With the vaguest of titles, Everything, Everything doesn’t offer a lot of promise by name alone. But is there ever going to be one that can explain the story of a teenager with an immune disorder, falling for the boy next door? Not really, but this very distant Little Prince reference will have to do. And with its mix of basic posters yet heavy load of trailers, this YA adaptation has quite the hill to climb – especially since its lead character can’t even go outside. But does all of that mean this film is a failure from the start? Well no, the case is quite the most lovely (though flawed) of opposites.
Perhaps your local bookstore has added a new shelf label or your favorite author has announced a new series under this mysterious category. In any case, you’ve found yourself wondering, what exactly does “new adult” mean, especially in terms of literature? New Adult is the next step up for those of us who love YA but have graduated into the next stage of our lives and want something that hits a little closer to home. Usually featuring protagonists aged 18–30, New Adult fiction engages with themes such as sexuality, developing independence, change, and embarking on a career. While Young Adult works are often set in high schools, New Adult is usually set in college or the early years beyond schooling. Continue reading What Is This “New Adult” Genre and What Geeky Books Belong to It?→
As the weather turns colder, if you’re anything like me, you want to lock yourself up inside and never venture out into that face-hurting blustery “wonderland.” To help you cope, here are some series to keep you busy while you’re all tucked up in a fluffy blanket by the fireside, ready to hibernate the season away.
Judging from the mediocre successes of Allegiant, The 5th Wave, and that of the more recent Nerve, Young Adult novels and their cinematic counterparts appear to be losing steam. Then again, it’s not entirely fair to compare said works to the likes of Harry Potter, TheHunger Games, and (SIGH) Twilight. After all, who can predict if a book – or a potential franchise – will end up being a hit?
Nonetheless, a valuable lesson can be learned from the root of these so-so movies.
I’d like to believe that audiences have not only caught onto the many tropes that plague the YA scene, but refuse to accept them any longer. On that note, here are my top picks for things that dissuade me from picking up a book based on its surface alone.
There have been countless new releases these past couple weeks, but two debut novels listed on Netgalley caught my eye. Both young adult fiction, My Kind of Crazy by Robin Reul and A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry are two very different but equally engaging books. Read my full reviews of both books below!
We’re reaching the part of the year when most of the books that Geekettes picked up at Book Expo America are actually being released–and that means I found myself with three books to review all being released on the same day. The books range from sci-fi/fantasy to YA romance, and I’ve written up my thoughts to share with all of you!
You know when you’re at a party, and someone hands you a free book on your way out the door? No? Well, then you’re going to the wrong parties my friend. Last week, I was given a copy of a brand new debut novel by Michelle Painchaud called Pretending to Be Erica. This YA thriller had me on the edge of my seat for the whole three-and-a-half days it took me to finish it. I don’t read a lot of thrillers but I decided lately to try reading a broader variety of books, and Pretending to Be Erica is definitely a great way to get into the genre. I was captivated by this book’s premise from the very beginning. What would it feel like to live your whole life preparing to be someone else? And how do you spend months pretending to love people you’re only planning to deceive and betray? Continue reading Living a Lie–A Review of Michelle Painchaud’s Pretending to Be Erica→
As a special education teacher, when I see a YA book where the protagonist has OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), but the story has little to do with that, it makes me ridiculously happy. Most people either have or know someone who has been diagnosed with OCD or ADD or Dyslexia. It’s important that these people start getting represented in literature. From the summary of Every Last Word, that’s what I thought I was going to be reading: a protagonist who just happens to have a brain that functions differently, going about life. What this book actually is, is a teenage girl learning to be comfortable in her own head. While it wasn’t what I expected, I still enjoyed this novel for what it is. Continue reading Every Last Word: A Review→
If you don’t really read YA fiction you probably haven’t heard of Ally Carter despite the fact that her first two novels were adult books. If you have heard of Ally Carter then you may be familiar with Cammie from the Gallagher Girl novels or Kat from the Heist Society series. I am happy to say that in January, Ally introduced the world to Grace from All Fall Down the first book in the new Embassy Row series. Grace, like her predecessors, is an amazing, relatable character.
With the recent news that Ursula K. Le Guin has become the National Book Foundation in America’s 27th recipient of the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, joining the ranks of such well-known women authors as Toni Morrison, Joan Didion, Judy Blume, and Gwendolyn Brooks, I thought it appropriate to take a look back at what remains one of my favorite series of fantasy books: The Earthsea Trilogy. These three books (and later a fourth) follow the story of Ged, a young wizard on his journey towards understanding the world, and introduce many concepts and landscapes that I think are lacking from other well-known fantasy literature – not to mention they feature Le Guin’s fantastic writing and tend towards the philosophical. So without further ado, here are the five reasons I think you should be reading these books: