Tuesday, May 18, 2010
I know I keep saying I'm thisclose to done with the sequel to Banana. I really am! It's just that the characters aren't. They have more to tell and more to do and as their humble servant I must obey! Deadline approaches, no more flexibility, I'm on it! Meantime, refresh your memory (haha) of parts of Banana by clicking on the Widget above!
Posted by Laura Hinds at 11:32 AM
Friday, May 14, 2010
I seem to be continuing to find fascinating new YA books and authors! Last night, I finished the truly wonderful "The Sky is Everywhere" by Jandy Nelson.
I loved everything about this book, and will likely read it at least 23 more times (grin to Jandy!)
While a sad story about the sudden and tragic death of 19 year old Bailey Walker, the tale features Bailey's younger sister, Lennie, and how her whole world is changed and how she herself fundamentally grows and changes as a result.
It's a romantic story too! Young love at it's purest with all the resulting emotions and fears well illustrated. The characters are all vibrant, alive to the reader and astonishingly unique, lovable, smart, funny and charismatic.
Jandy Nelson has published her first novel with "The Sky Is Everywhere". Her ability to spin a web of people and events so interconnected that they buzz with electricity right from the page into the reader's heart makes her a Master Storyteller in my book. Her way with words, the oft said "turn of phrase", the way she opens the souls of each person she has created are all indeed special gifts.
I'm recommending this book to all Young Adults and any and all Adults who love a truly well crafted book. As for me, I'm hoping that Ms. Nelson is hard at work on her next book and her next one after that and I wish her phenomenal success.
Go...buy this book today! You won't regret a minute of your time or a penny well spent! There's an Amazon link above to make it easy for you.
Posted by Laura Hinds at 9:53 AM
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
What can I say? I'm not going to Tribeca, not going to see the Rush tour this summer. Am happy with YouTube cuts and hope to see the movie when it's out this summer. See, I freaking told you guys Rush would endure.
Hi Ged! Hi Big Al!
Posted by Laura Hinds at 4:21 PM
Monday, May 3, 2010
As a youngster I adored "A Wrinkle in Time". As an adult I still loved it so much that I added it to my ever growing book collection, read it again and hung on to it.
Yesterday, I had the great fortune to read the YA book "When You Reach Me" by the talented Rebecca Stead. "A Wrinkle in Time" figures prominently in this story, so of course I had to find my copy. You know what? Despite bookcases all over our house, I found it in a dark room, using just a flash light, in under 30 seconds!
I'm not going to give a summary review of "When You Reach Me". You can find such reviews at Amazon when you click on the link above to go buy your copy. What I will say is that the book is amazing, unique and a really great read for all ages and both boys/men and girls/women. Loved it, loved it, loved it! My copy is going to live right next to "A Wrinkle in Time"
Thank you very much Rebecca Stead for sharing this story!! I can't wait to read whatever your write next!
Posted by Laura Hinds at 6:21 AM