Indie Authors & More Are in Town This Week (YA Book Events 11/20-11/26)

Happy Thanksgiving book lovers! Because of the holiday there aren’t too many events going on this week, but there are still a few. Check out the full list of events below and have a happy Turkey Day. Also, don’t forget to follow YA Book Events on Twitter to keep updated on all the bookish events happening around the city.

Saturday, November 25

Indies First/Small Business Saturday Storytimes Deluxe at Books of Wonder (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

Celebrate Small Business Saturday by spending the day with wonderful authors like Brian Floca, Paul O. Zelinsky, and more. Authors will be reading all day long. Click the link to see the full line-up. Free event.

Launch Event for Bolivar by Sean Rubin at Books of Wonder Uptown (3-5 p.m.)

Celebrate the release of Sean Rubin’s newest graphic novel, Bolivar, as he reads from the book, answers questions, and does a signing. Free event.

Sunday, November 26

Author Event: JoJo’s Guide to the Sweet Life at Barnes & Noble Fifth Ave (2 p.m.)

Snag a photo-op with Jojo Siwa by buying a pre-signed copy of her book, JoJo’s Guide to the Sweet Life: #PeaceOutHaterz. You can purchase a copy beginning at 10 a.m. Wristbands will be provided at the time of purchase.

Great Middle Grade Reads at Books of Wonder Uptown (3-5 p.m.)

Meet Elizabeth Eulberg, Chris Grabenstein, Barbara Dee, Chris Raschka, Michael Northrop for a wonderful afternoon of great middle grade novels. Free event.

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Meet the National Book Award Finalists (YA BOOK EVENTS 11/13-11/19)

Don’t miss your chance to meet a number of incredible authors this week, including the National Book Award finalists. Check out the full list of this week’s events below and make sure to follow YA Book Events NYC on Twitter to keep up to date with all the events happening around the city.

Monday, November 13

2017 National Book Award Finalists at Books of Wonder (6-8 p.m.)

Meet this year’s finalists for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature. Free event.

Tuesday, November 14

Greet Teen Reads! at Books of Wonder (6-8 p.m.)

Meet Libba Bray (The Diviners), Alex R. Kahler (Runebinder), Billy Merrell (Vanilla), and Lisa Williamson (All About Mia). Free event.

Thursday, November 16

Launch Event for Kids Like Us by Hilary Reyl at Books of Wonder (6-8 p.m.)

Join Hilary Reyl as she celebrates the release of her new novel, Kids Like Us. She’ll be joined by Ann Brashares (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants). Free event.

Sunday, November 19

Face to Face: Middle Readers Book Group at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)

The group will be discussing George by Alex Gino. Free event.

Great Chapter Book Reads at Books of Wonder (1-3 p.m.)

Celebrate three new middle grade releases with Jay Cooper (The Curse of the Mummy’s Tummy), Sarah Mlynowski (Abby in Wonderland), and Courtney Sheinmel (Designed by Lucy). Free event.

Michelle Hodkin, Erin Bowman, & More Are In The City This Week (YA Book Events 11/6-11/12)

There are so many incredible events happening this week, and you won’t want to miss any of them so let’s just dive right in. And don’t forget to follow YA Book Events NYC on Twitter to keep up to date with all the events happening around NYC.

Tuesday, November 7

Meet Jeff Kinney at Barnes & Noble Tribeca (5 p.m.)

Author of the bestselling Diary of a Wimpy kid series will be signing books and taking photos. You must receive a wristband to attend. Wristbands will be distributed starting at 10 a.m. with the purchase of The Getaway.

Meet Linda Fairstein at Books of Wonder Uptown (6-8 p.m.)

Books of Wonder is hosting the launch party for NY Times bestselling author Linda Fairstein’s latest novel, Digging for Trouble, the second in her Devlin Quick Mysteries series. Free event.

Wednesday, November 8

Meet and Greet with YouTuber Jessie Paege at Barnes & Noble Tribeca (4 p.m.)

Meet YouTuber Jessie Paege and snag a pic and presigned copy of her book, Hey, It’s Okay to Be You. There is a mandatory wristband policy for this event. Wristbands will be distributed at 10 a.m. and you must pre-purchase the book to get a wristband.

Thursday, November 9

Meet Michelle Hodkin at Books of Wonder Uptown (6-8 p.m.)

Michelle Hodkin presents the first novel in her new trilogy, The Becoming of Noah Shaw, which picks up right where the Mara Dyer trilogy, left off. Free event.

Friday, November 10

Discussion and Signing With the Creators of Paper Girls at Barnes & Noble Tribeca (6 p.m.)

Participate in a discussion and signing with the creators of Paper Girls, Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang. Wristbands will be distributed with purchase of Paper Girls Deluxe Edition, Volume 1.

Sunday, November 12

Great Middle Grade Reads at Books of Wonder (1-3 p.m.)

Join authors Nicholas Gannon and Gregory Manchess as they share their latest illustrated novels. Free event.

Meet Erin Bowman at Books of Wonder (3-5 p.m.)

Erin Bowman celebrates the launch of Retribution Rails, the companion to Vengeance Road, and will be joined by authors Danielle Paige and Tiffany Jackson. Free event.

Meet Courtney Sheinmel at Books of Wonder Uptown (4-6 p.m.)

Courtney Sheinmel celebrates the launch of her newest book, Designed by Lucy, the second book in her Kindness Club series. Free event.

From Page to Screen: Big Little Lies

I absolutely loved Big Little Lies by Lianne Moriaty and had big expectations for the mini-series since it got high praise but, unfortunately, I wasn’t all that happy with it. First of all, I did love that the show still stuck with the solid theme of women supporting women that was in the book. The show did do that very well and I appreciated that a lot. What I didn’t enjoy was a lot of what was added in and what was taken. Warning: spoilers for the book and show ahead!

What irritated me the most was this whole new storyline in which Madeline cheated on her husband…multiple times. She had a full blown affair with the director of the town’s musical, Joseph, who, to be perfectly honest, I can’t even remember if he was in the book. If he was, he was a very minor and unimportant character. I didn’t see what the point of adding this storyline to the show was. It didn’t add anything to the story and just made Madeline into this selfish character, which was very disappointing for me, because I loved her in the book.

That said, I did enjoy the addition of the petition and Renata trying to stop the play, Avenue Q, from going on. Through this, viewers got to see Celeste in lawyer mode, something that didn’t exist in the book. I really enjoyed that scene when she realized that she is, and always was, more than just a wife and mom, but a kickass lawyer too. That was an amazing moment and I’m glad it was put into the show.

The other issue I had was the ending and how vague it was. I know there are rumors and speculation about the second season, so perhaps this will all get cleared up then, but I really liked the ending of the book and I didn’t like how the show cut out all the conversation that happened when Perry was (finally) killed. You don’t get to hear Jane finally call out her rapist or the horrid moment when Perry straight up dismissed her. You don’t see the complete switch in Bonnie’s otherwise calm personality to blind rage. Also, the husbands weren’t even there, and I loved that added level to it because, in the end it was Nathan who pleaded with Madeline to not turn Bonnie in. After everything they went through, that moment was so nice to see that even though they may not like each other, at the end of the day they’re all still kind of family.

Also, they completely scrapped Bonnie’s back story and the reason why she killed Perry. That’s so important to the story and it was totally taken out. I don’t mind Bonnie getting away with it and not confessing, I just don’t like that there’s no explanation and the show made it seem kind of random that she was the one to kill Perry. Again, maybe this will be explained if there’s a second season, but for that little bit I feel like they could’ve just did one more episode in the series and spread out the end more, not do a whole other season.

If there is a Season 2, I’ll definitely watch because I didn’t hate the show. I was just disappointed by it, especially because it was so hyped up. I fully believe if I didn’t read the book and I watched the show first, I would’ve love it. But since that’s not the case, it was just meh for me.

Book Review: The Light We Lost

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Synopsis:

He was the first person to inspire her, to move her, to truly understand her. Was he meant to be the last?

Lucy is faced with a life-altering choice. But before she can make her decision, she must start her story—their story—at the very beginning.

Lucy and Gabe meet as seniors at Columbia University on a day that changes both of their lives forever. Together, they decide they want their lives to mean something, to matter. When they meet again a year later, it seems fated—perhaps they’ll find life’s meaning in each other. But then Gabe becomes a photojournalist assigned to the Middle East and Lucy pursues a career in New York. What follows is a thirteen-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and, ultimately, of love. Was it fate that brought them together? Is it choice that has kept them away? Their journey takes Lucy and Gabe continents apart, but never out of each other’s hearts.

This devastatingly romantic debut novel about the enduring power of first love, with a shocking, unforgettable ending, is Love Story for a new generation.

Purchase From:

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository

Review

I wanted to love this book. I really did. I thought the premise was great and I’m a sucker for a tragic love story. But unlike Will and Lou in Me Before You, I found Lucy and Gabe to be totally unlikable characters.

The novel is told in the point of view of Lucy, who’s telling the story to Gabe. The story is of their love, beginning with how they met on September 11, 2001 and all the events that followed. I think anyone who was alive on that day, especially if they lived in New York City, remembers where they were on 9/11. It’s just something you can’t forget. So in this way, I could see why Lucy and Gabe felt such a strong connection to each other. On a day that was filled with such darkness, they were able to find light with each other. It’s truly a romantic idea.

However, I don’t think their intense connection excused their actions. I tried desperately to feel sympathetic, or rather, empathetic, towards the two of them but I just couldn’t support their decisions, beginning with the way Gabe informed Lucy he was leaving New York to be a photojournalist in the Middle East. I don’t want to spoil it, but it was the worst possible time for him to tell her that, but he was too selfish to care. Similarly, Lucy was too irrational to think through her decisions later on, whenever it came to Gabe.

There were definitely some nice moments in this book that I enjoyed and the writing itself was definitely beautiful, but overall, I was disappointed with this novel. If you’ve read The Light We Lost, let me know your thoughts on it below!

Borrow or Buy: Borrow!

Stars:

3 stars

Favorite Line:

“He said not only would he not break you, that he’d help put you back together.”

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NaNoWriMo Begins This Week! (YA Book Events 10/30-11/5)

It’s almost time for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which means for you writers out there it’s time to get to work. However, there are also a few events for those who’d prefer to just read. Check them out below and make sure to follow YA Book Events on Twitter to stay updated on all the latest bookish events happening in NYC.

Monday, October 30

Launch Event for Tortall by Tamora Pierce at Books of Wonder (6-8 p.m.)

Join Tamora Pierce as she celebrates the release of her new book, Tortall: A Spy’s Guide. Free event.

Boos and Books: A Literary Halloween at The Strand (7-9 p.m.)

Show off your greatest Halloween look and take part in a costume contest, along with a bunch of other fun activities in the Strand’s rare book room. This event is for ages 21 and up. Tickets are $20 and include one drink.

Wednesday, November 1

NaNoWriMo Write-In at Whole Foods TriBeCa 2nd Floor (6:30-9 p.m.)

Join other New York writers at the first write-in of NaNoWriMo 2017. Bring whatever you’re writing with and get to work. Free event, but the hosts ask that you purchase something from the establishment.

Launch of Inkitt’s Writers Write with Lauren Kate at Cubico (7 p.m.)

Join author Lauren Kate (Fallen) and Inkitt as they mark the start of NaNoWriMo. Free event with RSVP.

 

From Page to Screen: So B. It

Adaptations of books to any form of media can be dicey, so I typically go into them with low expectations because they almost always disappoint me. So B. It wasn’t one of those films, though. Based on the novel of the same name by Sarah Weeks, So B. It was a heartfelt family movie that perfectly captured everything I loved about the book.

At the start of the film I was nervous because it didn’t begin the way the book did. The film chose a time jump narrative, in which it begins with Heidi already being in the police station holding her jar of jelly beans (if you didn’t read the book this will make more sense once you do), and then jumps back to fill in the details of how she got there. I wasn’t sure if I would like this but as the movie went on I really enjoyed this form of storytelling, and somehow it made the movie even more emotional for me. I didn’t cry while reading the book, but I definitely cried a few times during the movie.

Overall, I only really had one issue with the film. Unlike in the book ,the film gave a name to Heidi’s mom’s mental illness and I was very confused by it because it just didn’t seem to fit how Heidi’s mom acted and her symptoms. Still, I’m not an expert on mental illnesses so maybe I’m way off base here. Besides that, I can’t think of any other issues I had with the movie. It was very well done, and like I said, the changes were all worth it, and didn’t take away from the story. There was one scene that was cut for the movie that I wish made it in, but I understood for the sake of time why it was cut and the scene I’m thinking of wasn’t really necessary to the story so I’m able to accept that.

Unfortunately, the film is no longer in theaters but keep an eye out for the DVD release. This is a movie I highly recommend seeing. Just make sure you have a tissue box.