Short Books for a Long Weekend

It’s finally here! The most-anticipated long weekend of the fall: Thanksgiving break. School is closed, so if you don’t play a winter sport you probably don’t have much else going on this weekend other than finally seeing Breaking Dawn Part 2 (but ONLY because you have to see how it all ends), spending a little time with your homework, and stuffing yourself on stuffing.

You probably also have a few minutes to fill and you KNOW you have a lot of fun reading to catch up on. So here’s a short list of short books to fit into your loooooong weekend. Most are so short that you could read a few and brag about how many books you finished this weekend when you get back to school on Monday…

A Certain October by Angela Johnson (158 pages)

Angela Johnson’s books are nice and drama-packed for being so short. Main character Scotty sees herself as pretty boring, without her friends who add the spice to her life. But when an accident leaves Scotty feeling guilty and her family reeling from the trauma, even her closest friends can’t get through to her. Life becomes a haze where Scotty can’t tell what’s real and what’s not. Can anything wake her up to the joy that life holds once more? Because of the length of the book, you don’t have to worry about waiting too long to find out.

The Year of the Beasts by Cecil Castellucci (175 pages)

This engaging, fast-paced read is written in alternating chapters of regular narrative and graphic novel story. The narrative chapters tell the story of Tessa who tries to hold it together when her big crush falls for her little sister. She is driven towards a strange loner, who might just be what she needs. The graphic novel chapters are a sort of mythological metaphor about a girl, who is sort of like Tessa, with Medusa hair and Medusa powers: she goes around turning everyone at school to stone; something Tessa only wishes she could do. You’ll be flipping through this comic-novel hybrid quickly, while wishing there was more.

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green (227 pages)

Everyone’s read everything by John Green, right? You haven’t? Then take these few days off of school to catch up and start with the short novel, An Abundance of Katherines. Possible genius Colin has been dumped by 19 different girls name Katherine. And that’s a lot considering that most of us know maybe three. So in order to get a grip and maybe make a change, he sets off on a road trip with his buddy Hassan and his beat-up old car. Colin and Hassan’s road trip will have you laughing all the way to the end, probably in one sitting.

You can find more quick-to-read books in this list of Shorewood Library YA books under 250 pages: Short on Time?!

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