Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl
by Rainbow Rowell

Release date: September 10th, ’13
From Goodreads:

A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love. 
Cath is a Simon Snow fan.
Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan . . .
But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.
Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.
For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?
Or will she just go on living inside somebody else’s fiction?

A word about the cover:  I think it’s perfectly adorable. I love illustrated covers and this one is so pretty and sparse and clean it totally gets you into the mood. And I LOVE the blue! Also, the font. And the thought bubbles. And the lanky guy and the nerd girl. It IS perfect.

My Thoughts:

Guys, this book made me feel so good, I can’t even tell you how much. Even thinking about it makes me smile, such heartwarming goodness it was.

When I saw this one up on netgalley I just knew I had to read this. I mean, fandoms (Harry Potter/Supernatural/Game of Thrones, ftw!) and fangirls – such nerdsomeness – what could get better than that?

The first thing for which Fangirl won brownie points from me was the setting. Guys, guys, guys, this book is set in college and I LOVE that. Why aren’t there more books set in college that don’t become just this huge flesh-feasts? Not that there’s anything wrong with that but you know, there’s more to college than just sex. Like, um, classes and roomies and friends-who-aren’t-potential-love-interests and maybe, sometimes, fandoms. (Okay, so maybe I’m being biased about the last thing, but you get what I mean, right? You need things like Harry-Potter-talk because HOW DO YOU SURVIVE OTHERWISE. Okay. I’m going to shut up right now)

My favourite thing about this book was the characters and their relationship with each other, which altered and wavered and stabilised and developed in so many ways throughout the course of the novel. That’s the other thing I really liked about this. The pace. No quick-mode, no insta-anything, nothing overtly dramatic. Fangirl was a leisure ride with things taking place at a realistic pace and in such a believably real-life way.

The characters were so well-rounded. Cath and Wren. Levi. Nick. Rowan (damn, I loved Rowan!). Cath and Wren’s dad! It’s really nice to read books where the parents matter, for a change, and where they aren’t the devil incarnate. And it’s even nicer when the dad is an adorable creative genius.

So this is the first YA book written in third person past that I’ve read in quite a while and it was so well done! The writing was so good that I was inspired to write the next whatever-I-write in third person (and no, I’m never inspired to try third person) – it’s just THAT good.

Read this book, okay? It doesn’t come out till September but pre-order it if you have to, just read it. It doesn’t matter what your reading tastes are, Fangirl, I’m sure, will appeal to everybody.

You know, the kind of coming-of-age that happens in college is different from the coming-of-age that happens before that. It’s just this whole other thing – this living away from home, actually having to take things into your own hand (whether you like it or not) and Rainbow Rowell captures all that in her book with subtle brilliance. Read it for the feels. And the fandom.

Did/do you write fanfiction?

Drowning Instinct by Ilsa J. Bick

Drowning Instinct
by Ilsa J Bick
Released: 1st Feb, ’12.
From Goodreads:

There are stories where the girl gets her prince, and they live happily ever after. (This is not one of those stories.) 
Jenna Lord’s first sixteen years were not exactly a fairytale. Her father is a controlling psycho and her mother is a drunk. She used to count on her older brother—until he shipped off to Afghanistan. And then, of course, there was the time she almost died in a fire. 
There are stories where the monster gets the girl, and we all shed tears for his innocent victim. (This is not one of those stories either.) 
Mitch Anderson is many things: A dedicated teacher and coach. A caring husband. A man with a certain…magnetism. 
And there are stories where it’s hard to be sure who’s a prince and who’s a monster, who is a victim and who should live happily ever after. (These are the most interesting stories of all.) 
Drowning Instinct is a novel of pain, deception, desperation, and love against the odds—and the rules.

A word about the cover: For some reason, one glance at the cover made me think this was a paranormal. Of course, I hadn’t read the book description or anything then. And, well…I passed it up, because I wasn’t really in the mood for a paranormal. After reading the description, though, my reaction went along the lines of Holy shit! How could I pass up THIS book? Now that I look at it, I think the cover captures the mood of the book rather well. I mean, to me, it kinda looks like the girl has just washed her face after a run and that’s…significant. You know what I mean? No? Well, find out.

My Thoughts:


Drowning Instinct is one of those books that can’t exactly be summed up in a review. But there are certain things I can tell you. Like,

  • While the book description tells you a few things, it doesn’t prepare you with expectations. At least for me, it didn’t. Which means, that the experience that Drowning Instinct packs within those pages, may, in plain-speak, blow your mind.
  • There’s self harm and all kinds of abuse and other twisted things that will take you to dark places and make you squirm and keep you awake at night. And keep you thinking. Thinking is always a good thing, right?
  • Surprises. There are lots of them. Sometimes these are small bumpy ones, sometimes they are roller-coaster-plunge worthy-ish. Either way, it’s a ride.
  • If you have expectations from Jenna Lord, dump them with the garbage. Jenna Lord is not a very reliable narrator. But you won’t be able to forget her.
  • Even before the threads of the relationship – yes, that forbidden relationship – manifest, you will be saying, oh no no no no no, don’t even go there! back off! But then, long past those early scenes, somewhere in the middle of the story you will probably wonder if you said that ‘back off’ out of concern or jealousy.
  • Oftentimes, especially in the latter half of the book, you will think how very twisted Mitch Anderson is and will want to scream What is up with that man?! Sooner or later, that might alternate with Why can’t I have that man?! Oh, yes, Mitch Anderson in inexplicably swoon-worthy.
  • While the rest of the book will probably keep you in page-flipping-frenzy mode, the last quarter will make you hyperventilate alongside. But be careful. If things get too serious, remember you can’t really blame your medical condition on a book.
  • Soon you might stop breathing.
  • Then, you’ll probably experience an overwhelming outpouring of emotions.
  • Later, you will be wondering who was to blame. If anyone was to blame. What you condoned and what you disapproved. If you even have the right to. What was right and what went wrong. If you are even in a position to judge. If you can even point a finger at anybody. The dilemma won’t really leave you with an answer.

Then again, this story is not only about Jenna and Mr. Anderson. There are several more players, each with their own desperate obsessions, twisted pasts and existence of half-truths.
Primarily though, Drowning Instinct is a story that weaves through the lives of broken people looking for something to grasp on to, before they drown in the desolation of their own existence. It is also incredibly brilliant.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that it somersaulted straight up my favourites list.

What upcoming release do you want to drown in?

Hushed by Kelley York

He’s saved her. He’s loved her. He’s killed for her. 

Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn’t protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids, so he’s never stopped trying to protect her from everything else. It doesn’t matter that Vivian only uses him when hopping from one toxic relationship to another—Archer is always there, waiting to be noticed. 

Then along comes Evan, the only person who’s ever cared about Archer without a single string attached. The harder he falls for Evan, the more Archer sees Vivian for the manipulative hot-mess she really is. 

But Viv has her hooks in deep, and when she finds out about the murders Archer’s committed and his relationship with Evan, she threatens to turn him in if she doesn’t get what she wants… And what she wants is Evan’s death, and for Archer to forfeit his last chance at redemption.
 
 
 
This book? MIND. BLOWN.
 

It was this crazy, crazy ride through the lives of psychotic teenagers with very, very dark secrets that are so disturbing, they’ll leave you breathless. Keep an inhaler handy.

So, what we get from the book description is that Archer’s a sort of teenage Dexter who is killing people (actually killing the people who’ve hurt his friend Vivian), thinking it’s the right thing to do.
It’s twisted.
It’s creepy.
And it heightens your curiosity quotient. Because any thinking person will want to know ‘why’ Archer is so crazy twisted. And what is his deal with Vivian, that he would go this far for her. And what on earth had happened to Vivian.
What? Why? How?
Hushed quickly raises numerous questions, and while you flip through the pages at phenomenal speed, it spinballs into a black hole of anticipation that might just give you a mini heart attack. And then, it’ll hit you back with answers. Answers that will make you squirm and bite your lips till they bleed.

Hushed made me go through a range of emotions. Dark emotions, mostly, but dark has its range – rage, jealousy, despair. There’s a lot going on there.

And oh man, Kelley York writes killer characters (no, the pun wasn’t intended). She turns convention on its head and gives you brainsick teens in parasitic relationships, trapped in the role-plays they have created for themselves. Goes without saying, they are not your usual guys-and-girls-next-door. No.


Archer – Going into the book I had no idea what to think about Archer. Except for the fact that I’d be scared around him. Come on, the guy kills! (even if he’s doing it for the benefit of his friend). And the book opens with a rather graphic-of-sorts scene of Archer murdering someone. But, you know, as with skillful storytelling, this man-killing-antisocial grows into somebody who deserves your sympathy. Archer is amazingly written. There’s no black-and-whiteness about him. Archer walks in smoky grey haze, wanting so desperately to be loved by Vivian and doing all the wrong things to make things right that he sometimes makes your heart bleed a little.

Vivian – WHERE DID THIS GIRL COME FROM? I don’t remember having detested any contemporary character (besides the mother in Tabitha Suzuma’s Forbidden) as much as I detested her. She’s so manipulative, so unstable, so emotionally abusive and misguided, most of the time I wanted to slap her left, right and centre. But as with Archer, I could tell where she was coming from. I never liked her, but I didn’t hate her as much as I started out doing. And that’s where Kelley York scores. Because Vivian wasn’t meant to be a character to be liked (at least I don’t think so) but not understanding where her motivations and insecurities arose from would have totally defeated the purpose of her presence. It’s no surprise, perhaps, that she felt like the most REAL among the three main characters. She breathed right out of the pages.

Evan – Good heavens, I LOVED this guy! And his family. And the things he did. And the things he said. He is the reason his pair-up with Archer has moved into my list of Favourite Contemporary Couples (right next to Tessa and Adam from Before I Die and Lennie and Joe from The Sky Is Everywhere and Anna and St. Clair from Anna And The French Kiss). I loved how their relationship progressed. Not love at first sight, but gradually, unwinding layers and layers of each other, sometimes accidentally, sometimes with that intent. And, OH DEAR LORD, there is a Shower Scene which is probably the hottest thing I’ve read in ages. (Read, I tell you, READ!)

What. Can. I. Say.
I’ve never finished another book on netgalley as quickly as I did this. Characters that creep you out but make you remember them, taut writing that keeps you flipping and flipping pages, Hushed is a stellar YA Contemporary Thriller. READ.

Be warned: this ain’t your bedtime fare. It’ll keep you up ALL night. I speak from experience.

Also, Kelley York put up an amazing cast for Hushed, on her blog –> Check. It. Out.

What’s the best YA Thriller you’ve read?

The STRING BRIDGE Blog Tour is here!

The book: String Bridge
The author: Jessica Bell
The publisher: Lucky Press, LLC
The genre: Women’s Contemporary Fiction/ Literary Fiction


Jessica Bell’s debut novel, String Bridge released on the 1st of Nov and is now on sale!


So basically, from the 1st to the 20th of Nov it’ll be one helluva of a blog tour party, where you can hop from one blog to another and check out what everyone’s saying about String Bridge and what everyone’s saying about Jessica.

HERE IS THE SCHEDULE FOR THE STRING BRIDGE BOOK AND MUSIC BLOG TOUR
(Mark your calenders!)

Are you surprised with the ‘music’ part of it? Well, maybe I should first explain a bit about Jessica to make it easier for you.

Taken from her bio:

Jessica Bell is a literary women’s fiction author, poet and singer/songwriter who grew up in Melbourne, Australia, to two gothic rock musicians who had successful independent careers during the ’80s and early ’90s.
She spent much of her childhood travelling to and from Australia to Europe, experiencing two entirely different worlds, yet feeling equally at home in both environments. She currently lives in Athens, Greece and works as a freelance writer/editor for English Language Teaching publishers worldwide.
Jessica has published a book of poetry called Twisted Velvet Chainsand a novel String Bridge, with Lucky Press, LLC. A full list of poems and short stories published in various anthologies and literary magazines can be found under Published Works & Awards.

 

She is a singer AND a songwriter AND a poet AND a novelist. How wickedly talented is that?
And String Bridge being a book that deals a lot with music (the main character being a musician), Jessica Bell has an entire soundtrack to the book which she wrote and sang and recorded herself. Details here.
Not quite believing? Check out the String Bridge trailer, that features the song ‘Famous’ sung by the author herself.

So what exactly is String Bridge about?


Greek cuisine, smog and domestic drudgery was not the life Australian musician, Melody, was expecting when she married a Greek music promoter and settled in Athens, Greece. Keen to play in her new shoes, though, Melody trades her guitar for a ‘proper’ career and her music for motherhood. That is, until she can bear it no longer and plots a return to the stage–and the person she used to be. However, the obstacles she faces along the way are nothing compared to the tragedy that awaits, and she realizes she’s been seeking fulfilment in the wrong place.



And what do I think of it?


Dare you call this chicklit. And as much as I adore chicklit, this is not the tale of a single girl, lost in the city, romping about to find HER MAN. String Bridge goes beyond that. This is after the girl has found her man, her family and is pushed over as she is made to face the hard realities of life. You could call this the after-the-fairy-tale part of life.


Familial love, marital drudgery, long suppressed dreams – Jessica Bell brings it all in and questions it all. What really is more important? 


The writing is awe-inspiring. It’s easy to see that she’s a poet. Don’t get me wrong. There’s no floweriness. Bell’s writing hits hard and yet there’s an underlying musical cadence to it.


I was so surprised with this book. I’m a YA book whore. So much so that other genres often get neglected. But reading this reminded me how much I love a good women’s fiction. And this wasn’t just good. It was effing brilliant.


Bell picks at the nuances of life. The little things magnified. She isn’t afraid to mention things that often go unmentioned. Like, sometimes getting irritated with the demands of the daughter you love so much that you’d wish she’d shut up. Or feeling jealous when you see her smiling with her father. Or wanting to throw utensils at your husband like a stark raving lunatic even though he’s not really the villain you think of him to be. Or make him out to be. Emotions run high here, so high they spiral into cracks in the main character, Melody’s life and her relationships with the people around her.


The author deftly paints relationships like she is really exhibiting the pages out of the tormented mind of a woman trying to find an identity for herself beyond being a mother and a wife. Melody’s relationships with each and every character that appears in the book is explored in such depth, it is as real as it gets. The strains with her mother. The annoyance with her husband, Alex. The love for Tessa. The need for music. The fluttering feelings for a certain ‘button boy’. Bipolarity, anxiety, depression. It’s raw but dealt with a sensitivity, much like the one used to deal with the oddity of love.


And if you think you have it all figured out, think again. Because String Bridge veers off the path of predictability and throws you off your seat in such a way it makes you gasp for breath. 


String Bridge is evocative of music that comes from a sad place then rises above the din and makes you appreciate the beauty of the world we live in and the time we have here. 


I highly recommend this.


And HUGEST CONGRATULATIONS to Jessica for debuting with such a remarkable novel.

The Carrie Diaries

Before Carrie Bradshaw hit the big time in the City, she was a regular girl growing up in the suburbs of Connecticut. How did she turn into one of the most-read social observers of our generation?

The Carrie Diaries opens up in Carrie’s senior year of high school. She and her best friends — Walt, Lali, Maggie, and the Mouse — are inseparable, amid the sea of Jens, Jocks and Jets. And then Sebastian Kydd comes into the picture. Sebastian is a bad boy-older, intriguing, and unpredictable. Carrie falls into the relationship that she was always supposed to have in high school-until a friend’s betrayal makes her question everything. With her high school days coming to a close, Carrie will realize it’s finally time to go after everything she ever wanted.

Rabid fans of Sex and the City will love seeing Carrie Bradshaw evolve from a regular girl into a sharp, insightful writer. They’ll learn about her family background — how she found her writing voice, and the indelible impression her early friendships and relationships left on her. We’ll see what brings Carrie to her beloved New York City, where the next Carrie Diaries book will take place.




I haven’t read the Sex And The City books.
I didn’t watch the Sex And The City TV series because I was too young back then. I caught some episodes but I don’t remember much of them.
But I did watch the SATC movies and I liked them. A lot.


So when Carrie appeared in a YA version of herself, I had a good mind to read it. It did take a while, but I did read it. The Carrie Diaries does not show the Manolo-Blahnik-totting, Prada-wearing fashionista/writer trotting down New York City. This is Carrie Bradshaw, before the glamour, before New York, fledgling writer, navigating the waters of high school in the 80s. This is Marlboro-smoking, beer-drinking Carrie in her last year at high school. 


The book doesn’t have one life-changing event around which everything revolves, it has lots of episodes in this girl’s life that changes her dynamics with the people around her, changes the way she sees the world, gradually. Truth be told, I was rolling my eyes when the book began with Carrie and her friend starting senior year and worrying about not having boyfriends and I was like same old, same old story. The first couple of chapters didn’t do much for me. I only read along because, well, I wanted to read a Carrie Bradshaw book *shrugs*


But I’m glad I did. Because things got deeper and so much of the book is introspective. I didn’t like many of the characters. There wasn’t much to like, plus they seemed rather one-dimensional. The Mouse and Walt were the only characters who held my interest among the secondary characters, but there wasn’t really much about them either. All that kept me going with this book was Carrie. Carrie, charmed by a boy she doesn’t know what to make of. Carrie, worrying about her future and secretly grieving but carrying around her rejection letter from her dream writing school. Carrie, harbouring big dreams, dreams of a bigger life. Carrie, Carrie, Carrie. 


Yes, there were times when I wanted to shake her for being boy-blind, scream at her for not realising how traitorous her friend could get (when I guessed so much earlier!) but..oh, well, it happens to the best of us.


There are some inconsistencies between the book and the tv series/movies. For instance, in the show it’s her father who had left them, but in here it’s the mother who has died. But if you get past that and stop trying to relate the two together, it’s quite enjoyable.


I liked the juxtaposition of the trifle and the profound and the equal seriousness with which almost both are handled at times. I think therein lies the very realism of the book. Although, somewhere along the line, I also think Carrie got very, very lucky with something that set her up for the rest of her life.


Oh, the ending? That’s one helluva ending. The last line’s a killer. If you’re familiar with atleast the characters of Sex And The City, you’d know why. And it sets up the tone perfectly for the sequel, which I’m definitely reading.


Smart one liners, wry humour, the 80s generation, a coming-of-age story that deals with everything from grief to sexuality, ambition and betrayal – you’d want to read this Candace Bushnell offering 🙂

See, even Tom Felton thinks so 😉





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Love Story by Jennifer Echols

She’s writing about him. he’s writing about her. And everybody is reading between the lines..

For Erin Blackwell, majoring in creative writing at the New York City college of her dreams is more than a chance to fulfill her ambitions–it’s her ticket away from the tragic memories that shadow her family’s racehorse farm in Kentucky. But when she refuses to major in business and take over the farm herself someday, her grandmother gives Erin’s college tuition and promised inheritance to their maddeningly handsome stable boy, Hunter Allen. Now Erin has to win an internship and work late nights at a coffee shop to make her own dreams a reality. She should despise Hunter . . . so why does he sneak into her thoughts as the hero of her latest writing assignment?

Then, on the day she’s sharing that assignment with her class, Hunter walks in. He’s joining her class. And after he reads about himself in her story, her private fantasies about him must be painfully clear. She only hopes to persuade him not to reveal her secret to everyone else. But Hunter devises his own creative revenge, writing sexy stories that drive the whole class wild with curiosity and fill Erin’s heart with longing. Now she’s not just imagining what might have been. She’s writing a whole new ending for her romance with Hunter . . . except this story could come true.





This was my first Jennifer Echols. And I was SO eager to read her!
And what better way to start than with an older YA that takes place in college where the protagonist is a creative writing major?



I knew this story was right up my alley. And no surprises there, it was 🙂


Some random facts about Love Story:


It’s written in first person past tense. Which was pleasantly surprising, because I’m on a present tense binge almost all the time, so it takes a while to get into the past tense thingy now, but this worked really, really well for me.


Interspersed with excerpts from stories written by Erin and Hunter. And which besides being entertaining also serves the purpose of hinting at the history between these two characters. The stories range from the frivolous and giggly-ish to the dark and serious and very sexy ones to the outright hilarious — and do a fine job of peeling back layers and layers of their complicated relationship till you’re left with the bare bones of it.


The main character has a nose-piercing, which looks just so cool on the cover. Yeah, it sounds a bit cheesy, but I can’t help mentioning it.


There’s an eclectic mix of characters. And one of them has a fascination with ‘cutting heads’ 😀




Other things:


I have to say, Jennifer Echols does relationships just so, so well. It was complex and unpredictable and at a point I just stopped wondering what might happen and just allowed myself to go with the flow. Friendship and gorgeous chemistry fall into place like a jigsaw and you realise how necessary they both are in depicting a credible love story. And did I tell you how much I loved Hunter? He was SEXINESS. Seriously, I swooned every time he spoke and gah…major crush-in-the-making 😉


And Erin? I fell into her story quick and easy and loved the ride. Lots of things happen in this book. There’s family history and domestic complexities and a lot of crazy things which make it rather difficult for these two.


And there’s so much snazzy, sexy dialogue between Erin and Hunter it made me giggle and laugh and want to use use them as pick-up lines. Heh.


So, I’ve heard things being said about the ending. Well, it’s ambiguous in the sense that it doesn’t exactly tell you what’s gonna happen, but there’s a lot of optimism and that gives the readers a lot of freedom to think out their own endings. Well, my only complaint is that it happened a little too quickly, but once I got past that, I liked it.


All I can say is that, I’m floored. And I can’t wait to get my hands on the other Jennifer Echols books asap.  
If you want a fun-yet-a-bit-serious love story, with the older YA vibe, and drama that makes you giggle and twists your heart a bit, you might want to pick up Love Story.


Want more?
Author website
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What’s your favourite Jennifer Echols book? Or, if you haven’t read her, what’s your favourite love story?

My Invented Life

With Roz and Eva everything becomes a contest—who can snag the best role in the school play, have the cutest boyfriend, pull off the craziest prank. Still, they’re as close as sisters can be. Until Eva deletes Roz from her life like so much junk e-mail for no reason that Roz understands. Now Eva hangs out with the annoyingly petite cheerleaders, and Roz fantasizes about slipping bovine growth hormone into their Gatorade.
Roz has a suspicion about Eva. In turn, Eva taunts Roz with a dare, which leads to an act of total insanity. Drama geeks clamor for attention, Shakespearean insults fly, and Roz steals the show in Lauren Bjorkman’s hilarious debut novel.

 

 Oh didn’t I just adore this novel. It has to be one of the most open-minded novels written. And I’m not saying so because of the issues embraced and talked about. There are a lot of issue based books out there but what the open-mined aspect of it really comes through because of the characters, I loved them. Every one of them. Even the mean girl. Yes, can you believe that? I didn’t start out loving her. I mean, she was a meanie and a bully of sorts but Lauren Bjorkman does such an amazing job with all the characters, they all have rich backstories to them and it worked out oh-so-well for me as a reader.

Roz is a most endearing protagonist – fickle, impulsive, overtly imaginative with an odd tendency to insult in Shakespearean slangs (!) Don’t you just love her already? She is out and ready to pretend to be gay to help her sister come out of the closet – who she believes is really gay after finding a book about lesbian lovers in her possession. It starts as a trifle dare spurred on by impulsiveness that sets off a a random set of events that make up this book. And it’s a hell of a ride.

The thing about My Invented Life, is that the atmosphere of the book is light and pleasant in spite of the difficult things the characters have to face up to. It doesn’t bog you down. Yet keeps you hooked so you can’t stop reading and then makes you wish it didn’t end  so you could keep reading it. As soon as I finished it, I wanted to read it all over again.

The writing is utterly delightful. You know the author’s done a fine job when the writing, the story, the characters are all handled skillfully. And really, Ms. Bjorkman’s characters are indeed ones to be boasted about. Roz, Eva, Jonathan, Bryan, Nico all had distinct personalities and the collison of them all in the school production of As You Like It is insanely amusing. And Andie. Eyeliner Andie has to be one of the most dynamic characters ever created in YA fiction. Oh, how I loved her. She may only be a supporting character but she is a genius in creation. It shows a lot of responsibilty on the author’s part to create someone like her. Because books and what you portray in them send you signals, and they may be wrong ones or right ones. And authors have such great influence over readers it is important to portray things in the right light. And Lauren Bjorkman’s handling of Andie’s sexuality…wow, just wow.

Way back last year, I interviewed Lauren Bjorkman but I didn’t get to read her book till now. And, for me, this is a book to hold on to. My Invented Life is clever, outrageously hilarious, big-hearted and has that funky vibe which just makes it very, very cool. I adored it to bits. And I had a lot of Shakespearean fun doing that 🙂

To give you an idea, have a look at the book trailer:

What’s the most fun book you’ve read recently?