Author Interview: Laurie Boyle Crompton

Today I have Laurie Boyle Crompton, author of Pretty in Punxsutawney, here to answer some questions! We’ll be talking about the 80s and what books she’s been reading lately. Stick around until the end because you’ll have a chance to win her book as part of a five book prize pack!

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Hi, Laurie! Thanks so much for being here today and answering my questions. What is it about a Groundhog Day type story that appeals to you?

I loved the idea of giving a teen character a do-over on an important day. I wanted to make sure it had the most potential for fun and drama, and landed on Andie’s first day at her new school. Of course, knowing what’s coming next doesn’t always help Andie all that much! This book was a blast to write and served as my chance to explore all sorts of outcomes with a character who I love.

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Author Guest Post: Christina June

I’m so excited to be welcoming Christina June to my blog today to discuss what movies and books played an influential role in her life growing up! Her third YA novel, No Place Like Here, released on May 21 and is the perfect summer read. Head over to a previous post to read my full review and make sure you stick around because there’s a giveaway at the end of this one!

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I read a lot of contemporary stories when I was upper elementary school, like Sweet Valley Twins and the Babysitter’ Club, as well as those by Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume. I’ve always liked friendship and family-centered novels.

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Review: Color Me In by Natasha Diaz

Title: Color Me In
Author: Natasha Diaz
Release Date: August 20, 2019
Publisher: Delacorte
Pages: 384

Content Warnings: underage drinking, racism, sexual assault, police brutality

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Debut YA author Natasha Diaz pulls from her personal experience to inform this powerful coming-of-age novel about the meaning of friendship, the joyful beginnings of romance, and the racism and religious intolerance that can both strain a family to the breaking point and strengthen its bonds.

Who is Nevaeh Levitz?

Growing up in an affluent suburb of New York City, sixteen-year-old Nevaeh Levitz never thought much about her biracial roots. When her Black mom and Jewish dad split up, she relocates to her mom’s family home in Harlem and is forced to confront her identity for the first time.

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Sunday Stacks Week Ten

24in48 is in full swing and I’m having so much fun doing ALL THE READING! After being in a book slump for over a month, it’s nice to have this weekend to play catch up on my TBR. Here’s how I did on the books I planned to read last week and a look at the week ahead.

I just barely managed to finish They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera in time for this recap! I enjoyed this one, but I definitely didn’t love it. The story line is really interesting and I love Mateo, but there’s something about Rufus that drives me crazy. This was kind of the deciding factor for whether or not I like Silvera (since I hated More Happy Than Not but loved History is All You Left Me) and I guess the final decision is that I’m just meh about his books.

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Seven Books I Hope to Read During 24in48

It’s time for another round of 24in48 and I AM SO EXCITED! Seriously, I’ve been looking forward to this since I first participated back in January. I didn’t manage to complete 24 hours of reading, but I still had a blast, and I’m feeling hopeful for this round.

If you aren’t familiar with 24in48 then here’s some background information! During the 48 hours that make up July 20 and 21 (it’s held twice a year in January and July), participants are challenged to read for 24 hours. You can break up the time however you want, go solo or pair up with friends, get your family involved… However you do it is up to you!

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Books I’ll (Probably) Never Read Tag

Nobody actually tagged me in this one, but when I saw Leelynn from Sometimes Leelynn Reads do it I thought it looked fun! This was originally created by Marisa from littlespider9 on Youtube, so make sure you also go give their video some love! Now, without further ado, onto the questions!

A really hyped book you’re not interested in reading?

When I first started to get into YA, the original Shatter Me trilogy was one of the first series I binged and absolutely loved. A couple years ago I tried to reread them and could barely get through the first book. I’m a little curious to know where the series is going, but not near enough to actually find out by reading Defy Me.

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Review: The Importance of Being Wilde at Heart by R. Zamora Linmark

Title: The Importance of Being Wilde at Heart
Author: R. Zamora Linmark
Release Date: August 13, 2019
Publisher: Delacorte
Pages: 352

Content Warnings: homophobic language, use of the word retarded

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Readers of Adam Silvera (They Both Die at the End) and Elizabeth Acevedo (The Poet X) will pull out the tissues for this tender, quirky story of one seventeen-year-old boy’s journey through first love and first heartbreak, guided by his personal hero, Oscar Wilde.

Words have always been more than enough for Ken Z, but when he meets Ran at the mall food court, everything changes. Beautiful, mysterious Ran opens the door to a number of firsts for Ken: first kiss, first love. But as quickly as he enters Ken’s life, Ran disappears, and Ken Z is left wondering: Why love at all, if this is where it leads?

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