Sunday, December 07, 2008

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I review John Green's Paper Towns and Kevin Brooks's Black Rabbit Summer in the Times today. I had originally called the piece "Cherchez la Femme," as both books are mysteries about boys looking for missing girls, but the Times in their wisdom retitled it. I like mine better but titles have to be the editor's prerogative--witness my discussion years ago with the author who did not understand why I wouldn't let him call his article, "The Lead in My Pencil."

8 comments:

poemhome said...

LOL!

Anonymous said...

"He can write about girls, of course, although I’m having a hard time coming up with the name of any male author in the young adult genre who has done this with more than one-off success."

Kevin Henkes is a guy who's written about girls very successfully and more than once, but I guess his books are on the MG/YA borderline. Though I would call Protecting Marie YA.

Beth Kephart said...

I read this piece yesterday all curled up beneath a blanket. Wonderfully done.

Lois Lowry said...

re Titling: Many MANY years ago when I was a journalist, I wrote a commissioned article about a psychologist who was teaching an wildly popular course on Human Sexuality at a local university.

I wanted to call it "If You Don't Know Your Vas from Your Elbow" but the editor said no.

Anonymous said...

Are you going to review Scat by Carl Hiaasen?

Anonymous said...

I agree, Roger. Your title was much better.

Roger Sutton said...

Scat is reviewed in the January 09 issue.

Yulianka said...

I've always impressed by Peter Abrahams' (of the "Echo Falls" series)ability to write a damn convincing teenage girl.