“Whether Picnic at Hanging Rock is fact or fiction, my readers must decide for themselves. As the fateful picnic took place in the year nineteen hundred, and all the characters who appear in this book are long since dead, it hardly seems important.” And thus begins our story. It’s Valentine’s Day, 1900 in Australia’s bush country. The girls of Appleyard College for Young Ladies are off on an adventure to picnic and marvel at the geological wonder that is Hanging Rock. They ar
“Her name was Jenny Hauser and every Wednesday I put pickles on her pizza.” This might be the best first line of a book I’ve read all year. I don’t remember what called my attention to Pizza Girl. It might have been the absolutely AH-mazing cover. However it ended up in my hands, I am glad it did. This story feels wholly original and the character of Pizza Girl (she isn’t given a name until the end) is complex and so, so flawed. PG is an eighteen-year-old pregnant high school
Jenn Bennett is one of my favorite YA romance authors. Although I adore a “totes adorbs” rom com, Bennett’s romances are more mature in several ways - her characters are older (usually just graduated from high school) and her main characters are dealing with complicated issues, not just the ups and downs of falling in love. What makes Bennett stand out, though, are her settings. Sarah Dessen is the only other YA author I’ve read that writes her settings with such care and
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