American contemporary, Books for Everyone, Cross over, New Adult, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, YA

Thoughts on Fan Girl and New Adult: A Cure for the Freshman Ills?

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?

Bullying, Canadian, Cross over, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Positive Gay Characters, YA

Painfully Honest: (You) Set Me on Fire Review

In this hard-hitting, dark exploration of ¬†toxic relationships Tamaki nails the experience of first year university- the good and the bad- with teens gone a little crazy on freedom and alcohol. Allison has good parents, great potential, but a dark past. When she enters her first year at university she is bewildered, unimpressed, and disconnected… Continue reading Painfully Honest: (You) Set Me on Fire Review