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    The Future of Us

    the future of us

    by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
    356 pages
    Reviewed by The Book Dealer

     

    “’This is scary,’” I say. ‘You’re not even doing things anymore. You are just making up your mind and changing your life.’ Emma looks up at me but doesn’t say anything. The longer she stares, the more uncomfortable I feel. She smiles faintly, and then lifts onto her toes. Her lips press into mine, and neither of us pull away.
    Emma brushes her check against mine and whispers, ‘How do you think this will affect our future?’ I part my lips as she slides her hand behind my neck, pulling us even closer” (p. 225).

     
    It’s 1996, and Josh and Emma have been neighbors their whole lives. They’ve been best friends almost as long until Josh did something that changed everything. Things have been weird awkward them ever since, but when Josh’s family gets a free AOL CD in the mail, his mom makes him bring it over so that Emma can install it on her new computer.…

    Yummy

    Yummy

    by Greg Neri
    96 pages
    Reviewed by The Book Dealer
     

    “They put him in special homes for kids like him. He was in them more than we was out. But even on the inside, trouble seemed to find him. He got picked on for being little and having a teddy bear.”
     

    Yummy is a riveting graphic novel that uses media reports, public records,and personal accounts to tell the story of Robert “Yummy” Sandifer, the 11-year-old who appeared on the cover of Time magazine in 1994. His “claim to fame” was for shooting and killing Shavon Dean, a 14-year-old girl who innocently got in the way of gun fire. It chronicles the events from Chicago, and Yummy’s entrance into the gang. The story is told from the perspective of a fictional character named Roger, who is just trying to make sense of how a seemingly good kid could go so bad.