I won NaNoWriMo. Am collecting my brains back off of the floor. In other news, I will have some news soon. So that should be coming. Watch this space or whatever. So tired. TTYL.~ read more ~
Hi guys. I’m very busy writing the worst first draft in the history of first drafts. (Okay, it might be better than, you know, something, but I’m not holding my breath.) I’m about a week behind (rough estimate, no time to do the math, here, folks!) and staving off the sort of desperation that NaNoWriMo can push a writer into. You know, like recycling old X-Files plots or transcribing overheard conversations directly into the manuscript. (The latter would be easier if I wasn’t working mostly at Starbucks — I can’t figure out half of the drink menu let alone repeat it.)
However, just in case for some reason you were thinking to yourself, “Gee, I wish there was something new from E. Kristin Anderson to read,” THERE IS!~ read more ~
I love a good biographical novel. History has so many stories in and of itself, and yet it leaves room for the imagination to conjure its own legends. Mary Shelley, author of FRANKENSTEIN, is a woman that intrigues so many readers, and who clearly inspired Stephanie Hemphill, author of HIDEOUS LOVE.
Told in verse, HIDEOUS LOVE begins with an origin story of sorts, with Mary narrating portraits of her family — her half sisters, her obnoxious Stepmother, her hard-to-impress father. And then she meets Percy Shelley, the poet, and Mary falls so head over heels in love that there’s no looking back. Even if it means disgracing her family and being outcast by the ones she loves.~ read more ~
Toxic friendships are a very real thing. Which is part of why I really loved OVER YOU by Amy Reed. Unlike the title might suggest, this isn’t a story of getting over a boy, but finding one’s own identity despite the best friend who can’t seem to let you be yourself.
The first half of OVER YOU is told in second person. The protagonist, Max, narrates to her best friend, the spontaneous and adorable Sadie. And Sadie is Max’s world. Max doesn’t seem to know how this happened, but they’ve been best friends for so long, and Max needs to be Sadie’s friend because Sadie can’t survive without Max. So when Sadie decides to go live with her absentee mom at a commune in the middle of nowhere for the summer, Max goes along. And it’s not long before things start to change.~ read more ~
The latest from Sean Beaudoin, WISE YOUNG FOOL, is the kind of book that sits with you. The characters feel real, like people you’ve just spent a bunch of time hanging out with, and closing the book feels like saying goodbye. And rather than review this book, I feel like Richie Sudden would be okay with me making a short list of things you should know about WISE YOUNG FOOL before you dive in. (Which you should, it’s fantastic.)
1. Richie Sudden, our hero, narrates this story alternating between segments before he ended up on juvie and in journal entries that narrate his experience in juvie. Sean Beaudoin executes this method with all the cleverness you’d expect from the master of snark.
2. If you haven’t recently brushed up on your classic rock references, Richie and his cohorts will give you a run for your money. Watch for the Def Leppard drummer joke in chapter 8.~ read more ~
ROKEN is a fantastic new novel from Elizabeth Pulford and Angus Gomes that fully takes advantage of the “multimedia” concept. Told partially in prose and partially in graphic novel segments, and accompanied by fictionalized news articles, the story follows Zara’s quest to find her brother Jem.
Here’s the thing: Zara is in a coma. And while she’s drawn herself into Jem’s favorite comic book, she is constantly pulled back into her hospital room, where she can hear the conversations of her loved ones around her. Her best friend brings her gossip from school, and while Zara wishes she could be there with her, she knows that she won’t be able to do anything until she finds Jem. But even if she is able to confront the villain Morven, she also needs to confront the painful truth that her comic book world is helping her to avoid.~ read more ~
There is nothing more epic than forbidden love. But Sara Farizan’s debut, IF YOU COULD BE MINE, takes the forbidden love trope to a new level — with a dose of reality.
Sahar and Nasrin have been in love since they were children. The two girls have been sneaking around for years, stealing kisses behind closed doors. If they lived somewhere else, maybe being gay wouldn’t be such a big deal. But in Iran, it’s not only taboo, but it’s a crime. Sahar dreams of having a life with Nasrin, but when Nasrin’s parents arrange for her to be married, these dreams fall apart. If only Sahar were a man, they could be in love in the open. She could be Nasrin’s betrothed. And here’s the twist: in Iran, being a man stuck in a woman’s body is considered a medical problem, treatable with surgery and hormones. Sahar thinks that maybe if she can convince herselves — and doctors — that she is a transgendered person, there might be hope for her and Nasrin. Faced with some of the hardest choices of her life, Sahar has to ask herself: what is the limit of what she’ll do for love?~ read more ~
In the wake of a pretty crappy year, Pippa Green knows what she wants more than ever. She wants to be a photographer her dad would be proud of. She wants to win the regional award that could get her accepted into Tisch camp, run by the arts school at NYU. And she wants her panic attacks to go away. Forever.
But just when Pippa starts to feel like things are going back to normal, a few things start to shake the ground beneath her feet. For one thing, the new guy at school, Ben Baxter, is seriously cute AND into photography, just like her. He even shows killer slides at the first photo club meeting. Then there’s the fact that she’s keeping a secret from her best friend, Dace, that could really rattle their life plan as pro photographer and fashion model. When Pippa gets assigned to serve her requisite volunteer hours at the local hospital, though, that might be the last straw. Pippa and hospitals simply don’t mix.~ read more ~
All Rafe wanted was to be himself. Except sometimes being himself comes with all these labels and pigeonholes. Which is why this proud gay kid, son of the president of the local PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) president, is going back in the closet.
His best friend Claire Olivia and his parents don’t know that this is the plan when he moves across the country to attend a New England boarding school, leaving liberal Boulder behind. He isn’t going to tell anyone that he’s gay. He moves in with his room mate, joins the soccer team, and pretends to be just one of the guys. Except, in Rafe’s mind, he is just one of the guys. And for once in his life, he’s not “the gay kid.”~ read more ~
Oh, hello there. I wanted to give you a little brief goings on, since it’s fall and all and some of y’all are back to school and I’m back to…well…it seems like I’m mostly back to allergies, but we’ll see if that progresses into anything useful. Anyway, here’s some juicy…gossip? Details? Juice. Obviously juice.
In August somehow I was awarded Deviousness over at deviantART.com, which shocked the hell out of me, considering that I’m moderately quiet on the site compared to most of the folks who end up with the nice little crown. I’m honored and pleased and humbled and I can’t thank the team enough. I hope that I can continue to be moderately useful to young writers on dA going forward.
In other news, Banned Books Week was the last week of September. But in my own garish fashion I celebrated Banned Books on my author blog for the ENTIRE MONTH. (If you missed this, you’ve been under a rock. Sorry.)~ read more ~