When I first heard about the musical Dear Evan Hansen, I wasn’t quite sure what to think. Bullying, depression, and suicide aren’t new topics to musical fans (Spring Awakening comes to mind, for one) but I hadn’t had any idea just how deeply Dear Evan Hansen would dive in and face them, unabashedly, unashamed. It’s essentially a YA novel in musical form, and Evan’s awkward nature and need for someone, anyone to understand him has struck a chord with listeners of all ages, myself included. Aud...
An insidious contradiction of vanity and faith is on full display in the seminal Filipino novel, Noli Me Tangere by Jose Rizal.
I recently had a quick chat with Zen about the first story she ever wrote, writing support networks, and some advice she’d give to her teen self.
Retellings of classic stories and folklore are easy to find no matter what genre you love to read, and the possibilities are endless. Whether you’re obsessed with Greek myths or intrigued by Japanese folklore, this list is sure to have a title or two that can offer a great introduction to these beloved stories across the world.
I had the wonderful opportunity to chat with Cherie about the history that feeds The Family Plot, and the particular stories and relationships that interest her most in her writing.
It’s been a few years since I lived in Manila, but I still have fond memories of the bookish places I used to visit there. While books do tend to be expensive and inaccessible for much of the population, there are still some great ways to find new books to read in this bustling metropolis.
Contemporary YA romances with Asian teens do exist, but they’re the proverbial needle in the haystack, challenging readers to find these titles among the hundreds of stories where we’re only the side characters.
I spoke with Celeste about how Everything I Never Told You went from idea to published novel, the nuances of her characters’ relationships, and her own perspective on writing non-white characters.
I was not born a feminist. None of us were, and to claim otherwise would be to deny the systemic, insidious barriers present in our world that make feminism so necessary. But I can pinpoint one of the key moments, one of the key women who started me on the path to learning about and valuing feminism: Angela Vicario.
I’ve found that sorting has helped me to not only know and understand myself, but others as well. It’s been particularly interesting to apply sorting to the book community, because not only do many of us identify with a specific House, but the qualities of those Houses tend come through in the way we talk about books.
We lived in different time periods, but some of our concerns were the same. Some of the insecurities and worries transcended decades. Some of the joys stayed the same too. They made me feel like I, too, was an American Girl, worthy of a story.