Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Road Trip Wednesday: The Elevator Pitch

It's time for another Road Trip Wednesday, a blog carnival hosted by the lovely ladies of YA Highway.
This week's question: 

You're re-reading one of your favs when someone asks the dreaded question: "What's that book about?" Give us your best off-the-cuff blurb of any book, any genre, and have your readers try to guess the title in the comments!

Well, this sort of reminded me of how I tell my students what the books we are going to read are about. I have my own "teen-friendly" way of describing the books so they sound like something they might be interested in.

My favorite is The Great Gatsby, which is basically: Rich white people getting drunk and making bad choices.

Then there's Romeo and Juliet: Two sex-crazed teenagers who show you what happens when you think with your pants instead of your head.

And Taming of the Shrew: A girl everyone hates because she has the audacity to have an opinion and the money-grubbing d-bag who uses her.

They all sound pretty exciting, don't they?

So, here are a few one-liners for a few of my favorite recent YA reads. (I'm not as good at the whole multi-sentence pitch, but I do think these authors should adopt my awesome taglines.)

1. Hot sex musician gets all emo over his ex.

2. You can love your brother, but it's probably not a good idea to LOVE your brother.

3. By joining up with the badassess, girl finds both herself and the hottest guy ever.

Hee...this is fun. I could do this all day, but I have grades to finish.

Do you have any fun one-liners or pitches for books? Do you know the ones I was talking about? (They are pretty easy.) Be sure to check out YAHighway for the rest of the posts.

Happy Hump Day!


  1. OMG Let's see if I get this right:
    1. Where She Went
    2. Forbidden
    3. Divergent

    Also, I would have so loved you as an English teacher! The Great Gatsby line is perfection.

  2. I'm also guessing 1 is Where She Went, but I'm going to guess Invincible Summer for 2 since I just read that and it's on the brain! No idea for 3.

  3. You are good at this! Love the Taming of the Shrew with the d-bag reference. It's so true.
    I'm going to copy Sarah, except for #2, because I haven't read that one, so I'm not sure.

  4. Okay, here goes...
    1. Drawing a blank but I think it is reality TV show
    2. Mortal Instruments... City of Bones etc.
    3. Possession

    Here's my hint -A girl works to keep the temperature dialed up to sizzling around her new boyfriend.

    BTW - I tagged you on my blog, Jessica. Happy paper grading - don't go cross eyed.

  5. I just read Where she Went and Divergent so yes on #1,3 No clue on #2.

    Great blurbs - very succinct. And I'm a huge Gatsby fan - loved, loved, loved your one sentence summary!

  6. I love how you describe classics to your students... spot on and so much more compelling than the actual blurbs on those book covers.

    And your second blurb made me laugh out loud. SO TRUE! :)

  7. Oh I love the way you describe these books! So pithy!

  8. 1. Dunno
    2. Forbidden
    3. Divergent

  9. Sarah has them all correct...but Invincible Summer is actually a really good guess for #2! :-D

  10. The only one of the 3 I've read is Divergent, but that's spot on!