I was going to save this for tomorrow, to give myself some more time to think, but I can't wait that long. When I first read Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher (add on Goodreads | Book Website) in 2008, I was 11 and noticing that middle school was getting worse. I can't remember how I started reading: if I found it in the library or if it was recommended to me. And if it was recommended to me, I can't remember if it was my cousins who recommended The Golden Compass and The Giver or one of the librarians.
The book hit me hard. Not because I was bullied, or because I was suicidal (then), but because I knew someone who was bullied as much though differently as Hannah Baker was. I know Asher's book is set in high school, and I've heard more and more people tell me about the horrors of high school, but for me... middle school is where the horrors lie, though it makes sense that those would last into high school (and even college, according to some people). I'll say it: adolescents can be mean as shit and it's obvious these behaviors don't get eradicated in middle school when parents of bullies refuse to believe their child is a problem, schools look the other way, and our society breeds (cyber)bullying, slut-shaming, and rape culture.
From New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack, comes the highly anticipated 4th standalone title in her Rusk University series, All Closed Off! A passionate story and journey, get ready to be mesmerized with Stella's story! All Closed Off is coming your way May 1, 2017!
Whew! What a weekend. I've needed 2 days to recover from all the awesomeness of NerdCon: Nerdfighteria 2017. For those of you who don't have any idea of what I'm talking about, let me explain. Nerdfighteria is the fandom name of the YouTube-famous VlogBrothers (Hank Green and award-winning YA author John Green) that are dedicated to the proliferation of awesome and decrease of "WorldSuck." This international army of people (there were upwards of 3,000 people at the Hynes Convention Center this past weekend, and countless others who were unable to make the trip) includes normal nerds and other YouTube stars (like the SuperCarlinBrothers and The Financial Diet, just to name 2).
Happy Valentine's Day! Congratulations to all you happy couples out there.
To all the singletons like me: I'll be honest, today is just another school day for me. Nothing too exciting. But it almost was something more. And before you assume I'm talking about my personal love life—I assure you, it's still non-existent.
I'm a self-published author (because being a college student wasn't hard enough!) and spend most of my time doing homework. I write YA multi-genre fiction for young adults or the young at heart. I love NCIS, BBC's Sherlock,
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