Posts tagged 'lit'
New Girl writer David Iserson’s hilariously funny novel about a rich girl forced to go to…shudder…public high school, Firecracker, is out in paperback next week! Which means it’s time for us to revisit some of Astrid Krieger’s best zingers. Seriously, it’s like Suri from Suri’s Burn Book wrote a novel, funny and inspired all at once.
Probably the funniest YA novel I’ve ever read, and the paperback cover is smokin’.
Our Twitter feed has been BLOWING UP with love for Nina LaCour’s Everything Leads to You from our favorite authors and bloggers! It comes out on Thursday, May 15th.
They’re all completely right on, this book is so great. So are Nina’s other novels, HOLD STILL and THE DISENCHANTMENTS. Really, you should just get them all right now. Beautiful and evocative and full of real emotion—an irresistible combination for me! Also, Nina’s wonderful, which is a lovely bonus.
I’ve been getting very into reading romance novels lately, for some reason (other than, you know, I love a great romance). Here’s a smattering of titles I’ve finished in the last two weeks or so. Just One Night is the third book in my buddy Lauren Layne’s Sex, Love & Stilletto series, and it was just as great as After the Kiss and Love the One You’re With. I really enjoyed Diana Peterfreund’s Secret Society Girl series (Poe!!), so I downloaded her first new adult title, One & Only, written under the name Viv Daniels. I have to say that it had one of my favorite love interests in a long time, and the main character was strong and brainy, which I really liked.
One & Only led me to The Year We Fell Down, about a girl who can’t walk after an accident going to college and falling in love with her dorm neighbor, which I also loved—I’m really into the college-set new adult titles, as long as they’re not too melodramatic. This one struck just the right balance between light/fun/sexy and emotional.
Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake was a suggestion from my good buddy Alex; I’m not super into Regency romances, generally speaking, but this one was fun! I’m about 85% into Flowers from the Storm, another Alex suggestion, and I’m SUPER INTO IT YOU GUYS. Alex said, “Like Outlander, it’s sort of a novel first, romance novel second,” and maybe that’s what I love so much about it. The cover is super eighties but that sort of adds to the fun of it. I’m actually truly concerned the hero and heroine won’t end up together (although that’s not allowed in romance, right? I don’t know the rules, but I hope that one is unbreakable!), and that makes me so sad. I can’t wait to go home tonight and finish.
Anyone got more romance novel suggestions for me? Drop them in my Ask box.
The boldness of love deserves the test of time.
Every time I see this image, I think Hazel is holding a kitten. And then I think, the only way this story could be better is the appearance of a kitten. And then I think, maybe I should get a kitten? And then I take a nap instead. That’s my life, guys. Glamo-R-Us.
So I’ve had sort of a rough year, writing-wise, one in which I felt incredibly untalented and incapable of writing something people would truly enjoy. The reasons for this are legion, but not worth getting into here. I hadn’t read my debut novel, All Unquiet Things, since 2009 and over the years have felt many different ways about it, but mostly dismissive, like, okay, it’s a debut novel and whatever, it’s not going to be my best work. And I don’t think it is (my best work is the novel that I’m currently working on, which I love so much it sometimes hurts), but I had dinner with a friend last week and she said that All Unquiet Things is her favorite of my books, that she’s read it many times and continues to love it, so that got me thinking, like, how bad could it really be?
So I just finished it and let me tell you, reading it was a funny experience. I thought I’d find much more that I would change now, given that it’s been five years, but I didn’t. I probably would’ve cut a swath through the adverbs and strengthened some things, but otherwise, it’s a pretty good approximation of what I was trying to do with the book. I was surprised at what I did and did not remember—there’s an entire character I basically forgot, but I remember almost all the dialogue verbatim—and how much I really liked it! It’s hard to go back and read things you wrote years and years ago, but I was pleasantly surprised at how strong I felt this book was, given everything.
I usually have one or two manuscripts I’m fiddling with at any given time, just to have some recreation from the book I’m seriously working on, and one of those manuscripts over the years has been a standalone sequel to All Unquiet Things called All Things Past. It takes place about a year after All Unquiet Things ends, and it starts with a growing romance between Audrey and Neily, which I’m sure most readers would not be into (one of the most common things I’ve seen people say about this book is that they’re glad Audrey and Neily don’t end up together at the end, which I agree with insofar as that’s not something that would’ve worked in this book), but which I’ve always seen as sort of the end game of their relationship. Their budding love is hijacked when Neily spots a girl who looks like Carly at a party and leaves Audrey (whom he has just kissed for the first time) to chase after her. He meets the girl and gets sort of drawn in by her and…well, that’s where the manuscript has always petered out (it’s quite short at the moment). I don’t really plan on writing it fully, or publishing it ever (pretty sure there’s not a market for it), but it’s always been fun to revisit these characters, because they are truly some of my favorites.
Did you hear the great news? The film rights to Andrew Smith’s Grasshopper Jungle just sold! How soon can we get our tickets?
This gif is everything to me right now. As is the image Deadline used in their film rights announcement, and the word “shag-happy.”
And then there was the time when Entertainment Weekly listed reading my book as number three on their MUST LIST. IN TODAY’S ISSUE!!!
In a word: YAY!
Hazel’s eyes when she looks at him!
Gus’s smile! (We’re just naming things so wonderful we can hardly stand to watch them repeat, but also cannot look away from them, right? Then I nailed it.)
Today is the day that This Star Won’t Go Out officially debuts in the world. Thank you to all the fans and Nerdfighters who have rallied around this beautiful book, spreading the word and sharing your own stories with us. Yesterday, Parade published two excerpts from This Star Won’t Go Out—part of John Green’s introduction, and a selection from one of Esther’s journals. Just this morning, USA Today published a truly lovely video feature about Esther as a writer and storyteller, which you should go watch immediately.
For those who don’t know, every day on Esther’s birthday, August 3, Nerdfighters around the world celebrate by telling their friends and family they love them, but wouldn’t it be great if that happened all year long? Send a message of love out into the universe by submitting it to this Tumblr (you can submit anonymously) and we will post it (please know all submissions will be moderated and therefore will not post instantaneously, but we will read and post them all, we promise).
There is also going to be a live event outside Boston on 2/1 with Lori and Wayne Earl, Esther’s siblings, and several performers, including wizard rock band Harry and the Potters. If you cannot make this event, we will be live-streaming it via the Vlogbrothers YouTube channel starting at 7:00 PM EST on 2/1. If you’re hosting your own local event around the live stream, please drop us a note in the Penguin Teen Ask box letting us know and we will get it up on the official event posting ASAP.
I love this book.