Monday, August 15, 2016

How about a list?

Here's a nifty list from Chronicle Books about why reading young adult (teen lit) is great for all ages!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

You've Been Reviewed: The New Guy (And Other Senior Year Distractions) By Amy Spalding

The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions)The New Guy by Amy Spalding
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Spalding's THE NEW GUY is such a fun read. If you're a fan of Tracy Flick from Tom Perrotta's ELECTION and/or Audrey Cuttler from Robin Fenway's AUDREY, WAIT!, you are going to adore Spalding's Jules McAllister-Morgan, who is learning to balance her private life and public persona after she falls for local celebrity and former boy bander, Alex Powell, who totally throws her school year into a dizzy disarray. Add a great nemesis named Natalie (is there a better nemesis name than that?) who is the ultimate frenemy, and you've got the making of a super summer read. School may be out, but you won't mind going back for this one. Super charming, super fun, and super enjoyable. A big thumbs up from me.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Another theater collection! Yay!

Hi Guys!

I contributed two monologues to this collection. I  really love this whole series, and am so proud to be in a book with so many other fantastic theater writers.

Alisha Gaddis, our editor, has a pretty terrific eye and hilarious ear for this stuff.  Amazon agrees, because we were #1 in their Acting and Auditioning category! You can still get a copy right here: Funny Monologues

See you on the stage!

You've Been Reviewed: The Regional Office is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales

The Regional Office Is Under Attack!The Regional Office Is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

One of the fastest, most fun books I have ever read! The Regional Office accomplishes being completely cinematic while still thoughtful about characters and the development of their relationships. The pace is swift and smart. If this book was a roller coaster ride, it would be Space Mountain. It's dark and cool, and man did I enjoy it.

(Total disclaimer: I did cry during a certain chapter *no spoilers* because Gonzales wrote in a totally riveting, heartbreaking scene that I wasn't expecting and it caught me by the throat. I loved it!)

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

You've Been Reviewed: American Housewife

American Housewife: StoriesAmerican Housewife: Stories by Helen Ellis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Clever. Funny. Urbane. Witty. More positive words.

This is one of my favorite collections of short stories ever. It's Oscar Wilde meets The Real Housewives, but better and worse. A very specific taste of sarcasm, snark, and burns are inherited by the characters, which may not appeal to everyone, but made me giggle and almost applaud.

Ellis is a wordsmith's wordsmith. She delights in a dart like turn of phrase, and she's quick to level every character to her lowest faults, and enjoyably so. Nobody walks away from her stories unscarred, even the already-victims, like the young pageant girl characters who are kidnapped for their own safety.

I love this book. If I know you and know you'll like it, you're probably getting it as a gift this year. Beware. :)

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

You've Been Reviewed: Brave Enough by Cheryl Strayed

Brave EnoughBrave Enough by Cheryl Strayed
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a nice collection of quotes by the wonderful Cheryl Strayed, a writer who also happens to collects quotes. This would be a sweet gift to someone who is either a fan of her advice column, Dear Sugar, or someone who likes affirmations and food for thought. I could see reading this collection a page a day, like a prayer book. Some of the quotes are more ballsy and inspirational, and some of them are more thought-provoking and passive, but either way, I think fans of Strayed will like this book.

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My play, Fight or Fright, is in this collection by Applause Books. I just got my copy in the mail! Woo-woo! Give your young thespian a copy this holiday season!  Here's the link!