Meet Meredith Goldstein & Carolyn Cohagan This Week (YA Book Events NYC 6/18-24)

There are only two events happening this week but they’re both going to be great. Check out the schedule below and make sure to follow YA Book Events NYC on Twitter to keep to date on all the bookish events happening around the city.

Thursday, June 21

Launch Event for Meredith Goldstein at Books of Wonder (6-8 p.m.)

Meet Meredith Goldstein as she shares her new novel, Chemistry Lessons. Goldstein will be in conversation with her editor, Elizabeth Entenman. Free event.

Friday, June 22

Launch Event for Time Next by Carolyn Cohagan at Books of Wonder (6-8 p.m.)

Join Carolyn Cohagan as she shares her new novel, Time Next, the sequel to Time Zero. Free event.

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Blog Tour Review: Tell Me Lies

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Synopsis:

Lucy Albright is far from her Long Island upbringing when she arrives on the campus of her small California college, and happy to be hundreds of miles from her mother, whom she’s never forgiven for an act of betrayal in her early teen years. Quickly grasping at her fresh start, Lucy embraces college life and all it has to offer—new friends, wild parties, stimulating classes. And then she meets Stephen DeMarco. Charming. Attractive. Complicated. Devastating.

Confident and cocksure, Stephen sees something in Lucy that no one else has, and she’s quickly seduced by this vision of herself, and the sense of possibility that his attention brings her. Meanwhile, Stephen is determined to forget an incident buried in his past that, if exposed, could ruin him, and his single-minded drive for success extends to winning, and keeping, Lucy’s heart.

Lucy knows there’s something about Stephen that isn’t to be trusted. Stephen knows Lucy can’t tear herself away. And their addicting entanglement will have consequences they never could have imagined.

Alternating between Lucy’s and Stephen’s voices, TELL ME LIES follows their connection through college and post-college life in New York City. With the psychological insight and biting wit of Luckiest Girl Alive, and the yearning ambitions and desires ofSweetbitter, this keenly intelligent and staggeringly resonant novel chronicles the exhilaration and dilemmas of young adulthood, and the difficulty of letting go—even when you know you should.

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Review

*I received a free digital advanced reader’s copy of this book from Atria Books. This did not influence my review of this book in anyway. This is an honest review of the novel as I saw it. This novel was released on June 12, 2018.*

On the eve of her best friend and former roommate’s wedding, Lucy Albright is nervous because for the first time in years she will see her ex, Stephen DeMarco. As the moment Lucy will see Stephen draws near, author Carola Lovering takes readers back to the beginning. Through Lucy and Stephen’s points of view, Lovering demonstrates how their tumultuous and toxic relationship began and then ultimately came to an end.

I found the parallel POVs to be interesting because the way Lucy and Stephen viewed their relationship, if you could even really call it that, was vastly different. At first, Lucy wasn’t all that interested in Stephen, however as soon as Stephen saw Lucy he knew she would be his next conquest, because Stephen, unfortunately for Lucy, is a sociopath who doesn’t know how to be in a real relationship. And I don’t call Stephen a sociopath in a joking manner, I mean it was eventually deemed by a psychiatrist that Stephen is actually a sociopath, though I’m confident readers could come to that conclusion on their own. Unfortunately, Lucy could not.

I know that people, particularly women, can often be blinded by love, but Lucy’s tunnel vision when it came to Stephen was so extreme it was a little hard for me to believe. For most of the novel, Stephen was in a relationship with someone else while sleeping with Lucy, a fact Lucy was well of aware, but was able to look past, convincing herself that one day Stephen would just want to be with her. Honestly, Lucy’s POV was very hard to read because I often just wanted to shake her and tell her, “Stephen is honestly the worst and you deserve way more than what he’s giving you.” Thankfully, her friend Jackie was there to say all the things I was thinking, not that Lucy listened.

On the flip side, Stephen’s POV was hard to read because he was just so callous and had such a disregard for everyone’s feelings. Again, he’s a sociopath, but still. He was terrifyingly detached and a horrible person. While I understand why having Stephen’s POV was necessary for the story, I felt like I could’ve done without it. He just infuriated me so much, and while I know he’s not supposed to be a likable character it was just too much for me and I didn’t enjoy reading his POV at all.

There were two things that really saved this novel for me. The first was the great way Lovering used Lucy and Stephen’s Long Island history to tie their pasts together. I thought that was really well done and added another layer to this book that made me more interested. The second was Lucy’s relationship with her mother, CJ. While I found Lucy referring to the reason for her tenuous relationship with her mother as “The Unforgivable Thing” a bit irritating at first that was simply because I just wanted Lucy to tell me what her mother did, which was obviously Lovering’s goal. The mystery of it made me keep reading and I really liked seeing Lucy’s relationship with her mother evolve.

Overall, my frustrations with Lucy and my total dislike of Stephen really pulled me out of this story so I didn’t enjoy as much as I wished I’d had. That said, Lovering told an interesting story and while I can thankfully say I’ve never let a guy take advantage of me the way Lucy let Stephen take advantage of her, I know this story will be relatable to a number of people. So though this wasn’t the book for me, I would argue that it’s definitely the book for someone else.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow.

Stars:

2 stars

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Marisha Pessl, Adele Griffin, & More In the City This Week (YA Book Events NYC 6/11-17)

As we get closer to summer vacation events are beginning to wind down, but there are still a number of great events happening around the city. Check out the full schedule below and make sure to follow YA Book Events NYC on Twitter to get regular updates on bookish events happening around the city.

Monday, June 11

Always Forever Maybe Launch Party at McNally Jackson Books – Prince St. (7 p.m.)

Join author Anica Mrose Rissi for the launch of her new novel Always Forever Maybe. There will be snacks and prosecco for the 21+ crowd. Free event.

Tuesday, June 12

Meet Saundra Mitchell for All Out at Books of Wonder (6-8 p.m.)

Join author/editor Saundra Mitchell as she shares her amazing anthology All Out. She’ll be joined by contributors Dahlia Adler and Kody Keplinger. Free event.

Meet Andrew McCarthy and Adele Griffin at Barnes and Noble 86th & Lexington Ave (7 p.m.)

Join Pretty in Pink actor and author Andrew McCarthy and author Adele Griffin as they discuss their new releases Just Fly Away and Tell Me No Lies. Free event.

Thursday, June 14

Marisha Pessl in Conversation With Melissa Albert at Barnes & Noble Tribeca (6-9 p.m.)

Celebrate the release of bestselling author Marisha Pessl’s new novel, Neverworld Wake. She will be in conversation with B&N Teen Blog editor and NYT bestselling author Melissa Albert. Priority seating with purchase of the book at the store.

Andrew McCarthy & Adele Griffin at Books Are Magic (7:30-8:30 p.m.)

Join Andrew McCarthy (Just Fly Away) and Adele Griffin (Tell Me No Lies) as they discuss their new novels. Free event.

Saturday, June 16

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

Come to Books of Wonder Uptown for a great middle grade panel featuring Mary Winn Heider (The Mortification of Fovea Munson), Cordelia Jensen and Laurie Morrison (Every Shiny Thing), Melissa Sarno (Just Under the Clouds), and Barbara Dee (Everything I Know About You). The authors will be in conversation with author Coe Booth. Free event.

Morgan Matson, Brandy Colbert, & More In The City This Week (YA Book Events NYC 6/4-6/10)

Were there authors you missed at BookCon? Never fear! This week is packed with author events that’ll make you feel like BookCon is still going on. Check out the full schedule below and make sure to follow YA Book Events NYC on Twitter to get regular updates on the bookish events happening around the city.

Monday, June 4

Launch Party for Mayfly by Jeff Sweat at Books of Wonder (6-8 p.m.)

Join Jeff Sweat as he introduces his debut futuristic thriller, Mayfly. Free event.

Tuesday, June 5

Launching Morgan Matson’s Save the Date at McNally Jackson Books – Prince Street (6 p.m.)

Meet Morgan Matson as she celebrates the release of her latest novel, Save the Date. Though books will already be pre-signed you can meet and chat with Morgan and get your books personalized. Free event.

Launch Event for Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Perez at Books of Wonder Uptown (6-8 p.m.)

Join Kristina Perez and fellow authors, Heidi Heilig (The Ship Beyond Time) and Elizabeth Lim (Reflection), as they celebrate the release of Perez’s novel, Sweet Black Waves. Free event.

A Reading And Q&A With Brandy Colbert at The Langston Hughes House (7-9 p.m.)

Join award-winning author Brandy Colbert for a reading of her new novel, Finding Yvonne, followed by a Q&A. Free event.

Thursday, June 7

Epic Reads Summer Meet-Up at Astoria Bookshop (6:30 p.m.)

Join authors Justina Ireland (Dread Nation), Tiffany D. Jackson (Monday’s Not Coming), Anica Mrose Rissi (Always Forever Maybe), Robyn Schneider (Invisible Ghosts), and Joelle Charbonneau (Eden Conquered) for a fun round-table discussion. Purchase of any of the authors’ new books is required to participate.

Friday, June 8

The Belles and Brujas Tour at Barnes & Noble 82nd & Broadway (7 p.m.)

Authors Zoraida Córdova (Bruja Born) and Dhonielle Clayton (The Belles) will be in conversation with Laura Sebastian (Ash Princess) and Tochi Onyebuchi (Beasts Made of Night). Free event.

Saturday, June 9

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

Join authors Paul Noth (How to Sell Your Family to Aliens), Peter Brown (The Wild Robot Escapes), Gordon Korman (Whatshisface), Camille DeAngelis (The Boy From Tomorrow), Catherine Gilbert Murdock (Book of Boy), and Julie Berry (The Emperor’s Ostrich) for a middle grade event you won’t forget. Free event.

Meet Annabeth Bondor-Stone & Connor White at Books of Wonder Uptown (3-5 p.m.)

Meet authors Annabeth Bondor-Stone and Connor White for their new book, Time Tracers: The Stolen Summers. Free event.

Sunday, June 10

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

Join Jeanne Birdsall as she introducers her novel, The Penderwicks at Last. Free event.

Kate Messner and Friends Talk Middle Grade at McNally Jackson – Williamsburg (4 p.m.)

Celebrate middle grade fiction with five exceptional authors. Free event.

BookCon & More Events Happening This Week (YA Book Events NYC 5/28-6/3)

Happy Book Expo/Book Con week! All the authors are town this week for the big event, but there are also some other events happening around the city. Check out the full schedule below and make sure to follow YA Book Events NYC on Twitter to keep updated on all the bookish events happening around the city.

Tuesday, May 29

Blogbound Con at Jefferson Market Library (5-8 p.m.)

Join authors and bloggers as they come together to discuss issues relating to kidlit and YA blogging. Free event. Sign up here.

Launch Event for Front Desk by Kelly Yang at Books of Wonder (6-8 p.m.)

Come meet Kelly Yang as she introduces her novel, Front Desk, and answers questions from the audience. Free event.

Friday, June 1

Marie Lu & Friends Author Panel at B&N Union Square (6 p.m.)

Marie Lu will be on an amazing panel with Renee Ahdieh, Sabaa Tahir, Ransom Riggs, and Melissa de la Cruz, moderated by Mashable’s MJ Franklin. A limited number of wristbands for event access will be distributed with book purchase beginning at 9 a.m. the day of the event.

Saturday, June 2

BookCon at Javits Center (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

The biggest book event of the year is here! Join authors Alexandra Bracken, Angie Thomas, Tomi Adeyemi, Adam Silvera, and so many more. Tickets are $35 online; $45 onsite.

David Arnold, Becky Albertalli, and Adam Silvera at B&N Union Square (6:30 p.m.)

Celebrate the release of David Arnold’s new novel, The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik, with Arnold, Adam Silvera, and Becky Albertalli. A limited number of wristbands for event access will be distributed with purchase of at least one of the featured titles beginning at 9 a.m. the day of the event.

Sunday, June 3

BookCon at Javits Center (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

The biggest book event of the year is here! Join authors Alexandra Bracken, Angie Thomas, Tomi Adeyemi, Adam Silvera, and so many more. Tickets are $30 online; $40 onsite.

Book Review: Anger Is a Gift

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Synopsis:

Moss Jeffries is many things―considerate student, devoted son, loyal friend and affectionate boyfriend, enthusiastic nerd.

But sometimes Moss still wishes he could be someone else―someone without panic attacks, someone whose father was still alive, someone who hadn’t become a rallying point for a community because of one horrible night.

And most of all, he wishes he didn’t feel so stuck.

Moss can’t even escape at school―he and his friends are subject to the lack of funds and crumbling infrastructure at West Oakland High, as well as constant intimidation by the resource officer stationed in their halls. That was even before the new regulations―it seems sometimes that the students are treated more like criminals.

Something will have to change―but who will listen to a group of teens?

When tensions hit a fever pitch and tragedy strikes again, Moss must face a difficult choice: give in to fear and hate or realize that anger can actually be a gift.

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Review

*I received a free digital advanced reader’s copy of this book from Tor Teen. This did not influence my review of this book in anyway. This is an honest review of the novel as I saw it. This novel was released on May 22, 2018.*

As a person of color, I’m well aware of police brutality and the injustice that occurs to people who look like me. That being said, I grew up in a predominantly white neighborhood. When I went to school the only thing we had to go through was the doors. We had one security guard, who was a POC and was quite chill but besides that, you just showed your school ID and you went inside. That was it.

My point in saying this is I did not grow up in an environment like the one Moss and his friends go through. If anything, I’d say I’m more like his best friend, Esperanza, who goes to a different high school, and doesn’t truly understand all that Moss and his friends have to go through on a daily basis, both at school and with the police in general. And recognizing that privilege in myself was definitely uncomfortable, but that’s the whole point of the book.

Moss is a young black man who’s father was killed by the police six years ago. Since then, Moss has suffered from anxiety and after seeing all the protests that were done for his father and how that didn’t really lead to change, Moss tries to stay away from protests and anywhere else where there will be a heavy police presence. That is until metal detectors are brought into his school. When one of the detectors ends up harming one of his good friends, Moss is rightfully angry and he decides to take action. Together with the help of his mother, Wanda, his friends, and his community, they stage a walkout at school. Unfortunately, it doesn’t end well.

Over the course of the novel, Moss struggles with wanting to do something about all the injustice he’s seen, but also feeling defeated, wondering if there really will ever be change. I think this is something that many POCs experience. I know I have myself. But what Mark Oshiro does so well with this story is he keeps it real about how bad it really is for POCS, particularly in areas like West Oakland where Moss is from, but Oshiro also shows the hope and joy in these communities as well.

While this book made sad, angry, upset, and uncomfortable, it also made me laugh and smile. Moss’ relationship with his mother was heartfelt and something I could definitely relate too, being close to my mom. Similarly, Moss’ meet cute with a boy named Javier and the romance that ensued, also made me feel warm and fuzzy on the inside.

And in between all of that, this book showed be a different experience that made me question my own worldview. Even having what I felt was a good understanding of police brutality, reading this book at times I found myself asking, “Is this legit? Do these things really happen?” When really I should be asking why does this happen and why isn’t anyone doing anything about it? The fact that this book raises those questions and will hopefully spark those conversations, is reason enough for me to say you have to read this book.

Borrow or Buy: Buy!

Stars:

4 stars

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Tiffany Jackson & More In The City This Week (YA Book Events NYC 5/21-5/27)

Happy Monday, book nerds! There are two great events happening this week so check out the full schedule below for all the details and make sure to follow YA Book Events NYC on Twitter to get regular updates about the bookish events happening around the city.

Tuesday, May 22

Mark Oshiro + Tiffany Jackson at The Strand (7-8 p.m.)

Meet debut author Mark Oshiro and Allegedly author Tiffany Jackson as they celebrate the release of their new books, Anger is a Gift and Monday’s Not Coming. They will be joined by NYT bestselling author Dhonielle Clayton. Event admission is $15.

Saturday, May 26

Celia C. Pérez in Conversation with Shelley Diaz at Cafe con Libros, BK (6-8 p.m.)

Come to Cafe con Libros for an intimate conversation with Celia C. Pérez (The First Rule of Punk), and Shelley Diaz, the School Library Journal’s Reviews Team Manager. Admission is $5.