Summer Reading: A Recap

Now that Labor Day has come and gone, summer is officially over. Unless you live on the gulf coast, that is. We get a good two more months of 90 degree+ weather. And, of course, massive A/C bills.

So if you’re looking for some more awesome reads to snuggle up with next to the A/C vent, I read some amazing books this summer that are worth sharing. Here’s my summer reading recap:

1. Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern

A beautiful story told by two amazing main characters like you’ve never read before. Amy has cerebral palsy and speaks with the help of a computer, Matthew has OCD and is constantly performing rituals to cope with his fears. Their relationship builds and bends and twists in the most wonderful and unexpected ways. This book totally gave me the feels.

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2. Pointe by Brandy Colbert

 

 

This book is about so much more than a ballet dancer. A missing best friend. A past relationship with an older guy. An eating disorder. Cleo has a lot to deal with, but the author balances them all so well in this compelling and thoughtful story of healing.

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3. Charm and Strange by Stephanie Kuehn

I can’t tell you too much about this book without MAJOR SPOILERS, but if you’re into unreliable narrators, this one’s for you. And the writing is just….

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Grab these for some great reads this fall (whatever that is) and happy reading, friends!

 

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Could You Point Me To the Real Literature Shelf?

I love Shellie’s thoughts on It-Which-Shall-Not-Be-Linked. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every bookstore thought to do a little more shelf-crossing? I think we all like to be surprised by something we may not have known we’d love. I found some of my favorite books that way.

And it would be pretty great to trick some of the haters into realizing how truly awesome YA books can be!

An Exaltation of Larks

Like most young-adult fiction writers I know, I spent a good deal of last week thinking about a certain Slate article that claims adults should be embarrassed for reading YA fiction. Hereto that article shall be known as It-Which-Must-Not-Be-Linked.

Many writers and readers have already pointed out the flaws in the piece, for instance, that the author makes sweeping generalizations about the YA genre. Or that genre-shaming is frequently aimed at books for women and children. (And, for that matter, written by women.) That adults can benefit from reading about teen-age experiences. That marketing, rather than quality, defines what is or isn’t YA. And, of course, that no one should be telling anyone what to read.

And then there’s my favorite response to the idea that adults should be embarrassed by what they read:

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It’s not like we haven’t had this dust up before…

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Favorite Books of 2014 (so far…)

I’ve read a few YA books lately that were so amazing, I just had to share with you guys.

1. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

I can’t tell you much about this book without spoiling it. In fact, all I can really tell you is that there’s a private island, family money, OH SO MUCH drama, and that it will blow. your. mind.

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2. Like No Other by Una LaMarche

This one comes out in July, and holycrapballs is it GOOD. It’s like a modern-day Westside Story. His family is from the West Indies and wants him to be the first in the family to go to college, she’s a Hasidic Jew facing the reality of an arranged marriage. They get stuck together in an elevator during a hurricane, and then you JUST CAN’T TEAR YOURSELF AWAY! Think Eleanor & Park set in Brooklyn. 18667862

 3. Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae

This book is so wonderful, it will take you to Italy without having to get out of your pajamas. A fantastic main character, hot boys, gelato…what else is there to say? 18042393

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pick these up in time for summer break! Happy reading, friends!