Summer of Sarah Dessen: Just Listen

51738If I had my way, every summer would be the summer of Sarah Dessen. Seriously, is there a better book than you could be reading on the beach or on a picnic blanket in the park than a Sarah Dessen novel? That doesn’t mean they are all light and fluffy or just beach reads. In fact, the book I’ve been asked to review this week Just Listen is anything but. Still, it is one of my favorites. The first time I read the book I finished it in less than four hours and I’ve reread it several times since. Let’s talk about why…

But first, here is the book’s description from goodreads: Last year, Annabel was “the girl who has everything” — at least that’s the part she played in the television commercial for Kopf’s Department Store. This year, she’s the girl who has nothing: no best friend because mean-but-exciting Sophie dropped her, no peace at home since her older sister became anorexic, and no one to sit with at lunch. Until she meets Owen Armstrong.Tall, dark, and music-obsessed, Owen is a reformed bad boy with a commitment to truth-telling. With Owen’s help, maybe Annabel can face what happened the night she and Sophie stopped being friends. 

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Wordless Wednesday: First Draft with Sarah Enni

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Usually, I share something visual for Wordless Wednesday. But today, I thought I’d share something auditory instead. A podcast recommendation. I’ve been listening (and loving!) First Draft with Sarah Enni. The podcast of a woman taking a roadtrip to visit different YA authors to ask them about their books, craft, and lives in general. All the episodes are great, but I suggest starting with Libba Bray. Here is the link. If you have been listening, I’d love to know your favorite episode in the comments!

Top Ten Books On My TBR For Summer

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My favorite thing about being an “adult” in the summer, is that we get to pick our own summer reading. Don’t get me wrong, I read some great books for school over the summer, but I also read some dull, boring ones that I never would have picked up for myself. It’s almost overwhelming how many books I want to get to, but here are ten I definitely want to cross off the tbr list in the next three months. Continue reading

Marry, Date or Dump: Fitzgerald, Hemingway, & Faulkner

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Happy Monday, friends! I thought I’d switch things up and have authors instead of characters for today’s marry, date, or dump options. Now let’s face it, none of these men would have made particularly good husbands. But whether you choose based on their books, their looks, or any other criteria you want, I’m still excited to see which author you would marry, who you would date, and who you would dump.  Continue reading

John Green, Maggie Stiefvater, Cassandra Clare, and Why I DO Think We Should “Keep YA Kind”

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Yesterday on one of the longest megabus rides from NY to Annapolis ever, I stumbled on this really interesting interview with Maggie Stiefvater and Cassandra Clare talking about being “dehumanized” by their fandoms online. Then last night my twitter feed blew up with tweets defending John Green. Defend against what (?) and what happened (?) were two questions running through my brain. Apparently, someone started a vicious and unfounded internet rumor about Green (which elicited a response from him saying he might withdraw from using tumblr in the same way moving forward … but then a post this morning thanking people for so much support). I’m sure no one really needs my defense or thoughts on the situation. Especially, because so many great things have been written by people like Libba Bray, Holly Black, Hank Green, and Maggie Stiefvater. Still, this morning I wanted to share a few thoughts on why I’ve been really attracted to the YA community and problems with Internet hate.  Continue reading