Rambling About: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

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The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart My rating: 4 of 5 stars Secrets are more powerful when people know you’ve got them. ― E. Lockhart, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks I happened upon this book while perusing the audiobook section of the library and I’m so thrilled that I did. I […]

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Rambling About: An Abundance of Katherines

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An Abundance of Katherines by John Green My rating: 4 of 5 stars What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable? ― John Green, An Abundance of Katherines I thoroughly enjoyed this John Green novel. If you get the chance to listen to it on audiobook, […]

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Teen Book Review: Eleanor & Park

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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell My rating: 5 of 5 stars “He tried to remember how this happened – how she went from someone he’d never met to the only one who mattered.” ― Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park Let me preface this post by saying the first scene has tons of swearing. It […]

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Teen Book Review: How I Live Now

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How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff My rating: 3 of 5 stars “I noticed that once you realize someone’s watching you it’s pretty hard not to find yourself watching them back.” — Meg Rosoff, How I Live Now I first heard about this story after hearing a review on BBC Radio 1 about the film […]

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Review: Sold

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Sold by Patricia McCormick My rating: 4 of 5 stars “This affliction–hope–is so cruel and stubborn, I believe it will kill me.” -Patricia McCormick, Sold This is a book you wish was just a work of fiction, but sadly there are young girls living this horrifying reality. Sold is about Lakshmi, a thirteen year old Nepali girl […]

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Review: Anna and the French Kiss

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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins My rating: 4 of 5 stars I was proposed to in Paris, so Paris holds a special place in my heart and I tend to agree (yes, I’m partial) that it is one of the most romantic cities in the world. With that disclaimer out of the […]

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This thing is giving me fits

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The thing I’m referring to is my latest manuscript.  (Yes it’s a teen romance – because that’s all I write.)  I’ve been so excited about working on it, but the sizzle is staring to fizzle.  It’s like a puzzle.  I know I have all the parts, but this puzzle has more than one way to […]

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Review: Carter Finally Gets It

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Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford My rating: 4 of 5 stars I listened to this on audiobook and holy awesome narrator!!  (One of the best I’ve ever heard.)  He totally brought the character of Carter to life and the voices he used for the other characters were great. With that said, this story is […]

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New Music–CHVRCHES

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It’s new music Tuesday for the Scottish trio CHVRCHES.  I love this play on letters.  And yes, I agree with this BBC article – you must use all caps when writing, err typing their name. (And don’t forget the “E”) Today their debut studio album Bones of What You Believe is released in the States.  […]

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I Want Crazy

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Hunter Hayes’ video for I Want Crazy is what I try to capture in the young adult novels that I write.  That whirlwind kind of love that consumes you so the other person is all you can think about.  It also makes you do crazy things, like sneak into the public pool, or sneak up […]

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