Three Sides of a Heart: Stories About Love Triangles is another book club pick. I didn’t actually get to attend the meeting because I was sick. But that’s all the more reason to share my thoughts here. Summary The love triangle has appeared in many a young adult novel. Yet the subject has… Continue Reading Review: Three Sides of a Heart
I read The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements on vacation. I usually pack several books with me when I have time off. Still, sometimes that isn’t enough. This particular vacation, it quickly became… Continue Reading Review: The Disappearing Spoon
Besides the few science-y picture books I received as gifts as a child, I’ve always leaned more toward fiction than non-fiction. Everything that exists in non-fiction already exists in the world, so why not read about dragons and space-elevators, right? That’s how I used to justify preferring fiction. Despite my… Continue Reading 6 Books that Got Me Into Non-Fiction
I recently read an article by Mira Jacob, author of The Sleepwalkers Guide to Dancing. In this article, which she originally prepared as a speech for a Publisher’s Weekly event honouring young publishing stars, Jacob tells a story about preparing an excerpt of her novel for a radio program. She… Continue Reading Why You Shouldn’t Tell Writers “The Audience Won’t Relate”
There are multiple answers to this question, I’m sure. Many would argue that different stories have different purposes. Fairy tales were often didactic warnings to make children behave. Contemporary YA has been addressing a wide range of issues such as diversity, consumerism, and violence. Other stories are purely for entertainment.… Continue Reading What is the Function of a Story?