So The Real John Green very favorably reviewed A.S. King's REALITY BOY in this past Sunday's New York Times Book Review. Hello? What is the big surprise here? Have I not been telling everyone who will listen that A.S. King is an exceptionally talented YA author whose game only gets better with each book she publishes? Yes, I believe that I have been doing exactly that, loudly and often. So why doesn't anyone listen to me??? Because, let's be totally honest here: whether or not I ever get any of my own books published, I have always been blessed with excellent literary taste. IF I TELL YOU A BOOK IS GOOD, IT IS, OKAY? But, clearly, I am chopped liver at best, because for some obscure reason A.S. King is gobsmacked when John Green reviews her book in the NYT, but seemingly unmoved when I do so in this blog. Go figure. But by the way: A.S. King is not just humblebragging and pretending to be gobsmacked. She is simply humble. Don't you wish humility was spread around more fairly in this world, concentrated heavily in people who actually deserve to be humble? I know I do.
Oh, and Holly Schindler's debut middle-grade novel, THE JUNCTION OF SUNSHINE AND LUCKY, is going to be released in a little over a month from now, and has already garnered some stellar reviews, including from Kirkus. Now, have I TOLD you to keep an eye on Holly Schindler? Hmmm??? Yes, I believe that I have. But have you been following her the way you should have been as a result? I dunno - have you? Well, in case you haven't, will these reviews and trailers convince you to run right out and preorder SUNSHINE AND LUCKY immediately? I sure hope so. If not, I have taught you nothing. And another thing: are you going to check back in with me on January 25th, when Holly will send me a vlog about SUNSHINE AND LUCKY to post here? The answer had better be yes, that's all I can say. Don't make me come after you.
I hope that those of you who celebrate Christmas are having an extremely merry and bright one, surrounded by people you love and a pile of newly-gifted books. And for the rest of us, and in honor of the late, great Roger Ebert: I'll see you at the movies!!