I was so thrilled with the experience my 5-year-old son had at his school picture day, that I wrote about it for Medium. Please check it out, and spread the love!
I’m thrilled to share the cover for ACCIDENTAL, which follows 16 year old Johanna as she learns and must come to terms with the tragic truth that she shot and killed her own mother when she was 2 years old.
The cover was designed by Danielle Ceccolini and illustrated by Adams Carvalho, and it is SO BEAUTIFUL, RIGHT?! July 2020 still seems very far away, but, until then, I will fall asleep at night dreaming of this gorgeous book cover.
Preorder links here.
I am thrilled to announce that my YA novel, ACCIDENTAL, will be published by Bloomsbury Kids in spring 2020! (Add it on Goodreads!)
Mary Kate Castellani at Bloomsbury has acquired, at auction, Alex Richards‘s Accidental, about a 16-year-old girl who learns that she shot and killed her own mother with her father’s gun when she was just two years old; now she must choose whether to trust her dad, who has suddenly popped back into her life, or the grandparents who raised her but lied the whole time. Publication is scheduled for spring 2020; Lauren Galit at the LKG Agency did the two-book deal for world rights.
A few months ago, I had the very harrowing experience of being in charge of my daughter’s friend when she fell and got a concussion. It was nuts, and so scary, and I’m still coming to terms with it. Read the full story at Momtastic.
You know that feeling when you finish a book and you loved it so much that it almost makes you sad it’s over and you basically want to turn back to page 1 and read it again IMMEDIATELY? Yeah, me too. I’ve read some seriously epic books this year, but here are just a few of my absolute favorites:
I mean, obviously this is one of my favorite books this year. Who didn’t love this book? Starr is such a compelling character, faced with so much heartache and life-altering decisions. Thomas does a fantastic job of bringing the reader into the situation, and makes it easy for us to love the characters. It was impossible not to root for Starr from the very beginning, but as things started to escalate, I literally could not put the book down. This book is not only well written, but so important. Captivating and eye opening. (I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I’m dying to!)
Truly blown away by Jeff Zentner’s beautiful writing. The story pulls you in from the very first page, and only gets better as the story unfolds and you get to know the characters. My heart truly broke for Carver Briggs.
This page-turner is all about love, acceptance and friendship, and is a great companion for Dumplin’ (which is out on Netflix in a couple of weeks — yay!).
Could not put it down. Tiffany Jackson has written an incredibly haunting, delicate and painful book with Monday’s Not Coming. I’ll admit that the change in tense and time was a bit confusing for me at times, but I was so captivated by the characters and desperate to find out what was happening in this incredible story, narrated by Claudia, probably one of my favorite YA voices ever.
If you loved The Hate U Give and you want to keep reading along the same lines, DEFINITELY read Nic Stone’s novel, Dear Martin. It’s a quick read, but really packs a punch. Ugh, just thinking about the ending is making my heart hurt all over again. Martin is a beautiful and thoughtful character, and his story is heartbreaking.
Becky Albertalli writes the best teen characters! I know Simon is not a new book, but I procrastinated and then devoured it! I had so much fun — not just watching this story unfold, but getting to know Simon and his little quirks and observations. So much angst! So many laughs! And the love story IS AMAZING. Sweet and perfect. So, of course, then I had to read more Becky Albertalli. The Upside of Unrequited may not be as perfect as Simon, but it is just as adorable, full of love and fun (and real) characters, and Albertalli’s signature way of making you wish they were your besties.
Ashley Woodfolk, I bow down to you! This book was beautiful. So poetic and stunning. My heart broke for the characters. I loved all 3 points of view, how each character speaks to the deceased. I loved watching them feel stuck, move forward, process their loss, their pain, watching them try to heal. Man, that was a sad book. But the writing was so on point and achingly beautiful that I never took a break from it.
I’ll admit these were some strange characters, and it took a while for them to grow on me. Ultimately, that was what was so great about them. They were a breath of fresh air, something you didn’t know you needed and then found yourself rooting for anyway.