By Tanuja Desai Hidier

Tanuja Desai Hidier's superbly acclaimed cross-cultural debut involves PUSH!

(Originally released in 2002)

Dimple Lala doesn't be aware of what to imagine. Her mom and dad are from India, and she's spent her complete existence resisting their traditions. Then unexpectedly she will get to highschool and every thing Indian is fashionable. To make concerns worse, her mom and dad set up for her to fulfill a "suitable boy." in fact it doesn't move good — till Dimple is going to a membership and reveals him spinning a paranormal internet . abruptly the precise boy is appropriate as a result of his sheer unsuitability. issues happen. it is a humorous, considerate tale approximately discovering your center, discovering your tradition, and discovering your home in America.

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It is not enough to simply read I Am Number Four. The first novel functions as a prolonged advertisement (including a cliffhanger ending) for buying into the book’s sequel, the spin-off texts, the film adaptation, and other Lorien Legacies paraphernalia. At over 400 pages and larger print, the book looks hefty. Like the plot of the book falling in line with traditional YA, the book’s size and design signal to readers the book as a commendable title within the YA genre. This, too, is likely a trend that followed the lengthy Harry Potter books that slowly extended their length beyond 200 and 300 page lengths, bursting into longer, “adult” length books.

In doing so, I will explore the online writing and social community, Figment. It is one of several online spaces focused on young people writing, sharing, and discussing young adult literature. And though the site and the way it helps challenge traditional understandings of the YA genre are discussed in that chapter, it is important to acknowledge, here, Figment’s implicit contribution to this book. In early 2012, I was preparing to teach my first Adolescent Literature course at Colorado State University.

The astronomical success of the Harry Potter franchise is unlike any book that has since followed in its publishing footsteps. The Twilight films have broken numerous box office records, but the sustained book, movie, and product sales of Harry Potter have yet to be surpassed. For myriad children growing up around the world during the years that the Rowling series was released, Harry Potter is beacon of exactly why we can fall in love with books. Though his world was mysterious and rife with danger and wonder, it was also 13 CHAPTER 1 a humanizing world of pathos, anger, and learning to accept the world for what it is.

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