Marry, Date or Dump: Ambrose, Teddy, & Peter K.

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It’s been way way way too long since we’ve done a marry, date, or dump and I’ve just been reading the three most perfect YA romances to pick our boys from. We’ve got Ambrose from Sarah Dessen’s new book Once and for All, Teddy from Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith, and last (but certainly not least!) Peter K. from Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy. If you want to play along, say who you would marry, date, and dump in the comments. My answer are…

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Sarah Dessen & Jenny Han & Jennifer E. Smith … Oh my!

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A very happy book blogger, at Books of Wonder last night!

Did you see what I was trying to do there in the title with the Wizard of Oz reference? No? Oh well, moving on with my geeky self. Last night, was like nonsexual YA orgy of amazingness. I got to go to my favorite bookstore and see/meet three favorite authors. The crowd and energy in the room was nuts. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen more folks come out to Books of Wonder before. I got their half an hour early and was apparently the 70th person there … bananas! Continue reading

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between, by Jennifer E. Smith

23369370 (1)I discovered Jennifer E. Smith when I first started going to the library in 2013. Her covers were impossible to resist and her books felt like solidly good, YA contemporary romance. They never disappointed. So I was thrilled when I got a review copy of her newest novel Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between. In this book, she returns to a technique used in one of my favorites from her (The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight): showing a relationship change unfold within a short period of time. Except this time instead of showing how two people first come together and fall for each other, this story shows two people in love trying to decide in a twelve hour period whether or not they should break up.  Continue reading

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, by Jennifer E. Smith: Changing the Way I Think Of Airports Forever

9780316122399_p0_v1_s260x420I am not the kind of person who gets dressed up to go on a plane. I flew enough as a bicoastal kid to know the key to a happy plane ride is a comfy plane ride. When I was at Smith College (an all women’s school) the airport became the place to meet guys. Suddenly, instead of wearing leggings and avoiding eye contact I was supposed to wear eyeliner and be flirtatious. The goal was no longer an empty middle seat on the plane: it was a boyfriend. I resisted this trend and continued to wear my Ugg boots and unapproachable expression, but reading The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, by Jennifer E. Smith, kind of made me regret that decision.  Continue reading