From Library Journal
Nonrequired? That means your college professor didn't put it on the reading list. Houghton addresses its newest "best of" series to the under-25 crowd, who buy more books than anyone else and should enjoy this blend of fiction and nonfiction from some truly cool zines.
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Although the inaugural issue of this hip, eclectic anthology is marketed at 15- to 25-year-olds, the editors are leery of condescending to "young adults" (a term they dislike). Cart goes so far as to deploy self-consciously casual language in his foreword; Eggers (author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
) mostly replaces the introduction with a memoir of pool-hopping and awkward desire. Earnest posturing aside, this is a strong collection that includes short bursts of reportage, feature writing, fiction, satire, and even a comic strip (Adrian Tomine's moving, dead-on teenage portrait "Bomb Scare"). Two pieces from The Onion
seem a little thin in this context, since they're easily outweighed by works like "The Lost Boys" (Sara Corbett's elegantly direct article about young Sudanese refugees who relocate to Fargo, North Dakota); "My Fake Job" (Rodney Rothman's hilarious and mostly true report about showing up to work at a dot-com that never hired him); and "Higher Education" (Gary Smith's rousing, almost too-good-to-be-true account of a black coach in Amish country). Sharp under-25 readers may still flee if they feel they're being targeted, but they sure don't have to. Keir GraffCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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