In a hundred years, some scholar will look at young adult fiction for the current generation and think that these kids have a problem. I mean, everybody is dead. A quick read-through of the American Literary Association's Best Fiction for Young Adults list shows a serious preponderance of dead parents, dead siblings and vengeful spirits. The overwhelming favorite young adult novels of the past several years feature vampires and a young girl who wants nothing more than to be victimized by them. Good Lord, whatever happened to Sweet Valley High? It seems clever and corporeal protagonists like Adrian Mole are way behind the times, though, as today's young adult literary enthusiasts prefer things a bit more deceased. Tara Hudson's Hereafter is a perfect example: Girl dies, girl is trapped in some sort of weird purgatory, (dead) girl falls in love with popular boy, drama ensues. Hudson will sign purchased copies of the book, which has enough romance and haunting imagery to appeal to the overwrought teenager in all of us, during her appearance at the Barnes and Noble in Stonebriar Mall, 2601 Preston Road, at 4 p.m. Saturday. Call 972-668-2820 for more information.
Sat., Aug. 27, 4 p.m., 2011