Pass, Checkout, Buy: 2013 Noteworthy Novels Year-End Wrap Up 2.0
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Pass, Checkout, Buy: 2013 Noteworthy Novels Year-End Wrap Up 2.0

Should you really buy that book enshrined on the top titles of 2013 table at mega bookstores’r’us? Is it more of a checker-outer book? Or, can it safely be avoided altogether? Here are some sound bite opinions on a few more noteworthy titles of 2013 that I read, but did not review in a full … Continue reading

Pass, Check Out, Buy: 2013 Noteworthy Novels Year-End Wrap Up
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Pass, Check Out, Buy: 2013 Noteworthy Novels Year-End Wrap Up

The hour of year-end reviews is upon us. In this post, I will be briefly covering each of the 2013 titles that I did not review in full length earlier in the year. Most of these titles are from established authors and were heavily hyped. A number fell short, but there are definitely books worth … Continue reading

Eleanor and Park, Ready Player One: 1980s Pop Culture in Young Adult Fiction
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Eleanor and Park, Ready Player One: 1980s Pop Culture in Young Adult Fiction

From MTV to punk rock, Star Wars to Dirty Dancing, Pac-Man to the Rubik’s Cube, the 1980s has left an indelible mark on American culture that elicits strong nostalgia. Two rising stars in the young adult space, Rainbow Rowell and Ernest Cline, have integrated their respective passions for 1980s pop culture into their strong debut works … Continue reading

Rithmatists vs. Paper Gods: Art, Fantasy, and Paranormal YA
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Rithmatists vs. Paper Gods: Art, Fantasy, and Paranormal YA

Two of the biggest YA titles of this summer landed on the literary scene in a splash of ink and chalk dust. Both authors, in a sense, are newcomers to the young adult space. While Brandon Sanderson is a household name among readers of adult fantasy books, with his epic Mistborn series and his connection to … Continue reading

Being Henry David: Finding Yourself through Literature
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Being Henry David: Finding Yourself through Literature

Imagine waking up in Penn Station, where a homeless man accosts you and tries to steal the only possession you have, a copy of Walden by Henry David Thoreau. As he starts to chow down on the worn book’s pages, you realize that it’s the only clue you have to figure out something rather important–your identity. This … Continue reading

The Fault in Our Stars: Comedy, Meet Cancer.
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The Fault in Our Stars: Comedy, Meet Cancer.

Cancer is no laughing matter–until it is. John Green tackles “the cancer novel” with satirical glee and a touch of melancholy in his young adult romance The Fault in Our Stars. Sixteen-year-old late-stage cancer patient Hazel Grace has survived longer than anyone predicted, long enough to somewhat regret having blown her one wish from the … Continue reading

YA Sunday: Who I Kissed and Poison Study
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YA Sunday: Who I Kissed and Poison Study

We turn this Sunday to young adult literature. The birth of this literary genre dovetails with the history of childhood and adolescence. Believe it or not, childhood may not have always been considered a distinct stage of life. Over time, however, our present day idea of childhood solidified under the pressures of industrialization, social reform, … Continue reading