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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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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