Interview with Becky Albertalli, author of “Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda”

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Becky Albertalli is the author of Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda. Albertalli has been writing throughout her life but this is her first novel. She has earned her doctorate in clinical psychology and was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She is currently living in Roswell, Georgia with her husband and two sons, and enjoys spending her time writing young adult fiction. Continue reading

“Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda” or The Teenager vs. High School

yacover7For many of us, our high school experiences were defined by our identity. Some of us were considered jocks, cheerleaders, math nerds, indie kids, or drama geeks. Our labels were seen as one of the main ways in which our peers identified us. But what about our identities below the surface? In Becky Albertalli’s novel Simon vs. The Homo Sapien’s Agenda she explores the complex social dynamics of high school and the importance of being true to yourself. Continue reading

A Tunnel Worth Entering

If there is a single commonality between those interested in the art of storytelling and the art of living, it is the secret wish to be involved in something greater than his or herself. Perhaps that something
could be discovering you come from a long line of magic beings from another reality. Whatever the case may be, the ideal still remains the same: we all desperately want something epic happen to us. Continue reading

“Lord of the Flies” a Modern American Stage Production

1425591215-LOTF GoldstarLord of the Flies by William Golding is one of the most famous dystopian novels, but I consider it to be one of the most famous young adult novels before that genre even existed, you can read about the history of the genre HERE in one of our commentaries. As someone who has enjoyed reading the novel as both a young adult and as an adult, I was excited for the opportunity to see it performed as a play at the Carlsbad New Village Arts with the adaptation written by Nigel Williams. After being let down by the 1990 and 1963 film adaptations, this performance was unexpected. Continue reading

“I’ll Meet You There” Shows Realism of PTSD

I'll Meet You There book review, I'll meet you there, Heather Demetrios, YA, PTSD, Alcoholism, book reviewAccording to the PTSD Foundation of America, one in three soldiers is diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Heather Demetrios shows her readers firsthand what it’s like to love someone with PTSD in her novel I’ll Meet You There. As someone who has both dated and is a sister to men in the military, I have seen how being involved with war can affect a person. The worst part about these brave men and women falling ill to PTSD, is that less than 40 percent of them will get help. Another alarming result is that on an average day, five active military members will attempt suicide. PTSD is a problem that won’t be going away anytime soon whether it’s caused from war or other traumatic events. Demetrios brings to light this disturbing illness that affects the lives of our veterans every day.  Continue reading