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August 2007

Teenreads.com Newsletter August 2007
This Month on Teenreads.com

Authors We Love...

Special Feature: GUYAHOLIC by Carolyn Mackler 

Now in Stores: ECLIPSE by Stephenie Meyer

Now in Stores: JINX by Meg Cabot

Book Giveaway: ASK HAYLEY: Real Answers for Today's Teen, by Hayley DiMarco

Kimani TRU: Novels For, By and About Teens --- Now Featuring: FIRST SEMESTER by Cecil Cross II

Books Into Movies 

Cool New Books for August

August's New in Paperback Roundup

Teenreads.com Reviews

Manga Reviews

Christian Fiction Reviews

Recent Bookreporter.com Titles Perfect for Teens

Poll and Question of the Month: Re-Reading Favorite Books

Word of Mouth: Tell Us What You're Reading and You Could Win A Book!

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Authors We Love...

We all have authors whose writing we just love. When they have a new book out, we have to have it and then we have to read it right that moment. Life takes a back seat while you read. Carolyn Mackler is one of those authors for me. I fell in love with her writing years ago, and thus when I saw her new book, GUYAHOLIC, I knew that little would be happening around my house until I read it. Once again Carolyn has written a story where her words made me think. Afterwards we did a whole email exchange about it, and it was such fun getting her insight into V and the story. Thus I am very excited to share an interview with Carolyn and our review of GUYAHOLIC with you this month. Carolyn also just launched a new website at CarolynMackler.com that you'll want to check out.
 
Some of you already may be back to school, while others of you are getting your last dibs on summer in before you head back to school these next couple of weeks. My older son is jamming on his required summer reading with a lot of moaning. I do not blame him. He had the most uninspired summer reading list. I confess that getting through it would have been a chore for me! For those of you with reading time still on your hands, may we suggest you circle around to our Teenreads.com Summer Beach Bag of Books feature? We are spotlighting 10 books that we think you will NOT want to miss.  More great options are available on our Teenreads.com Ultimate Reading List --- 250-plus great ideas to be exact. Never let it be said that we did not have ideas on what to read!

Our Poll this month asks if you re-read your favorite books, while our Question asks what books you have read more than once. Inquiring minds at Teenreads.com want to know! For the record I had a favorite book in high school called A TRACE OF FOOTPRINTS. I think I read that book at least 10 times. I would renew it from the library again and again. It was not a well-known title, but it really struck a chord with me and I still love it. It's now out of print, but I scored a copy a few years ago and I read it again as soon as I got it. And I know it is not the last time I will do that, though these days with my job I have little time for repeat reading.

Here's wishing you all a lovely end of summer. My family is headed to the Outer Banks today and I cannot wait to get there. Sand, sun, beach and lots of books are on my agenda. Happy reading. 

Carol Fitzgerald (Carol@bookreporter.com)

 

Special Feature: GUYAHOLIC by Carolyn Mackler 

Carolyn Mackler is the award-winning author of LOVE AND OTHER FOUR-LETTER WORDS, THE EARTH, MY BUTT, AND OTHER BIG ROUND THINGS and VEGAN VIRGIN VALENTINE. Her latest novel, GUYAHOLIC, centers on Vivienne Valentine, a secondary character from her previous work, and V's own misadventures through life, love and a cross-country road trip. In this interview with Teenreads.com's Norah Piehl, Mackler explains why she chose to explore V's story and sheds light on how the character's past affects present relationships. She also shares some of her favorite YA novels, offers advice for aspiring writers and describes a road trip she took when she was 22. 

GUYAHOLIC by Carolyn Mackler (Fiction)
V Valentine is the queen of meaningless hookups. Ever since her mom dumped her with her grandparents, she has bounced from guy to guy. But in the spring of senior year, a fateful hockey puck lands her in the lap of Sam Almond. Right from the start, things with Sam are different. V is terrified to admit it, but this might be meaningful after all. On the afternoon of graduation, V receives some shocking news. Later, at a party, she makes an irreversible mistake and risks losing Sam forever. When her mom invites her to Texas, V embarks on a cross-country road trip with the hopes of putting two thousand miles between herself, Sam and the wreckage of that night.

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here to read more about GUYAHOLIC.

-Click here to read an excerpt from GUYAHOLIC.
-Click here to read an interview with Carolyn Mackler.
-Click here to see Carolyn Mackler's bio.
-Click here to read a review of VEGAN VIRGIN VALENTINE.
 

Click here to read our review of GUYAHOLIC.


 

Now in Stores: ECLIPSE by Stephenie Meyer

ECLIPSE by Stephenie Meyer (Horror/Romance) 
With ECLIPSE, Stephenie Meyer's third vampire romance (following TWILIGHT and NEW MOON), Bella and Edward's story gains added depth along with new complications, as Bella approaches high school graduation --- and the decision that will change her life forever. Reviewed by Norah Piehl. 
  
-Click here to read an excerpt from ECLIPSE.
-Click here to see Stephenie Meyer talk about the books in her Twilight Saga.

 

Click here to read a review of ECLIPSE.


 

Now in Stores: JINX by Meg Cabot

JINX by Meg Cabot (Paranormal Romantic Suspense) 
Jean Honeychurch (aka "Jinx") has been sent to live with her aunt, uncle and cousins in New York after a few problems in her Iowa hometown. But bad luck seems to have a way of following Jinx, who is afraid that her cousin Tory --- a self-proclaimed witch --- will hurt people. Jinx tries to protect everyone while denying that she too is a witch. Life in the Big Apple becomes complicated in this funny tale about being comfortable with who you are. Reviewed by Amy Alessio and excerpted. 

-Click here to read an excerpt from JINX.
 

Click here to read a review of JINX.


 

Book Giveaway: ASK HAYLEY: Real Answers for Today's Teen, by Hayley DiMarco

To celebrate the release of ASK HAYLEY: Real Answers for Today’s Teen by Hayley DiMarco, Teenreads.com is offering readers the chance to win one of 50 copies of the book. To enter, please fill out this form by Tuesday, September 18th.

ASK HAYLEY: Real Answers for Today’s Teen by Hayley DiMarco (Practical Living)
You know her, you love her, and now she’s here to answer your questions on everything from boys to breakups and fashion to friendship. In this first issue of ASK HAYLEY you’ll get real answers to the real questions you’ve submitted at askhayley.com. Plus, take quizzes on stuff like friendship, crushes and how to figure out if your bff is a mean girl.

Hayley DiMarco has the answers to the questions you are asking right now!

-Click here to read more about ASK HAYLEY.

 

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Kimani TRU: Novels For, By and About Teens --- Now Featuring: FIRST SEMESTER by Cecil Cross II

James “JD” Dawson grew up in the hood, but left a life of violence three thousand miles behind to make something of himself at University of Atlanta. But when the freshman got off to a fool’s start --- kicking it with his new homeboys, showing up late to class, not studying and checking out the shorties --- JD was assigned a tutor, the luscious Katrina Turner. She made studying real fun. But if JD wanted to get with a girl like Katrina, he’d also have to learn to grow up.
 
FIRST SEMESTER is available in 3 formats: Book, Digital Audio and eBook. 

-Click here for more information about the eBook version of FIRST SEMESTER.
 

Click here to read more about Kimani TRU.

 

Books Into Movies 

If you’re looking for the perfect excuse to wile away the last days of summer vacation sitting in an air-conditioned room, why not take a trip to the movies? August’s Books into Movies feature offers three irresistible films brimming with romance, adventure, magic and a little self-discovery along the way. 

Jane Austen fans are in for a treat, because Becoming Jane --- a biographical portrait featuring the beloved author of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE and the whirlwind romance with her very own Mr. Darcy --- hit theaters in wide release on August 10th, the same day as the big screen adaptation of STARDUST, Neil Gaiman’s fantasy about catching fallen celestials and finding your destiny in the process. The Nanny Diaries, opening on August 24th, tells a different kind of fairy tale, as a young woman in Manhattan fumbles her way through life and love while working as an Upper East Side au pair.
 

Click here for more details about these films.

 

Cool New Books for August

August’s roundup of Cool New Books includes ECLIPSE, the highly anticipated third book in Stephenie Meyer's riveting vampire love saga (following TWILIGHT and NEW MOON); JINX, a chilling new supernatural novel from Meg Cabot; GUYAHOLIC, a funny and poignant follow-up to VEGAN VIRGIN VALENTINE by Carolyn Mackler; SEEING REDD, the fast-paced second installment in Frank Beddor’s The Looking Glass Wars trilogy; and LILY DALE: AWAKENING, the start of a paranormal suspense series written by Wendy Corsi Staub, the award-winning author of over 60 books for adults and teens. And just in time for the film releases of Becoming Jane and The Jane Austen Book Club is CASSANDRA'S SISTER, an engaging work of historical fiction in which Veronica Bennett reveals how a country girl named Jenny became the celebrated novelist Jane Austen.
 
Click here to read our Cool New Books roundup for August.


 

August's New in Paperback Roundup

August’s roundup of New in Paperback titles includes THE LOOKING GLASS WARS, the first installment of an ALICE IN WONDERLAND-based trilogy from Frank Beddor; THE LAST DAYS, a sequel to Scott Westerfeld’s PEEPS, in which five teenagers find themselves creating the soundtrack for the end of the world; NICK & NORAH'S INFINITE PLAYLIST, a first date story from popular YA authors Rachel Cohn and David Levithan; CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE HOLLYWOOD STAR, the glitzy and glamorous companion to CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE DRAMA QUEEN by Dyan Sheldon; and FLUSH, Carl Hiaasen's action-packed (and zany) mystery that revolves around an unpleasant yet important topic: raw sewage dumping.
 
Click here to see what's new in paperback for August.


 

Teenreads.com Reviews

IRONSIDE: A Modern Faery's Tale by Holly Black (Fantasy)
IRONSIDE is Holly Black's third dark faery tale and the second to feature Kaye, a changeling pixie who grew up thinking she was a human girl. Torn between her faery lover Roiben and the human world she knows, the book finds Kaye struggling to maintain her human identity while embracing her faerie destiny. Reviewed by Sarah A. Wood and excerpted. 

INTERWORLD by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves (Science Fiction/Adventure)
One day, Joey Harker, who has always had a terrible sense of direction, gets lost in his own town and walks right out of his universe. When a version of himself from another dimension tracks Joey down, Joey learns he has the power to travel between dimensions --- and that an army of alternate versions of himself is battling the two evils that want to conquer all the many worlds. Reviewed by Carlie Webber and excerpted. 

WICKED LOVELY by Melissa Marr (Fantasy/Romance)
In a world unseen by most mortals, the forces of Summer and Winter are at war. Two Faery Courts have been seeking the Summer Queen for more than nine centuries --- one to restore the power of Summer and the other to banish it. With her one true love by her side, a teenage girl with the rare ability to see the beauty and ferocity of these creatures has been chosen to face the ultimate trial. Reviewed by Sarah Sawtelle. 

WHAT MY GIRLFRIEND DOESN'T KNOW by Sonya Sones (Fiction)
In this sequel to WHAT MY MOTHER DOESN'T KNOW, readers learn what happens next with Sophie and Robin --- but this time, it's from the artistic outsider Robin Murphy's point of view. Struggling to make sense of how he possibly could be dating pretty, popular Sophie Stein, Robin learns that getting your heart's desire isn't always easy. Reviewed by Kristi Olson. 

THE SECRET LIFE OF SPARROW DELANEY by Suzanne Harper (Fiction)
This magical story is about being true to who you are, accepting the gifts you have been given and using them as best you can. A novel about psychics, mediums, spiritualists, ghosts, oddball families and teenage romance, author Suzanne Harper has a gift of her own: the ability to write a wonderful work of fiction. Reviewed by Donna Volkenannt. 

THE SILENCED by James DeVita (Thriller)
It's the not-too-distant future, and the people's rights are being stripped away "for the greater good." But 16-year-old Marena remembers a time when everyone was free to speak. And she's determined to make sure that no one forgets what that is like. Reviewed by Brian Farrey. 

THIS IS WHAT I DID by Ann Dee Ellis (Fiction)
Logan is starting the eighth grade in a new house and a new school because his parents think a fresh start will help. But Logan knows that things will never be the same again --- because nothing in the world can erase the nightmare of what he witnessed. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

Click here to read our Teenreads.com reviews.


 

Manga Reviews

The following reviews are courtesy of the graphic novel review website for teens No Flying No Tights: 
 
GON, Volume 1 by Masashi Tanaka (CMX)
A tiny dinosaur with a feisty attitude marches across the wilderness defending the friendly and furry from the mean and hungry. Told entirely without words, GON highlights the amazingly detailed art and visual storytelling genius of creator Masashi Tanaka. Reviewed by Snow Wildsmith. 
 
As the eldest of six children and a tomboy, Kazuha has trouble feeling like a "real girl" sometimes. Her little brother's preschool teacher treats her like one --- but will her crush return her feelings? Reviewed by Snow Wildsmith. 
 
ME2, Volume 1 by Sho Murase (TOKYOPOP)
Aki, a shy and introverted teen, is a victim of escalating bullying, and she retreats further and further into silence and shadows. Then Kai arrives: a confident, brash girl who deals out justice to her tormentors. But where did Kai come from? Reviewed by Robin Brenner. 
 
NOSATSU JUNKIE, Volume 1 by Ryoko Fukuyama (TOKYOPOP)
Fourteen-year-old Naka is an aspiring model with the "body of an angel and the face of a murderer," forced into competition with Japan's latest teen icon, the perfectly girly Umi. Naka doesn't quite have the looks or the confidence to make it on her own as a professional model, but learning Umi's dark secret just might be her stepping stone to stardom. Reviewed by Alison Kotin. 
 
PIXIE POP: Gokkun Pucho, Volume 1 by Ema Toyama (TOKYOPOP)
Who knew that beverage fairies existed? Mayu now does. After drinking a glass of magical soda by mistake, it's up to the fairy Pucho to keep Mayu from transforming into something crazy where handsome Amamiya might see her. Reviewed by Eva Volin.
 
Click here to read our Manga reviews.

 

Christian Fiction Reviews

Sierra Jensen

ONLY YOU, SIERRA - Sierra Jensen Collection: Volume One, Book One by Robin Jones Gunn (Fiction)
The Europe mission trip brought Sierra Jensen the best gift possible: two new friends, Katie and Christy. But now Sierra is headed home, and she can't help but wonder if her friendships will last. And what about her new home? Her family moved while she was gone, and that means facing a new high school. And the biggest question of all: Will she ever find love? Reviewed by Jennifer Crosby. 

IN YOUR DREAMS - Sierra Jensen Collection: Volume One, Book Two by Robin Jones Gunn (Fiction)
Sierra has done everything she can to find the right job, good friends, and most important, true love. But nothing is working out. Now she has to stay home to care for her grandmother by herself for the whole weekend. She's convinced it will be terrible. However, a series of startling surprises shows Sierra just how wrong she is. Reviewed by Jennifer Crosby.  

The Secret Life of Samantha McGregor

BEYOND REACH: The Secret Life of Samantha McGregor, Book Two by Melody Carlson (Fiction)
Exhausted by her role in the dramatic rescue of Kayla Henderson, Samantha McGregor is ready for a vacation from her God-given visions. But when Sam gets her wish and the visions actually go on hiatus, she's beginning to wonder if she's lost her spiritual gift forever. To make matters worse, her police friend Ebony needs her help. Reviewed by Michele Howe. 

PLAYING WITH FIRE: The Secret Life of Samantha McGregor, Book Three by Melody Carlson (Fiction)
Samantha's brother, Zach, is finally home after a 90-day rehab for his meth addiction, and life seems to be getting back to normal. That is, until Sam starts having dreams about dangerous situations involving drugs. This is soon followed by a vision of a burning cabin, and this time someone has been shot. Reviewed by Michele Howe.

 

Click here to read our Christian Fiction reviews.


 

Recent Bookreporter.com Titles Perfect for Teens

THE REST OF HER LIFE by Laura Moriarty (Fiction)
Leigh is the mother of high-achieving, popular high school senior Kara. Their relationship is already strained for reasons Leigh does not fully understand when, in a moment of carelessness, Kara makes a mistake that ends in tragedy --- the effects of which not only divide Leigh's family, but polarize the entire community. Reviewed by Lourdes Orive and excerpted. 
  
-Click here to read an excerpt from THE REST OF HER LIFE.
-Click here to read an interview with Laura Moriarty.
  
ONCE UPON A QUINCEANERA: Coming of Age in the USA by Julia Alvarez (Memoir/Social Science)
Novelist Julia Alvarez looks at the Latin American coming-of-age party known as the "quinceanera" and examines its cultural legacy through today's modern girls. The must-haves for a "quince" are becoming as numerous and costly as a prom or wedding. Yet this elaborate ritual also hearkens back to traditions from native countries and communities, offering young Latinas a chance to connect with their heritage. Reviewed by Jana Siciliano.
 

Click here to read our reviews of Bookreporter.com titles perfect for teens.


 

Poll and Question of the Month: Re-Reading Favorite Books

Poll:

Do you re-read your favorite books?
 

All of the time
Some of the time
No, but this is a good idea
Never 

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Question: 
  
Which books (name up to 3) have you read more than once? 
 
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Word of Mouth: Tell Us What You're Reading and You Could Win A Book!

This contest period, one lucky teen reader will be randomly chosen to win a copy of ECLIPSE by Stephenie Meyer. (Click on the link below for the official rules.) To automatically enter to win, e-mail us your recommendations and book ratings.
Post your Word of Mouth comments here.
 

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