Kate Scott & Suzy Vitello: Portland Teen Read Novelists
Kate Scott's debut novel for teens, Counting to D, is set in Southwest Portland. The kids at Sam's school never knew if they should make fun of her for being too smart or too dumb. That's what it means to be dyslexic: smart, and illiterate. Sam is sick of it. So when her mom gets a job in a faraway city, Sam decides not to tell anyone about her little illiteracy problem. Without her paradox of a reputation, she falls in with a new group of highly competitive friends who call themselves the Brain Trust. When she meets Nate, her charming valedictorian lab partner, she declares her new reality perfect. But in order to keep it that way, she has to keep her learning disability a secret. The books are stacked against her and so are the lies. Sam's got to get the grades, get the guy, and get it straight--without being able to read.
Suzy Vitello's The Moment Before is a novel about a 17-year-old girl, Brady Wilson, whose popular sister has just died in a tragic cheerleading accident. Brady is an artsy loner type, who lives in a slightly altered version of Southwest Portland. As she emerges from the shock of the tragedy, Brady finds herself questioning the value of everything she once held dear. Her best friend betrays her. Her parents' marriage is crumbling. And the boy everyone blames for the accident seems to be her only ally in her search for answers surrounding her sister's death. As this unlikely friendship blossoms, Brady learns more about her sister--and love--than she bargained for.