I've not been a very good blogger lately, I know.
This is what I'm working on right now:
What do these books have in common?
I'm working on my third packet of grad work for my semester, and I really am interested in writing about sibling relationships. The idea was sparked when I read See You at Harry's by Jo Knowles a couple of months ago. I loved how Fern and her siblings interacted through trials and tragedy, and it got me thinking about the importance of siblings in YA. Siblings have a really large effect on our lives, even if we don't want to admit it when we're teens.
I want to look at books with bigger families (i.e. the protagonist has more than one sibling), and so I went to my shelf and pulled the books that I remembered as having protagonist siblings playing more than a minimal role in the book. I came up with this stack. I especially remembered the sibling dynamic in Crash by Lisa McMann--it was so memorable that I made a point of mentioning it in my review.
Love and Other Foreign Words is on my to-read list, but from the description and what others have been saying, I can't help but think it will fit in nicely with this stack. And an added bonus is that Erin McCahan is a fantastic writer whose first book, I Now Pronounce You Someone Else, was one I loved.
I'm also on a mission today to grab Heather Demetrios' debut, Something Real, when I'm at work. It is about a girl from a big family, and I know from firsthand experience that you can't have that many siblings in your life and not have them affect you in some way.
I'm not really interested in "sister books" for this paper (although I love them and made this list a little while ago), but stories about families with more than two kids, preferably a mix of genders. Do you have any favorites that fit this description? What am I missing?
(And hopefully I'll jump back into a more normal blog schedule once again!)