Classics/Contemporaries in the Classroom


It's no secret that English has remained my favorite subject throughout all of high school.  While other subjects sometimes felt like a series of closed doors with pre-worked math formulas and innumerable facts to memorize, English was whatever I wanted it to be.  Sure, I had to learn (and still am learning) the fundamentals of grammar and the little nuances of the language, but many of the assignments I faced didn't feel like assignments.  They were open-ended questions for me to answer in any way I pleased through writing.

The Post I Was Scared To Write

*Disclaimer: I am not trying to silence anyone. You are free to say whatever you'd like to say. This post focuses on how people feel after you say what you say to them and why your message isn't being heard. 
*Disclaimer: I am not saying that anyone is a bad person nor am I labeling anyone as "wrong." I want to clearly express my opinions in a calm manner that will hopefully encourage conversation and change if needed. I am addressing something I see as a problem just as you have addressed problems in the past and hopefully continue to address problems in the future so we may all learn.
*Disclaimer: The quotes listed below are from active members in the YA/book community.

Thank you to the many people who reached out to me on Twitter and shared their stories and quotes. This post would be nothing without the conversations we've had, the stories you told, and the courage of your voices.

The Beginning:

On Thursday a brave lady on Twitter by the name of Sierra expressed in a Twitter thread a sentiment that I and many others shared regarding Book Twitter. She highlighted the very scary and true realization that many teenagers are terrified to speak up and share their opinions in the book community. This is very problematic because our book community is centered around young adult books, books meant for the teenage age group. Can you see the problem when people in the community who are supposed to be writing for you act in such a way that you can no longer trust them? Book Twitter is unrecognizable. It has twisted into something I now cringe at when I think of it. The culture that has permeated through Book Twitter has left a foul taste in my mouth, and the community has warped into a hostile and unwelcoming environment.

ARC Review: Caraval

Author: Stephanie Garber
Genre: YA Fantasy
Page Length: 416 Pages
Publication Date: January 31, 2017
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Source: ARC via publisher
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Welcome to Caraval, where nothing is quite what it seems.

Scarlett has never left the tiny isle of Trisda, pining from afar for the wonder of Caraval, a once-a-year week-long performance where the audience participates in the show.

Caraval is Magic. Mystery. Adventure. And for Scarlett and her beloved sister Tella it represents freedom and an escape from their ruthless, abusive father.

When the sisters' long-awaited invitations to Caraval finally arrive, it seems their dreams have come true. But no sooner have they arrived than Tella vanishes, kidnapped by the show's mastermind organiser, Legend.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But nonetheless she quickly becomes enmeshed in a dangerous game of love, magic and heartbreak. And real or not, she must find Tella before the game is over, and her sister disappears forever

ARC Review: How to Break a Boy

Author: Laurie Devore 
Genre: YA Contemporary
Page Length: 352 Pages
Publication Date: January 31, 2017
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Source: ARC via publisher
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Keep your enemies close, but your friends closer.

Olivia Clayton has mastered the art of tearing others down to stay on top. She and her best friend, Adrienne, rule their small southern town like all good mean girls do--through intimidation and manipulation.

After Olivia suffers a family tragedy and catches Adrienne sleeping with her boyfriend, Olivia is over it. She decides to make a change--but it's impossible to resist taking Adrienne down one last time. Up to her old tricks, Olivia convinces golden boy Whit DuRant to be her SAT tutor and her fake boyfriend. But when it starts to feel real, Whit gets caught up in Olivia and Adrienne's war.

Olivia may ruin everything she touches, but this time she won't go down without a fight--not if it means losing Whit.

And definitely not if it means losing what's left of herself.

APCB Adds #7

I love learning about the latest book deals, and APCB Adds is a feature where I share my latest Goodreads book additions. These posts will introduce you to books coming out in the future, ones you can look forward to! 

ARC Review: After the Fall

Author: Kate Hart
Genre: YA Contemporary
Page Length: 336 Pages
Publication Date: January 24, 2017
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Source: ARC via publisher
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Seventeen-year-old Raychel is sleeping with two boys: her overachieving best friend Matt…and his slacker brother, Andrew. Raychel sneaks into Matt’s bed after nightmares, but nothing ever happens. He doesn’t even seem to realize she’s a girl, except when he decides she needs rescuing. But Raychel doesn't want to be his girl anyway. She just needs his support as she deals with the classmate who assaulted her, the constant threat of her family’s eviction, and the dream of college slipping quickly out of reach. Matt tries to help, but he doesn’t really get it… and he’d never understand why she’s fallen into a secret relationship with his brother. The friendships are a precarious balance, and when tragedy strikes, everything falls apart. Raychel has to decide which pieces she can pick up – and which ones are worth putting back together.

Julia's Trip Recap: Hiroshima, Japan

This past summer, I had the incredible opportunity to visit Hiroshima, Japan for about eight days in August.  Every year, two members from the junior class at my school are selected to travel to Hiroshima as "Hiroshima Peace Scholars."  It's been months since the end of my trip, but I can't stop thinking about the people I met and all that I experienced.

Your Guide to 2017


 As you may know I love to keep track of upcoming releases. I stalk Publishers Weekly on a daily basis, and I love the question: What are some upcoming book releases? Below I've cultivated a list of books I'm ridiculously excited for (as you should be as well!). I've split it up into semi-practical categories and left Goodreads links for all the books. Keep in mind that some books fit in multiple categories, but please tweet me @yaperfectionist if I forget a 2017 book you know of and can't wait to read. Enjoy! And flail about these books with me in the comment section.