Posts Categorized: hilarious

Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here Blog Tour: Friendships in the Age of Social Media

Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here Blog Tour: Friendships in the Age of Social Media

This is the funniest YA book I’ve read in years. YEARS. I laughed so hard as I was reading it, because the outrageous observations and pull-no-punches dialogue fly fast and furiously like a Gilmore Girl high on pie and coffee. The book is so freaking smart, with some surprisingly poignant moments near the end–as well as perfectly in tune with teenagers and their weird, obsessive world. I’ve never felt more affection for the fanfic culture and pop culture references and girl friendships and boy crazies than I did reading this book–it’s like FANGIRL without the manic pixie dream kids, starring one of my favorite YA girls in recent years. Scarlett is a fucking heroine. She’s all the teenage girls who passionately love all the things people make fun of her for, and she hands it back to them with a smart slam. (One of my favorite moments in the book… Read more »

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Lady Renegades Blog Tour: Rachel Hawkins on Funny YA

Lady Renegades Blog Tour: Rachel Hawkins on Funny YA

Rachel Hawkins is a long-time favorite of mine. Her books feel so funny and fresh, and her current Rebel Belle series features a girl who suddenly discovers supernatural powers that allow her to be a kickass guardian–but who was also raised to be a genteel southern belle. To complicate things further, the person she’s supposed to protect is her cute nemesis-turned-boyfriend David, who’s gone on the run and won’t let her protect him. What’s a girl to do? And will the aunts pack enough cookies for her road trip to find him? To celebrate the release of the last book of the series, we’re pleased to welcome Rachel Hawkins to blog today as part of the Lady Renegades tour! She’s here to talk about humor in young adult books, which came about in a roundabout way from a tweet from Rachel that sparked a conversation about why funny YA can… Read more »

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Hook’s Revenge, The Pirate Code: guest post!

Hook’s Revenge, The Pirate Code: guest post!

One of my favorite people on the planet is Heidi Shulz. She’s the author of the delightfully funny book Hook’s Revenge, which was one of my favorite debuts from last year–and now its sequel The Pirate Code is out! Heidi was actually in Los Angeles last month, and I got to celebrate the book’s release day with her. In the first photo, we’d just eaten mountains of pasta in Venice Beach, and Heidi is beaming over a plate of cannoli. <3 Here’s more about the new book: Fresh off a fearsome encounter with the Neverland crocodile, Jocelyn Hook decides the most practical plan is to hunt down her father’s famous fortune. After all, she’ll need the gold to fund her adventuring in the future. (And luckily, Hook left her the map.) But the map proves to be a bit harder to crack than Jocelyn had hoped, and she’s convinced that… Read more »

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On Strong Female Friendships: The Art of Lainey guest post + giveaway

On Strong Female Friendships: The Art of Lainey guest post + giveaway

I love finding authors who write great stories with humorous dialogue, so The Art of Lainey was such a treat to read! Featuring memorable characters and just the right lighthearted tone, the book is a bit like Catherine Gilbert Murdock’s Dairy Queen series (one of my all time contemporary favorites), or like a funnier Sarah Dessen. My favorite thing about this book is the friendship between Lainey and her best friend–it was particularly enjoyable because the book is ostensibly about Lainey trying to get her ex-boyfriend back. The fabulously frank and funny Bianca is one of the best BFFs I’ve ever read, and I really enjoyed how familiar and comfortable and honest these girls are with each other. It’s our pleasure to welcome author Paula Stokes (aka Fiona Paul!) to The Midnight Garden to talk about why she thinks seeing these kinds of relationships in YA literature is so important…. Read more »

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Dorothy Must Die: review

Dorothy Must Die: review

Well, color me surprised! These riffs on classic stories can go either way, but it turns out that Dorothy Must Die is an awesomely skewed Oz. There’s plenty to enjoy for all lovers of fairy tale-type fantasy whether you’re familiar with the books or film. Those who love the original stories will appreciate the nods to all the Oz inspirations, including a rescue from a pole, unsettling statues, a protective kiss, eye trauma, chamber maid disguises, and so on. Personally, I’d always thought Dorothy should have clicked her heels together and wished for something better than a trip back to Nowheresville. “You only heard half the story. She did go home,” Indigo said. “Turns out, home wasn’t so great after all…one way or another, when Dorothy got here, that’s when all the problems started.” But while Dorothy Gale found that there was merely a man behind the wizard, Amy Gumm… Read more »

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Rebel Belle: hummingbird cake recipe + giveaway

Rebel Belle: hummingbird cake recipe + giveaway

  Rebel Belle goes down like a glass of cool, sweet tea on a hot summer’s day. As a big fan of both Hex Hall and School Spirits, I’m always excited when I hear there’s a new Rachel Hawkins book on the horizon, and this freaking cover had me panting with excitement. SO pretty! And full of potential kickassery! When Tonya sent me her copy from YAllFest, I was giddy with joy. You’ll be happy to know that the contents are just as fun as the packaging. The book starts out with Harper Price, southern belle, all gussied up at a school dance–only to find that some guy has passed on his not-of-this-earth abilities to her after she witnesses his death in the girls’ bathroom. Eventually she finds out that she’s charged with protecting David Stark, a former childhood friend, but the problem is, David’s mission in life seems to… Read more »

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Murder of Crows: review

Murder of Crows: review

The best sequels expand the world you know and make you fall even deeper in love with the characters, and Murder of Crows does all that and more in a story that’s just as interesting as its predecessor. Written in Red was one of my favorite books last year, so it is a relief to find that the sequel continues its winning combination of dark urban fantasy tinged with unexpected humor. This time around, a mysterious drug is causing trouble within the community, and Meg’s nightmares seem to signal impending danger for the terra indigene. The relationships between Meg and all the other characters are so well-written, particularly in her interactions and histories with other women. I also appreciate how sensitive everyone is to potential threats to her well-being, and as well as the sense of protectiveness towards women in general. Consent and choice are huge themes here, from something… Read more »

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