Friday, May 30, 2014

Best Books of May

Today I'm participating in a group blog challenge hosted by The Armchair Squid. 



We're supposed to tell everyone about the best book we've read during the month of May. This month, I'm applauding a book that was written by fellow Nashvillian Courtney C. Stevens.



I only met her briefly, at her book launch party. There were about a billion people there. It looked like this.



I bought her book at the event, but after about 45 minutes in line to have it signed, I had to go. I couldn't wait to read it, but I had so many other books in my TBR pile, it took me a couple of months. Finally, this month, I read it, and I have to say, this book...




...is pure awesomeness. It ranks right up there with two other YA books I've read in the past year...






...and...




...as my favorite YA books of ALL TIME. Seriously. If you haven't read Faking Normal, Thirteen Reasons Why, or Canary, click on the book covers above and order them now!


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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Guest Interview: Unicorn Bell

Kristin Smith interviewed me for her post on Unicorn Bell. Click on the pretty banner below to check it out.



Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Here's My Money. Be Mean to Me.

A battle broke out on a community Facebook page recently when a woman reported she took her two teen daughters here:



The waiter, she said, called one daughter ugly and the other daughter a brat. The general consensus was that the mom was reckless for taking her children to a place not designed for children.




You see, there's a sign clearly posted at the entrance that warns anyone who enters of the dangers. Those arguing with the mom said she couldn't have missed the sign. Here's one I found online:




The mom said she was distracted by a doorman who was giving her a salespitch to bring her in. He didn't warn her daughters that Dick's Last Resort is a place where kids are forced to wear inappropriate hats.




(That was the cleanest one I could find.)

My point, which I argued to the end, was that even if they criticize parents, calling a teen girl ugly is crossing the line. Teen girls are impressionable, and such a thing can do lifelong damage. Plus, if she's clearly upset by it, shouldn't the waiter stop?




What do you think? Was the waiter wrong? Or should the girl just have gone along with it?