Author Guest Post: Zack Smedley On the Use of Profanity in YA Books (Including My Own)

One afternoon towards the end of my eighth grade year, I was standing in the hallway of my Catholic K-8 school chatting with a classmate. He mentioned having to babysit that night or something, and I told him, “That sucks.”

“Hey!” This came from a teacher walking by us. “Watch your language!”

She didn’t even say it sharply, but it was a warning—a shot across the bow. I spent the next few minutes keeping my fingers crossed that I wouldn’t get written up.

Growing up, this is what life looked like for me most of the time. Eventually I graduated from K-8 to a public high school, where I was exhilarated to learn we could now say things like “hell” and “sucks” and even “damn it.” Make no mistake: none of this reshaped my opinion on cursing. But it did profoundly instill the sincere belief that adults—“proper” adults, at least—hardly ever used R-rated language except for the occasional lapse, like the dad fixing that furnace in A Christmas Story.

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Taylor Swift Book Tag [Original]

TS7 is coming and oh my god I’m so excited! When she started changing her social media icons and teasing what I’m assuming is a new single I was taking a bath and I just sat there for like ten minutes crying. Then I didn’t go to sleep until 5 am because there was too much excitement running through my veins.

Pretty immediately I started wondering if there was a Taylor Swift book tag, because if there was I knew I wanted to do it, but I had trouble finding one. I found a couple of album specific ones but I was really wanting a tag that did songs from all of her albums. When I couldn’t find one I decided that it’s creation was long overdue so I present to you the Taylor Swift book tag!


  • Know somebody who loves Taylor? Tag them! If you don’t know of anybody though, that’s okay too, you should still do the tag!
  • Link back to this post so I’ll get a notification that you did it and I can come see your answers! Also because crediting creators is nice.
  • Feel free to use any of my graphics or make your own if you want!

If I Stay by Gayle Forman gets me every. single. time.

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Mini Review: Hilda and the Hidden People by Luke Pearson


Title: Hilda and the Hidden People
Author: Luke Pearson
Release Date: 9/4/2018
Publisher: Flying Eye Books
Pages: 176
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Meet Hilda: explorer, adventurer, avid sketchbook-keeper and friend to almost every creature in the valley! Join our beloved heroine as she encounters her very first troll, negotiates peace with some very persnickety elves, and reunites two lovelorn ancient giants. Fantastic creatures and daring adventures are all just part of another average day for Hilda, but what will she do if she is forced to move to Trolberg city, far away from her beloved valley home? Dive into the adventure with this illustrated chapter book, based on the first two episodes of the show. 

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante

Title: The Grief Keeper
Author: Alexandra Villasante
Release Date: 6/11/2019
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 320
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Seventeen-year-old Marisol Morales and her little sister Gabi are detainees of the United States government. They were caught crossing the U.S. border, to escape the gang violence in their country after their brother was murdered. When Marisol learns that the old family friend who had offered them refuge in America has died and they are going to be sent home, they flee.

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Ten Books with Rain on the Cover for a Rainy Day

My first thought when I saw this week’s topic of Rainy Day Reads was to come up with a list of happy books to beat the gray gloom on a rainy day. I like to try my best to put my personal spin on the topic every week though, so instead I’m going to be sharing with you ten books that have rain on the covers!

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