Turtles All the Way Down Commentary

By Sara Aslagson-Sahar

A new John Green book has just come out and part of me immediately  wanted to write a book review. And what indie literary journal that focuses on Young Adult Fiction wouldn’t? (It’s an excellent way to get into hashtags and join part of a very popular conversation.) But here is the thing, those of us who love John Green are most likely going to, or have already, bought the book regardless of how good others are saying it is or isn’t. Because we want to know too. We want to be part of the conversation and we want to dissect every little bit with everyone else. Keep Reading!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children


By Emily Pooleycomparison

Have you ever seen a trailer for one of your favorite books, and gotten really excited, but weren’t sure if the movie could live up
to the incredible story laid out in writing? Recently I saw Tim Burton’s adaptation of Ransom Riggs’ novel
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and that was a concern I definitely had. Keep Reading!

Great Expectations: We All Soar and Suffer


By Stephanie Romero


RT Book Reviews magazine (RT) did an interview with the lovely Gayle Forman to speak about her duologies and upcoming work. Interviewer Morgan Doremus talked about Just One Day and Just One Year, and If I Stay and Where She Went (If I Stay was made into a movie in 2014 starring Chloë Grace Moretz). Doremus talked about characters and the adventures they experience, and Forman stressed the importance that her books are not one dimensional, rather they have more than one love story involved like falling in love with another a person, self-love, familial love, and things like that. Keep Reading!

The Trend of Book Series

By Kaitlan Tatro

Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 1.35.06 PMWith the emergence of digital eBooks, people seem to be scared that books are “dying” and so is the act of reading. Many articles have come out arguing the case, that fewer teenagers are reading per year and that eventually books will no longer exist. But books in my opinion, will always exist. Especially, when the popularity of book series has grown immensely. Keep Reading!

Why Are We Avoiding the Real Issues?

By Emily Pooley

read-strictedAs a reader of Young Adult fiction, I know that sometimes the story will focus on girl meets boy, they fall in love, endure some hardships but ultimately live happily ever after. In today’s society, this isn’t the most accurate representation of young adults’ lives. Today’s young adults are facing issues such as bullying, eating disorders, LGBTQ issues, sexuality, depression, and suicide. There are some authors out there, who are stepping up and talking about these issues, and at Sculpt we are bringing those books out of the shadows and shining a light on them, so that you, as a reader can have access to these concepts and build your own opinion on them.
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