1. Have you ever spent any time reading wedding announcements from back in the day? 
This is my great-grandmother’s and every time I reread it, it becomes more enjoyable. 
I wish I knew why her mother wore black. 

    Have you ever spent any time reading wedding announcements from back in the day? 

    This is my great-grandmother’s and every time I reread it, it becomes more enjoyable. 

    I wish I knew why her mother wore black. 

  2. http://zanopticon.tumblr.com/post/97812726871/in-high-school-some-friends-and-i-had-a-crush-on

    Go read this awesome post about sexuality in YA. More specifically, it’s about the way sexuality in YA depicts girls, but offers no language for girls to use, to think about, to consider. 

    This is something I just finished writing about for The V-Word. We don’t learn the language to use to talk about sex, about body parts, about physicality or intimacy in a way that’s not overly clinical, overly cliche, overly nasty.

    We can only filter our thoughts through our language, and we can only use language when we have the right words and right ways to describe things. 

    This post nails it. 

    I have no idea how to talk about these things, either. It never feels natural or right. Even non-sexual appreciation of body parts…is really difficult to talk about in a way that doesn’t feel odd, inappropriate, weird, or just..awkward.

    Reblogged from: zanopticon
  3. People try all manner of tactics to make us lose weight—tips and “help”, diet and exercise advice, nagging, harassment, shaming. There is this idea that if you shame a fat person enough, you will somehow move them to discipline their body. That is not how it works. What you see is the fat. What you cannot see is so far beyond what you can understand.
  4. summerscourtney:

    It has been A Week. A really good one! Here is a round-up:

    The ALL THE RAGE cover was revealed on MTV by katrosenfield, who I am a huge fan of. (Have you read her novels? She is so good, so so good.) In anticipation of its release, the first chapter went live the day before and you can read it here. I’m so thrilled and grateful to everyone who shared in the excitement with me and helped spread the word about both. Thank you so much.

    ARCs are in!!!! The second picture in this set is courtesy St. Martin’s Press’ Griffin Teen Twitter. A few hours later, my own copies arrived. (Obligatory headcrab shot.) I will be launching my newsletter in October, and I will be giving one of these beauties away to a random subscriber when the first issue launches. There’s still time to subscribe, soooo….

    Related: can’t describe how good it felt to hold in my hands after working on it for so long. 

    Meanwhile, my good friend catagator wrote an extraordinarily kind blog entry about ALL THE RAGE (so kind) and is super super super generously giving away 3 pre-orders of the book to US/CAN residents. You can check that out and enter here. (I hope you will!) Thank you a whole bunch, Kelly.

    I had THE BEST time doing a podcast with sarahmoon and andantepiano over at Clear Eyes, Full Shelves. We talked for over three hours about All Manner of Things and the last installment went live on their website this week. You can listen to Part One, Part Two and Part Three respectively by clicking on each of the links. I have a been a long-time fan of their podcast (you should subscribe) and being a guest on it was a big deal for me. And fun and funny as hell. True story: Sarah had to adjust the audio levels when I started talking about Supernatural because that is how ahem passionate I get about the show. Thank you so much, ladies!

    PLEASE REMAIN CALM, the sequel e-novella to my zombie novel, THIS IS NOT A TEST, is in its last stages of editing and we have a cover! It’s pretty sweet and I can’t wait to show it to you. The release is slated ahead of ALL THE RAGE, so you will be able to buy it within the first few months of 2015. I will share when there is a firm release date. Like all my best laid plans when novel-writing, the story evolved A LOT while I wrote it. I hope you dig what happens next…

    Also, getting PLEASE REMAIN CALM handed in is why I’m behind on my ask box! I have some outstanding asks waiting for my attention and I hope to get to them in the next two weeks. My email situation is similar. If you have been waiting to hear back from me about anything, hopefully you’ll be getting a reply soon. Thank you so much for your patience!

    Here this heart is for you, I don’t need it because I have to go make some characters sad and it only gets in the way <3

    So excited for and proud of my friend. 

    Go enter for a chance to win a pre-order of this amazing, challenging, important, and discussion-worthy book

    Reblogged from: summerscourtney
  5. Romy embodies what it means to have everything that’s yours taken from you, and she fights back tooth and nail to regain not just a shred of herself but she fights back to ensure that other girls don’t have to endure what she has. That being made to be “less than” because of someone else’s actions isn’t OKAY. It’s a book about girls taking back what is rightfully theirs: the voices, their bodies, their place in society as humans. 
&#8212; over on STACKED, I&#8217;m talking about why summerscourtney's All The Rage should be on your YA reading radar. It&#8217;s hard, it&#8217;s dark, it&#8217;s feminist, and it&#8217;s unashamed about being any and all of those things. 
I&#8217;m also giving away 3 pre-orders of the book. 

    Romy embodies what it means to have everything that’s yours taken from you, and she fights back tooth and nail to regain not just a shred of herself but she fights back to ensure that other girls don’t have to endure what she has. That being made to be “less than” because of someone else’s actions isn’t OKAY. 

    It’s a book about girls taking back what is rightfully theirs: the voices, their bodies, their place in society as humans. 

    — over on STACKED, I’m talking about why summerscourtney's All The Rage should be on your YA reading radar. It’s hard, it’s dark, it’s feminist, and it’s unashamed about being any and all of those things. 

    I’m also giving away 3 pre-orders of the book

  6. September in southern Wisconsin

    September in southern Wisconsin

  7. An Alternative School Reading List: Here Is Every YA Novel With Lesbians

    Reblogged from: malindalo
  8. bookriot:

    YA-inspired art you can own

    Reblogged from: bookriot
  9. See The Haunting Cover Of New YA Novel 'All The Rage'

    It’s really, really exciting when a book you love so much gets this kind of spot light at MTV News. More, when it’s a book that’s so timely, so (unfortunately) timeless, and so important and powerful, it’s impossible not to shout about it from the rooftops. 

    Go see the cover for summerscourtney's upcoming All the Rage and read the book’s first chapter. Get it on your to-read lists for April and be prepared to talk about this book. It’s a hard read, but it’s an outstanding, eye-opening look at rape culture and the way it impacts, haunts, and courses through the lives of women and girls. 

    This is YA at its finest — this book will be shelved right next to Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak and be held in important conversations as one that will be remembered by readers. 

    All the Rage is unapologetically and awesomely feminist. 

  10. bookriot:

    So you’ve read and loved If I Stay by Gayle Forman and are wondering what to dig into next?

    Here’s a guide to some great YA beyond the bestsellers that will appeal to Forman fans.

    Reblogged from: bookriot
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