Posts tagged 'young adult'

things my first pass pages are teaching me

I’m doing the first pass pages for The Opposite of Hallelujah right now, and they’re surprisingly clean (not a lot of notes from the copy editor/my editor), but every once in a while there’s an interesting little thing I never knew. Like it turns out that this

Finally,
Mom would open the door, or if Hanna had locked it,
she would threaten to have my dad take it off the hinges,
which usually got Hannah’s attention.

is called a “punctuation ladder”, which the copy editor noted needs to be fixed. (The text won’t really look weird like that in the book, I’m just right-justifying to show you how the commas stack on top of each other, forming the “ladder”.)

Really not sure why, but the memory of reading Peeling the Onion by Wendy Orr as a teenager burst back into my mind just now. I don’t remember too much of the plot, only that it’s about a girl who gets into a car accident and endures a long and painful recovery and also (spoiler) ends the novel with a different boyf than she started with. Also that it takes place in Australia. I got the book from the library, even though it doesn’t seem to have a US publisher? Which is pretty impressive, for it to have made its way over here like that.
What’s weird is that Peeling the Onion might be the only true young adult novel of the modern spirit (as opposed to, like, Sweet Valley High or whatever) that I actually read as a teenager? That doesn’t feel right, but I think it might be.

Really not sure why, but the memory of reading Peeling the Onion by Wendy Orr as a teenager burst back into my mind just now. I don’t remember too much of the plot, only that it’s about a girl who gets into a car accident and endures a long and painful recovery and also (spoiler) ends the novel with a different boyf than she started with. Also that it takes place in Australia. I got the book from the library, even though it doesn’t seem to have a US publisher? Which is pretty impressive, for it to have made its way over here like that.

What’s weird is that Peeling the Onion might be the only true young adult novel of the modern spirit (as opposed to, like, Sweet Valley High or whatever) that I actually read as a teenager? That doesn’t feel right, but I think it might be.

penguinteen:

It’s our first production still from the Born Wicked trailer! We just got another cut of this in today and we’re so freaking excited to show it, but it’s still not quite ready, so while we tweak, we’re going to be posting some pictures from it for your enjoyment. 

I am j’obsessed with this trailer, and pretty soon everyone else will be, too. Also this book is awesome.

penguinteen:

It’s our first production still from the Born Wicked trailer! We just got another cut of this in today and we’re so freaking excited to show it, but it’s still not quite ready, so while we tweak, we’re going to be posting some pictures from it for your enjoyment. 

I am j’obsessed with this trailer, and pretty soon everyone else will be, too. Also this book is awesome.

Barring any sudden, unforseen changes (you really never know with covers), this is the cover for my new book, The Opposite of Hallelujah! It’s not yet available to pre-order, but as soon as it is you better believe I’ll let you know.The book itself should be out in Fall 2012, probably October, but as of yet I don’t have a firm pub date.
Anyway, I really love this cover. I originally saw it like two months ago and I thought it was great; this is a slightly more suped-up version (the one my editor originally sent along had thinner type, and apparently they fattened it up and made it a brighter white so that it was more readable), but I can’t tell the difference, really. It still looks fantastic to me.
When my editor sent it along in October, she actually sent two versions (the second version had my name in lower case and the title in upper, but we liked this one with the title in lower and my name in upper), but she also sent a third, totally different concept that she ultimately decided against. Maybe I’ll ask her for permission to post that someday, because it’s definitely an interesting take, and less traditional for sure.
Anyway, thoughts? That’s what the comment tool is for! Let me know what you think.

Barring any sudden, unforseen changes (you really never know with covers), this is the cover for my new book, The Opposite of Hallelujah! It’s not yet available to pre-order, but as soon as it is you better believe I’ll let you know.The book itself should be out in Fall 2012, probably October, but as of yet I don’t have a firm pub date.

Anyway, I really love this cover. I originally saw it like two months ago and I thought it was great; this is a slightly more suped-up version (the one my editor originally sent along had thinner type, and apparently they fattened it up and made it a brighter white so that it was more readable), but I can’t tell the difference, really. It still looks fantastic to me.

When my editor sent it along in October, she actually sent two versions (the second version had my name in lower case and the title in upper, but we liked this one with the title in lower and my name in upper), but she also sent a third, totally different concept that she ultimately decided against. Maybe I’ll ask her for permission to post that someday, because it’s definitely an interesting take, and less traditional for sure.

Anyway, thoughts? That’s what the comment tool is for! Let me know what you think.

When I went to Kim’s last weekend, I came back with a bunch of books, both purchased and borrowed, including Kim’s mom’s copy of Feed. Today I decided to read it for whatever reason; it was quick, and terrifying, and, in the end, sad, but very good. It reminded me of a YA version of one of the weirder Douglas Coupland books, like Girlfriend in a Coma or Generation A (which, I don’t know, maybe that’s not one of the weirder ones, but it reminded me of it anyway). Highly recommended.

When I went to Kim’s last weekend, I came back with a bunch of books, both purchased and borrowed, including Kim’s mom’s copy of Feed. Today I decided to read it for whatever reason; it was quick, and terrifying, and, in the end, sad, but very good. It reminded me of a YA version of one of the weirder Douglas Coupland books, like Girlfriend in a Coma or Generation A (which, I don’t know, maybe that’s not one of the weirder ones, but it reminded me of it anyway). Highly recommended.

betterbooktitles:

Stephenie Meyer: Breaking Dawn (Twilight Saga, Book 4)
Reader Submission: Title and Redesign by Liz Lay (special thanks to Adrian Vazquez for a similar idea)

I always wondered what perfection looked like. I WONDER NO MORE.

betterbooktitles:

Stephenie Meyer: Breaking Dawn (Twilight Saga, Book 4)

Reader Submission: Title and Redesign by Liz Lay (special thanks to Adrian Vazquez for a similar idea)

I always wondered what perfection looked like. I WONDER NO MORE.

fuckyeahmovieposters:

Young Adult 

Email from Roommate: We’re going to see this, right?
Me: Obvi.

fuckyeahmovieposters:

Young Adult

Email from Roommate: We’re going to see this, right?

Me: Obvi.