Burn, Read, Rewrite: I’ll Give You the Sun, Belzhar, & We Were Liars

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Hello and happy Monday! I’m about to board a bus away from my family in Annapolis and an absolutely lovely spring break (still can’t believe I actually get one of those now!) back to New York. Just so I’ll be able to torture myself the whole bus ride about choosing between three AMAZING novels, I picked three of my favorite YA books published last year: I’ll Give You the Sun, by Jandy Nelson, Belzhar, by Meg Wolitzer, and We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart. Ooof this is going to be a hard one for me, but I can’t wait to read which book you’d read (your favorite), rewrite (second favorite or one you want to change something about), and burn (least favorite).  Continue reading “Burn, Read, Rewrite: I’ll Give You the Sun, Belzhar, & We Were Liars”

Top Ten Books I’d Give to Adult’s Who’ve Never Read YA


These aren’t my favorite YA books, but they are definitely ones that I think have a lot of crossover appeal and literary merit. Also a few of them might be considered closer to literary fiction than YA, but I think they would still make a great introduction to reading books about teenagers. Whether people like Game of Thrones, historical fiction, romance, or contemporary stories I think there is something for almost everyone on this list. Let me know in the comments which books you would suggest. Continue reading “Top Ten Books I’d Give to Adult’s Who’ve Never Read YA”

Top Ten YA Books I Read in 2013


I’ve really tried to up my game in terms of reading more YA books this year. That’s what made this week’s top ten tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, so difficult. It was (almost) impossible to narrow them down to just ten books. Anyways, here is my best shot. I enjoyed all of these books immensely, and hope to find more like them in 2014! Continue reading “Top Ten YA Books I Read in 2013”

Marry Date or Dump: Slytherins

syltherinSome times Marry, Date, or  Dump is a hard game because all of the choices are so fantastic you want to marry all of them. Other times it is hard because all of the choices are not the kind of people you would even want to think about dating, let alone marrying. Whether you love to hate them, or just plain hate them I think this week with three Slytherins on the docket I have a feeling it is going to be the later. I picked Draco Malfoy and his side kicks Crabbe and Goyle as the choices. If you would like to substitute your own Slytherin choices go for it!

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Is Abbi Glines Pushing the Boundaries of YA Fiction?

For those of you who don’t know, Abbi Glines is a self-publisher who has been appearing all over different bestseller lists in the last few months. I will admit that I’ve read a few of her books – when something is priced under a dollar its hard to not check it out. Her books make 50 Shades look well written, but I understand the appeal. They include interesting characters, abrupt cliffhanger endings, and plenty of scenes that would make Nora Roberts blush. It is those scenes that have made me pretty surprised this week to see her name on the YA Bestseller list for her book While It Lasts. I considered her solidly a Romance (and not light romance), even though her characters are often between ages 17 and 21. Which makes me wonder – should something so sexually explicit and so obviously designed to titillate be considered young adult fiction?

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Cinder: A Cyborg Cinderella Story

cinderI totally understand why so many people loved Cinder, by Marissa Meyer. I didn’t love it, but I did find my self engaged and interested in the story. It kept me reading because I wanted to find out what would happen next. I wanted to know how Meyer would wrap up the book. Surprise. Surprise. It didn’t wrap up. As with most YA books that come out, it is the first in a series.  While I thought the concept was innovative – a cyborg Cinderella with a robotic foot – Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine will always be my Cinderella retelling of choice. Continue reading “Cinder: A Cyborg Cinderella Story”

What to Call the Parents in a Young Adult/Children’s Book?

Almost everyone who knows me well, or has just had a really long conversation with me, knows that I have been a little obsessed with names for a very long time. My early stories (written on Storybook Weaver) consisted mostly of me writing something like: One day girl’s name met boy’s name and they got married and had ten children named list of names, often all starting with the same letter Duggar family style. And they would continue in that vein until I got bored and I would end with something catchy like and they lived happily ever after or the end.  


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