Grand Haven, MI

Bio: I'm an avid reader of YA. I do Read and Reviews (RaRs) for NetGalley and other books given to me, as well as books of my choosing. I graduated Fall 2016 from Grand Valley State University and will be a high school English teacher. I formed this blog to assist teachers and parents with finding contemporary YA for the classroom or for recreational reading. When I found out my 12 year old niece was given an inappropriate Young Adult title, suggested by a Barnes & Noble employee, I decided that there needs to be information to help buyers pick the right books. Some material is not right for younger YA readers while some is perfect. I like it all, and I want to share to help match books with readers. It's why I want to become a teacher. That, and I want to rekindle the love of reading books...and get new literature into the hands of students. Don't get me wrong: I love the classics! But authors like Lauren Destefano and Marissa Meyer write books that belong in the hands of young readers. I'm just the messenger. Please don't shoot me. If you would like to contact me regarding RaRs, please email me @ starlightshine83@aol.com. I mainly read YA science-fiction and fantasy, so those are the books I am most likely to agree to review. However, I am always open to help an indie author get a leg up! Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜˜

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  40. I love your blog idea! In high school, none of my English teachers have ever assigned YA novels to us to read, even though I think many of the same concepts and themes teachers want to convey can be relayed to students in the much more relatable format of YA. I love how you rate each book on it’s classroom appropriateness. Hopefully some of my teachers will find your blog and use it as a way to introduce YA to the classroom! ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. That’s one of the very things I hope as well. I had no YA in class either. It was all the “classics,” and while those are good, I lost my passion for reading in high school. There also wasn’t the selection that we have now.
      When I discovered YA was as good, if not better l, than many adult books I’ve read, I became a huge advocate for its use in the classroom. I’m so glad more teachers are attempting to use YA but there’s still not enough. And then there’s the YA that borders on NA so teachers have to be careful…and as many don’t have time to read new literature beforehand, they just stick to the list of literature used over the last 50 years.
      And that’s a shame.
      I’m very glad you like my blog. I really like yours as well and I’m glad I came across it! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š


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