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

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

Always and Forever Lara Jean no captionI have major love for Lara Jean Covey and all the Song girls. I like that she is a shy, quiet, bookish girl who finds her confidence not by losing her shyness or a boy liking her – but through her own journey. I like her relationship with her sisters and the way Margot and Kitty have changed over the last three books. I like the cultural details of being half Korean American that are weaved in and out of the narrative. I’ve said this several times now, but reading To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before  was formative to my interest in writing contemporary YA. Hearing Jenny Han speak at The National Book Festival in 2012 was formative to my decision to move to New York City and get my MFA in writing for children and teenagers.  So yeah, I’ve been looking forward to reading the third and final Lara Jean book since I found out it was happening. And, as expected, it did not disappoint.  Continue reading

Sensitivity, Writing, & Grief

I have always, always been a sensitive person. Sometimes this serves me well, like in my writing. Sometimes it doesn’t, like in the fifth grade. Despite (or perhaps because of) this sensitivity, I tend to spend a lot of time in my head. It’s less overwhelming than living in the world of my feelings. This means that when things aren’t going well, like in the last month or so, I spend a lot of time trying to understand why. This is a completely futile exercise, but one I have a hard time stopping. Especially late at night. Continue reading

Marry, Date or Dump: Peter, Josh & John from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, by Jenny Han

Screen Shot 2015-06-01 at 10.41.45 AMI’ve said before that I think one of my main measures for a good book are how reluctant I am to move on after finishing the last page. P.S. I Still Love You, by Jenny Han, definitely earns high marks in this test. I’m still spending lots of time thinking about Lara Jean and her suitors. In all this thinking time, I realized that Lara Jean’s companion novels set up the perfect trifecta of boys to marry, date or dump: Peter, Josh, and John McClaren. So if you’ve read either, or both, books feel free to jump in and let me know in the comments who you’d marry, who you’d date, an who you’d dump.  Continue reading

P.S. I Still Love You, by Jenny Han

20698530There have been a few books that have totally clicked with me in the past 2-3 years. Books that I’ve read and reread and reread again, and also books that have really directed the kind of stories I want to be writing. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, by Jenny Han, (which I completely fangirl all over in this review) was one of those books for me. It’s one that, both as a reader and as a writer, I keep coming back to. So you can imagine my asdfghjkl!!!! levels of excitement when I finally got P.S. I Still Love You in my hands on Tuesday. So excited that I read the book in one sitting, laughing, swooning, and even sobbing at one point as I worked my way through the rest of Lara Jean’s love letter journey. ***Before I continue, I just want to point out that while I won’t have any spoilers for this book, as a sequel it’s impossible to discuss it without spoiling some things about its predecessor, so proceed with caution*** Continue reading

Wordless Wednesday: PS I Still Love You Launch

I went to the PS I Still Love You launch at POWERHOUSE Arena last night. It was by far the most magical book release party I've ever been to.

I went to the PS I Still Love You launch at POWERHOUSE Arena last night. It was by far the most magical book release party I’ve ever been to. Also I finished the book in one sitting last night … you can expect a (rave) review on the blog by tomorrow morning!

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