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I have to re-read all of these someday soon. 

I have to re-read all of these someday soon. 

"Literature is my utopia." -Helen Keller

"Literature is my utopia." -Helen Keller

Love this animated cover for SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY by Julie Murphy!

Love this animated cover for SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY by Julie Murphy!

If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it.
— Toni Morrison (via maxkirin)
"And I realized that there’s a big difference between deciding to leave and knowing where to go." Robyn Schneider. 

"And I realized that there’s a big difference between deciding to leave and knowing where to go." Robyn Schneider. 

catagator:

And the title changed this week after it being one thing for a year and I love the change. It’s now It Happens: A Guide to Contemporary Realistic Fiction for the YA Reader.* The official publication date is August 1, though I was told it’ll be available before then, and it will be at ALA annual…

We loved The Impossible Knife of Memory for its poetic and hauntingly accurate portrayal of flawed, human relationships. 

We loved The Impossible Knife of Memory for its poetic and hauntingly accurate portrayal of flawed, human relationships. 

What my teeny tiny apartment looks like since joining PLL’s ranks! ;) 

What my teeny tiny apartment looks like since joining PLL’s ranks! ;) 

Diversity is not enough.
We’re right to push for diversity, we have to, but it is only step one of a long journey. Lack of racial diversity is a symptom. The underlying illness is institutional racism. It walks hand in hand with sexism, cissexism, homophobia, and classism.
castiels—grace:

Meant to Be by Lauren Morril

Meant to be or not meant to be… that is the question.

Overall: ★★★★½Cheesiness: ★★★★★Recommend: Yes
This book is your typical feel-good romantic comedy. It takes place during a class trip that we all know is unrealistically perfect (due to a ~unexpected change in plans~ they don’t have to share rooms in the very posh hotel that’s open only to them, because their teacher’s sister’s husband owns it) in London. Our main character, Julia, is a star swimmer/4.0 GPA student who dislikes all 19 other classmates on the trip, especially the class clown Jason. Conveniently, he is paired with her as her “buddy” which means they have hours to roam around London, free from supervision! Not to mention flirty Jason manages to get them into parties and alcohol is readily served to these underage teens in various random pubs. Realism! 
If you look past the unrealistic class trip aspects, however, it’s a very touching romance that makes you yearn for your own unexpected love. I especially liked that Julia loosens up over the course of the trip, and freaks out over the fact that she’s loosing who she was before (yay for liking who you were, as well as who you’re becoming!). 
It’s an easy read for a laid-back afternoon. (I read it in about 4-ish hours?)

castiels—grace:

Meant to Be by Lauren Morril

Meant to be or not meant to be… that is the question.

Overall: ½
Cheesiness: 

Recommend: Yes

This book is your typical feel-good romantic comedy. It takes place during a class trip that we all know is unrealistically perfect (due to a ~unexpected change in plans~ they don’t have to share rooms in the very posh hotel that’s open only to them, because their teacher’s sister’s husband owns it) in London. Our main character, Julia, is a star swimmer/4.0 GPA student who dislikes all 19 other classmates on the trip, especially the class clown Jason. Conveniently, he is paired with her as her “buddy” which means they have hours to roam around London, free from supervision! Not to mention flirty Jason manages to get them into parties and alcohol is readily served to these underage teens in various random pubs. Realism! 

If you look past the unrealistic class trip aspects, however, it’s a very touching romance that makes you yearn for your own unexpected love. I especially liked that Julia loosens up over the course of the trip, and freaks out over the fact that she’s loosing who she was before (yay for liking who you were, as well as who you’re becoming!). 

It’s an easy read for a laid-back afternoon. (I read it in about 4-ish hours?)

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