Lately I am a sucker for any novel scheduled to be made into a film. I don’t necessarily like comparing the book to the film version; it is more that I hate watching a film and realizing that I missed reading a really good novel. Case in point: Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. What a fun read that would have been!
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is slated to be transformed into a big screen spectacle in 2012 so I decided to give it a go. If you are like me you may be turned off by the cover, which looks like some Nazi conspiracy report. Also, the book jacket markets it as a story about kids forced to fight each other to the death in a government sponsored sporting event – not necessarily a topic that appeals to everyone. Fear not, this book is not as grim as it sounds. It is really a compelling tale about one girl’s personal journey and the relationships she has with other characters in a very confusing situation. The fight to the death competition just provides the back drop and the tension for the novel. It is a fun, quick read that kept me up til 3:30am on a Saturday night. (Please, don’t judge my social life.)
In terms of literary quality, Hunger Games is on par with Lemony Snicket, Harry Potter, Twlight and other novels-to-movies targeted towards the teen audience. It may not make it into the literary canon but it is a story that will take you into another world and is pure entertainment.
Do you have any teen lit suggestions for easy reading over the summer? Let us know.
~ Casey Long, Librarian