I am a writer. I am also a mother, daughter, wife, sometimes crafter, and voracious reader. I'm outdoorsy and kind of shy. As a child, I was kicked out of girlscouts. I love cheese and bread. I love Anthopologie and Mary Margaret's apartment in Once Upon a Time. I'm a sloppy dogloving person, but I admire the sleek cool of cats. My favorite writers include Alice Hoffman, Janet Fitch, Donna Tarte, and Aimee Bender. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were also good.
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"I used to be one of those girls. The kind who loved to deliver bad news. When I colored my hair, I imagined it seeping into my scalp, black dye pooling into my veins.
But that was the old Lacy. Now, when I cast spells, they are always for good."
16-year-old Lacy believes that magic and science can work side by side. She's a botanist who knows how to harness the healing power of plants. So when her father dies, Lacy tries to stay with her step-mother in Chico, where her magic is good and healing. She fears the darkness that her real mother, Cheyenne, brings out, stripping away everything that is light and kind.
Yet Cheyenne never stays away for long. Beautiful, bewitching, unstable Cheyenne who will stop at nothing, not even black magic, to keep control of her daughter's heart. She forces Lacy to accompany her to Sacramento, and before long, the "old" Lacy starts to resurface.
But when Lacy survives a traumatic encounter, she finds herself faced with a choice. Will she use her powers to exact revenge and spiral into the darkness forever? Or will she find the strength to embrace the light?
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Favorite YA books and why!
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson —this was the first book I read when my writer’s group told me I was writing YA. (I actually hadn’t realized it before they told me, even though all the main characters in my long pieces have been teens.) I was struck by the honest language, the humor amidst the tragedy, and the story itself. Just beautiful.
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson —grittier than Speak, in a way I love. Some of the best writing I can think of.
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger —always a classic. Funny, touching, and absolutely fascinating.
Green Witch by Alice Hoffman —just so gorgeously written.
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart —I don’t know what it was about this book, but I finished it and immediately flipped back to the beginning and started over. I wasn’t yet ready to leave this world of mystery and young love, privileged kids with holes in their stories, secrets and sarcasm. Ooh, now I want to read it again!
It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini —clever and honest, a really good read.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak —one of the best books I’ve ever read in any genre. The characters are unforgettable. The narrator, Death, spins a tale of beauty and friendship during a time of absolute horror.
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