disturb yourself silly

On Friday morning, I looked out onto my three-day weekend and felt happy to know that my only real responsibility was to read. I haven’t been reading very much this year, so I felt a bit of perverse happiness to have someone tell me what books to read and then require that I read them.

But, of course, my instructors have done their best to choose the most overlooked, most bizarre and disturbing children’s books published.

We start with When Jeff Comes Home by Catherine Atkins.

An uplifting little read about a 13-year-old who gets kidnapped, lives with physical and sexual abuse for two years, and then comes home and deals with the aftermath of these traumas.

Next up, A Hero Ain’t Nothing But A Sandwich by Alica Childress, which is actually a REALLY awesome read – beautiful prose, daring perspectives and whatnot… but…

…it’s about a 13-year-old heroin user from a poor, broken family.

Okay. I’m starting to get a bit bummed out at this point. But I’m out of books. I’ll need to get a hold of The Facts Speak For Themselves by Brock Cole at some point, so I looked up the Amazon page.

This book appears to be about a 13-year-old girl who witnesses the murder of an adult male who may or may not be her lover.

Uh.

I did take the bus into Copley Square on Saturday to scour the shelves of the Big Library for the last book on my assigned, due-on-Thursday reading list, Eva by Peter Dickinson.

So I sit down to read and I’m immediately befuddled. What in the world is going on in this book?

I’ve read enough now to tell you: Eva is a 13-year-old girl who gets into a car accident. She ends up in a coma and in order to save her life, further scientific research, and probably some other nefarious reasons I’m not yet privy to…

THEY TRANSPLANT HER BRAIN INTO THE BODY OF A CHIMPANZEE.

Just a little light, weekend reading. Who knew being a fictional 13-year-old could be so dangerous? All these adult characters are kidnapping you, getting you addicted to drugs, raping you, and exploiting you, and then (adult) readers are enjoying these terrible stories for a little “pleasure” reading when we’re off work.

I repeat: THIS CLASS IS TRIPPING ME OUT!!!!! GAHH!!!

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2 Comments to “disturb yourself silly”

  1. Well those all sound delightful and uplifting…

  2. Good lord. I hope you get a break from these types of uplifting stories soon!

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