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John Green’s ‘Turtles All the Way Down’ is Finally Here!

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OMG, it’s happening! Fans have been waiting 5 years for young adult author John Green to publish a new book, and now that wait is finally over. His new novel, Turtles All the Way Down, comes out October 10th (with Dutton Books for Young Readers), and it’s already dominating all the pre-order charts. Green’s last book, The Fault in Our Stars, became in international sensation and a hit movie starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort. About teens falling in love as they struggle with life-threatening cancer, the novel reached the kind of popularity that most authors only dream of. But Green is used to fame – in addition to being an award-winning author, he’s also one half of the crazy popular…

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5 Tales of Strength and Courage that Capture the Spirit of the 15th Summer Paralympics

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Now that the fervor of the Summer Olympics has died down, it’s time to focus on the next big global sporting event: The Paralympic Games. Happening right now in Rio de Janeiro, the 15th Summer Paralympics run from September 7 to September 18. With short films showing the lives of some of the contestants, and the fact that this is the first ever Paralympics in Latin America, people are predicting that the Games will receive more attention than ever this year. The first disabled games were created in 1948 as a way to honor WWII veterans with spinal injuries. The Paralympics were born out of that idea, with the first Games open to non-veterans occurring in Rome in 1960. Since then, the Games have only gained…

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Literary Crushes: The Romantic Leads in Books Who Are Worthy of Your Affection!

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It’s no secret that a bunch of the books we consider uber-romantic are actually kind of creepy. Tweens found Edward Cullen irresistible, despite the fact that he has an over 100 year age difference from his 17-year-old girlfriend. Grown women find Mr. Rochester’s Byronic shtick super sexy, even though he literally locked his wife in an attic for years and dressed up like a creepy “gypsy fortune-teller” to trick his new squeeze into revealing her feelings for him. While we as readers can’t help who we’re desperately attracted to, a lot of the time even the romantic leads who aren’t bad boys still have glaringly problematic issues that I just can’t get over. So, here are some options for literary…

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Top 5 Heroines We Want to be our Bestie

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As much as I love my book boyfriends, I also have a soft spot for the ladies. I might not want to make out with them in quite the same way, but I definitely want to hang out, watch Netflix, drink tea and complain about our love lives. You know, typical girls’ night activities. I call these women my book BFFs; those characters I know I’d be best friends with if we were to ever meet in real life. And they were, you know, real. So in honor of those endlessly interesting female characters, here are my top five book besties, in no particular order. Hazel Grace: The Fault in Our Stars, John Green Diagnosed with terminal cancer and placed…

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Deck the halls with YA gifts

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It’s the holiday season and most of us are already knee-deep into gift buying. And while some people are fairly easy (hope you like that iTunes gift card again, Dad!), others can be a little more difficult. Take fans of young adult novels for instance: it’s not always easy to predict the hottest books or best reader-inspired presents. But if you have a Twilight-loving, Hunger Games-obsessed person to shop for, have no fear. Whether they’re a teen or an adult, here are the perfect presents for the YA lover in your life: My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2014) This holiday-themed anthology includes stories by almost every famous YA author…

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10 Pop culture things to be thankful for this year

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Thanksgiving is this week and most of us will spend the next few days stuffing our faces, watching football, and trying to avoid that weird great aunt who’s always asking about your love life. But this is also the holiday where we have a chance to look back over the past year and reflect on what we’re thankful for. Sure, that list includes family and friends and all that, but what about those pop culture moments that we still can’t stop obsessing over? From marriages to movies, here are 10 pop culture things to be thankful for this year: 1. Jamie’s Abs Some of us have been waiting years, and I mean years, for Outlander to make it to the…

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15 literature-inspired jack-o’-lanterns for Halloween

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Next week is Halloween, which makes this prime jack-o’-lantern carving time. But instead of the usual triangle eyes and toothy grin, why not try something a little different this year? If you’re anything like us at BookTrib, all the inspiration you need is currently sitting on your bookshelf. Here are 15 of our favorite literary pumpkins for 2014:   Harry Potter This pumpkin isn’t scaring anyone; it’s just too adorable. You might need to buy a little paint to pull this one off, but it’s worth it for his spiky hair alone.   Frankenstein A perfect likeness of Frankenstein’s monster. Plus he looks appropriately broody.   The Hobbit Love the image they captured of his back and that familiar logo.…

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The Fault in Our Stars cheat sheet (no spoilers!)

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The first time I read The Fault in Our Stars I cried for three days. I’m not kidding. Three. Days. My face was puffy, I gave myself an eye infection – it wasn’t pretty. But John Green, the author, King of Vlogs, and all around Internet-sensation, created such well-rounded characters and a full, realistic world that I’m not even ashamed of all the tears. Who cares if my roommates looked at me askew and avoided the living room that whole weekend? My heart was shredded. The movie version of The Fault in Our Stars comes out on Friday, and I’ve already stocked up on tissues. Starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort (who, coincidentally, both star in Divergent, based on another…

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