All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven – a story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who wants to die
Cat’s Eye – Margaret Atwood - a masterly study of alternative aggressions made invisible to adult eyes. To elude social disapproval, the girls retreat beneath a mask of sweetness to hurt each other in secret. Fear of motherliness – adult transformations
Bonjour Tristesse - Francoise Sagan – persecutory fantasies about stepmothers
The Member of the Wedding – Carson McCullers - motherless girl becoming divided from father in adolescence.
Diary of Anne Frank – yearning for friend – imaginary friends…defining own femininity in isolation from other girls
My Sister’s Keeper – Jodie Picoult - Anna Fitzgerald doesn’t want her sister to die. But she’s sick of helping her to live. Anna was born to be a perfect genetic match for Kate, who at just two years old was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia.
The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger – an exploration of cynical adolescence, identity, dislocation
Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell – Teenagers on the outside discovering love.
It’s Kind of a Funny Story – Ned Vizzini – A clinically depressed 15 year old struggling with school and life. A surprisingly authentic, humorous and interesting take on teenage depression.
Heathers (cliques, togetherness, identifications)
Heavenly Creatures (fantasies of persecutory mothers and refuge in adolescent friendship) v. dark!
Now is Good (Terminally ill 17 year old sets out to live life to the full)