After skipping last year as a small form of protest, I made my way back to YALLWest, one of the biggest young adult literature fests in the country, in Santa Monica. As a writer, I’m still disappointed in the lack of inclusivity to those published by small companies or self published. As a reader and a member of the press, I was impressed by the changes made from the last time I attended. Its still a chaotic day for sure but the chaos has definitely changed from the first two years that I attended. I had a great day and I even met a couple more authors than I had intended.
I am so INSANELY excited to be a part of this blog tour. I have known Alexa for a few years now and was head over heels excited for her when she announced her debut novel. I knew it was bound to be fantastic and I was even more blown away once I read it. Let’s jump in and get down to it and experience some Jane Eyre in space!
Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.
Plus an exclusive interview with the author herself from YALLWest this past weekend!
Keep an eye out because in just TWO weeks, I’ll be having an HUGE EPIC GIVEAWAY for this blog’s 6th anniversary and there just *might* be a signed copy of Leah on the Offbeat up for grabs!
Megan Harper is the girl before. All her exes find their one true love right after dating her. It’s not a curse or anything, it’s just the way things are, and Megan refuses to waste time feeling sorry for herself. Instead, she focuses on pursuing her next fling, directing theatre, and fulfilling her dream school’s acting requirement in the smallest role possible.
Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.
I was busy this month with reading, even with the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books in the middle, and with eleven books read, only four of them were rereads! Making progress!