I have been a reading fiend this week, in a mad dash to complete an assignment for YA Lit. One of our selections this week was Inexcusable, by Chris Lynch. The book was very hard for me to read, as the narrator is a young man who just can't seem to accept responsibility for his misdeeds, which includes the rape of a long-time friend. One of the rave reviews for the book came from Laurie Halse Anderson, who wrote Speak, another reading assignment from a previous discussion. Since Speak is the story of a teen girl's recovery after being raped, I thought this would be an excellent pairing. Both books are fairly quick reads; I could see using them in a two-week high school English unit focusing on different perspectives/ voices from the same type of event.
For our last discussion in YA Lit, we are looking for books similar to the ones Dr. Lesesne has assigned to us. Hopefully, I'll come up with some more great pairings to post!