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Over At the Horn Book

In this blog, I’ve had a several posts about “New Adult,” books aimed at readers over 18. And, at ALA last year, Sophie Brookover, Kelly Jensen, and I conducted a conversation starter about New Adult. Sophie, Kelly, and I recently collaborated on an article about New Adult for the January/February 2014 issue of The Horn Book, […]

Review: Wait For You

Wait For You by J. Lynn (who also writes as Jennifer L. Armentrout). William Morrow, an imprint of Harper Collins. 2013. Personal copy. The Plot: Avery Morgansten is starting college away from home, away from family. Not just away; she’s also chosen a college in West Virginia that she knows will have no one from […]

ALA: New Adult

And SexyTimes was had by all! Um, no, not really, but based on the twitter stream for the New Adult Conversation Starter that Sophie Brookover, Kelly Jensen and myself did (Twitter hashtag #ALA13NA), I apparently used that term a lot. As a recap, the three of us did a Conversation Starter on New Adult Fiction at […]

Review: The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden

The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen. Grand Central Publishing. 2013. Personal copy. The Plot: Callie and Kayden grew up in the same small town, but weren’t what you’d call friends. Kayden was the popular football player; Callie was the outcast with no friends. One early summer night, Callie sees Kayden’s father hit […]


ALA Annual is just around the corner, which means, OH NO SO MUCH TO DO. The highlights of my schedule, so far: Saturday, June 29th All About ARCs: The Ins and Outs of Requesting, Using and Abusing Advanced Reading Copies, where I’m co-presenting with Kelly Jensen and Kristi Chadwick. 10:30 to 11:30, McCormick Place Convention […]

Review: The Moon And More

The Moon And More by Sarah Dessen. Viking, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA). 2013. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: It’s the summer after high school graduation, and everything in Emaline’s life is the same as it ever was. She’s working at her grandmother’s beach rental property business. She’s hanging out with Luke, […]

ALA 2013 Conversation Starters!

Dear ALA Members: Now is the time to vote! To vote for what you want to have happen at ALA Annual! As explained at this ALA News Press Release, voting is open until March 31, 2013 for Conversation Starters and Ignite Sessions. “Conversation Starters” are “fast-paced 45-minute sessions intended to jumpstart conversations and highlight emerging […]

Review: Come See About Me

Come See About Me by C.K. Kelly Martin. Smashwords. 2012. The Plot: Leah’s boyfriend, Bastien, is dead. Since the police knocked on their apartment door, telling her about the accident, Leah has barely been able to function. University classes, her part time job, her friends, all fall by the wayside as she tries to live with her […]

The Latest on New Adult and a Question

As you may remember, I did a poll about New Adult Readership. The results? Well, I think it has more to do with my readership. No one under 18 responded; and since I used the free version of SurveyMonkey, I only have access to the first 100 responses. The data: 84 of the 100 said […]

New Adult Readers

As you know from my blog series about New Adult books (What is New Adult?; New Adult, Where Does It Go?; Books That May Or May Not Be New Adult), I am interested in what “New Adult” books are. Part of the reason: yes, when I was in high school and college I wanted to read books about […]