Finding Audrey Book Review

By Stephanie Romero

Finding Audrey

To this day Confessions of a Shopaholic is my favorite movie. The hit romantic comedy was inspired by Sophie Kinsella’s novel of the same title. She’s had much success with her Shopaholic series and other works. This year the “Queen of Romantic Comedy” decided to branch out into the Young Adult Fiction genre. I recently enjoyed her first YA book, Finding Audrey, especially because Kinsella has an authentic, relatable way of bringing up the serious subject of mental health. Continue reading

Interview with Monnee Tong

By Stephanie Romero

Photo Credit: Sierra Lewis

Photo Credit: Sierra Lewis

Monnee Tong is the teen services librarian at Central Library’s Pauline Foster Teen Center, a relaxing place where teens have a variety of resources. I, like many others, rely on my local library for the latest book releases and project and essay sources. I had the opportunity to ask some behind-the-scenes questions. Tong gives a glimpse into the life of a librarian! Keep Reading!

Interview with Sophie Kinsella


By Stephanie Romero

sk_maddie_polaroid (2)Sophie Kinsella just released her first Young Adult novel this past summer called Finding Audrey. Sophie Kinsella is the bestselling author of the Shopaholic series as well as many standalone novels. A novel from the Shopaholic series was adapted into a movie in 2009. She started her writing career with novels written under her real name, Madeleine Wickham. In Finding Audrey, Audrey’s journey to recovery with the help of Dr. Sarah, her family, and Linus is just the type of story Sculpt is interested in exploring. It’s difficult to write about a mental illness authentically, but she did so in this novel. I am thrilled to feature this interview.

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Interview with Lisa Williamson

By Sara Aslagson-Sahar

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson was such a good adventure. The characters were very real and so were their struggles. The Art of Being Normal follows David, a character who is worried about coming out as Transgender to his family, and Leo, a new kid a David’s school. After doing a book review, asking Lisa Williamson to do an interview was too good of an opportunity to pass up. She said yes and this is the interview that followed.
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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!

Beauty and the Beast

By Kaitlan Tatro

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Photo by Matthew Murphy

Tale as old as time, true as it can beBeauty and the Beast never disappoints.

Walt Disney’s 30th film has been beloved since its release date in 1991. Having grown up as a young girl in the is 90’s, I can attest to loving the story. Beauty and the Beast was the first animated movie nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, and with good reason. The animation is beautiful, the story compelling, and most of all, it had a great female lead! Keep Reading!