Reviews/Shining On/Prom Babies/Radio
Man, things have been cRaZy lately!
Check out this hilarious review of Pants on Fire from the New York Daily News and this other hilarious PW review we just posted on the Pants on Fire page. Are those awesome or what? I love that the DAILY NEWS notes that there’s an important lesson to be learned in PANTS ON FIRE. Mwah, Daily News!
Anyway, thanks for all your supportive emails about banning. Many of you brought up a lot of good points, such as the fact that if my books are banned, you won’t be able to read them. It’s true you won’t be able to read them in your school library, but if you saved your allowance, you could still buy them in a bookstore…except for those of you who pointed out that your parents wouldn’t allow them in your house (Note to anyone whose mom is threatening to take away your copy of Pants on Fire due to the sexy cover: Show her the Daily News review)!
So I guess I won’t go around wishing to be banned.
Meanwhile, this is important: My Fort Worth appearance is SOLD OUT. If you still need tickets, the ONLY way you can get them is described at the end of this article. Sorry!
Anyway, check out this cool anthology I’m in, which is in stores today! The money from it goes to benefit CureSearch National Childhood Cancer Foundation and Children’s Oncology Group, partners in the search for a cure for childhood cancer.
Here’s a review from School Library Journal. I highlighted the part about me for reasons that will become clear as you read on:
Shining On, Grade 8 Up—This collection of stories primarily from British authors focuses on the ability of teens not only to deal with the problems that life brings, but also to triumph over them. Authors include Lois Lowry, Anne Fine, Celia Rees, Melvin Burgess, and Meg Rosoff. The characters are middle-class kids who struggle with myriad challenges and changes, some of which are foisted upon them and some that are of their own doing. Meg Cabot’s story, in which Allie Finklestein (NOTE: No relation to the Allie Finkle who will be featured in my new middle grade series ALLIE FINKLE’S RULES FOR GIRLS. I just liked the name so I shortened it and used it again) finds that being dumped by a questionable boyfriend isn’t the worst thing in the world, especially when you are already halfway in love with your nerdy tutor, is the only humorous selection. Other stories revolve around more serious topics such as telling your family you’re gay, learning about a parent’s affair, and discovering that your sister is terminally ill. The best stories are those in which the main character must cope with a physical disability. In Malorie Blackman’s “Humming Through My Fingers,” a well-adjusted girl who became blind because of diabetes teaches a boy a thing or two about sight and trust after he asks her out on a dare. In Rosie Rushton’s “Skin Deep,” a girl who is disfigured from a bomb explosion learns that some boys actually like you for who you are as a person, not just for your looks. The stories show courage, creativity, and a core of toughness that is not always attributed to young adults.—Nancy P. Reeder, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Columbia, SC
Okay, which of these stories is not like the others? I would like to point out that no one explained the assignment to me. The editor did say the story should be about overcoming adversity. So I wrote about a girl overcoming the adversity of being dumped by her boyfriend. I didn’t know everyone else was going to write about things like overcoming the adversity of BEING BLIND.
Geesh. Anyway, you should buy a copy of this book because the funny girl who emails me who lost a leg to cancer and actually works at the cancer camp (hi, funny girl whose name escapes me at the moment because I’m on a sugar high from too much cinnamon toast but as soon as I post this I’ll remember) says you should buy one. So do it!
Meanwhile, why do all the movies lately suck so badly? All the sequels that are coming out this summer better be better than The Host, which I just saw, and which I feel so ripped off by. I have been on a zombie movie kick lately so I thought, hmmm, monster movie, OK, that’s LIKE zombies. Not. SO not. Word of warning: check the spoilers for The Host online before you go. I’m just saying, so good, and then the last five minutes? So not.
The Sopranos, Entourage, Tori and Dean (shut up) and Jericho (JERICHO!!! WHO KNEW IT WOULD TURN OUT TO BE SO GOOD???) continue to rock my world, however.
How mega-awesome is my Toby Bromberg Award for Most Humorous Mystery from Romantic Times Magazine? You will note I’ve displayed it in front of my Most Awesome Romance Novels I Will Never Throw Away shelf:
And lastly, this letter to Dear Abby about girls choosing to get pregnant at the prom rather than go to the colleges to which they’ve been accepted to escape the pressure has to be a joke, right? Nobody is really doing this. This has to have been written by a bunch of drunk frat guys who were trying to have a laugh at Abby’s expense. I am happy to see it has already been added to The Museum of Hoaxes.
But just in case it IS true, I’d like to say that, having watched other people I know go through it, squeezing a human being out of your vagina and then changing its diapers for the next four years, feeding it for at least fourteen more on top of that, not to mention driving it around for that whole time and listening it to whine about why you can’t afford to buy it the latest Playstation (because, since you never went to college and don’t make more than minimum wage, you won’t be able to afford to), is way, way, way harder–also way less fun–than four years of college (or, in my case, six, thanks to a little misunderstanding not unlike the one Lizzie Nichols had in Queen of Babble).
Well, that’s all I have to say about that. I have radio interviews all morning tomorrow (they’re from my house. I don’t actually have to GO to all these radio stations. They call me). Check me out, if you can! If it says LIVE, I’ll be on the show LIVE (all times Easter Standard). If it says TAPE, the show will be taped, and you can call the station to find out when the interview will air. Because I have no idea.
LIVE & LOCAL
GRAND RAPIDS, MI
WKJC-FM & WIOC-AM
KANSAS CITY, MO
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
TALK OF THE TOWN
SAN JOSE, CA
STAND FOR CHILDREN
PITTSBURGH, PA metro
Okay, well that’s it. Go forth and don’t pregnant at prom or I will personally find and kill you.