“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

An Interview with Jennifer Niven, “All the Bright Places”

Interview with Jennifer Niven, All the Bright Places

Jennifer Niven, Photo Credit: Louis Kapeleris

Jennifer Niven is the best-selling author of the Velva Jean series, The Ice Master, Ada Blackjack, and The Aqua-Net Diaries: Big Hair, Big Dreams, Small Town. All the Bright Places is her first Young adult novel. She currently resides in sunny Los Angeles where she’s working on her next YA novel. I recently reviewed her latest book All the Bright Places and asked her questions about the novel and more! Please enjoy the following interview with Jennifer Niven!

The Fountain: First off, The Fountain would like to congratulate you on your first young adult novel! What is your favorite aspect about reading and writing young adult fiction? Continue reading

“All the Bright Places” Brings Light to Mental Illness

all the bright places review, all the bright places book review, all the bright places Jennifer Niven, all the bright placesThe last time I read about a boy living in a closet was in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, but this isn’t a magical journey; it is quite the opposite.
Theodore Finch, however, wasn’t forced to live in a closet because of his muggle guardians, but was forced into a closet (both literally and figuratively) from his depression. All the Bright Places explores the world of depression while alluding to Virginia Woolf’s own depressive state throughout.  Don’t let the depression scare you away; the book is filled with sarcasm and a love affair. Continue reading