Once again, I'm going to take a stab at the YA Highway's Road Trip Wednesday theme (see, I can't comply with too much structure, so if something is supposed to happen weekly, you can pretty much guarantee I will do it once every few months...), which is BEST BOOK OF JUNE!
Well. It just so happens that this totally coincides with a post I've been wanting to write, but I felt like it might make me seem like a crazy person. No, not really a crazy person, but just that kind of fan who crosses the line between being...YAY I HAVE A FAN! to OMG THIS PERSON IS OBSESSED WITH ME.
And I'm not. Obsessed. But I really admire the writing of Australian YA writer Simmone Howell, and this month I reread her second YA novel, Everything Beautiful and then read her debut, Notes from the Teenage Underground, and let me tell you, they are both so wonderful I wish I had written them myself.
So I gave my students an assignment for their fourth quarter book report, and one of the options was to send an email or letter to the author of the book they read and just, you know, tell them about what they thought. Fan mail. And then I thought I might as well do the same, and I wrote this gushing email all about how the book Everything Beautiful had, you know, changed my life. And then I followed her blog. And followed her on twitter. And gushed a little more on Absolute Write. And that doesn't even count all the students I passed the book to, or all the ones I plan to pass it to in the fall. So yeah. I'm not obsessed. They're just really good books. Here are my librarything.com reviews, and you should all read them both!
First, her debut (even though I read it second):
And then her second book (the one that got me hooked):