Friday, July 31, 2009

Passing Love Notes

As you will see (look over to the left!! Do it now!), I have a list of blogs that I personally like to read. A lot of them belong to published authors, but the one that I have recently added, called Passing Love Notes, is an advice blog written by a teacher, parent, and unpublished author by the name of Mechelle Fogelsong whom tries to give teens the straight and honest truth. Her blog gives good advice on everything from "how to tell your friend their outfit is bad" to "how do I deal with divorced parents who don't want to share me?" to "I like a guy who's way out of my league, what do I do?!" Things like that. She also has a synopsis of both of her unpublished books if you would like to see what kinds of books she writes. Click here if you would like to read Mechelle's blog.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Twilight... The Graphic Novel

Um.. Surprise!! There is going to be a Twilight Graphic Novel.
Personally, I'm not sure how I feel about this.
On one hand, it makes my life.
On another, when will the mania end?
To read more about it click here.
Comment to cast your vote on whether or not you think the Twilight Graphic Novel is a good idea or a fail.
More to come,

Friday, July 24, 2009

The Treasure Map of Boys (Advance Reader's Review)

Okay you guys!!
I have officially read and received the Advance Reader's Copy of "The Treasure Map of Boys," the third book in the Ruby Oliver Series by E. Lockhart. In a word, it was amazing. In more than one word it was funny and witty with realistic characters that are actually smart and they can think for themselves, rather than sit around and mope about how sucky their lives are. The people you meet in this book are people whom you could meet in your own high school. Emily Lockhart just gets the teenage mind and the reasoning for why we make the decisions that we do. This book takes the humor and easy language of books like Sarah Mlynowski's "Bras and Broomsticks"as well as Maureen Johnson's "Suite Scarlett" and combines it with the fun and drama of books like "The Princess Diaries" by Meg Cabot. This book in particular had reminiscence of some of Sarah Dessen's books in the plot line, although the writing could not be more different than that of Sarah's.
It has been incredibly fun for me to read the ARC of this book because it still has a bunch of typos. If you ever get the chance to get an ARC copy of any book, do it! It's a blast!
Here is a synopsis from the back of the book:
"Ruby is back at Tate Prep and it's her thirty- seventh week in the of noyboyfriend. Her panic attacks are bad, her love life is even worse and what's more:
  • Noel is writing her notes,
  • Jackson is giving her frogs,
  • Gideon is helping her cook
  • and Finn is making her brownies
  • Rumors are flying, and Ruby's already sucky reputation is heading downhill
Not only that, she's also:
  • running a bake sale,
  • learning the secrets of heavy metal therapy,
  • encountering some seriously smelly feet,
  • defending the rights of pygmy goat,
  • and bodyguarding Noel from unwanted advances.
In this companion novel to The Boyfriend List and The Boy Book, Ruby struggles to secure some sort of mental health, to understand what constitutes a real friendship, and- if such a thing exists- to find true love."
With the characters we loved (and hated) from both The Boyfriend List and The Boy Book comes a fun story that deals with boys and keeping our sanity through the drama and stress of high school. Even if you haven't read any of the other Ruby Oliver books, you can still understand this book fully. The Treasure Map of Boys is a book that is perfect for the beach or a beautiful summer day.
It will be released on July 28th, 2009 as a 256 paged hardcover book. Thank you so much to Random House Publishing and Emily Lockhart for sending me this advance reader's copy.
More to come,

Tuesday, July 21, 2009 Guest Blog Now Live!

Hey guys,
As previously mentioned, I was chosen to be a guest blogger on, one of the largest teen lit sites in the country. I just recently recieved an email that my article about meeting Ally Carter (which you can find on OfficiallyMRS as well) is now live on the blog. Click here to read the article and to check out more on Thank you for all of your support!!
Also, as promised I will be reviewing my ARC copy of The Treasure Map of Boys by E. Lockhart. The reason it has taken so long is because the book has been sent to three different locations before it was actually sent to me, due to the fact that I am at camp. I promise you that there will be a review as soon as I am able to lay my hands on my Advanced Reader's Copy, but I apoligize if that is on the actual release date, which is this Saturday the 25.
More to come,

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Some very exciting news...

I recently got a very exciting email that informed me of the fact that I have been chosen to be a guest blogger on , one of the biggest teen aged literature communities in the country. The article that will be posted is the one about me meeting Ally Carter, although. it will have some edits to it due to length and content. I will make sure to post the link when it runs live.
More to come,

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

When this book was recommended to me as the book "that will change the way I look at the world," I thought it would be a complete exaggeration. But after I read it, my view of the world had changed. This modern day Catcher and the Rye is written with a lazy writing stile that gives way to incredible insights and epiphanies makes you think a little bit differently about your situation. I would not however recommended this book to people under the age of fourteen. Where Holden does not go into detail on his endeavours in Catcher and The Rye, Charlie does not spare the gory details. It also is one of the most depressing books I have ever read. Regardless, this is a fantastic book. It even caused me to go through it with a highlighter- something I have never before done with a non-school related book.
More to come,

Saturday, July 11, 2009

What I'm Currently Reading...

Because I am at camp and I will most likely not have time to write reviews for a while, this is my list of what I'm reading, just in case you are completely desperate for books.
Airhead- Meg Cabot
Being Nikki- Meg Cabot
The Book Thief- Markus Zusak
The Perks of Being a Wallflower- (don't know the author name off of the top of my head, sorry!)
Ink Exchange (sequel to Wicked Lovely)- Melissa Marr
Stay With Me- (I forget)
More to come,

Friday, July 10, 2009

Radio Silence

Hey guys, sorry I've been radio silent (or blog silent, however you want to put it) but I am currently at camp where there is very little Internet access and even smaller amounts of time to write about books, much less read them. So until I get back in August, the reviews are going to be few and far between. I promise you though that when I receive and finish my ADVANCED READERS COPY!! of E. Lockhart's new book, "The Treasure Map of Boys" I will blog about it!!
More to come,

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The Mortal Instruments Series

If you are going through "Twilight" withdrawal, then you are going to LOVE these books. Because there is life after "Twilight" people. I promise!! I had trouble grappling with this concept too, until I picked up the "Mortal Instruments" books by Cassandra Clare. And let's be honest- these books are pretty basic to the YA genre at this point, but I did not even know they existed until I read about them on Stephenie Meyer's blog. If I didn't know about these books, maybe you don't either. Sometimes, I even think they are better than "Twilight" (gasp!). But Cassandra creates a world that is a broad and as deep as that of J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" books while also preserving the aspects which teen agers love about the "Twilight" Saga (handsome men, romance, adventure, ect.) Their are characters that you can both relate to and ogle at and a wierd love triange that will both drive you insane and get you completely hooked on the series. The stories are fantastic. My favorite of the books is probably the second one, "City of Ashes." but they are all incredible.

If there is anything you get out of this blog, ANYTHING, I hope it is that you go pick up these books and read them. You can learn more about Cassandra Clare and the Mortal Instruments series by going to her personal page or by following her on Twitter or friending her on Facebook. If you have read the "Mortal Instruments" series, may I recommend the fantastic "Wicked Lovely" series by Mellissa Marr, which I will be sure to blog about it soon!
More to come, OfficiallyMRS

Friday, July 3, 2009

Sarah Dessen Week: The Final Four

Because Sarah has more than 7 books, I have decided to put the four that I neither loved, nor hated in together as the final day, with only a synopsis and book cover for each one, because I would pretty much be saying the same thing over and over again. I neither loved them or hated them.
So here we go,
"Just Listen:" Last year, Annabel was "the girl who has everything"—at least that's the part she played in the television commercial for Kopf's Department Store.This year, she's the girl who has nothing: no best friend because mean-but-exciting Sophie dropped her, no peace at home since her older sister became anorexic, and no one to sit with at lunch. Until she meets Owen Armstrong. Tall, dark, and music-obsessed, Owen is a reformed bad boy with a commitment to truth-telling. With Owen's help,maybe Annabel can face what happened the night she and Sophie stopped being friends.

This Lullaby: When it comes to relationships, Remy doesn't mess around. After all, she's learned all there is to know from her mother, who's currently working on husband number five. But there's something about Dexter that seems to defy all of Remy's rules. He certainly doesn't seem like Mr. Right. For some reason, however, Remy just can't seem to shake him. Could it be that Remy's starting to understand what those love songs are all about?

Dreamland: Rogerson Biscoe, with his green eyes and dark curly hair, is absolutely seductive. Before long, sixteen-year-old Caitlin finds herself under his spell. And when he starts to abuse her, she finds she's in too deep to get herself out.

And for How to Deal...
This is an article from Sarah's website about THE MOVIE (which is a cross between That Summer and How to Deal) Back in February of 1998, when my first two books, Someone Like You and That Summer, were optioned for a movie, a friend of mine who is a writer and has experience in such things said to me, "I think that is so exciting. It’s wonderful and you should be proud. But I want to tell you, I’ve had over ten options and none of of them have ever panned out. Just so you know.
This was good advice, and I heard it again and again. Because of this, I came to think of the possibility of the movie ever getting made as being kind of like winning the lottery: about as great, and about as likely.
Well. Years passed. Scripts were written. (Not by me: which is good, because I have no idea how to write a script.) I built a house, got married, wrote three more books. All the while the Movie Thing was in the background, and I thought of it when I wasn’t daydreaming about shoes or Stila lipsticks, or whenever I was at the movies myself, which was a fair amount because I love movies, even bad ones. Every year the option would come up to be renewed, and every year I would brace myself for it not to be.
Then, in February of 2002, I came home from walking my dog to find a message from my agent. Optimist that I am, I assumed this was to tell me that option, up at the end of the month, was going to be dropped. I dragged myself to to the phone, braced for bad news, and instead was greeted with mild hysteria on the other end of the line, shrieking and squealing. Had I gotten their email? (No.) Was I sitting down? (Yes.) Then they finally told me what all the fuss was about: the movie was going to be made. Mandy Moore was starring. It was all in that day’s Variety, which they were faxing me right that second.
By mid-March everything was official, and shooting began in June. After four years almost to the day, things were moving really fast. Words fail me when I try to describe what all this is like: the closest I can come is an out of body experience of some sort. While I am here in North Carolina trying to write, cleaning out my refrigerator, and going to the grocery store, there is a huge group of people up in Canada hard at work bring characters I created to the screen. I mean, that’s just insane. If I thought about it too much I think my head would explode.
Those of you who have seen books you love be made into movies know that something is always different, that the transfer from the page to the screen means things get left out or lost. Since Someone Like You has a fierce, extremely loyal following (the rest of the books have support too, but for some reason SLY is bigger, I’m not sure why) I’m sure there will be some grumbling about things that were omitted or changed. I felt that way too, at first. But I’ve come to realize that the books will stay just as they are, exactly as I want them to be, no matter how else they are presented. Sure, I was sad to see some characters get cut, but I’m leaving this one to the professionals. I’ll just stick to writing novels, thanks.
The script for the movie---which was called Someone Like You, until Ashley Judd had a movie by the same name---takes Halley and Scarlett and Macon’s story from SLY and gives Halley Haven’s family from That Summer. Which means that Ashley from That Summer is Halley’s sister, and Halley’s mom is actually Haven’s mom. Confused yet? It actually works really well on the page. Trust me.
How To Deal was released in July 2003, and it's now available on DVD and shows pretty regularly on Lifetime (and, if I am to be totally honest, I always stop and watch it, at least for a minute or two). Getting to see my books go from the page to the screen was an incredibly fun ride, and I can only hope I get to do it again someday. Fingers crossed!

So that concludes Sarah Dessen week!! I hope you all enjoyed it!
To learn more about Sarah and her books go to , , friend her on facebook, follow her on twitter or keep coming back to OfficiallyMRS every day this week to read more reviews of Sarah's books.

More to come,

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Sarah Dessen Week: "That Summer"

So although I do love Sarah's books, this one is by far my least favorite of all of them. I do not like writing negative reviews, because hey, I mean these people have put in years of their lives to creating these books so that we can read them!! But as a personal preference, I really did not like "That Summer." It is also the first of Sarah's books that was published, and I have found that her stories get better with each book, making this one almost her ground zero. I read "That Summer" as a summer reading project, so that could be the reason I didn't like it as well. But as the first Sarah Dessen book I read, I did not pick up her books until about two years later, (clearly a big mistake) when I found "The Truth About Forever."
Here is a synopsis so you can chose for yourself (no spoilers):
For fifteen-year-old Haven, life is changing too quickly. She's nearly six feet tall, her father is getting remarried, and her sister, the always perfect Ashley, is planning a wedding of her own. Haven wishes things could just go back to the way they were. Then an old boyfriend of Ashley's reenters the picture, and through him, Haven sees the past for what it really was, and comes to grips with the future.
If you are a big fan of Sarah's and want to decide whether you like the book for yourself, I encourage you to do so, but if you have never read and Sarah Dessen books, this is not the book to start off with.
To learn more about Sarah and her books go to , , friend her on facebook, follow her on twitter or keep coming back to OfficiallyMRS every day this week to read more reviews of Sarah's books.
More to come,

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Sarah Dessen Week: "Someone Like You"

"Someone Like You," like many of Sarah's other books, deals with some heavy issues, this time pier pressure and teen pregnancy as well as loss, but still remains positive with its strong, fun cast of characters and the relationships formed between them. I loved the relationship that Scarlett has with Halley, and vice versa. I also liked the girl-guy relationship in this book because it allows it to stand out from the other Sarah Dessen books I've read.
One thing I didn't like about the book was the fact that I don't think it really stressed how difficult being a teen mom is or being a pregnant teen is. Besides that fact, this is pretty much the Sarah Dessen version of "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," with a little less drama.

Speaking of, have we all seen the first few episodes of the new season?
gasp! shock! DRAMA!!
I can't believe Grace did that!! And what happened to her Dad! And can Grace seriously think that she is a fault for what happened! That's taking it too far! And Amy's mom!! OH MI GAWD!! It was kind of over dramatic, but that's why we love it right?
And what about "Make it or Break it?"
Do we love it or do we love it?? I mean, I love it. Watching people do flips in the air, something I could never accomplish (I'm a klutz), is pretty cool.
Anyways, back to "Someone Like You"
Here is a synopsis of the book (no spoilers!):
Halley and Scarlett have been best friends for years, sharing secrets, clothes, and crushes. People know Scarlett as the popular, flamboyant one; Halley's just her quiet sidekick. Then, at the beginning of their junior year, the balance shifts. First, Scarlett's boyfriend Michael is killed in a freak accident; soon afterward, she learns that she is carrying his baby. For the first time, Scarlett really needs Halley. Their friendship may bend under the weight, but it'll never break--because a true friendship is a promise you keep forever. Sarah Dessen's poignant, funny voice has earned her raves and legions of teenaged fans.
Just so you know, Halley's name is pronounced like the girl in the parent trap, the one who lives in California. It's pronounced like Hallie, not Hailey. I didn't get that until about half way through the book, so I thought I would give you a heads up!!
To learn more about Sarah and her books go to , , friend her on facebook, follow her on twitter or keep coming back to OfficiallyMRS every day this week to read more reviews of Sarah's books.
More to come,

Sarah Dessen Week: "Lock and Key"

"Lock and Key" is the second most recent of Sarah's books, and my second favorite (only to "The Truth About Forever"). Although it deals with some very heavy issues, it is a story of growth, hard work and friendship while also portraying a realistic image of high school. The one part I did not like about the book was how private schools were portrayed. I go to a private school and not everyone at private schools are stuck up brats. Just so you know.

Here is a synopsis of the book (no spoilers!):

What happens when your past is not just past, but wiped clean entirely? How do you figure out where you're going when you can't even claim where you've been? These were the questions that inspired Lock and Key. It's the story of a girl named Ruby who is abandoned by her mother and determined to make it on her own, even---and especially---when she is sent to live with her long-lost sister in a whole new world of privilege, family, and relationships. As Ruby learns, there's a big difference between being given help and being able to accept it. And sometimes, it takes reaching out to someone else to save yourself.
A fun think about this book is that it gave way to a new jewelry fashion: key necklaces!! I even have one of my own.
Sarah wears hers a lot too! And Tiffany's just came out with a new line of key necklaces, which, although most likely accidental, is pretty cool, if I do say so myself.

Anyways, if you haven't read this book, go pick it up at your local bookstore (and if you have a local independent bookstore that you can buy it from, they really appreciate it!) or library because it really is fantastic!

To learn more about Sarah and her books go to , or keep coming back to OfficiallyMRS every day this week to read more reviews of Sarah's books.

More to come,

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