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Manic pixie dream girls: guys want to date them and girls want to be them; they're goofy, they're cute --- and they're completely unrealistic. But what if there was a formula that could turn any average girl (or guy) into the most popular person at school practically over night?  Senior Bea Giovannini has found that formula and she and her friends are racing their way to the top. But being a manic pixie dream girl isn't quite the dream she imagined and it's causing damages to her real friendships. Can Bea reverse the formula before she changes her life forever?  Read below to learn more about Bea before reading I'M NOT YOUR MANIC PIXIE DREAM GIRL.
Young or old, tall or small, we all have stories to tell. For authors who write realistic fiction, the line is often blurred between fiction and reality, especially for their readers. Author Maria Padian's latest novel, WRECKED, deals with some harsh truths about college and sexual assualt, so one question her teens always ask is "Where do you get the ideas for your books?" In this post, Padian discusses the different ways she was inspired to write WRECKED and how she is always gathering information for future novels.  
While fantasy and dystopian fiction seems to be dominating the YA market these days, 2016 has also seen the releases of some really fantastic works of historical fiction. Back in March, we reviewed BURN BABY BURN by Meg Medina, a book that combines the 1970s horror that was Son of Sam with some very timeless issues like love, friendship and independence. In a similar vein, TELL ME SOMETHING REAL by Calla Devlin takes readers to 1970s San Diego, where three sisters are struggling to hold their own following their mother's cancer diagnosis. Although cancer is not firmly stuck in the past, the ways in which the girls deal with their issues speak to a totally different time. In this Q&A, Calla and Meg discuss their books and how they combined elements of the past with timeless emotions.
While attending New York Comic Con, Teenreads was totally wowed by the awesome costumes people put together. Sure there were tons of Batmen and Wonder Women and even some monsters, but the coolest outfits were the ones that were both wearable and totally nerdy. Inspired by these trendy nods to fiction, we put together some outfits based on new YA releases that both guys and girls can wear.
Teenreads kicked off October in one of the best ways imaginable: heading to New York Comic Con, a celebration of all things bookish, nerdy and just plain awesome. Between editorial coordinator Rebecca Munro, interns Dana and Maya and reviewers Katherine and Matthew, we had a full team covering the panels, showroom floor and the whole atmosphere of the weekend. Click here for a quick overview of everyone's NYCC experience or read below for more in-depth coverage of the panels we all attended.
Teenreads kicked off October in one of the best ways imaginable: heading to New York Comic Con, a celebration of all things bookish, nerdy and just plain awesome. Between editorial coordinator Rebecca Munro, interns Dana and Maya and reviewers Katherine and Matthew, we had a full team covering the panels, showroom floor and the whole atmosphere of the weekend. Read below for a quick overview of everyone's NYCC experience or click here for more in-depth coverage of the panels we all attended.
Teen Board Member Bryn D. recently attended the Books by the Banks festival in Cincinnati, Ohio. This regional book festival is coming up on its 10th anniversary next year and is host to over a hundred authors for different events. It sure sounds like booknerd heaven! Bryn had the chance to sit down with Mindy McGinnis, author of NOT A DROP TO DRINK and most recently THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES. Find out about her upcoming releases and the books that inspired her to write in this post.   
J.R.R.R. Hardison, author of FISH WIELDER, features some fun talking animals in his latest release. In this post, Hardison fills us in on 10 of his favorite tales with talking animals. He begins with an explanation of his definition of "talking animals" and finishes with a Dr. Seuss-inspired insight into his own writing and vocally-present animal characters. From Harry Potter to THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ, Hardison's list will not disappoint with nods to all of our favorite animal characters and tales.
On Tuesday, September 20th, Teenreads was live at Books of Wonder for the launch of Danielle Paige's latest fairytale retelling, STEALING SNOW. Paige's new book focuses on the often under-discussed tale of the Snow Queen, a tale with dark undertones and beautiful imagery.
Several years ago, I read SHADOW AND BONE --- a YA high fantasy with some Russian flavor --- and fell in love with the world, but for some reason I never continued on with the series until recently, when I reread SHADOW AND BONE and binge-read the rest of the series this summer. When I saw that Leigh Bardugo was coming to The Strand in NYC for the launch of CROOKED KINGDOM, I knew that I had to buy tickets, despite not having read SIX OF CROWS yet --- I know, I am a shameful booknerd.