Book Review: Please Ignore Vera Dietz

This was a terrific book.I’ve been wanting to read it for so long, but wasn’t sure if I was going to cry, so I saved for a time where I was ready to tear up and could be alone. I didn’t cry, but the book was definitely heart-wrenching, and worthy of the Printz award. I’mContinue reading “Book Review: Please Ignore Vera Dietz”

Book Review: The Big Crunch

Pete Hautman is one of my favorite writers. He won my heart with GODLESS, fed my curiosity with HOW TO STEAL A CAR, and satisfied me once again with THE BIG CRUNCH. I generally dislike books about destiny. I wasn’t even a big fan of Slumdog Millionaire. Partly this is because I don’t believe inContinue reading “Book Review: The Big Crunch”

Book Review: Don’t Stop Now

I love all of Julie Halpern’s books. This is no exception. Into The Wild Nerd Yonder is definitely still my favorite, so if you haven’t read this author, I’d start there. But this book is wonderful, too. The cover is blah. If I didn’t love the author I would have passed this by on theContinue reading “Book Review: Don’t Stop Now”

Book Review: Fixing Delilah

So, last year I was doing this thing where I kept trying to like Sarah Dessen. (I realize I’m reviewing Sarah Ockler’s book. Bear with me here.) I’m a fan of romantic books, and Sarah Dessen is the go-to romantic writer of YA fiction. I see review after review about how much everyone loves herContinue reading “Book Review: Fixing Delilah”

Book Review: Where She Went

This was a wonderful sequel to my favorite book of 2010. It definitely lived up to my hopes and expectations. The only thing that bothered me was that the hardback cover to this book complements the paperback version of the first book. I’m sure it was a marketing thing, but it bugs me. Still, ifContinue reading “Book Review: Where She Went”

Tammara Webber Publishes BETWEEN THE LINES

My critique partner and friend, Tammara Webber is boldly opting to E-publish her YA book Between The Lines. It is now available at Amazon.com. A huge  congratulations to Tammara for taking the leap! I’m declaring the week over here at Sparks and Butterflies Tammara Webber  Week! In this book, actress and teenager, Emma has landedContinue reading “Tammara Webber Publishes BETWEEN THE LINES”

Where Donna Galanti Interviews Me

Yesterday I did an interview over at Donna Galanti’s blog. We connected during the time I was writing my first YA manuscript, in which a high school girl joins the Navy. One of key pieces in my research was a slim book called, Letters From Boot Camp. It is filled with letters she wrote asContinue reading “Where Donna Galanti Interviews Me”

Book Review: Girlfriend Material

I liked this book. I picked it up mostly because it was published by Disney-Hyperion and I’ll be attending an upcoming conference with one of their editors. I always feel better if I’ve come with at least one of their books read. Possibly I’ve read more, but nothing comes to mind. Anyway, I started anotherContinue reading “Book Review: Girlfriend Material”

Book Review: Girl

I think Blake Nelson may have just become my favorite author. Every time I read something of his, it’s such a different kind of book from the time before. I think I’ve only read three of his books, but whatever. You know how when you read a book and you feel like you know theContinue reading “Book Review: Girl”