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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
I recently read and loved an advance reader’s copy of Julie Murphy’s Dumplin’, a gem of a book that has since gone on to become a number one New York Times bestselling young adult novel. As an avid YA reader and a registered dietitian nutritionist who was raised by an… Read More
The following post is from Food, Fitness & Fiction contributing editor Joshua Flores (pictured below).
From flammable “promposals” to an odd girl with a mysterious home life, My Kind Of Crazy (Sourcebooks Fire, April 5, 2016) by Robin Reul is simply thrilling. This coming of age tale explores the… Read More