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All the Leaves Are Brown, and the Skies Are Grey: California Dreamin’ with Teen Lit

Hey, burrito, did you meet my mouth? Burrito, mouth. Mouth, burrimfmfrghfmrmfhghg. BURP.

Yesterday, excited to escape the rainy Pittsburgh weather, I hopped on a plane and flew westward to San Francisco, where, within an hour of arrival, it started raining.

Despite the fact that I seemed to have infected normally sunny San Fran with a little Pittsburgh grey, it was a real mood enhancer to escape out the back door of the storm.

If you want to take your own journey to San Francisco, literarily speaking, teen lit has you covered!

Childs, Tera Lynn
Sweet Venom

As monsters walk the streets of San Francisco, unseen by humans, three teenage descendants of Medusa, the once-beautiful gorgon maligned in Greek mythology, must reunite and embrace their fates.

Madonia, Kristen-Paige
Fingerprints of You

After spending her life moving from place to place with her single mother, pregnant seventeen-year-old Lemon takes a bus to San Francisco to seek the father she never knew, as well as truths about her mother and herself.

Carlton, Susan R. F. K.
Love and Haight

Seventeen-year-old Chloe brings her friend MJ to San Francisco, one of the few places where an abortion can be obtained legally in 1971, to get rid of Chloe’s “Thing” while staying with her bohemian Aunt Kiki, experiencing hippie culture, and reconnecting with a former boyfriend.

Chow, Cara
Bitter Melon

With the encouragement of one of her teachers, a Chinese-American high school senior asserts herself against her demanding, old-school mother and carves out an identity for herself in late 1980s San Francisco.

Also, it was pretty cool to pass by the San Francisco Giants parade in honor of their World Series victory. Reminds me of this weird dream I had recently…



~Joseph
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Main

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