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Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You by James Cameron

by Catherine Toews - Thursday, Jul 05, 2007 at 12:46pm

Having read some of Cameron's adult lit, I was interested to see how he would deal with a YA character. As it turns out, he did an excellent job.

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Special by Bella Bathurst

by Catherine Toews - Wednesday, Jul 04, 2007 at 8:30am

Special is an excellent, chilling read. The story centres around a group of girls sent to enjoy some "summer fun" at a hostel in England's Forest of Dean. Unfortunately, there is no fun to be had. The book is a rather horrifying (although sadly accurate) examination of the jealousy, competition, body image issues and sexual tensions which can taint (and, in this case, destroy) friendships between teenage girls (or, to be honest, females of any age). Bathurst's writing is gripping and sensitive. The terrors the girls inflict upon each other left me feeling shaken. Although the characters are in their teens, this was an important book for me to read in my twenties, and a perfect example of YA litterature that manages to ring true not just for teenagers, but for many women.

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Ryan Gosling to star in film adaptation of The Lovely Bones

by Catherine Toews - Wednesday, Jul 04, 2007 at 8:17am

Canuck actor joins Rachel Weisz in Peter Jackson production

Ryan Gosling, star of the '90s cable television series Breaker High (also known for his perhaps more well-respected, Oscar-nominated performance in 2006's Half Nelson) is set to star alongside Rachel Weisz in the film adaptation of Alice Sebold's best-selling novel The Lovely Bones. The film, which is being spearheaded by Mr. Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson, will feature Gosling and Weisz as the parents of the story's (deceased) 14-year-old female protagonist. Here's hoping that the movie turns out to be at least 88% as good as the novel. I trust Mr. Gosling, though. I do. I've loved him since he went to high school on a boat.

Read more at Variety.com

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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

by Catherine Toews - Friday, Jun 29, 2007 at 4:06pm

This book received a lot of hype, which can sometimes be a bad sign, but in this case it's totally deserved - Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is truly one of the best books I've read in ages.

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Summer Blonde by Adrian Tomine

by Catherine Toews - Thursday, Jun 28, 2007 at 11:46am

Tomine is a little bit of a hipster and more than a little bit of a cynic when it comes to relationships. His drawings are amazing, his characters are angsty, and he's been publishing comics since he was 16, which is pretty cool. Summer Blonde is a collection of 4 stories, dealing almost exclusively with relationships, and all the emotional turmoil that goes along with them.

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