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They Work Hard for the $$ | Dive Into Diversity

Welcome to March! It’s been another fantastic month of reads, and I hope you’re feeling the same way. I’m suuuper excited to be back and chatting about a diverse subject near and dear to my heart. As always, I would love to hear your feedback and don’t forget to link up your diverse reads below! […]

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November 12, 2015 - 8:39 pm

Crystal - Hi. I just read Show and Prove and the teens in that book are working summer jobs. It made me think back on this post so I popped back to include that title.

March 12, 2015 - 10:04 pm

Crystal - In thinking about MCs with jobs, I thought of some in traditional and some in non-traditional jobs. X (fictional biography), The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano (she works at a 5 and dime), Angel de la Luna and the 5th Glorious Mystery (she cleans a school), The Living (he has a summer job on a cruise ship), The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child (and the books to follow – memoir, but a little fictionalized), The Fire Horse Girl (works for a gang), Marcelo in the Real World (summer job), Tankborn (slaves) and Pig Park (all of the neighborhood young people work together on a project). In the Raven Cycle books by Stiefvate, Lily and one of the boys have jobs. Rickshaw Girl is actually a middle grade book, but really explores this concept of working especially in relation to helping family. Another middle grade that does this is My Life in Pink and Green.

March 10, 2015 - 4:22 pm

Molly | wrapped up in books - I love this post! Thanks for sharing your personal experiences. I have such nostalgia for my part-time job, as I shared briefly on twitter when I happened to see your tweet. But, reading your comments on survival and responsibility forces me to look at it with less rose-colored glasses. I did love working at my parent’s restaurant in high school, and most of my friends worked there part-time as well. After my dad died, my mom wasn’t as up on the business side of things, and I did take on a lot more responsibility than I was ready for, and it was hard to just have fun with my friends sometime when the restaurant was my family’s livelihood. In fact, there probably is a YA novel in there somewhere, complete with the older guy who bought us liquor, workplace romance, and lots of pizza.

As far as favorite books, I suggested Love and Other Perishable Items, but I also recently read I’ll Take You There and The Boy in the Black Suit, and both were fantastic.

March 10, 2015 - 2:25 pm

Alexa S. - I love how your post was part thoughtful personal reflection and part invitation for us to join you! You really balanced both well. Plus, it’s a great topic to tackle for Dive into Diversity, too! Really liked this post + the recs.

March 10, 2015 - 12:16 pm

Katie @ The Logonauts - Thanks again for the diversity push! Really enjoying reading more diverse books and finding out about even more.

March 10, 2015 - 9:31 am

Lauren @ Bookmark Lit - I always love when books feature MCs who have a job! I worked at a local grocery store through high school (and whenever I came home during college) and it was so much fun. I got so close with my coworkers and definitely had a lot of parking lot heart-to-hearts. Those experiences were great and taught me a lot!

Can I Be So Blunt | Pub Date

So. I’m not much of a St. Patrick’s Day fan. It seems like most of the people here use St. P’s as a day to drink a lot of beer and get tipsy and well, I drink beer because I like the taste so there’s really nothing exciting in me taking part in a day like […]

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April 1, 2015 - 11:25 am

It's a Wrap • See Ya Next Year, March! - […] Little Kids: Books About Feelings Dive Into Diversity: They Work Hard for the Money Pub Date: Can I Be So Blunt […]

March 11, 2015 - 11:21 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I still can’t believe I’m friends with someone who isn’t an IPA fan. I’ve never seen this beer before but I’m going to try to hunt it down somewhere on Long Island. Oddly I requested this book from the library the other day after kind of forgetting back it for a few months. Yay!

March 6, 2015 - 4:03 pm

Alexa S. - I love your book choice! Love and Other Foreign Words is an excellent read. Funny too, and the “Can I be so blunt?” statement could apply to Josie if I recall correctly 🙂

March 6, 2015 - 9:07 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - I’m with you! We don’t do anything for St. Patrick’s Day (aside from the corned beef now…) and meh, I don’t need to drink tons of beer. I mean, I drink the beer that I want and beer is for me to enjoy!
The University of Illinois has “Unofficial” every year which is “unofficial St. Patrick’s Day”……. but then they also have St. Patrick’s Day haha. I’ve never understood it because they basically celebrate it twice, but I’ve gone a couple times to visit friends since I was only 45 minutes away when I was in college and it was fun to join in the spirit and drink green beers and wear lots of green.
But now….. EH. We don’t do anything. I’d rather drink a good beer and eat good food ;D Any excuse for those (although we do that anyway).
I think I’m getting grinchy about all the holidays too! I like Halloween. I like Christmas. And my birthday LOL
Hey, I like your choices! And Oskar Blues is a brewery that Shane likes a lot too! He loves Dale’s Pale Ale.

Of Spies and Stars | #SoRatherBeYoung

In mid-December, Hannah and I rolled out a laidback, sporadic reading project called “You Make Me Feel So Young” — where we joint read a book from our childhood and pick a title for the other to check out. This post includes the very scientific results to our first challenge. Biggest realization: I thought I […]

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March 3, 2015 - 2:56 pm

Alexa S. - I seriously think this feature is so great! Love that ya’ll are highlighting titles from my childhood! While I remember being amused by Harriet the Spy as a child, I’m not quite sure how I’d feel about her now. I do recall the film really well though 🙂 And I haven’t read Number the Stars, but now I kind of want to!

February 28, 2015 - 9:01 am

It's a Wrap • Sayanara February (Best of February 2015) - […] #SoRatherBeYoung: Harriet the Spy and Number the Stars (and Hannah’s post too!) Little Kids: books to show/tell your children how much you love them Dive Into Diversity Discussion: Religion in YA Pub Date: Sorta Like a Love Story […]

February 26, 2015 - 1:09 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - This is great project you two are doing. I’ve read both these books (I’m a children’s librarian – I’ve read tons of kids books) as an adult, and I actually really loved them both.

I know what you mean about Harriet being kind of a creepy. I think I remember my Children’s Lit Professor talking about how Harriet the Spy was kind of groundbreaking in children’s literature because it was one of the first times when the little kid wasn’t an angel. But I actually like that about Harriet. She felt very much like a kid. And I do think she learned her lesson from the whole experience. I hope, anyway!

And Number the Stars. Definitely a favorite book of mine!!! I recommend it a lot to kids.

February 26, 2015 - 10:52 am

Brianna - Two childhood favorites of mine. My copy of Number the Stars is well-worn. And you’re totally right about Harriet the Spy – she did have a lot of freedom for an 11 year old in NYC.

Rather Be Revealing | Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

On New Year’s Eve, I climbed on a very tall ladder, in a very warm Manhattan bookstore to grab a copy of AFTER I DO for a dear friend who needed a purple book and who I thought needed to hear this heartbreakingly honest story of healing and carving your own way. Did I mention […]

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March 3, 2015 - 2:07 pm

Alexa S. - I’m really excited to read Maybe In Another Life! Loved Forever, Interrupted and After I Do, so I can’t wait for something new from her. Plus, I really just love the dress + shoes on this cover 😉

February 26, 2015 - 7:25 pm

Ellie - I haven’t read any of Taylor’s books, but this one sounds right up my alley! Also, I’m totally coveting a pair of bright red heels now.

February 26, 2015 - 1:33 pm

Christina - The synopsis of this book sounds really interesting and I love that cover!

Christina | Passion Obsession

A Chat with The Tragic Age’s Stephen Metcalfe

Stephen Metcalfe may be new to the young adult scene but he brings with him a ton of experience from his work on various stage and screen plays. His first novel, His Tragic Life, hits bookstores on March 3, 2015  and brings readers an authentic male character who devotedly observes the world around him and, […]

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March 3, 2015 - 1:52 pm

Alexa S. - I quite enjoyed reading your interview with Stephen! It was fascinating to get to know the main character, and to get a little insight into Stephen’s inspiration for the story. I’m actually quite curious about The Tragic Age now, so I may just have to check it out!

February 22, 2015 - 11:11 pm

brianna - Great interview. I’m a voracious consumer of media and love learning. I love the idea of savoring books to better enjoy the flavors.

It’s SNOW-ing Heroes ⋅ A Peek at the Brookhollow Series

The weather outside maybe frightful (at least in NYC) but Rather Be Reading is ever so delightful as contemporary romance writer Jennifer Snow stops by to crank the temperature up a notch with a spotlight of two of her heroes. I had a great time reading one of the books in the Brookhollow series over the […]

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March 1, 2015 - 3:04 pm

Jennifer Snow - Hi Meg and Rachel!
Thank you for commenting:) I will send you both copies of the books featuring these two heroes-please just email me your email addresses at jennifer@jennifersnowbooks.com to redeem:) Thanks again!
xo
Jen

February 17, 2015 - 10:48 am

Meg - These sound like fun! Though country singer vs. firefighter is a tough match-up, I’d have to go with the country singer. Who can resist the allure of a man crooning you a tender love song?

February 17, 2015 - 9:44 am

Rachel (Confessions of a Book Geek) - The firefighter one definitely got my attention – mostly because the protagonist’s age is more close to my own. Not sure how I’d feel reading about a country music star, but the firefighter? No problemo. Plus, I love best friends to lovers stories! R x