Friday Fifteen

I sat down today to get some major work done, and ended up completely distracted by the SCOTUS ruling in favor of marriage equality. I’m so happy for friends, family members, and other couples and families whose lives are directly affected by this change. Your relationships have always been valid, and I’m glad they’re now supported legally.

So instead of the regular Friday Fifteen, I’m harkening back to the micro-review days of yore. Here are a few of my favorite LGBTQ (mostly) YA novels, reviewed in fifteen words or under:

Far From You by Tess Sharpe
The sleuth-smarts of Veronica Mars meets the self-destructiveness of House, centered around a heartbreaking relationship.

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
Dual perspectives about two girls on opposite sides of desegregation left me shaking with emotion.

Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
King blends philosophy and magical realism and sexuality and family life together beautifully.

Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You by Peter Cameron
A coming out story that’s sharp, funny, sad, and surprising in turns.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
A hard one to read in many ways, but Cameron’s story is poignant and hopeful.

Baby Be-Bop by Francesca Lia Block
Touching story of coming out, from one of Block’s classic characters.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Surprisingly gentle story of friendship, identity, and coming out, and I loved the parental presence.

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
Heartbreaking look at family life and gay relationships in the 1980s, via bereft teen June.

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Lola’s family life, particular her dads, were my favorite part of the story; so genuine.

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Told in dual perspectives, Noah’s narration is so sweet and sad.

Happy Friday, everyone!

Friday Fifteen

Happy Friday, guys! Today’s the start of the Tenth Annual 48 Hour Book Challenge, and although I’m so sad I can’t take part this year, I’m cheering for all of you diving into a weekend of (slightly competitive) intense reading. In the meantime, here’s a look at what I’ve been reading and writing in fifteen words or under.

Reading: If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Even knowing what happened, loved the family dynamic. Forman’s writing is so elegant.

Writing: “Gotta work on the side of the angels every so often,” Harrison said.
This WIP has references to Sherlock, Harry Potter, Doctor Who, and Welcome to Night Vale. Nerd explosion!

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Friday Fifteen

Happy Friday, everyone! Here’s to a weekend of summer weather and summer reading. Let’s kick things off with a look at what I’ve been reading and writing, in fifteen words or fewer.

ReaderThe Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson
Quieter than I expected, which I enjoyed. Lots of feels for this circle of friends.

Writing: “The dinosaur is the cowboy’s only known enemy.”
Feels appropriate considering Jurassic Park is back this week.

Amelia Earhart’s Forgotten Footage

Some fun Amelia Earhart news for the week! A film of Amelia Earhart, taken just before her final attempted flight around the world, surfaced recently after sitting on a shelf for fifty years.

In 1937, Earhart was preparing for a flight around the world. Photographer Al Bresnik went to take pictures of Earhart at Burbank Airport, and his brother, John, joined him. Unbeknownst to anyone, John took a short film of Earhart, and his son discovered the contents of the film decades later. Check out some of the footage in the Associated Press clip below:

It’s unclear whether this footage was taken before her first attempt or second attempt, but either way it’s a look at Earhart within a year of her disappearance over the Pacific.

It doesn’t add a lot to Earhart’s history or clear up any details of her disappearance, but for me it’s a reminder that the public is still interested in her life and her story. Learning about her during the research process for The Chance You Won’t Return was awesome, and i loved realizing why Alex’s mom connected to Earhart so deeply. Even these little glimpses of her feel like they give us a clearer picture into who Earhart was and where she went.

Drum Roll Please…the Madcap Retreat Winners

Thanks to all who took part in and shared the Madcap Retreat giveaway! The two winners of e-copies of Natalie C. Parker’s Beware the Wild are:

hannahkarena and befleet!

Congratulations, guys! Make sure to email for your free e-book of Beware the Wild (it’s amazing) and check out the Madcap Retreats Tumblr for even more giveaway winner info.

Friday Fifteen

Happy Friday, everyone! In case you missed it, make sure to check out Natalie C. Parker’s guest post and enter the Madcap Retreat giveaway. Now let’s kick off the first weekend in June with a look at what I’ve been reading and writing, in fifteen words or under.

ReadingWritten in the Stars by Aisha Saeed
Powerful and sensitive story of a girl forced into marriage by a favorite ’15 author.

Writing: “I have to save all my energy for victory dances. It’s a physics thing.”
Mass equals force of dance skills squared.