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July 6, 2009

Books from the Bottom of my Pool Bag

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Summer romances can take more forms than one, as any fan of Edward Cullen and Chuck Bass can attest. Below, Teenreads.com intern Allie Bodack looks back on some of her literary first loves, and falls back on an old flame she's happy to revisit time and time again.
July 1, 2009

Summer-Reading Slog

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Summer is the perfect time to catch up on all the books you didn't have time to read during the school year, but required summer reading often gets in the way. In today's blog, Greg Fitzgerald --- Teenreads.com assistant producer and soon-to-be sophomore at Fordham University --- describes what he hated the most about that dreaded summer reading list and shares his secret to balancing his assigned books with his guilt-free reads.
Sometimes, it's so easy to get distracted by the little things that we forget to "live in the Now", and live it to the fullest --- an idea captured perfectly in Susane Colasanti's latest novel, WAITING FOR YOU.
Though Jenny Han is hard at work on the sequel to her newly released novel,
Deborah Lytton is an actress, singer and author whose debut novel, JANE IN BLOOM, hit stores in March. In today's guest blog, she explains why summer is the best time of year for soul searching and self-discovery, and invites you to share what you learn about yourself in the process.
Lauren Strasnick's debut novel, NOTHING LIKE YOU, is set to hit stores this fall. Below, she takes us on the roller coaster of emotions she's experienced on the road to getting her first book published.
Below, Jennifer E. Smith --- author of THE COMEBACK SEASON and YOU ARE HERE --- recalls childhood memories of her travels from the back seat of the family car and reminds us about the one thing we shouldn't forget to pack on our next road trip.
Today's guest blogger is Lee Bantle, a lawyer from New York who has also written two novels for middle-grade and YA readers. Below, he discusses characters from his latest book, DAVID INSIDE OUT, and shares his thoughts on the very timely subject of gay marriage.
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