* You know I have massive love for Twilight, but I’ll admit I’m super excited to see how the virginity metaphors/emphasis is handled in the latest gender swap of the story. Actually, excited about pretty much everything about Life and Death, by Stephanie Meyer. What about you? Are you going to read it?
I’ve gotten hooked on a lot of different authors, genres, tropes, and categories of books. It’s like I’m obsessed with this certain kind of book and then that’s all I want to read, but eventually I get over it. Here are some of the bookish streaks that I’ve moved on from … although I definitely still have relapses from time to time. Would love to hear if you had any similar streaks Continue reading
I read this book last week on my birthday and let me tell you, I am obsessed. It is almost definitely the most romantic book I’ve read so far this year, so I couldn’t resist using the characters for today’s marry, date or dump. Our options are: Khalid (the secretive boy king), Jalal (his jovial cousin and the head of the guard), and Tariq (Shahrzad’s childhood sweetheart). I’m hoping some of you have read this book so you can answer. If not *go read this book now* then you can come back and play along by saying who you’d marry. who you’d date, and who you’d dump in the comments. Continue reading
When I finished Fans of the Impossible Life, by Kate Scelsa, all I could think was wow. I wasn’t sure what I thought about the characters – even though they were unique and fully drawn. I wasn’t sure how I felt about the ending. I was sure that I was incredibly impressed with this book.
The story switches perspectives between Jeremy, Mira, and Sebby, three teens with hard pasts who find an escape in friendship (and sometimes more than friendship!) with each other … at least for a little while. As Mira starts over at a new school, Sebby (Mira’s gay best friend) tries to work through family issues, and shy shy Jeremy gets drawn into their co-dependent friendship the three learn about the secrets and stakes involved in the quest to live what they deem “the impossible life”. Continue reading
So it’s my birthday! I’m 28 today. And the weirdest thing about being 28 is that it means that I’m not still 22. And sometimes birthdays are hard for me (I think I had my midlife crisis at age 10), because it can kind of feel like another year has passed that I haven’t gotten published or fallen in love or started to feel grounded. I also keep thinking of this Helen Mirren quote:
“It seems to me that the years between eighteen and twenty-eight are the hardest, psychologically. It’s then you realize this is make or break, you no longer have the excuse of youth, and it is time to become an adult – but you are not ready.”
Happy Tuesday friends! My MFA program is full of Sarah Dessen fanatics, which is a-okay with me. Seriously, I think like three or four of us (out of ten) decided to write our thesis papers on Sarah Dessen novels. It is fantastic to be able to be like “Oh my gosh he is such a Wes” to my friends and have everyone know what I mean. Anyways, here are some books I think fans of Sarah Dessen would appreciate. They are full of summery things, contemporary romance, and strong/relatable/interesting female protagonists. If you have any other suggestions for Dessen fans please pass them on in the comments! Continue reading