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What Would You Suggest for Teens on Glee?

I don’t know if I qualify as a bona fide Gleek because I haven’t watched every episode and I slept through the finale this week (Please, please don’t tell me what happened.) Still I thought it would be fun to make some library suggestions  to the characters, based on their interests and attitudes:

Rachel

Two books by E. Lockhart:

Sadye’s friendship with Demi is strained by their different fates during acting camp in  Dramarama. Rachel will love Sadye’s struggle and angst and will root for Demi’s success.

But she’ll relate  more to Frankie, a girl who feels underestimated,  only to become the secret leader of an all-male society at a boarding school in The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks.

Streisand: The Concerts DVD. Rachel can sing Funny Girl with the best of them but what else might inspire her if she watches all three discs of Barbra’s concerts?

Kurt

Fashion 101: A crash Course in Clothing by Erika Stalder. Kurt is such a fashionista that he’ll love learning about the history of clothing and how to rock everything from kilts to skinny jeans.

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan. In Paul’s Utopian community being gay is completely accepted. So is having an out-sized personality. The cheerleaders ride Harleys, the homecoming queen is also the school’s quarterback: everyone is free to be who they really are. So when Paul falls in love with Noah, it’s his ex, Kyle who’s the problem.  Even in this book not everyone is so open-minded; you just wish they were. Kurt would especially like to recommend this book to Finn.

Artie

In After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick, Jeffrey and his friend Tad support each other while dealing with the aftereffects of chemotherapy. Both have a wicked sense of humor and Artie will appreciate that Tad is determined to make a difference. Jeffrey was the younger brother of the main character in Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie who was learning to cope with having a younger brother with leukemia.

So what books, DVDs or CDs would you suggest to the teens on Glee and why? It would be cool to see what ideas you have. Surely, I’m not the only Gleek out here.

Tina, CLP-Beechview

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