Holy stars did I love this book! Fifteen year old (yes, 15!) Maya Van Wagenen is smart, funny, achingly honest and a total star. In grade 8 she decided to follow the advice of a 1950s style guide, BETTY CORNELL'S TEEN-AGE POPULARITY GUIDE (which is also being republished by Dutton at the same time, GREAT kitschy … Continue reading YA Gets a 1950s Make-Over: Popular Review
I love discovering new writers. There is something exciting about falling in love with a book by a an author you know little about and then telling everyone you know about said writer. My new current obsession is Nina LaCour. I had heard wonderful things about this contemporary YA writer but only recently did I … Continue reading Why Aren’t You Reading Nina LaCour?
WHAT I PUBLISHED Not one, but TWO new novels! Bringing my series about Benji and Clarissa to a close in DAYS THAT END IN Y was bittersweet. I love this review in CM Magazine because above all else I aim to be authentic, and if the mother of a teenage daughter who happens to be … Continue reading Read, Write, Blog: 2013 in Review
At this point Jane, The Fox & Me has collected so many accolades that I am just one more voice in the choir. The story of a girl who feels bullied and so retreats into the world of Jane Eyre only to be enchanted by a fox appeals to me in all possible ways. I … Continue reading Melancholic Perfection: Jane, The Fox and Me Review
I have been feeling neglectful of the blog these days, but here are three books I've read and loved this fall. ALL THE TRUTH THAT'S IN ME Julie Berry you totally got me. Is this book historical fiction? A poetic literary offering? Mystery? Psychological thriller? The correct answer would be all of these things plus … Continue reading Three Quick & Dirty Reviews
There seem to be two streams of New Adult fiction- the racier, romance narrative (see Cora Carmack and Abbi Glines), and the darker, grittier narrative about that messy time between 18-24. Fan Girl belongs in the later category, chronicling the freshman year of an introverted fan fiction writer. Cath and her sister Wren represent two … Continue reading Thoughts on Fan Girl and New Adult: A Cure for the Freshman Ills?
Despite being an avid reader of WWII fiction, I had never heard of Ravensbruck or the Rabbits. After reading Elizabeth Wein's devastating follow-up to Code Name Verity I know I will never forget them. This book is difficult to read at times, but I was unable to tear myself away. American teenager Rose Justice finishes her … Continue reading Hard to Read, Harder to Put Down: Rose Under Fire Review