I’ve just finished two young adult books for work – Harlem Summer by Walter Dean Myers and Click by ten different writers including Nick Hornby and Roddy Doyle. The Walter Dean Myers book was a great introduction to the world of the Harlem Renaissance. The narrator is a charming teenager whose heart is in the right place, but being a teenager can’t manage to do the right thing and that is the source of half the humor in the book.
While Harlem Summer focuses on one time period Click is all over the map. I loved this book. Having ten different authors works, because each chapter is written from the point of view of a different character. The story revolves around the photographer George Keane or Gee. Each chapter looks at Gee from a different angle. It’s a story about Gee and a story about how he influenced the subjects of his photographs. I think Click struck a cord with me because it had many of the elements that I love in a book – different points of view, it takes place all over the world and in many different time periods. As an added bonus, the proceeds from the book go to Amnesty International.