Really, you NEED to read them. These next three books are so gosh darn cool that they do not deserve to stay on the shelves. They need to be out in the hands of the reading public, having holds placed on them and being secretly read during class. Or openly read everywhere so people know just how cool you are with your excellent choice in books. So without further ado, let me introduce you to the newest additions to the Tucker Free Library’s already stellar collection.
The same woman who brought you the book The Luxe now brings you this stirring adventure of three very different girls. In Manhattan. In the 1920s. Flappers, prohibition, speakeasies, the Jazz Age! Letty (great name) and Cordelia head to New York City from their tiny Midwestern town, both with incredibly different desires. Letty wants to become famous, while Cordelia is searching for her mysterious missing father. Into Cordelia’s life waltzes the flapper Astrid, a girl who has it all but whose perfect veneer hides a multitude of family secrets. What exactly is Astrid hiding beneath her perfect façade? Will Cordelia find her father, or will someone kill her before she gets the chance? Will Letty ever become a star, or will the price of fame be too much for her to pay?
Jonathan’s twin brother Telemachus (bonus points for anyone who can tell me the origin of the name) was hit by a car. Since that fateful day, Jonathan’s fragile grip on reality, and his will to do anything at all, has been dwindling down to nothing. He’s taken to being a tortured artist who is doomed to repeat his junior year, except for the fact that his English teacher, principal and crew of friends will not just sit by and watch him fail. He has one huge project to do if he wants to become a senior on time, write about the life of David, a World War II veteran. He either writes the story, or he flunks out. So Jonathan starts spending time at Delphi House (bonus points again for anyone who can tell me the significance of this name), a hospice for the sick and dying. Jonathan is struggling to find a voice, a voice for himself, his pain, the sick of Delphi House, for David and especially for his brother, Telly. Let’s hope for his sake he can find it in time.
Shakespeare was a great playwright, you may have even heard of some of his stuff: Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Othello, and Hamlet. Now take the last title, Hamlet and have all of the characters switch genders. So Hamlet is now Holly, Claudius is Claudia, and Ophelia is Oliver. Them take them out of Denmark and place them in modern day Hollywood. What do we have then you may ask, I’ll tell you what we have. What we have is one of the most refreshing and interesting versions of Hamlet this lady has seen in a good long while. Definitely worth a read if you are a theatre buff or Shakespeare fan, and a great read if you were confused by the original work. Do not, however, read this as a substitute for the original work, if you do that, you will be sorely disappointed.