Book Review: Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson

20821284 (1)I had grand grand plans for my review of Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson – a book I found practically flawless. But as I’m writing this it is late Thursday night. I have to wake up at six to travel to Boston for a bachelorette party. I still haven’t packed and I have a submission for writing workshop to turn in before I get to go to sleep.

So I will just leave you with these words from me: READ THE BOOK.

And these words from the book that just made me melt: “I believe in one day and someday and this perfect moment called Now.”

And if you still aren’t convinced: this book review from the New York Times.

If you read the book please stop by and let me know what you think. And if you’ve already read it, then please leave a comment. I’m itching for people to talk about it with. Thanks for understanding about the brevity. Now back to writing!

Top Ten Favorite Heroines From Books

toptentuesday This weeks topic was hard for me. I obviously love literary heroines … I mean look at the title of this blog. So narrowing down all my favorite female characters to ten was no easy task. Here’s what I came up with … even though some of the ladies left off the list are breaking my heart. Let me know who your favorite heroines from books are in the comments! Continue reading

Burn, Read, Rewrite: TFiOS, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, & The Book Thief

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We’ve definitely done some hard rounds of this game, but none has been as hard for me as choosing between these wildly popular and incredibly good YA novels. Seriously, even as I’m typing, I’m still changing my mind on what my choices are going to be. To play along you say in the comments which book you would read (your favorite), rewrite (second favorite/one that you might want to change something about), and burn (least favorite). As always, I love to hear people’s different reasonings and rationale for their choices.  Continue reading

Book Review: Dorianna, by Catherine Stine

23387844A few people who’ve been reading my blog for awhile know that last summer I wrote a first draft of a YA retelling of A Picture of Dorian Gray. I’m not doing anything with it now, and I don’t know if I’m ever going to look at it again, but that writing experience and the fact that I’m a big Oscar Wilde fan made me really excited to read Dorianna, by Catherine Stine. As you can probably tell by the name, and my opening remarks, this is a contemporary YA retelling of the same novel. And while it was very very different from my re-imagining, the concept intrigued me from the start.

Dorianna is a plain girl that’s sent to live with her aunt in Brooklyn after her father – a minister – is sent to jail for stealing from his parishioners. Being in New York feels like an exciting fresh start, but Dorianna feels trapped when boys overlook her and the cool girls bully her and make her feel like a country bumpkin. Continue reading

Seven Life Lessons from The Catcher in the Rye

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1.) Sometimes you have to lie for social reasons: “I am always saying “Glad to’ve met you” to somebody I’m not at all glad I met. If you want to stay alive, you have to say that stuff, though.”

2.) Keep all your feelings bottled up inside: “Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.”  Continue reading