Top Ten Tuesday: 5 Pet Peeves + 5 Fab Fixes for Romance in Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a list created by the book loving crew at The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday is a different topic and everyone is invited to join in the fun. So let’s do this! Everyone loves romance, even if you don’t specifically read romance novels. No matter what genre you prefer, there …
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X-Rated: Should YA Books Have a Rating System?

Earlier this month I wrote a post called “Dropping the F-Bomb in YA Lit” and cited a study done by Brigham Young University that counted the number of swear words in bestselling YA novels. The results? There is cursing in most YA books. This sparked outrage from some and a nod to reality from others. …
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Love in YA – The Problem with Insta-Love

(“L” is for LOVE in the A to Z Blog Challenge)  If the interwebs are to be believed, YA readers are sick of insta-love – that moment when the heroine sees a cute stranger and decides immediately he’s the one! On Goodreads people have made “No Insta-Love” shelves and there’s even a Listopia “Young Adult …
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Dropping the F-Bomb in YA Lit

(Yes, I scored the letter “F” in the A to Z Blog Challenge!) At a writing conference the topic of swearing in YA lit came up. I was surprised some writers vehemently believed you couldn’t put the F-word in a YA novel. They claimed no agent or editor would publish it with that word (or …
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Friday Inspiration: Seven YA Books that Inspire Me to Write Better

Great books inspire great writing. Without further ado, the novels that push me to be my creative best…   SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson This is the first YA book I ever bought. I read it yeeeeeears ago, when I was about 22. Though I can’t remember the details, I do remember the issue and …
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