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On Saturday, May 18th, I was fortunate enough to be able to go the 8th annual Teen Book Festival in Rochester, NY at Nazareth College. This is an event where many different YA and Middle Grade authors are able to join their readers for Q&A sessions, and autographing session.
Back in February, my parents surprised my siblings and me with a trip to meet two authors. Those authors were Victoria Schwab, author of THE ARCHIVED (which I strongly recommend) and Ally Carter, author of The Gallagher Girls and The Heist Society series (which I also recommend.) If you ever have a chance to go meet an author, whether you’ve read one of their novels or not, GO.
Stereotypically, girl books are pink, have a girl on the cover and FILLED with sickeningly sweet romance. Boy books, on the other hand, are darker, have blood dripping or something more creepy on the cover and there are NO girls to be found. But we all know this isn't true, right? There are books that boys AND girls love!!! Teenreads.com's “He Said/She Said” feature aims to highlight a book each month to discuss its guy and girl appeal.
Whether you love it or hate it, prom is a big part of the yearly high school calendar. Who is taking whom, what are you going to wear, where you are going to dinner, the fun, the excitement and the prama (prom-drama) seem to be all consuming for weeks prior (sometimes to the ad nauseam). Then it happens! The one magical night that you have been told time and time again you will remember for the rest of your lives. In honor of prom season, some of our junior and senior Teen Board members have written about their thoughts and experiences with prom and have included some excellent prom-themed reading suggestions!
Girls only like romance novels about love triangles and love at first sight. Boys only like novels that are fast-paced, action thrillers with tons of violence. Do these stereotypes sound familiar? Are they true? Our Teen Board member, Kate, talks about what she thinks makes a "girly" novel.