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Monday, November 29, 2010

Ya Bloggers Want...Books that Connect Readers: Miss Erin

***Quick Update: the Tell Me a Secret event at Teen Book Scene starts today! Character interviews, cool handmade prizes, and more!***
Today's guest, Miss Erin, is a subject all her own: a dancer, an artist, a singer, an actor, a writer, a poet, a reader, a dreamer. I admire her for every one of these things and fully expect to one day see her face in a film (in fact, I will!), her book on a shelf (I would read her every word), her dreams come alive.

Welcome, Miss Erin, to What YA Bloggers Want!


I once read something an author (I'm forgetting who, specifically) said, that books are never fully realized until they land in the hands of a reader. And I think it's true: a writer can pen beautiful words and fascinating stories, but it's not until the mind of a reader enters the equation that they come alive, that the real magic happens, that it becomes something new and all its own. And no one reader ever has the same experience with the same book, which is even more magical! One book can let a kid living in a small town know they're not alone, or open someone's mind to a point of view they might have never even considered. Books can create empathy, plant ideas in minds, open eyes, heal, change, inspire. Books, or simply words, for that matter--and the ability to connect--are some of the most amazing gifts we humans have. And the unfathomable impact words can have will never cease to astound me.

A (very) few of my favorite YA books:
The Pigman by Paul Zindel
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty
Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr
Looking for Alaska by John Green


Thank you, Miss Erin! I'm happy to be in a world connected to you.

Readers, do you look for connections in YA books? In the characters? In the YA lit community? What do you think is special about YA books that brings people together?

It's not too late to comment on What YA Bloggers Want series to enter the grand prize drawing this week! (US only, sorry!) We have one more post tomorrow, and then books, books, books!


  1. YA books bring people together because they cover subjects that most of us can relate to. Then we can discuss amongst ourselves how we feel about the books we've read, and what we have in common with them. Connections to real life are definitely a big part of YA.

    Thanks for the guest post! :)

  2. Thank you so much for the opportunity to be a part of your series, Holly, and also for the kind, kind things you said here. xo!

  3. Yes, I do look to connect with a character. It doesn't have to be the main character, but if I feel like the books world and mine aren't one in the same, well, Houston, we have a problem.

    When I write I write characters I can relate to. (hope I'm not the only one) There is a little piece of me, and the girls/women I love most (and the hunkiest guys) for every character.

  4. Yes, I do. Especially in YA, I want to be able to connect to the character for the book to seem real to me.

  5. I know I've probably said this a lot, but I want books with relatable characters. I think that is why most people read YA, because of the characters and the situations they are in.

  6. I believe YA Books connect with people because of the age range. Everyone has been through that awkward teen phase so its easy to relate to most of those books.

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