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!

Interview With Jennifer E. Smith

By Sara Aslagson-Sahar

Jennifer E. Smith, is the author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, The Geography of You and Me, This Is What Happy Looks Like, and many more. With such unique titles and riveting stories I often find myself staying up all night to finish her books. Following the characters as they deal with life’s realities, such as going off to college or meeting your Dad’s soon-to-be wife for the first time and the realness of the people who join you, and the people you leave behind.

After getting sucked into reading her book Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between I realized she would be someone perfect to interview and decided to reach out to her. Thankfully, she agreed.  Keep Reading!

Saint Anything Book Review

By Emily PooleySaint ANYTHING

Growing up with siblings, you can sometimes feel looked over, unimportant or invisible. Sydney Stanford always felt like she was in her brother Peyton’s shadow. Now that he is in jail after a drunk driving incident, she still can’t seem to get the attention she needs from her parents. In Sarah Dessen’s latest novel Saint Anything, she writes “for all the invisible girls”.

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The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland Book Review

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“The odds of finding love are one in 285,000, but the probability of getting married is 80 percent. There seems to be a discrepancy here.”- Grover Cleveland

In the rainy and stormy winter, The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland by Rebekah Crane was a great read to escape to a summer camp of fun, feeling, and friendship.  Set at Camp Padua in Michigan, Crane brings together a group of misfit teenagers, brought together by their various troubles and disorders. These campers are there for various reasons, but are united by the fact that they all struggle with something in their life.The main character Zander doesn’t believe she fits in with this group of at-risk teens, however, as her journey through the camp progresses, she learns more about herself than she thought she would. By the end of the book, Crane is able to show the realities of their disorders and hardships that many teenagers face, and is  able to show the power of love and friendship in one’s life. Keep Reading!

When We Collided Book Review

By Kaitlan Tatro

whenwecollided.jpg“…we are seventeen and shattered and still dancing. We have messy, throbbing hearts, and we are stronger than anyone could ever know.”

When We Collided by Emery Lord is not your average young adult romance novel. Instead of following the typical boy meets girl and they fall in love storyline, Lord provides readers with a beautiful read that is complicated, funny, and most of all, real. The two main characters, although young, both face obstacles in their lives that affect their everyday. Keep Reading!

Extraordinary Means Book Review

By Sara Aslagson-Sahar

Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider is a brilliant look into life as a teenager with a chronic illness. This story takes place at Latham House sanatorium. Latham House is a former boarding house, now part-school, part-hospital, in a remote area of the Santa Cruz Mountains for teens with total-drug-resistant Tuberculosis (TDR-TB).

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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 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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Interview with Jasmine Warga

By Emily Pooley

My Heart and Other Black Holes is Jasmine Warga's first published novel.

My Heart and Other Black Holes is Jasmine Warga’s first published novel.

After picking up My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga, I opened it and couldn’t put it down. Every minute for three days, I seized every opportunity to read I needed to know what would happen to Aysel and Roman. After finishing the novel, I felt like I just wanted to get to know a little more about the story and pick Jasmine Warga’s brain. Sculpt reached out to her, and she graciously agreed to an interview! Keep Reading!