Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Kindred Spirits

It is no secret that Lisa and I read entirely too much YA. This may or may not contribute to the fact that we still think we're sixteen. So it was only natural that a few months ago I sent out a notice to all of my neighbors advertising a teen book club that would take place in my living room.

We just moved here last year and I think 90% of them were creeped out by the invite, the other 9% think that I'm 15 and were concerned that no parents were going to be home, and 1% were interested! Last night was our first ever meeting, and I have to say, it was a raging success!

Okay, fine we had two girls show up, but it was a raging success!

We read HUSH, HUSH by Becca Fitzpatrick and the girls absolutely loved it. They thought Nora was realistic, Patch was dangerously dreamy and Vee was entertaining. They loved how elements of fantasy were woven into a realistic setting and were thrilled to hear of a sequel. We even discussed who we would cast in a HUSH, HUSH movie--a little Taylor Kitsch as Patch anyone??

Anyways, spending an evening with two living, breathing young adults? So, so much fun. Lisa just couldn't resist asking some of her burning questions...Are you on Facebook? Yes. Do you have cell phones? Yes and No (had never heard of a pager, which was the equivalent to a cell phone in our YA days). Do you have a bedtime? Yes.


P.S.
The talented Christine Fonesca interviewed us over at her blog! Check it out if you're not totally sick of us already. And if you are sick of us, check out some of Christine's other posts because she rocks.

54 comments:

Ian said...

Can't say too much about the books because reading blogs is about all I can stand in terms of reading....but congrats on the interview!!

Jill Wheeler said...

I've heard so much about HUSH, HUSH. It's on my list.

And squeeeee for HUNGER GAMES. Will you read CATCHING FIRE next?

Hardygirl said...

This is TOO cool!! My favorite indie bookstore has a teen bookclub, but I wouldn't be welcome (I mean, MOM showing up . . . sheesh . . . talk about blowing the mojo).

But, I'd actually love to get more of my friends reading YA. So perhaps I could get something going with my mom friends--I could bill it as a great way to understand their kids.

Here's what I really want to know--what kind of food did you serve?? Chips with sour cream and onion? Big bowls of peanut m & ms? Bagel bites?

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Kim Harrington said...

I wish I lived in your neighborhood so I could come over and gush about THE HUNGER GAMES!

Cherry said...

I clicked on your Taylor Kitsch link to have a nosey and I have to admit that he does look like Patch to me :)

My Hush, Hush review is here.

Karen said...

What a good idea--glad it was a success.

storyqueen said...

You guys win the cool award of the day.

A Teen Book Club!

Made of awesome, you are.

Shelley

T. Anne said...

That's great. i wish I had some young adults in the neighborhood. The cholesterol levels are way too high around here. *sigh* I think I'll pick up hush hush, myself.

Little Ms J said...

My neighbors are scared of me and I actually rang their doorbells to introduce myself. Something about personal interaction in suburban Las Vegas makes people nervous around here.

Smart idea, ladies. Get your fingers on that pulse and feed it some salt (laughing over Sarah Frances' questions about what you served).

Christina Lee said...

Damn I am so jealous! I have been involved in a street book club for two years and have never felt connected to these women--at least with books. So I continue to go and soemtimes host just for the wine- oh and the snacks.

See ya tonight ladies!

Christine Fonseca said...

I read a ton of YA, hang out with my "readers" a lot (my oldest is that age) so...yeah.

And thanks for the interview ladies - I just love you guys!

Southern Princess said...

I am quite jealous... I have wanted to find a book club or start one for a while...hmmm

Oh & Taylor Kitsch...YUM!!! Perfect suggestion for Patch!

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Corey Schwartz said...

Oh, a teen book club? How cute! (and I love the percentage break down :)

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

That sounds like a lot of fun!!!

Nisa said...

How fun! What a great idea!

A. Grey said...

Neighbors... out here I only have two close neighbors. One house is a retired couple and we share horse woes, the other is a very stately eighty-something gentleman who raises angus cattle... and who's also seen me running up and down the highway in a silk pink slip trying to keep a young calf (not one of his) from becoming premature hamburger... yeah I've TRIED frightening my neighbors off, but so far, we're tight. :)

Hush Hush, haven't read it yet, it's on the list.

But I've got loads squee for Hunger Games and Catching Fire! On top of the squee, they're just well written, well paced, well everything, darn it!

Natalie said...

Awesome. So was the teen book club just for teens or for anyone who likes reading teen lit? I LOVE my book club. We read everything from MG to classics, but mostly I love it because it means I get to have an evening with adults once a month!

Kerri C at CK Farm said...

You are now the coolest neighbors on the block lol! I still have not read Hush Hush but it is on my list!

I admit I read more YA than anything!

Not like you are not busy or anything...ever think of starting a YA yahoo group? That could be fun!

Melissa said...

How brilliant that you have a book club for teens! I would ponder such a thing...but I might die of humiliation of nobody showed up haha perhaps one day :)

P.S. In my heart, I'll always be 16, so never fear...there's nothing wrong with that. I hope.

Frankie Diane Mallis said...

That is Awesome OMG I want to do that!!! I totally would at my library if I wasnt restricted so much. I want to join yours!

Lisa Marie said...

I wish I had a teen book club when I was younger. Reading was not "cool" so I had nobody but my father to share my passion with. This is rockin'

Stephanie Thornton said...

A teen book club is a great idea! I have a cool book club assignment I'm doing with my students next quarter that's along those lines.

I just finished Hush, Hush last week and I started The Hunger Games last night. So far I'm loving it!

Rachele Alpine said...

Oh, oh, can I join your bookclub? I live near you!!!!

And...I can't make the author signing tonight. :( It's finals week, and I have mounds of grading to do. Blah!

Rachele Alpine said...

Wait...maybe it's creepy that I just invited myself over to your house!

Book Crazy Jenn said...

OMG how awesome is that - good for you for sticking your neck out there and going for it, I WOULD LOVE to do that here in my neighborhood to talk about a book that I just read and LOVED would be amazing!

Patti said...

How awesome. What a great idea? And totally read Catching Fire next. I'm a chapter into Hush Hush, can't wait to finish it.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

We have book clubs at the high school where I teach. The boys were the first to get a club, started and led by our principal, believe it or not. He calls it the He-man Book Club. Then the girls wanted one, too, of course - the She-Ra Book Club. Too cool! :-)

Katie said...

OMG! I LOVE this idea!!!!! I"m calling SF! (for the mom/YA club :-) We need to educate our friends, right?

Y'all are too cute!

Heidi Willis said...

What an awesome idea! And two is better than none... and probably better than 100. :)

I sometimes feel like I'm 15 still, but only that awkward social "how will I ever fit in" part.

Elana Johnson said...

What a fun night! I should do this, but well, I'm a little afraid of teens. ;)

You guys are awesome, though!

Carolyn V. said...

That is a good idea! All my critique buddies have raved about Hush, Hush. I've gotta get my hands on that book!

dorkvader said...

AHHHH! I want to come! I wish there was a book club around here *pouts*
or people who would enjoy that, so I could start my own
I second the Yahoo group idea!

Kimberly Franklin said...

You where nothing if you didn't have a pager back then. Hahahahah! Pagers...so funny (mine was purple).

As for Hush, Hush...OMG...such a good book. I just started re-reading it last night. I forgot how funny it is.

Can't wait to hear about The Hunger Games (my favorite book EVER!).

You read such fun books! I want to join your book club. Too bad I live too far. : (

Have fun with Hunger Games next week. : )

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

How very cool!! I would totally join. I bet word will spread soon about your club! Especially if you provide donuts. That would seal it for me.

Haven't read Hush, Hush yet. I ve been waiting until qery time for my own fallen angel book. Not certain I want to read it until my own baby is out of my hands and can no longer be influenced one way of the other. But The Hunger Games? Awesome.

Krispy said...

Fun idea! Closest thing to a YA book club I had was the city library youth newsletter I was on in high school. We sat around, acted ridiculous, and wrote book reviews and articles while eating cookies and drinking "lemon water," which I think was some kind of watered down lemonade (go figure).

Even that's not around anymore because it ran out of grant funding. Sad times.

Hunger Games is on my list! Can't wait to get to it, but I have a bunch of other books with earlier due dates!

Donna Gambale said...

That's SUCH a great idea! And I'm sure it'll just grow and grow. You ladies are a brand of awesome that everyone will love.

ali said...

Awesome! What a fun thing for you to do!

You guys ROCK.

jessjordan said...

Taylor, Taylor, Taylor ... fell in love with his abs in the Covenant. Still love him today (and not just his abs; his face is nice, too). (spoiler alert: I can definitely see him with little perfect scars on his back ...)

And I'm super jealous about your YA book club. Not fair. Not fair at all.

jessjordan said...

p.s. No one--and i repeat NO ONE--can ever read too much YA.

Lori W. said...

Nothing new to add here, just wanna say that I also think this idea rocks. I love talking to the teens I know about what they are reading. They are so enthusiastic and thoughtful.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

I firmly believe that deep inside everyone is sixteen.

Mariah Irvin said...

That reminds me of "13 going on 30" when Jenna throws a sleepover. I doubt you guys danced around to Pat Bentar, though.

Next time.

ChristaCarol said...

Getting Hush, Hush hopefully this week, can't wait to dive in. I'm also getting HG and CF next, too. Yay! Can't wait. And, um, Taylor? Yum.

sunna said...

W00t! for book clubs! It's been way, way too long since I was in one (and then it was stiflingly literary, so I avoided ever mentioning that I wrote books), but I remember how much fun it was.

Prosecco made an appearance, I hope?

Sarah said...

You started a teen book club?! Insanely cool, as always.

For what it's worth, if I lived in your neighborhood (and was, um, a teen), I would totally join your book club. So technically, you have 3 members. Or, two and a half. Whatever.

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

Oh how fun! I wish I could come to your book club. HUNGER GAMES was incredible. Please let us know what the teens say. :)
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Jemi Fraser said...

I would have loved to see the reactions on the faces of those who turned down your invite! But it is a great idea - and it sounds like it worked well. Bet the girls were thrilled too.

Tess said...

What a great way to build your own focus group. You can milk them for cool plot ideas and share the ones you pass on with me - brilliant!

Kim said...

You guys are too cool! What a great idea. I can't wait to hear how many more show up next month. You definitely need to keep us updated on this.

Alissa said...

Hush, Hush is on my list of books to read. I love the idea of hosting a teen book club. Maybe at a bookstore or library, to try and avoid the creepy factor. Of course, I would have to somehow figure out a way to find the time for it.

Erica said...

Great interview! I agree the balance act would take some getting used to ;o) I think it's awesome you have a teen book club! I'm reading The Hunger Games soon too! Hush, Hush was a great one :o)

Christine said...

That's sounds like so much fun! I loved Hunger Games and Hush Hush. After HH and Someone Like You, I think I have a thing for bad boys in baseball caps...

Solvang Sherrie said...

I ordered Hush, Hush because you guys recommended it so highly. It should be here tomorrow. Yay! I just saw it in Target last night, too. You know it's popular if it's showing up at Target!

lexcade said...

it's about time you guys got to the hunger games. that novel's been passed around my office like 5 times... it's great.

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