As a young girl watching West Side Story, I always identified with Anita over Maria. Anita was tough, Maria was a soft dreamer. Anita tried to protect Maria from the harsh realities of the world, but when she saw that her friend was truly in love, she was willing to set aside her doubts. Of course, that situation didn't turn out so well, but at least Anita tried, right? Despite their efforts, the Anitas of the fictional world get no love. At least, they didn't before Tiny Cooper came along.
After a trying two weeks in which I raced to finish Anna Karenina in time for a book discussion at WORD in Greenpoint, I am finally returning from the purgatory of adult novels to the promised land that is YA. So what’s on the docket?