Tag Archives: young adult

Young Adult Education on Hello Giggles

15 Apr

I almost forgot about this week’s Hello Giggles post…Bloomability by Sharon Creech!

It was so awesome to see all the Sharon Creech fans on HG. A girl on Twitter even showed her Bloomability tattoo! That’s some serious dedication. Oh, and Sharon Creech herself tweeted that she liked the article. You know, no bigs. I wish I could call 12-year-old me and explain this to her. I would’ve had to get ahold of myself on my sweet Clueless headset phone.

There were buttons you could press that would say, “I’m outtie!” “What-ever!” or, my fave, “SOMEone is LIStening.” Please tell me someone else had one of these.

Today on HelloGiggles!

7 Apr

Today I’m writing about The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by the wonderful (understatement) Sherman Alexie. This book is really something special! I know I say that about every book in the column, but I really do mean it. Things get serious for awhile, and then I relay a zinger from my mom. When I told her about this last week, she said, “I don’t remember saying that…but you have to admit, that was a pretty good one.” Then she went back to washing dishes.

This Week on HelloGiggles!

10 Mar

Today’s post is all about The Face On The Milk Carton, which was definitely a defining book/movie for a generation of kids who thought maybe they might actually be kidnapped. As it turns out, I look exactly like both of my parents, so my kidnapping fears were quickly squashed.

This Week on HelloGiggles

3 Mar

This week, I wrote about a book that was honestly just flawless. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler (art by Maira Kalman) was honest and funny about my favorite subject: love. Things got REAL EMOTIONAL.

Why We Broke Up reminded me a lot of my silly first “relationship.” Sometime I’ll write The Story of My First Boyfriend for you guys…let me tell you right now, it is a story full of danger, renaissance fairs, and eating at a lot of chain restaurants. It was honestly one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever done in my life, but it was also one of the most fun things, too. And kind of a hilarious story.

This Week on HelloGiggles!

25 Feb

I wrote about A Mango-Shaped Space on HelloGiggles this week, and of course I managed to talk about Nabokov. Somehow I always manage that. Listen, some people use their college educations to “get jobs” or whatever. This is how I use mine.

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman

20 Feb

Even though I’ll be writing more in-depth about this book in the near future, I feel a duty to let you know about it now, because I don’t want you to go through another second of your life without having read it.
Believe it or not, it actually didn’t make me cry, even though I felt on the verge of dissolving into sobs the entire time I read it. And I cry a lot when I read, like this weekend when I finished a book and then I laid down on the couch to cry while my boyfriend watched TV, and he put his hand on my hand and said, “Do books always affect you this way?” because he’d really only seen me cry over a book once, and that was the New Year’s Eve 2010/Julie Orringer Incident. The answer is yes. Books do always affect me this way.

Go read this book. It’s one of the truest books I’ve ever read.

This Week on HelloGiggles

18 Feb

This week’s HelloGiggles post is on Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen. Seriously, I love Sarah Dessen. Have I told you guys lately how much I love writing a column about young adult books?

This Week On HelloGiggles

11 Feb

Today’s Young Adult Education book is Here’s To You, Rachel Robinson by Judy Blume.

This book and Just As Long As We’re Together were BIG for me when I was a kid. I know it’s such a cliche for a girl to say she learned all about sex, puberty, etc. from Judy Blume, but I really did, as shown here (also, I totally had the wrong book in mind in that post…I meant Just As Long As We’re Together!).

As usual, if you know of any books you’d like to see me cover, please let me know! I’m open to suggestions (especially for newer books).

This Week On HelloGiggles

4 Feb

Today’s HelloGiggles postis about Phyllis Reynolds Naylor’s The Agony of Alice. It was/is one of my favorite books. I love this cover so much.

This Week On HelloGiggles

28 Jan

This week’s HelloGiggles post is about An Abundance of Katherines by John Green!

It’s one of my favorite YA books, and just one of my favorite books in general. At the end of one of my college creative writing workshops, our professor made us each recommend a book to the class. I recommended this one; everyone else recommended adult books. Whatever.