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>Cross out Beezus!

>I just saw two three four new YA novels indulging employing  annoying pervasive strike-throughs to indicate a narrator’s dithering second thoughts or transparently self-buffing lies strategic rearrangements of the truth. I think this might be 2012’s dead girl OCD selectively mute protagonist of choice. It’s kind of like when everyone gets the same toy for Christmas an interesting  new post-modern narrative choice that reveals the self-centeredness reflexivity of the typing writing process.

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Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. GraceAnne LadyHawk says:

    >Falling out of my Aeron chair with laughter. Bravo.

  2. Roger Sutton says:

    >Careful, GA, those things sit high!

  3. MariannetheLibrarian says:

    >Thank you for this!

  4. LaurieA-B says:

    >I blame–uh, credit?–Wintergirls for this. It's a powerful book, still, but I disliked the typography as a substitute for emotion.

  5. >This refers to what book, rather books?

  6. GraceAnne LadyHawk says:

    >Not mine, dear, designed for a person who is 4' 11".

  7. Roger Sutton says:

    >Dkm, prefer to let the reviews reveal all.

  8. aquafortis says:

    >Uh-oh…there's a crossed-out word in my new novel ms. Little did I know that was already totally over! 🙂

  9. Roger Sutton says:

    >Oh AF, as that guy on the last thread wrote, "Once, yes, once for a lark /
    Twice, though, loses the spark . . ."

  10. >ROTFL!

  11. Nathan Shumate says:

    >Maybe the authors accidentally sent in their manuscripts with the "track changes" option left on.

  12. Anonymous says:

    >I felt the technique worked in Wintergirls as it showed the duality of the thinking and the dueling inner voices that was part of the disease of anorexia.

    If it's just a hip new thing that doesn't serve a purpose, then I am not so enamored.

    There's almost no technique or style choice that I am unilaterally against.

  13. Helen Frost says:

    >We could blame it on the Governor of Delaware, who used it to great effect in his letter to M.T. Anderson a couple of years ago:

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