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Rachel Carter has 518 articles published.

Rachel Carter grew up surrounded by trees and snow and mountains. She graduated from the University of Vermont and Columbia University, where she received her MFA in nonfiction writing. She is the author of the So Close to You series with Harperteen. These days you can find her working on her next novel in the woods of Vermont.

What I learned from being dead: Amy Talkington’s LIV, FOREVER

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Young adult fiction is always looking for the “next big thing.” Whether it’s vampires inspired by Twilight, or Hunger Games-style dystopian novels, teen readers often seem to take to specific genres in flocks. At times, this can make the shelves in bookstores look strangely identical, with dark fonts splashed across covers or anonymous hands holding flowers. Liv, Forever, screenwriter and director Amy Talkington’s debut tale of the supernatural, falls into some of these familiar tropes: ghosts and novels set in boarding schools are not necessarily new territory. But at its heart, Talkington’s novel isn’t just a ghost story; it’s a mystery. And right now mystery seems perfectly poised to be that “next big thing” in young adult literature. Liv, Forever…

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How to dress like Zooey Deschanel

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We’ve all seen 500 Days of Summer, that 2009 hipster-love anthem where Joseph Gordon-Levitt is whiny and romantic, and Zooey Deschanel is the manic pixie dream girl who gets away. It’s a solid story, sure, but what I remember most about the film isn’t the lovesick moping or The Smiths-heavy soundtrack—it’s the fashion. Watching this movie was the moment where I sat up and said, “Who is that girl and where can I get all of her clothes?” Because it wasn’t just the character of Summer who dressed well. In everyday life, Zooey seemed to be cultivating this unique blend of twee, vintage, and overt girliness.  Then came Jess on Fox’s “New Girl,” and the look was solidified. I desperately wanted to…

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Dear readers: accessorize, accessorize, accessorize!

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For Christmas this year I received one of the best presents ever: a Pride and Prejudice scarf. Yes, some enterprising Etsy artist figured out a way to print pages from my favorite book onto an infinity scarf. I. Am. Obsessed. Amazing, right? Because I love books so much—and television, let’s be honest—I started thinking about other accessories inspired by my favorite novels or TV shows. Here are some of the best I’ve found so far: Sherlock Holmes Necklace A-plus for presentation when it comes to this minimalist quote-based necklace. I love the way it plays with colors…plus it would be an honor to wear something that constantly reminds me of Benedict Cumberbatch. “How I Met Your Mother” Necklace  Another quote-inspired piece…

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I’d like an order of fashion with my literature, please

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After I got back one of my latest book edits, I noticed that my editor had crossed out about half a page. The note next to it said something like this: “unnecessary description.” And then, “I think you might be a little obsessed with clothes.” Well, she had me there. I am—as all of my friends and family can attest to—more than a little obsessed with clothes. But it’s not just that I have a lot of them (and I do, trust me). I also like to talk about them. I want to know where you got that shirt and those shoes, I check about ten different style blogs every day, and when I’m reading a book I have a…

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Rebellious teen Holden would definitely be rocking some leather in the 21st century

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Last week we designed looks for classic-novel heroines, and now it’s time to dress the men. Find out what Holden Caulfield might wear as he wanders a 21st century New York, or what social-climbing Pip would put on before visiting Mrs. Havisham in her dilapidated mansion. These four men are definitely well-dressed, and—for some reason—considerably hotter when you picture them in modern clothes. First, the covers to get you in the mood.   And on to our dapper heroes! Great Expectations: Pip   A modern day Pip would be a little bit trendy and a little bit classic. His roots wouldn’t necessarily reflect who he has become, but his look would always have a touch of this-guy-is-trying-too-hard. Still, he’d definitely gain…

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Ever wonder what Elizabeth Bennet would wear to Mr. Bingley’s party?

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Ever wonder what modern-day Elizabeth Bennet would wear to Mr. Bingley’s house party? Or what twenty-first century outfit Anna Karenina might chose to throw herself in front of a high speed rail? Well, wonder no more—here are four modern outfits inspired by some of your favorite classical novels. But first, the covers to inspire your contemporary creations. Pride and Prejudice Elizabeth Bennett knows how to dress herself for a party. And this Stop Staring dress is a more modern silhouette of the Regency dresses she’s used to. Throw in a little (*ahem* cheap *ahem*) bling and she’s all ready to catch Darcy’s eye while house music blares on in the background.   Anna Karenina If any classic novel heroine could pull…

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