Fiction Friday: Review of the YA Book, Future Shock

The following review of Future Shock* (April 1, 2016 AW Teen) by Elizabeth Briggs is by Food, Fitness & Fiction contributing editor Joshua Flores. Elena Martinez was always seen as average; she had no hope. As a foster child whose  18th birthday was approaching, her hope for the future beings… Read More

The Serpent King: An Interview with Jeff Zentner

The following post is from Food, Fitness & Fiction contributing editor Josh Flores. Jeff Zentner’s debut novel, The Serpent King (Crown/Random House, March 8, 2016), tells the story of three friends as they uncover family secrets, fall in love, and desperately try to escape the hypocrisy of the small southern… Read More

Young Adult Books That Do Love Right

As a not-so-young adult who avidly reads (OK, I devour) young adult books, I’ve found myself swept up in many a love story—not just the kind between two people, but between friends and even family members. Out of the 60+ young adult books I’ve had the pleasure of reading over… Read More

My Poems by Joanna Crowell

When I attended YALLFEST in Charleston, South Carolina this past fall, I had the pleasure of interviewing the inspiring children’s book author Kwame Alexander. An added bonus was meeting his dear and talented friend, Joanna Crowell (pictured with me below). We bonded instantly!     Crowell is a poet, playwright,… Read More

Debut YA Author Estelle Laure on This Raging Light

What can I say about This Raging Light by debut author, Estelle Laure? I. Loved. It. It slayed me until the very last word. I loved it so much that about a quarter of the way through, I urged my husband to read it. He read it on his nook… Read More

An Interview with Debut YA Author Marcy Beller Paul

I’m still thinking about a recent read–the young adult book, Underneath Everything (Balzer & Bray, October 2015), by debut author and former editor Marcy Beller Paul. Besides being very well written, I found Underneath Everything both haunting and psychologically stimulating. It got under my skin in the best possible way,… Read More

YA Author Shalanda Stanley on Drowning is Inevitable

“A literary knockout with the loudest of beating hearts”—that’s what John Corey Whaley, Printz Award winner of Where Things Come Back calls the new book, Drowning is Inevitable, by Shalanda Stanley. After reading it, I can see exactly why he said that. This well written, heartfelt, sad but hopeful book… Read More

Today in YA: Underneath Everything

The following review of Underneath Everything (Balzer + Bray, October 2015), a book I recently read and thoroughly enjoyed, comes via Food, Fitness & Fiction contributing editor Josh Flores. Mattie can easily read maps, but when it comes to people, it’s a whole different story. Marcy Bellar Paul’s debut novel,… Read More

Writers on Writing: YA Author Becky Albertalli

After hearing buzz and buzz and more buzz about Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, April 2015), I decided to add the debut young adult novel from Becky Albertalli to my MUST READ NOW list. I’m happy to say that the book did not disappoint! Here’s a… Read More

Today in YA: The Distance from Me to You

The following review of The Distance From Me to You (G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, October 2015) by Marina Gessner comes courtesy of guest blogger Laceyann Yates (pictured). In The Distance from Me to You, Marina Gessner tells the story of McKenna Barney who decides to take a… Read More