Book Review: Love & Gelato

How cute is this book??? Answer: From the cover to the storyline, INCREDIBLY cute. Think Stephanie Perkins meets Jenny Han and set in Florence. Okay, so I sort of saw most of the plot twists coming, but that didn’t lessen my reading experience. Love & Gelato swallowed me up in Italian sunshine, and I got so, […]

Read More

Book Deal!

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have already seen some very exciting news. I HAVE A BOOK DEAL! The fact that I can even type that sentence is a miracle. I keep reminding myself: This is actually happening. Holy crap, it’s happening! The first book is called If Birds Fly Back, and I’m […]

Read More

Things I’m Loving in June

Reading: I finished reading One Day for the second time, and despite the rather unfortunate (that’s putting it lightly!) ending, I’m still just as obsessed with this will-they-won’t-they book as I was before. It reminded me why I love funny books – and why I want to write them as well. Summer Days & Summer Nights, […]

Read More

Book review: Summer Days & Summer Nights 

Short stories for a YA audience are something you don’t see every day, and perhaps that was why I was immediately attracted to Summer Days & Summer Nights (many thanks to Rachel Petty at Macmillan for providing me with this book!). The best thing about this reading experience was the exposure to new authors. Although […]

Read More

Editing! Yay!

So, I’m just going to come out and admit that I like editing more than the early creative stages of writing. There’s just something ridiculously satisfying about taking a lump of words (because, let’s be honest, no one’s first drafts are that stellar) and turning them into something shiny and glorious. I get pretty excited by it. […]

Read More

Writing + Music

During drafting, if I hit on a song I like – something that really works with the tone, message, or plot of my book – I listen to it on repeat. Sometimes all day. I’ve heard of writers who loop one song for the entire writing process. I’m not sure if I’ll ever love a […]

Read More

Query Tips

So you’ve completed your book. Congratulations! This is a humongous achievement, and you should give yourself a pat on the back for even making it this far. Well done, you. I get asked a lot about tips for approaching literary agents – the oh-so-scary query process – so I thought I’d compile some useful things here. […]

Read More

On Writing and Anxiety

Last month, I was inspired by the ultra-talented Harriet Reuter Hapgood, whose super fabulous debut The Square Root of Summer comes out May 5th (I promise I’ll review it soon!). She wrote an article for Stylist about the very real anxiety of writing a debut novel, and if you haven’t read the article, you should here. It […]

Read More

Book Review: Bone Gap

BONE GAP is positively sensational. It was one of my first forays into YA magical realism, and I was not disappointed. I set it down and immediately wanted to tell someone – anyone – about it. Two important things to mention: (1) This book made me feel cripplingly insecure about my own writing, because it is just […]

Read More

Book Review: Underwater

    A beautiful, timely book. I completely understand the hype around this one. My favorite thing was Morgan’s relationship with Brenda, which I thought was so tenderly portrayed. This is a book I’ll be thinking about for months to come.

Read More