So, side effects my initiative for the New Year is to read an author that I’ve never read before, viagra buy who I’m not familiar with, price and who is not in a genre that I typically read — quite the challenge for me (because I’m a creature of habit).
I chose contemporary YA author, A.S. King.
I ended up picking A.S. King (A.S. stands for Amy Sarig) because of Ariel Bissett on YouTube. She raves about King in many of her videos and so I did some research on her books and found them very intriguing. I decided to pick one book that sounded the most interesting to me, which initially was Everybody Sees the Ants. I read it in like a day or two — the book was fantastic! And my A.S. King journey took off from there.
King has such a beautiful way of telling stories and making you feel for her characters. Her main characters are so deep and troubled, but they always come out better on the other side. There are quite a few metaphors through a lot of her books, which makes me think that King love to think in analogies, metaphors, and symbolism.
In Everybody Sees the Ants, the ants are a metaphor for Lucky Linderman’s social experiences. In Reality Boy, Gerald Faust’s bowel movements, while very real and very gross, are a metaphor for something as well. In Ask the Passengers, Astrid’s experiences with the passengers — those “passengers” are a metaphor for something else entirely. And finally, in Please Ignore Vera Dietz, Charlie’s countless manifestations are symbolism of a secret that Vera needs to tell.
A.S. King always has a life lesson at the end of her books, I’ve come to find. A lesson that, while meant for the character to experience, also ends up teaching the reader something about his or herself as well.
She even said that she enjoys writing for young adults versus adults because “young adult minds are endless…adult minds are often not so endless”, which is a true statement and is also part of the reason why I love Young Adult fiction so much.
King’s books have won many awards from the L.A. Times Book Prize awards for Ask The Passengers, 2012’s ALA Top Ten Book for Young Adults in Everybody Sees the Ants, and 2011’s Michael L. Printz Awards for Please Ignore Vera Dietz. She is a writer of short stories as well, and believe me, I will get to those soon!
Her fellow colleagues, i.e. other authors, praise her work:
” A.S. King is one of the best YA writers working today. She captures the disorientation of adolescence brilliantly.” – John Green, best-selling author of The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns
“Timely, incisive, compassionate. All of A.S. King’s novels are must-reads.” – Matthew Quick, best-selling author of The Silver Linings Playbook
Overall, this is not an author to sleep on. King’s novels have lessons for you to learn, things for you to experience, and characters for you to fall in love with. If there is one thing that I can say about King’s writing and her creativity, she is not afraid to write flawed characters and she is very good at making us love them as they are — flawed. It’s not about them developing into the perfect person. It’s not even about them getting everything right in the end. It’s just a life experience. King allows us to experience human interaction and everyday life through the eyes of someone who is struggling. And after reading an A.S. King book, I come out of the experience a little different from when I started.
Not many authors have that power over me — but A.S. King definitely does.