Love, confusion, anxiety; torn between desperately wanting to fade into the background while simultaneously yearning for a place to belong; such is the life of a teenager.
In The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Charlie begins 9th grade as a friendless observer of life. Often poignant, sometimes funny reflections shared as letters to an anonymous person chronicle Charlie’s inner and outer struggles during high school including friendships, drugs, alcohol, sex, sexual abuse and mental illness.
Ten years after its publication, Stephen Chbosky adapts his unique, award-winning novel for the big screen. This highly anticipated film features such young, talented stars as Emma Watson, Logon Lerman and Ezra Miller. The film is rated PG-13. I am quite anxious to see how they handled the mature themes in order to keep the rating down while still being true to the book.
Though the film was not only written, but also directed by the author himself and will more than likely be the most honest representation of his written word, remember to read the book first!
– Cassie V., Children’s Services Librarian at CADL Downtown Lansing
Maybe you’re about to graduate…or you’re just looking forward to summer break. Check out these movies that feature the end of senior year, graduation, and summer break.
American Graffiti (1973)
Risky Business (1983)
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
Say Anything (1989)
Can’t Hardly Wait (1998)
American Pie (1999)
I Love You, Beth Cooper (2009)
For more high school movies, check out Entertainment Weekly’s 50 Best High School Movies
-Lynn H., Youth Services Specialist
Many consider prom to be one of the defining moments of high school. This classic rite of passage is fast approaching. Although the library is not often considered to be an essential prom-preparation stop, we have a lot of great resources that can help you have the prom of you dreams.
Getting Ready: Prep for prom by checking out these books for hair, nail and make-up ideas.
In Style Getting Gorgeous: The Step-by-Step Guide to Your Best Hair, Make-up and Skin from the Editor by Jennifer Tung
The Girl’s Book of Glamour: A Guide to Being a Goddess by Sally Jeffrie
The Professional’s Illustrated Guide to Haircare and Hairstyles by Nicky Pope
Pro Nail Care: Salon Secrets of the Professionals by Leigh Toselli
How to Act: Avoid a party faux pas by reading an etiquette guide to answer your questions on manners.
Emily Post’s Prom and Party Etiquette by Cindy Post Senning
Classy: Be a Lady, Not a Tramp by Derek Blasberg
Teen Manners: From Malls to Meals to Messaging and Beyond by Cindy Post Senning
Fiction: Just for fun, read a frothy, prom centered romance.
Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
How I Created My Perfect Prom Date by Todd Strasser
Prom Crashers by Erin Downing
Top Ten Uses for and Unworn Prom Dress by Tina Ferraro
Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson
-Liz V., Youth Services Librarian @ CADL Holt-Delhi