It is the story of 11-year-old Pecola Breedlove--a black girl in an America whose love for its blond, blue-eyed children can devastate all others--who prays for her eyes to turn blue: so that she will be beautiful, so that people will look at her, so that her world will be different. This is the story of the nightmare at the heart of her yearning and the tragedy of its fulfillment.
"The summer before college was one of the worst times in my life. I’d been suffering, and on a whim, I began reading The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. Heartbreaking, beautiful—it absorbed all of my pain and made me want to become a storyteller." --Suzanne Young
Narrator Dan Stevens ( Downton Abbey) presents an uncanny performance of Mary Shelley's timeless gothic novel, an epic battle between man and monster at its greatest literary pitch. In trying to create life, the young student Victor Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, setting into motion a long and tragic chain of events that brings Victor to the very brink of madness. How he tries to destroy his creation, as it destroys everything Victor loves, is a powerful story of love, friendship, scientific hubris, and horror.
"I’d never read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and decided to give a shot. I quickly realized that everything pop culture had taught me was wrong. Frankenstein was the scientist—NOT the monster. Either way, I loved the framed story and how a creature everyone thought to be horrific, actually had more depth than first assumed (he was still pretty bad though)." --Suzanne Young
Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words - and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.
Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another.
"Looking for Alaska by John Green was a breath of fresh air when I read it in 2006–2007. The dialogue was witty and the characters were flawed, but funny. This book made me want to write young adult lit." --Suzanne Young