Book recommendations?

I'm looking for book recommendations for an 18 year-old girl who is in the hospital for a long-term stay. She doesn't read much, but has professed an interest in Stephen King and J.K. Rowling. I'd like to expose her to something a little more hip, but, having never been an 18 year-old girl, I don't know of anything. Some of you, however, have a different gender and, I hope, a better idea of what she might like.

2 comments:

Spice said...

She might like "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Klay" by Michael Chabon - it's on the surface about two comic book artists during WWII, but is also about the Holocaust and friendship and stuff like that. There's quite a bit of adventure, too, which if she likes Harry Potter would probably appeal to her. It's definitely an 'adult' book, though, (rather than a 'teen' book - not 'adult' in that other way) and not one that popped into my head due to her 18-year-old girlness - I was inspired more by the liking of King and Rowling.

Kurt Vonnegut might be another option - I think I read "Breakfast of Champions" around that age and really liked it. That, or "Slaughterhouse Five" are both good, quirky, adventurey books (almost sci-fi-y but not quite). Or the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" series.

Oh, and "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" by Dave Eggers is a fine read as well.

Of course, if she wants something 'girly,' that's a whole other set of books. "I Know this Much Is True" by Wally Lamb (originally recommended to me by J.Po) is something that is softer than the other stuff on this list without being a trashy romance. And in looking that up on Amazon, I realized that Oprah's Book Club provides a wealth of potential selections...she picks pretty good stuff.

One last very girly pick: Bridget Jones' Diary.

J.Po said...

Okay, an out-of-that-genre recommendation....one that I think all young women should read:
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou)

Riveting AND true.