ELNG Journal

So its a snowy and cold day out there and I absolutely need a break from studying! I am happily curled up at home with my hairy little pup (who’s happily snoring at the foot of my bed) and I was thinking about the different genre’s of writing and how a lot of books I have been reading actually fit into those types! So I thought I would write about a few of them in here. = )

1. Princess Diaries: Yes I actually do own a few of these books from back when I was younger. These are interesting books because it is set up in the form of journal entries. These are great books for young girls because the main character goes through some similar issues of getting through high school on a day to day basis.

2. The Boy Next Door: I absolutely love this book because the entire book is based on emails exchanged between the characters as it unfolds into a murder mystery plot! Its an excellant read on a snowy day like this!

3. The Boy Friend List (13 boys, 4 ceramic frogs and me, Ruby Oliver): This book is actually set up in the form of a personal biography (which also includes commentary footnotes by the main character). This is a great book that young girls can relate to because of the main character Ruby Oliver dealing with losing and gaining friends and even boyfriends.

4. The Boy Book: This is the sequel to the Boyfriend List and is set up in the same format and with many of the same characters. This book continues on through Ruby’s life and the lessons that she learns along the way.

5. Target Underwear and a Vera Wang Gown: This is another personal narrative book about the author who describes all the important events in her life and how fashion has influenced each one of them. This book is absolutely hilarious to read and the reader can relate to the author through many different scenerio’s.

6. Feeling Sorry For Celia: This is one of my all time favorite books to read! The entire story is made up of letters between two girls who’s classes are to become pen pals. Also through out the book there are letters from different imaginary societys (ie. Cold Hard Truth Association, Highschool Runners- who would only be good if they trained regularly association and even the Association of Teenagers) which repersent the main character Elisabeth’s thoughts as she deals with developing new friendships and figuring out old ones. Also included are notes from Elisabeths mother left on the fridge door reminding her about different things.

7. The Year of Secret Assignments- This is by the same author and does have a brief appearance by Elisabeth in the book. This story is set up similarly to Feeling Sorry for Celia except that there are additions of diary entries and writer’s notebook entries along with the pen pal letters. This is another great book for younger readers because there is a easy connection formed between the reader and the plot line.


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