Thursday, April 21, 2011

Guest Post: Top Ten Teen Movies by Alexa Martin (Girl Wonder)

Alexa Martin is the author of GIRL WONDER, a novel for young adults. She holds an MFA in Writing and Literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars. She lives near Seattle and complains about the weather a lot although she secretly likes the rain (don’t tell!) For fun and torture she runs long distances on muddy mountain trails. Over the years she’s worked a lot of random jobs in trying to keep the writing dream alive, such as the time she worked in a steakhouse even though she’s a vegetarian. Initially GIRL WONDER was about a story about a horse, which just goes to show you that art is what happens when you are making other plans.

Alexa's Top Ten Teen Movies:

1) Almost Famous (this movie is the perfect coming of age story)
2) Welcome to the Dollhouse (most unusual pick up line of all time and a great movie about the torture of middle school)
3) Some Kind of Wonderful (that kiss in the garage... am still fanning myself!)
4) Dead Poets Society (soulful hot boarding school boys contemplate the meaning of life)
5) Back to the Future (oh how this movie holds up!)
6) Goonies (this movie made underdogs cool)
7) Crazy Beautiful (a movie about love and mental angst)
8) Girl Interrupted (a movie about friendship... in a mental institution)
9) Remember the Titans (what a great tearjerker)

10) Donnie Darko (it's hard to explain this movie. But it's deep and has a cool soundtrack)

Thanks, Alexa! Remember the Titans is one of my all-time favorites too!

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Coming May 3, 2011!

As if transferring senior year weren't hard enough, Charlotte Locke has been bumped to lower level classes at her new school. With no friends, a terrible math SAT score, and looming college application deadlines, the future is starting to seem like an oncoming train for which she has no ticket.

Then Amanda enters her orbit like a hot-pink meteor, offering Charlotte a ticket to something else: popularity. Amanda is fearless, beautiful, brilliant, and rich. As her new side kick, Charlotte is brought into the elite clique of the debate team—and closer to Neal, Amanda's equally brilliant friend and the most perfect boy Charlotte has ever seen.

But just when senior year is looking up, Charlotte’s life starts to crumble. The more things heat up between Charlotte and Neal, the more Neal wants to hide their relationship. Is he ashamed? Meanwhile, Amanda is starting to act strangely competitive, and she's keeping a secret Charlotte doesn't want to know.

Talented newcomer Alexa Martin delivers a poignant story of first love, jealousy and friendship, where the ups and downs of senior year have never been so complicated. What else can Charlotte do but throw her hands up and ride?

Part of Teen Book Scene Tours.


Ashley @ Book Labyrinth said...

Love 'Almost Famous' -- I definitely need to re-watch that one. And 'Dead Poet's Society'? Gah, so good!! Totally agree about 'Back to the Future' and 'Remember the Titans' as well.

Jordyn said...

I've only seen two of these movies.

Bookish Brunette said...

I can STILL recite every line in Goonies! Is that way pathetic?? Awesome list!

Lauren M said...

I've only seen ONE of the movies on this list. FAIL. They sound really interesting though! Maybe come summertime I'll have a marathon. :P

Stephanie M. Hasty said...

love list, love this list!!! 'some kind of wonderful' is definitely a movie that is part of my core! :D

Meg @ A Bookish Affair said...

Girl Wonder sounds like a really good book!

Cari said...

I just picked this up. I'm looking forward to read it soon.

Blueicegal ♥ said...

Thought that was bad I haven't see either LOL xD

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