Confessions of a YA Junkie: Joanne Albano

Joanne with John Green

One of the best things about Facebook is the fact that you can reconnect with old friends.  I was so surprised one day when one of my old friends  posted the winners of the YALSA awards on her Facebook page.  This resulted in our chatting with each other and realizing that we both love YA books. I asked her if she knew any other teen-lit lovers who might be interested in participating, and through the powers of social media, Sandie and I “met” Joanne, our latest YA Junkie.

Name, if you’re out about your addiction: Joanne Albano

Age: 35

What you do: Youth Services Librarian at the Commack Public Library on Long Island

How long have you been reading YA: Well since I was a teen.. However..I’ve been reading it more religiously for the past 8 years

Who are some of your “must-read-everything-they-write” authors: JOHN GREEN, David Levithan, Gayle Forman, Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson, Chris Lynch, Pete Hautman and Laurie Halse Anderson oh and did I mention John Green???

Favorite fictional boyfriends: Peeta from Hunger Games because I think he just aches for everyone to root for him and Augustus Waters from The Fault In Our Stars.. I mean how you could just not fall in love with that character…

What’s the last YA book that blew you away and why? John Green’s “The Fault In Our Stars.” Obviously you can tell by now I’m a huge John Green fan, however, that’s not the reason I absolutely adore this book.  TFIS has you hooked from page 1.  It’s not very often that I cover every range of emotion in a book but this book had me laughing, crying and I even got a little angry with John Green towards the end (no spoilers I promise).  The language is beautiful, the book is romantic and heartbreaking, and it shows that a book written for teens can be gritty and real and riddled with emotions but also wholesome and pure at the same time.  And as my best librarian friend says, “It’s a book that is timeless and for all ages…”

Which YA books will you forever keep on your bookshelves: “Looking for Alaska,” since it’s the reason I became a Young Adult Librarian,  “Love is the Higher Law” by David Levithan (If you haven’t read it yet, run to your local library and check out  this book!), “My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins and Fenway Park” by Steve Kluger (I mean with a title like that, how can you not love it), “Stargirl” by Jerry Spinelli, “If I Stay” by Gayle Forman, “Wintergirls” by Laurie Halse Anderson and the list could go on and on and on….

If you could force Hollywood to adapt one YA book into a movie, which would it be?
“Dash and Lily’s Book of Dare”s by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.  Plain and simple, it’s about two teens, one scavenger hunt, and New York City… What teen wouldn’t want to see a movie about that!

What’s at the top of your TBR pile? “The Lost Songs” by Caroline B. Cooney

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  1. We LOVE that “Looking for Alaska” is what got Joanne to be a YA librarian. That’s so powerful and cool. Also, lots of her fave books are on our list too! “Wintergirls” is a recent addition, and it just kills us with how good it is.

  2. I’m super jealous that she met John Green!!!

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