Sunday 18 September 2011

Death and Bereavement in Teen Lit Week: The End

death and bereavement in teen lit week

Today is the last day of Death and Bereavement in Teen Lit Month! That's it! Finished!

I have a lot of people to thank. First of all, thanks to Clover of Fluttering Butterflies, Emma of Book Angel Booktopia, Sammee of I Want to Read That and Vivienne of Serendipity Reviews for being so understanding when things didn't go as plnned. These three ladies were going to be taking part in D&B with me when it was first going to be a month event, and prepared really well for it, only for my computer to die. Thsi not only caused problems for me, but for the others who couldn't post any other time because of their own blogging commitments and other reasons. So thank you to you three, and I'm sorry!

I also want to thank Annabel Pitcher, Lauren Oliver, Jenny Downham and Denise Deegan for allowing me to interview them or writing guest posts. It's so lovely of you all to take time out of your bust schedules to get involved in the week, and I really appreciate it!

I also need to thank the various publishers who were kind enough to respond to emails on suggestions for books I could cover for this themed event. It really was lovely of you to go through your backlists for me and help me out, I appreciate it!

Although not a lot of books were covered for this week, unfortunately, I loved every one of them! I may have reviewed books by some of these authors previously, like those by Lauren Oliver and Jenny Downham, but these were read first, so this week has helped me discover some fantastically brilliant authors who just completely blew me away. At the time of reading the books reviewed for this week, they were all knew to me, and I had such a great time getting lost in their pages.

I really enjoyed seeing how these authors dealt with the topic of death and bereavement. No two books are at all similar, each one taking a different route - be it that the teen narrator was dying, or was dead, or was almost dead, or whether the narrators were dealing with recent grief, or grief that's been there for a while - and each and everyone made an impact on me. I may not have managed to cover as many books as I had wanted, but the ones I did were just so incredible, I find I don't mind so much. It's been emotionally wrenching, but it's been amazing.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you've enjoyed D&B Week too. :)


  1. I think it turned out pretty well even with all the setbacks! Will you be doing another themed month next July? Or is it too early to say? :)

  2. Cheers, I'm glad you think so! I'm not sure yet, will have to think. I don't want things going wrong like they did with this one.