This week, I’m excited to announce that I’ll be starting a Parade.com column on a subject very close to my (young-at) heart — teen and YA culture. I’ll be writing about teen books, TV and movies — from my beloved Vampire Diaries and the awesome new Twisted to super-fun books like the upcoming Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Since Parade.com posts are short and sweet, I’ll likely post some fun outtakes here on my own site.
First up for the column was this week’s interview with Matthew Quick, the brilliant author behind Silver Linings Playbook, the book whose adaption earned Jennifer Lawrence her first Oscar earlier this year. Quick is also known for his incisive YA reads, and his latest, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, is a fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat examination of the inner workings of an unstable, suicidal teen who plans to shoot his ex-best friend and then himself. It’s definitely worth checking out.
In the meantime, head on over to Parade.com to read my interview with former English teacher Matthew, who’s fun and uber-insightful.
And I’ll post outtakes from the interview — including Matthew’s take on getting boys to read — here next week.