Category Archives: YA Fiction

ANNOUNCEMENT

I have an announcement. I came up with a title for my still unfinished novel. I’m not going to tell you what it is because you might steal it, but I have a title. Commence celebratory dance.

Quote of the day is from Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King (which I am really, really enjoying – yes, it deserves two reallys):

True love includes equal parts good and bad, but true love sticks around and doesn’t run off to Vegas with a podiatrist.”

QUOTE OF THE DAY

BOOK REVIEW: THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT

Title: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher: Poppy/Little Brown
Pages: 236

Goodreads Summary: “Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?”
Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan’s life. Having missed her flight, she’s stuck at JFK airport and late to her father’s second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley’s never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport’s cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he’s British, and he’s sitting in her row. A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more? Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it.

My Take: First, what I really liked. I liked the premise of the book: The idea that quirks in timing and fate set our lives in motion in ways we can’t imagine and can’t predict. In the chaotic randomness of the world, there is a comfort in believing that fate is kind even in some of its crueler moments. The missed flight; the endless, annoying traffic; a right turn when you should have taken a left; stumbling over a pothole you should have seen and spraining your ankle; etc. — these small, often annoying moments might reveal something (or someone) unexpected and great. I also liked Hadley. She is smart and honest and wears her pain on her sleeve without being pathetic. Overall, the story is sweet and charming, although predictable. It is not the kind of book that gets under your skin or leaves you thinking “I want to write a book like that,” but it is an engaging story with believable, likable characters. P.S. I adore the cover.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

Quote of the day from The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith:

In the end, it’s not the changes that will break your heart; it’s the tug of familiarity.”

A Long Overdue Review of The Fault in Our Stars

I know, I know. Reviewing The Fault in Our Stars is kind of like reviewing the Avengers. Everyone’s done it and everyone loves it. But I still got to do it.

I’ll keep this (relatively) short.

First, some history. I first stumbled upon John Green about six years ago when I read Looking for Alaska and loved it. The thing I loved about it was not the plot per se (because I can’t really remember the plot at this point), but the characters. John Green has smart, irreverent, sassy, unique characters, and, as I read his books, I find myself thinking, “I want to be that person.”

The same is true for The Fault in Our Stars. I generally avoid books that I know from the get go are going to make me cry, and a book about cancer just screams a bucket of tears and the boyfriend saying over and over again, “it’s just pretend.” That said, after reading so many stellar reviews, I finally gave in and I discovered why I liked John Green oh so many years ago: I want to be Hazel and Gus (minus the whole cancer thing). They are smart, funny, and in possession of their own souls.

I know that was one of the criticisms of the book – that teenagers don’t talk that way. They are too smart, too funny, too precocious, etc.

I DON’T CARE.

I still want to be them the same way I wanted (okay, fine, I still want) to be Veronica Mars. Because they are just plain awesome.

Title: The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
Publisher: Dutton Books
Pages: 336

A Beautiful Sight

My personal graveyard of unfinished novels aside, this is a sign of definite progress. Here’s to finishing a manuscript!

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