Julia Hoban
Dead Ends by Erin Jade Lange
Cut by Patricia McCormick
Fat Cat by Robin Brande
Fat Kid Rules The World by K. L. Going
Add your suggestions in the comments if you have some! We would love to hear them.
Our Young At Heart group meets at Bookmans Mesa every third Thursday at 7pm in the comic book section. We'd love for you to join us if you're local. If you're not local, and this still sounds like something fun to you, let me know, because we are considering adding a Google Hangout to our discussions.