Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee at Parajunkee's View. This week's feature is Bonnie from Hands and Home. The question of the week is a pretty good one: Talk about the book that most changed or influenced your life (was it a book that turned you from an average to avid reader, did it help you deal with a particularly difficult situation, does it bring you comfort every time you read it?).
It's not a big secret that I adore Laurie Halse Anderson. I love her writing. A few years ago I read SPEAK for the first time and it moved me in ways that words can't describe. I have been hooked on her writing ever since. TWISTED , WINTERGIRLS, and CATALYST are equally beautiful and moving. The books don't relate to my personal experiences, per se, but I can see how they would be huge for other readers. She deals with tough topics in the most poetic of ways. I can't keep these books on my classroom bookshelves, and it seems that once a students reads one, they want to read all of the others. That's powerful writing.