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 ...
Stuff happens to most people. One thing going wrong, I mean. One family member missing a chance to help. One who cuts you off. One person with her own shit to deal with.
One of those things isn’t enough to send you falling through the cracks.
But all of them together, they accumulate. An abandoned mother here. A missing uncle there. A disappearing father two generations back. A friendship broken by fear or mistrust or addiction. Genes that make you ...
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 ...
Barry Lyga photographed by Devon John Photography.
What’s Barry Lyga’s secret to writing books teen readers love?
“I don’t write for teens,” says the New York Times bestselling author of I Hunt Killers. “That’s my secret—I write about teens.
“I’m aware that my books are published as YA,” he continues, “and I love that, and there’s a magic to having teenagers tell you a book of yours has changed or saved their life....Teenagers are still in that molten lava stage, where the right book ...
Fairly recently the Facebook comments on our review of The Black Witch, by Laurie Forest, have exploded with severe condemnation of Kirkus’ enthusiastic recommendation of this doorstopper of a fantasy that is, to quote a representative comment, “filled with horrific and undisguised racism, ableism, homophobia, and misogyny.”
They are right. The book oozes all of those things—but I would argue it is not a racist, ableist, homophobic, or misogynistic book.
The story of sheltered Elloren Gardner, scion of one of ...
BOOK REPORT for Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
On the WaterfrontBFF Charm:
Some Like It HotBonus Factors:
Santa Cruz, Classic Movies, Vintage FashionRelationship Status:
From Here To Eternity
Cover Story: On the Waterfront
Much like Jenn Bennett’s first YA book, The Anatomical Shape of a Heart, I find the US cover okay, and the UK cover to be fantastic. The US cover evokes summertime, movies, and romance—which is good ...
Tourmaline nearly smiled. Who would have thought the ever notorious beauty queen Virginia Campbell was the kind to stick it out? The idea made a tiny knot in her chest, like she had been feeling lonely and hadn’t noticed until someone showed up.
Tourmaline Harris and Virginia Campbell both just graduated from the same high school. Beyond that, on the surface, they have nothing in common. Tourmaline is still struggling with guilt ...