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
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
I was a little stumped trying to find a topic for today’s marry date or dump and so I looked at the top three YA books on the New York Times YA best seller list. Can we all just take a moment to be excited about the strong, diverse female characters written by female author that appear at the top of this list. At first, I thought I’d give you the love interests, but the protagonists of all three books seemed so much more interesting – so the choice is up to you if you want to do the boys or the girls, but I’m going to pick between Willowdean, Madeline, and Mare Barrow. Try to keep spoilers out of your comments, especially because I haven’t read Dumplin’ yet! Continue reading
I know I’m a little bit behind on these books, but over the weekend I finally finished Ruin and Rising the third and final book in The Grisha Trilogy, by Leigh Bardugo. I had no idea how I wanted the story to end or who I wanted Alina to end up with … but the way Leigh wrapped everything together took my breath away. Still, now I’m left wondering who you would marry, who you’d date, and who you’d dump when it comes to the men in the series. I’m sticking to the three potential suitors for Alina, but if you want to sub in secondary characters be my guest! Continue reading
Last year I heard Rachel Vail read the first chapter of her middle grade novel, Unfriended, at a NYC Teen Author Reading Night and she totally stole the show. In both her writing and the way she read, Rachel completely nailed the voice of an eighth grader. The ambitious novels switches perspectives between sixth eight-grade characters, and reveals their individual struggles, preoccupations, and anxieties. The author makes it look easy, but I have a suspicion juggling so many different characters within one story was anything but. The anchoring story centers on Truly being asked to sit at the popular table, which creates a chain reaction that messes up much of the eight grade social order. As the title suggests, the effects of social media and the Internet are made use of in the story. But one thing I REALLY liked about this book, is that it doesn’t pretend like cliques and bullying and exclusivity all developed because of Internet culture. It instead shows how teens harness the power of the new technology to do the same things to each other they’ve always done, just in a much more public/wide reaching scale. Continue reading