With her second novel in a year (busy girl!), Amy Spalding delivers on the expectations she set with her debut, The Reece Malcolm List—which, you might recall, I adored. In Ink is Thicker than Water, Spalding succeeds again in creating teenage characters that feel honest and authentic. They sound like teenagers, they think like teenagers, and their problems are those that real teenagers have to navigate in their daily lives. There’s something infinitely relatable about her character that I find nostalgic; her books remind me what it like to be a teenager. I appreciated that the central conflict focused on Kellie’s family dynamics. While Kellie’s family is anything but the usual–straight-laced lawyerly dad whose approval she can never quite earn, hippie tattoo-shop-owning mother and stepfather, beautiful brainiac adopted sister–their problems are. Her sister, her confidante and parter, growing up and finding an identity outside of her role in their family…. Read more »
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As you may remember, Amy Spalding’s The Reece Malcolm List was my first MOTHER OF PEARL I LOVE THIS book of 2013. It left me happy, cheeks aching with a giddy grin that just wouldn’t quit, and hungry for more of Amy Spalding’s brand of humor and heart. Luckily, we don’t have long to wait. Amy Spalding’s next novel, Ink is Thicker Than Water, is out from Entangled Teen in December, and we’re so pleased to host the official cover reveal!
Things I know About The Reece Malcolm List: It will make you laugh. If you are at all into musical theatre, it will make you sing. If you’re not into it, it’ll probably give you the urge to check it out. It will make you want to go to LA (even if you live in Southern California, and hate the traffic, like me). It will make you a little giddy. It will make you cry. (But mostly in the happy way.) This might be my favorite read of 2013, so far. I went in with zero expectations, but finished with cheeks that ached and were sporting a few tear trickles. Devan grew up in St. Louis with her dad and stepmother, knowing absolutely nothing of her mother–not even her name. It wasn’t until she happened upon one of her mother’s books with the dedication made out to her, that she… Read more »