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Author Archives: Jen
When you begin reading a book, what do you need in the first few pages (or paragraphs, or sentences) to get you to keep reading? I finished reading Gillian Flynn‘s Gone Girl the other day. It’s a highly acclaimed, very … Continue reading
Sometimes predicting an ending isn’t hard. When you’re reading a book (or watching a movie) within a certain genre, for example, you know the romantic male lead and romantic female lead will get together, or that the evil sorcerer will … Continue reading
I just finished reading a book that had a remarkably powerful pay-off for me: Nicole R. Dickson’s Casting Off. The story is about a single mom who is six years past being in an abusive relationship. She’s still struggling to … Continue reading
In the past 24 hours I have been a-flurry with thoughts about YA literature, mostly because I had two significant reading experiences. The first is the YA novel by John Green, The Fault in Our Stars, which I finished last … Continue reading