My book, It Happens: A Guide to Contemporary Realistic Fiction for the YA Reader, is available today.
This week, Jen Robinson reviewed it over at her blog, and what she had to say started my week off on a good note. This is my favorite part:
When you read a book summary, what are the magic words? What immediately makes you think, “I’ve got to read this book!”?
Dark, gritty, and edgy are three words I love. They don’t have to be in relation to realistic fiction. I’ll read most genres, especially when those words are involved.
Other things that grab me: dancing, a midwest setting outside of Chicago, anything feminist or that sounds like it’s going to focus on navigating girlhood.
The words “magical realism” can catch my eye, but I approach those a little more cautiously/critically.
You can read the entire interview here, where I talk about my top 10 favorite books, the “Jessica Darling” series, about my untraditional college education, the time I almost died giving a presentation, and more.
And if you want to win a copy of It Happens, the amazingly kind and generous Courtney Summers is giving away two (!) copies this weekend. You just have to follow the super simple instructions on Twitter.
I’m going to enjoy an ice cream cone to celebrate today.