Today I was going to mark the anniversary of the Columbine shootings, with a list of books featuring school shootings. But, let's face it, there have been a lot of bummer lists this month and after this week I just... couldn't. I just couldn't put together a list of books with mass causalities.
But, hey! 4/20 has another connotation! 420 is the police code for marijuana and 4/20 as a day (and 4:20 in the afternoon) are special times for stoners. Luckily, YA lit has many hot stoners that make our hearts go pitter patter, something we all need right now.
Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty. Jessica ("Not-So") Darling is one of my favorite characters in YA literature, her sarcastic and cynical look at New Jersey high school life is wonderful. In this book, she's mourning the fact her best friend, Hope, has moved away and can't escape Marcus Flutie, the stoner best friend of Hope's older (and recently deceased) brother. Seriously guys, this entire post is the Marcus Flutie list. There are five books in the series, following Darling through high school, college, and the first years beyond. Follow it with Second Helpings.
Going Bovine by Libba Bray. Cameron is an annoying slacker pothead who gets mad cow disease. As it takes over his brain, he goes on a massive road trip with a Mexican-American dwarf and a punk-rock angel with hot pink wings. A retelling of Don Quixote, by the end, you can't help but be utterly in love with Cameron.
Dreamland by Sarah Dessen. Caitlin will never fill the hole her older sister Cass left behind, so she decides to be the anti-Cass. The first step is dreamy stoner boy Rogerson. The reader sees that Rogerson is not the dreamboat Caitlin thinks he is, but by the time Caitlin sees it, it may be too late.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky. There isn't one hot stoner dude in this book. There are, however, several beautiful characters that you fall in love with. I won't call them stoners, but they do smoke pot.
Rats Saw God by Rob Thomas. Steve starts high school as an honor student in Texas and ends it as stoner in California. But, if he wants to end it by graduating instead of dropping out, he has to write 100 pages about what happened to get him to this point.
Stoner & Spaz by Ron Koertege.by Rob Koertge. Because sometime your hot stoner dude is actually a hot stoner lady.Ben's only release is watching movies and the Rialto Theater, until the day that strung out Colleen comes in and sits next to him, starting a very unlikely relationship. Be sure to also check out the sequel, Now Playing: Stoner & Spaz II.
Who are your favorite loveable stoners?
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