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Frost by Marianna Baer

When I was about twelve years old, my parents invited me to watch my first scary movie. For two or three nights, I joined them after small-children bedtime and we watched the miniseries version of The Shining. I was old enough, mature enough, and it wasn’t the R-rated Stanley Kubrick version… but it still scared […]


The nice thing about being Really Very Busy is that when you are done being busy, it feels really very good. It takes a little while to realize that you are done being Really Very Busy, but at some point you will find yourself sitting on a couch and saying to yourself “Hmm… I guess […]

susceptible to hype + a break

When news about the movie and the casting and the posters and the pictures and the trailers and everything else came out, I was indifferent. Books into movies are tricky. I don’t get disappointed, I don’t get invested. But I have to say, I am having trouble thinking about much else other than my Hunger […]

The Big Crunch by Pete Hautman

I love YA romance, but I am extremely picky. I don’t like a lot of gratuitous descriptions of the characters’ hotness. I don’t like a lot of completely obvious foreshadowing – it’s a romance, we know you are gonna hook up no matter how star-crossed your love may be. I don’t like love that comes […]

social mediums

I didn’t think this would happen, but the iPad is certainly changing the way I waste time on the Internet. I usually resist acquiring new social network accounts. I have enough websites sucking my time. But the iPad! It doesn’t feel like wasting time on the Internet – using an app instead of a browser […]

2012: week eleven

March 11 – March 17 Hectic. Stressful. That about sums it up. My schedule is so tightly packed that anytime something else gets tacked on to my schedule, I feel it immediately. This week was a perfect storm of assignments for both classes, job interview that killed my free afternoon, asking people for references (urgh), […]

Dystopian YA – 5 Essential Titles

While writing my review of Veronica Roth’s Divergent a few weeks ago, I was thinking about how I used to love dystopias, but now I hate them. I am quick to whine about the post-Hunger Games overload – I am certainly sick to death of reading so many variations on the same theme. But then […]

To Timbuktu by Casey Scieszka and Steven Weinberg

I can never quite decide if I like travel memoirs. I am not a world explorer. I have no grand designs to traipse across the world with nothing but a backpack and a passport. I’m not opposed to world traveling, but it just doesn’t call to me like I think it calls to others. Those […]

so you ran out of This American Life…

There comes a time in every girl’s life when your demand for This American Life podcasts outpaces a measly one-episode-a-week demand. It’s understandable. Life throws you a lot of tedious tasks that simply can’t be accomplished without auditory assistance. Like cleaning. Folding laundry. Exercising. Opening boxes of books for hours (just me? huh…). Or walking. […]

2012: week ten

March 4 – March 10  I think the universe knew I was turning ancient at the end of the week and decided that I deserved a break. Everything was turning up roses for Professional Jessica:   + I got a (part-time summer) job interview + My paper is on the wait list for a summer […]