I started reading books written for young adults when I was about 8 and I’ve never stopped. Fortunately I’ve managed to parlay this into a career which, while not exactly “lucrative,” is a hell of a lot of fun. I’m a middle school librarian at a diverse, urban-ish public school near Boston, and I love (almost) every minute.
(This is me as the cover of one of my favorites.)
I read a wide range of middle grade and YA to keep up with my students’ interests, but I’m especially partial to MG historical fiction, YA speculative fiction, and stories about kids doing good in the world. I grew up on a steady diet of dystopias long before they were trendy, and they made me the lefty environmentalist I am today.
I’m interested in the writing, but even more in what the stories say about the world and how they fit into the larger context of YA and children’s literature. I always want to read books that are doing something different: representing diverse characters, questioning society’s status quo, subverting common literary tropes.
I’ve owned this domain since 1999, which makes me an official Old Lady of the Internet. At first it was a “web journal” of the passive-aggressive angst of my early twenties. Since 2006 or so it’s been the “YA reviews and geekery” blog you see today. Welcome! I hope you’ll stick around, leave a comment, start a discussion.
You can reach me at sam at parenthetical dot net.
Review policy: I review YA and MG fiction. These days, I’m much more likely to review on Goodreads than here on my blog, but trust me — way more people are looking over there. Please email me if you’d like to me to consider reviewing your book — I love being asked to review things, but I’ll feel guilty if you just send me an unsolicited ARC and then I don’t get around to reading it. As much as I want to say yes to your NetGalley review request, alas, I spend quite enough time on screens already and e-books just don’t work for me. Thanks for getting in touch!