“I’ve got some questions for you. Was this story written about me?”
“Yes or no?”
I shrugged again, finally earning a little scowl, which somehow made the girl even more pretty. It brought a bloom to her pale cheeks and made sharp shelves of her cheekbones.
“It’s very rude not to answer simple questions,” she said.
I gestured for my journal, but she still wouldn’t give it to me. So I took out my pen and wrote I can’t on my palm.
Then, in tiny letters just below it, I finished the thought: Now don’t you feel like a jerk?
In Tommy Wallach’s Thanks for the Trouble, Parker Santé hasn’t spoken a word in five years. While his classmates plan for bright futures, he drifts along, hanging out in hotels, watching the guests. But when he meets a silver-haired girl named Zelda Toth, a girl who claims to be quite a bit older than she looks, he’ll discover there might be a few things left worth living for.
Although Parker relies on the written word to communicate, he also enjoys writing in general. He uses his own observations and feelings as inspiration and raw material for the stories that he writes in his journal; Parker even creates special fairy tales for Zelda, while they spend the weekend exploring San Francisco together. But Parker isn’t the only literary character who connects with the written word. Here are some of our favorite YA novels below, featuring characters who express themselves through writing: