Once again, we have a Judge who clearly loved both books. The Porcupine Year gets high praise: Ellen Wittlinger calls it "a literary classic."
How can The Hunger Games compete with that?
By winning Ellen Wittlinger's heart: not only did she "fall in love", but her "heart was torn apart."
Just like it's difficult to argue with Judge Teen Rachel Cohn, it's also hard to argue when the decision is based on the impact a book has on the reader.
Tho one could always argue about whether one's emotional reaction to a book is the best test for a book. But I think any argument against Hunger Games would result in the girls who made the Now or Never YouTube video coming after me.
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