On 9/11, Let Love Be the Higher Law

It's hard to believe that it's been eight years since September 11, 2001. I always feel really inadequate when I try to express anything about that day, that time, that feeling. That's why I'm glad that author David Levithan, who's penned great Young Adult novels like Boy Meets Boy and Wide Awake, just released a new one: Love is the Higher Law (Knopf, $16). This book follows three teenagers -- Claire, Jasper and Peter -- who experience the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. Each wades through shock, grief, and fear in their own way as the novel progresses. And as they move forward, searching for a path back to "normal," I found myself reliving many of my emotions from late 2001, in a very cathartic way.

Whether you remember September 11th or not, this book will bring you into the history of that day on a very personal level, and lead you toward the hope that Love is the Higher Law, even when our world is changed forever.