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Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda | Becky Albertalli

“Why is straight the default? Everyone should have to declare one way or another, and it shouldn't be this big awkward thing whether you're straight, gay, bi, or whatever.” Genre: Young Adult. Number of Pages: 303. Perspective: First. Location: Atlanta, Georgia.
This book is about Simon, who is not yet out as gay. One day, a classmate finds Simon’s emails with his secret pen pal boyfriend and threatens to reveal their secret unless Simon plays his wingman. For a complete summary, you can go here.
I have to admit that I have been in a little bit of a book funk. I am currently hardcore editing my own novel, so it's been hard to compartmentalize that when reading other books. I keep getting caught up in trying to edit published books. Ugh. So it was very refreshing to find this book and get able to get so caught up in it that I forgot to pay attention to grammar and formatting. I finished this book in less than 24 hours (two separate sittings). 
At the surface, it is about being gay…

If You Love Reality TV, Here’s What You Need To Read

This is a guest post by Laura Heffernan.
America’s obsession with Reality television spans more than twenty-five years, ever since The Real World debuted on MTV in 1992. Even the show’s headline was ground-breaking: “This is the true story of seven strangers picked to live in a house and have their lives taped. Find out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real.” 
What? True stories that weren’t on the news? Seven people who wanted to live with strangers and go about their real lives? What was this? Well, turns out, it was pretty fascinating. From that one show, hundreds have spawned. Some, like The Bachelor are wildly popular, with dozens of seasons. (The Real World has 32 seasons.) Others fizzled quickly, forgotten after a few months. Bachelorettes in Alaska, anyone? Average Joe? The Glass House? Paradise Hotel?
So what is it about reality shows that makes it so appealing? TV networks like them because of their cheap production. Real people work for less money t…

We Are Okay | Nina LaCour

I was okay just a moment ago. I will learn how to be okay again.”
Genre: Young Adult. Number of Pages: 256. Perspective: First. Location: New York and California.
This book is about Marin, who leaves for college and ignores everyone from her past after her grandfather dies. Her best friend tracks her down to get her to come home and to find out what really happened. For a complete summary, you can go here.
Every once and awhile you find a book that can just consume all of your emotions. This was it. It honestly took me a while to get into it because I kept getting distracted with other books. But once I actually focused on reading it, I read it all in one sitting. It also won my Best Book Award.
This book is about love, loss, grief, death, mental health, LGBTQ, growing up, and so much more. If you skimmed through it, there are so many nuances you would have missed. The plot is smaller than most young adult books, but every detail was intentional and so meaningful. It is more about the emoti…

It's a Writer Thing -- Why I Write

This is a guest post by Jessica Bayliss. 

I came to writing at a time when I was tired, worn out, burned out. I’d just finished my degree in psychology, which involved many years of classwork, exams, and applying for multiple training positions—many of which required competing against other students for scarce spots. For a decade, I did little for me other than my absolute necessities. I missed sleep, I missed parties, I missed trips. I stayed home when everyone else went and had a good time.
I told myself it was worth it.
And ten, a decade later, I was done, and instead of feeling energized, I was tired. And so I wrote. I wrote not knowing if I’d finish my first book. I wrote not knowing how to write at all, not really, not the way that works for fiction, but I did it anyway. And before that first book was done, I was ready for more and ready to put myself out there. My first queries met with only rejection, which was appropriate—they were terrible—but at that time, I didn’t understand …