How to Be Bad
written by E. Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski, and Lauren Myracle
How to Be Bad was a really great example of how realistic YA books can be. A mother deals with cancer and her teenage daughter's world spins upside-down. Three girls, two close, one an outsider, all have their fair share of completely realistic bickering on a random, spur-of-the-moment road trip rivaling those created by John Green himself. Everything about this book is real. The voices. The characters. The wacky situations. (The authors themselves admit that they went through most of this stuff on their own road trip). It was pretty neat reading about Jesse and her new fanatical devotion to God. Most teens are seen as wild children with no regards to what God or their parents may think, but that's just not true. While there are parts of the book that are just purely girly gossip and feel a bit uncomfortable to read, overall, it's about the friendships that bind us, the friendships to be made, the friendships that can be broken and mended, in the end bringing us three girls with one of the strongest friendships in the YA world. The only question I now have--which author wrote which girl?!