Book Review: Life by Committee, by Corey Ann Haydu

17693452In the fall, I read Corey Ann Haydu’s debut novel – OCD Love Story - and was really blown away by how good the writing was. So, I definitely had a lot of high expectations and excitement when I saw her newest novel, Life by Committee, in the library and quickly pulled it off the shelves. These expectations were exceeded if anything and my excitement about the book continues to build as I keep mulling over the unique character depiction and themes woven into this story about a girl who loses her IRL friends and turns to an online community for connection, understanding, and guidance.

To give a little more detail, the story is told from the perspective high school girl Tabitha, who (to borrow the words from the jacket copy) might be the only girl in history of the world who actually gets less popular when she gets hot. As she explores her appearance and sexuality in ways her friend group shuns her for she finds an online group called Life by Committee.
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Welcome (back) to New York

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Me in front of the Brooklyn Museum (on a much warmer day than today).

After a long break at home, I got back to New York City last night. I’m definitely excited to see my friends and begin my new classes, where I’ll be reading books like Inside Picture Books, by Ellen Handler Spitz, and Show Me A Story, edited by Leonard Marcus . I’m also missing my family already and feeling more homesickness than I remember from when I first moved here. But it hasn’t even been 24 hours so I guess that’s to be expected. To get back into the swing of things I’m going to check out this bookstore this afternoon. Time to start a new semester of writing, readings, and hopefully a lot of fun!

Top Ten Books I Swooned Over as a Teenager

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Even though I’m obsessed with YA now, as a teen I didn’t really read very much of it. I was on a diet of classics and chick lit, with the occasional romance novel stirred in. These are some books that in my teenage years I thought were the sexiest, most romantic things ever written. Seriously, I reread some of the kissing scenes in these books so many times I can probably still recite them. I’d love to know what books you swooned over in high school in the comments! Continue reading

Burn, Read, Rewrite: The Great Gatsby, The Catcher in the Rye, & The Sun Also Rises

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Based on comments, it seems like the switch from Marry, Date or Dump to this game has been a success. Although as my sister said this morning, “It’s way easier to dump a character than it is to burn a book.” She decided this lineup was too hard for her to choose, but I hope you will play along and say which book you would read (favorite), rewrite (like but might want to change), and burn (least favorite). These are three of my favorite favorite books – stories so nice I had to say favorite twice – but I’m going to give it a shot.  Continue reading

Giving Books Away

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I used to be really bad at giving books away, but lately I’ve been getting a little rush whenever I clear one off the shelves. I don’t know if it is the fact that I’ve been going to the library more than ever or having an e-reader, but the physical copies of books (even ones that I really like) don’t feel as important to hang on to. I also think the change could be that I reread less since there are always so many books on my TBR list.  Continue reading