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Beth Revis Is My Hero

I don’t think it’s a secret that this blog exists because I love books. Sometimes I have to slow down the reading habit, because I could easily spend hundreds every month. My new hero Beth Revis is giving away an entire LIBRARY of SIGNED YA books, and all you have to do to enter is share the news about the giveaway and share the love for YA books.

This is a great time for me to talk about what I love about YA, because I just finished reading my adult book of the month, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Gone Girl is a fantastic book; it lives up to the hype and deserves all the rave reviews. I enjoyed the stark truths about marriage and failed expectations wrapped in the twisted mystery, the hallmarks that make it an adult book. But they also reminded me why I have a heart for YA.

YA books have a unique sort of promise. They have possibility. They have hope for the future.

When I was a teenager, I could not wait to be an adult. (Like many teens, I actually thought I was an old soul, trapped in a young body.) I was so busy rushing to get there that I missed that chance to revel in the potential of what the future could be. And like so many firsts you can’t ever get back, the moment when a young adult makes his or her first life-altering decision has a sort of magic. Most YA books, whether contemporary, fantasy, or any other genre, explore this in one way or another. That magic of the first is what I love most about YA.

For your chance to win Beth’s AMAZING giveaway, (seriously–  nearly 50 signed books to a single winner) click here for Beth’s blog. And if you choose to enter and blog on what you love about YA, leave a link to your post in the comments! Happy NaNoWriMo, everybody!

Music for today: Breathing Underwater by Metric

Happy Monday! Congratulations to the winners of my 100 Follower Giveaway:

$25 Amazon Gift Card – Nickie Anderson
Starters, signed by Lissa Price – Katy Upperman
Finn Flanagan and the Fledglings – Sara Biren
Thanks to all of you who follow Unavoidable Awkwardness. The best part about blogging in this YA writing community is meeting so many awesome people who love words and books and young people. Now I start the countdown for my 200 Follower Giveaway!
I’m thrilled to be a part of Deana Barnhart’s Gearing Up to Get an Agent (GUTGAA) this week. Please stop by and check out the amazing entries. There are so many titles I wish I could go buy at the book store today!
Coming soon, I’ll be reviewing The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke. I’m also planning a blog series on what music can teach us about great writing. Be sure to stop back by over the next month to check it out.
Music for today:  Hold On by Alabama Shakes

Hi everyone! To celebrate breaking the 100-follower mark, I’m holding my first Giveaway! The top prize is a $25 Amazon gift card, and I’m also picking winners for a signed copy of Starters by Lissa Price (nabbed at the SCBWI conference in Los Angeles) and a copy of Kip Taylor’s Finn Flanagan and the Fledglings.

You must follow the blog to enter, and you’ll get extra entries for following me on Twitter and tweeting about the giveaway. The sign-ups begin today, and the winners will be picked on Monday, September 17. Thank you all so much for joining me in the Awkwardness! a Rafflecopter giveaway