Beauty Queens by Libba Bray is one of my most inspiring reads so far this year.  Everything about it is perfect, from the characters to the frank discussions about feminism and double standards to the clever footnotes.

“Sometimes I just want to go in a room and break things and scream. Like, it’s so much pressure all the time and if you get upset or angry, people say, ‘Are you on the rag or something?’ And it’s like I want to say, ‘No. I’m just pissed off right now. Can’t I just be pissed off? How come that’s not okay for me?’ Like my dad will say, ‘I can’t talk to you when you’re hysterical.’ And I’m totally not being hysterical! I’m just mad. And he’s the one losing it. But then I feel embarrassed anyway. So I slap on that smile and pretend everything’s okay even though it’s not.”

If you haven’t read this book, please do yourself a favor and add it to your TBR list immediately.

Full review to follow.

I am freaking out just a little bit that I won a free copy of JUDY BLUME’S new book!  Judy Blume defined my childhood – I read Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret so many times that my copy literally started to fall apart.

I’m so excited to read her new book!  Thanks, Goodreads!

Can it be? Is it really possible? Did my advance copy of All Fall Down finally arrive, almost six months after I won it? I must be dreaming.

Huge thanks to Jack at Scholastic for all his help, and for putting up with me.