NYC Teen Author Festival

The annual NYC Teen Author Festival is next week! This is my third year participating in the Festival, but my first year speaking on one of the NYPL panels. And what a panel it is, too. Here’s the listing: Friday March 22, Symposium (42nd Street NYPL, Berger Forum, 2nd floor) 2:10-3:00: He Said, She Said […]

This Song Will Save Your Life cover reveal

Yesterday’s Hollywood Crush blog exclusively revealed the cover for my third novel, This Song Will Save Your Life! I love this cover and am so excited to share it with you here. For the cover reveal, I created an indie rock and britpop Spotify playlist to soundtrack the book. You can listen to it […]

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

I just finished reading Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, which I hadn’t heard about before it totally cleaned up at this year’s ALA Youth Media Awards. I wanted to share with you a line I liked before returning the book to the bookshelf: “You and Susie going to a party?” “Yeah.” […]

everyone’s a critic, and most people are DJs

As you may know, my next novel, THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE (coming out this fall) is about a 16-year-old girl who becomes a DJ sensation. Writing this book made me even more interested in DJ and nightlife culture than I already was, so tonight I took a class at the Brooklyn Brainery about […]

the artist is not the art

I’m on a reading-books-for-adults kick, apparently, because not only did I just finish The Borrower, but I also recently read The Casual Vacancy (which, as you may recall, I got when I saw J.K. Rowling speak at Lincoln Center). I feel bad saying this because I love J.K. so much, and I don’t want to […]

The Borrower

I just finished reading The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai. The protagonist is a children’s librarian, and for that reason alone, I wanted to read it. Bonus: it turned out to be very funny and wise and suspenseful; the sort of book for adults that I actually like. Here’s a quote from the last chapter, so […]

J.K. Rowling!

Last week J.K. Rowling spoke at Lincoln Center. It was her only U.S. appearance to promote THE CASUAL VANACY, and Rebecca Serle and I GOT TICKETS! Not only that, we got tickets THREE ROWS BACK from the stage. Literally there was one row between us and J.K.’s family members. J.K. was in conversation with Ann […]

Introducing: ChocolateNYC!

It will probably come as no surprise that my friend and I have launched a chocolate blog. We are on a very serious quest to eat all the chocolate. And then write about it. Very serious. If you are interested in looking at cell phone photos of chocolate, or just reading about what I do […]

events for the next month

Saturday, October 27, 7 – 8:15pm, at Noella Brew Bar in Brooklyn, NY: Olivia Birdsall and I will be reading from our YA novels, speaking on the writing process, and answering questions. This is a cool local coffee shop, so it’s worth coming if only for the hot chocolate. There will be plenty of time […]

music to get excited about right now

So many of my favorite bands have new albums coming out this July/August/September that I am worried I’ll lose track of which ones I want to buy and on what dates. Is there something like Goodreads for music, so I can know when the bands that I love have new music? In the absence of […]