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Is YA For Me?

I've seen a lot of different conversations taking place on Twitter that all come back to a central theme. The YA space is controlled by adults. For the most part, they are the ones with the purchasing power, they have jobs in the industry, they are in a better position to amplify their voices about how they feel about different books and the category as a whole. I've been thinking about these conversations as a whole, and it really does come back to the intended audience not owning the space and what that means for the category and the conversations around it.
As a teen who's heavily involved in the YA community, I sometimes feel awkward reading all the different, slightly varied takes from adults. Some make blanket statements for themselves and some work with teens and try to be a conduit to add them to the conversation. Very rarely do I come across a real teen who gets an amplified voice in the conversation (definitely go check out Vicky Who Reads on Twitter because, as…

Dear Ally, How Do You Write A Book?

Dear Ally, How Do You Write A Book? by Ally Carter (and tons of other major YA authors). To Buy From Your Local Bookstore
Overview: This nonfiction, sorta-kinda anthology that is full of reader solicited questions and long answers from Ally. It also features tables full of other authors weighing in and certain letters addressed to different people. The advice within spans the basics of writing a book, writing a series, editing, publishing, and then more general advice. Overall: 3.5

There are parts of this book I really enjoyed. It's strongest asset is that it brings a giant group of very famous YA authors to give certain stats like how many drafts they tend to do, how long they wrote before publishing their first book, and how many rejections they got before becoming agented. I also loved the longer commentaries from two or three of them at the end of every chapter. While sometimes the advice wasn't the star of the show, seeing the behind the scenes into different processes was…

Happy Second Birthday!

I can't believe that another year has already gone by! My second blogging anniversary was on Monday, but I wanted to do a post to properly celebrate. I can't wait to share some things about me, blogging, and what's coming next for Reading, Writing, and Me. Last year, I wrote the anniversary post about the things I learned, and I think all of those things still ring true.
This year, I'm going to start with an interview with myself since my focus this year is to promote and interview as many authors as I can!


What's Your Favorite Part About Blogging?
I love being a part of a community. While reading has always been a major part of my life, it was a solitary activity. I used it as a way to escape, but, in the end, it's provided me a new place to connect. I have so much fun interacting with authors and other readers here and on social media. It's provided me with an endless resource to find books, and it's amazing to work with authors that I've admired …

Five Feet Apart Movie Review

I'm not really a movie (or even a TV) person, so I'm not normally sitting in the first showing of a film, but Five Feet Apart got me out of my house and into a theater chair. By the time I saw the movie, I'd read the book the week before, and it was pretty good, but nothing I'd put on any must read list (I'll link to my full review here and below). I'd recommend that if you don't know much about Five Feet Apart, you read the review first so that you know a bit about the movie. This'll make more sense. But I did like the premise, and, once I found out that the book was reverse engineered from the movie, I got really excited to go see it.
Also, Cole Sprouse. As a major Disney Channel turn Riverdale turn, I guess, this fan- I will watch anything he's in.
So, as for the movie itself, I had a rough idea of how everything would go down, but I was ready to see it in a new light. And I love the story so much more for it. If you did read the book in advance…

Five Feet Apart Review

Five Feet Apart by Rachel Lippincott with Nikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis (281 pages) Buy From Your Local Bookstore
Overview: Will, Stella, and Poe all battle Cystic Fibrosis. They can't get within six feet of each other because they may accidentally harm or contaminate one another- especially Will. Since his bacterial infection contraction that's taken him off the transplant list is so easily spread, it'd be smart for the others with CF to stay far away from them. But Stella can't help the feelings that develop for Will. Overall: 4

Characters: 4 Stella struggles between control and wanting to be reckless which makes Will like a magnet to her. She feels like she has to be responsible and stay alive because of her carefree older sister's cliff jumping death. Focusing on her hospital treatments has distracted her from the frustration she feels with her disease and the limitations it imposes. This is only exacerbated by her falling for Will but having to stay away fro…