You just needed a plan, to take action. It’s how I convinced my dad to let me raise geese in our backyard, how I saved our underfunded middle school library from closure, how I overcame a fear of heights by bungee jumping on my sixteenth birthday (with only a little pee escaping me), and how I became number one in my class year after year. I believed, and still believe, that you can build your dreams brick by brick. That ...
I learned years ago that it’s okay to do this. To seek out small spaces for myself, to stop and imagine myself alone. People are too much sometimes. Friends, acquaintances, enemies, strangers. It doesn’t matter; they all crowd. Even if they’re all the way across the room, they crowd. I take a moment of silence and think: I am here. I am okay.
It’s less than a year until Eliza Mirk graduates ...
BOOK REPORT for The Pearl Thief (Code Name Verity #0.5) by Elizabeth Wein
Go On, Take The Money and RunBFF Charm:
I Capture the CastleBonus Factors:
Crumbling Aristocracy, Sweet Ride, History’s MysteriesRelationship Status:
It’s Like Being In Love, Discovering Your Best Friend
Cover Story: Go On, Take The Money and Run
I neither love nor hate this cover, which, at least, has the sporty red MG that Julie ...
Last week, I covered a few of the May YA romances I’m excited about—and last month, I covered Riley Redgate’s Noteworthy—but there are even MORE May books that I’m looking forward to!
Here are thirteen of them:
It's Not Like It's a Secret, by Misa Sugiura
Lots of things change for sixteen-year-old Sana Kiyohara when her father moves the family from Wisconsin to California—not the least of which is suddenly living in a much more diverse community ...
BOOK REPORT for Beneath the Shine by Sarah Fine
Beneath … the ShineBFF Charms:
Eventually, With BenefitsSwoonworthy Scale:
PolitechsBonus Factor: The Scarlet PimpernelFactor:
Needs a GlossaryRelationship Status:
Cover Story: Beneath … the Shine
This cover is a little on the nose. It’s pretty, and the gemstone flower certainly fits with the plot, but the literalness of it makes me laugh in an “I’m not sure ...
The sun is shining, all of the trees have buds, the garlic in our garden is growing a mile a minute, the birds are making a racket, and both of the cats dragged chipmunks into the house this morning. What does that all add up to? SPRING IS FINALLY HERE FOR REAL.
All of the new growth and WARM DAYS and wildlife activity has me feeling rejuvenated and joyfully mushily delighted, and OBVIOUSLY, I’d like to read some books that ...
BOOK REPORT for The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Cover Story: Heart Eyes
BFF Charm: Yay!
Swoonworthy Scale: 7
Talky Talk: Here's the Thing (TM Molly)
Bonus Factors: Family, Body Image, Tasty Business, Emoji
Relationship Status: Dancing Ladies with Bunny Ears
Cover Story: Heart Eyes
Simple but cute! The color's fab, and Molly's love of emoji is front and (almost) center. I'm also super into an author's covers all having a similar aesthetic, so ...
I know it’s not cool to define yourself by a boy. Girls are supposed to be independent, these days. We should be Strong Female Characters, we should be tough and self-motivated and grrrrrls instead of girls. We’re supposed to run the world—girls—and look unapologetically into the camera. We don’t have to smile. We can cross our arms or curl our hands into fists. Except that while we’re being tough and independent, we really should be beautiful, too; we’re just not ...