Granny Freeze and The Family Fang

October 28, 2011 15:26:16 Posted at October 28, 2011 15:26:16
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Have you read Kevin Wilson’s The Family Fang? I finished it a few weeks ago. It is hilariously imagined, hysterical in parts, and uncomfortably disturbing throughout: the Fangs are already a reality; you can see it on TV. And worse still, though perhaps that’s the point, people can’t recognise themselves in the story. Full Review

All Time Reads

October 6, 2011 03:05:42 Posted at October 6, 2011 03:05:42
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Not meant to be a classics list (there are more than enough of those), but a catalogue of (for the most part) modern reads that will be parked on my bookshelf forever. And like the Freebie Five, it will be shifted, adjusted, and modified accordingly. Would love to know your list too – please do send and share recommendations. Full Review

Sloppy Casting

August 30, 2011 09:15:00 Posted at August 30, 2011 09:15:00
Duana Posted by Duana

Sometimes the good just keeps on coming. I’m so happy for all of you who love Sloppy Firsts, who have been celebratey with us or who have discovered it for the first time. And now – now, there’s a movie in the works. If you haven’t heard, Megan McCafferty is offering a sneak peek at the movie if you contribute a casting decision on her Facebook page here and, since everyone loves to help, the casting page is chock full already. Full Review

Jessica Darling is 10

August 22, 2011 06:44:00 Posted at August 22, 2011 06:44:00
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Those of you familiar with the Jessica Darling series, by Megan McCafferty, need no introduction. Those of you who’ve been through my book section will know that McCafferty’s Sloppy Firsts, and all that came after, is on the list of my All Time Reads... Full Review

Dystopia is the new Vampire: DIVERGENT

April 25, 2011 06:43:00 Posted at April 25, 2011 06:43:00
Lainey Posted by Lainey

A book review Divergent by Veronica Roth For a while there, we were inundated with vampires. Pop culture everywhere. But The Hunger Games is now the new It franchise. And on its heels, it’s Dystopia everywhere. Is the future so bleak? Are we driving ourselves down into a sh-t pit? Is China the enemy? Megan McCafferty’s latest Bumped comes out tomorrow. Full Review

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The Glory of Not Giving A Damn

April 12, 2011 08:53:00 Posted at April 12, 2011 08:53:00
Lainey Posted by Lainey

“Bossypants” as primer for life Review by Duana Tina Fey tells a story of meeting a little boy when ‘meeting the teacher’ for kindergarten. They were told to draw pictures, and when she showed hers to him, like, ‘look what I did!’ he ripped it. Full Review

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Anne after the Oscars

March 4, 2011 13:22:00 Posted at March 4, 2011 13:22:00
Lainey Posted by Lainey

It’s almost been a week. Are we over it yet? She’s getting over it. And in these photos she’s on her way, with her boyfriend Adam, to London from LAX, reasons unknown, so let me make a totally uneducated assumption and say reshoots for One Day? Maybe that’s just wishful thinking. Full Review

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Your Voice In My Head

February 7, 2011 12:23:00 Posted at February 7, 2011 12:23:00
Lainey Posted by Lainey

At 16 she was writing her own column for the Sunday Times. She was contributing to the Guardian by the age of 21. And Vogue, and Vanity Fair, and the Independent. At 22 she published her first book. It was very well received. Two more followed. Those were acclaimed too. By the way, Emma Forrest was also named one of Variety’s Top Ten Screenwriters to Watch in 2009. Full Review

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Room book review

December 14, 2010 08:45:00 Posted at December 14, 2010 08:45:00
Lainey Posted by Lainey

I tore through this book in a day. Then I thought about it for days. I am still thinking about it. Strangely, and not by design, three of my friends happened to read it at the same time. And we had to discuss it too. On the phone, over email, via Blackberry messenger – that doesn’t happen often, a book that stays with me and makes me uncomfortable, so much so that I have to yell about it with other people, as many other people as I can find. Full Review

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I Don’t Want to be Her Big Sister.

November 12, 2010 12:30:00 Posted at November 12, 2010 12:30:00
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Written by Duana I was a Brenda Walsh fan. I wanted to be her. She was sassy, stand-up-to-parents-y, super hair and didn’t take crap. Plus it wasn’t just Brenda, it was so clearly Shannen Doherty herself. They were one and the same, and the fact that Doherty was intelligent and had graduated from Little House on the Prairie to 90210, much as I hoped metaphorically to do…I had a rock-solid girl crush from the age of 10. Full Review

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My Katniss

November 2, 2010 13:35:00 Posted at November 2, 2010 13:35:00
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Jodelle Ferland dressed up as Katniss Everdeen for Halloween and posted the photo up on Twitter the other day (click here to see) and everyone lost their sh-t wondering if she’d been cast as the heroine of The Hunger Games. I’m sure she’s a lovely girl, but Ferland is not my Katniss. Full Review

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Anne wins Emmy, rides bike

August 23, 2010 08:26:00 Posted at August 23, 2010 08:26:00
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Anne Hathaway is an Emmy Award winner now, receiving the Creative Arts Emmy for Best Voice-Over Performance in The Simpsons this weekend. There is already talk that Anne’s work in Love & Other Drugs could be considered for an Oscar nomination. And you know she is trained for the stage and, yes, she can sing too. Full Review

Great Skin & Gay YA

August 19, 2010 09:51:00 Posted at August 19, 2010 09:51:00
Lainey Posted by Lainey

As you know, I am all about reading YA. As I’ve noted, too many times, YA is way underrated. Good YA is as profound, complex, and insightful as any “adult” classified counterpart and again, if you don’t believe me, check out The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (YA) which is a masterpiece compared to Yann Martel – yeah, THAT Yann Martel – and Beatrice & Virgil, his latest smug mess. Full Review