Teen Fiction

Outsiders and Mockingbirds

The OutsidersTo Kill a Mockingbird

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton will always be my favorite book ever written because to this day my heart breaks for all those boys — fictional characters that brought me to tears when I was twelve and read it for the first time (I STILL cry even now in my 30’s) — simple, poignant characters fighting to belong in a world where things are so unfairly divided.

In that vein, I think there shall never be a BETTER book than To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The Outsiders is my favorite of all time but in my (humble) opinion, the best book ever written is To Kill a Mockingbird.

There are no two books I hold in higher regard — books that have changed the way children and perhaps some adults think about the world they live in and the people that inhabit it. These books are not perfect, they’re not politically correct, and they have angered plenty of people over the decades, but the one thing these two books have done to thousands, perhaps even millions of readers is to make them think about the world in which they live — to think about the people on the fringes of society (in one case it is an economic/social divide, in the other it is a racial one) and the courage it takes to live there.

I read a LOT of crap over the course of a year, but when I need to reset, I read these two works and remember why I love words and the people who weave them together.

People die every day, but some words, some works, live forever.

“They grew up on the outside of society. They weren’t looking for a fight. They were looking to belong.”
―     S.E. HintonThe Outsiders    

“Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win.”
―     Harper LeeTo Kill a Mockingbird    

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Book Review: Bad Company by Wendy Nelson

The latest review of Bad Company, my Teen Paranormal Fiction work, currently featured for free on Wattpad.com! Bad Company is the first in a 7-part series that tackles each of the Seven Deadly Sins. The first book in the series revolves around the sin of “Lust,” while introducing us to Eliza, a 17-year old girl from New York City sent to live in a small Midwestern town where each of the sins are bought and sold for the price of an immortal soul. At the moment, I am working on the sequel, Bad Influence – Book of Wrath, which is scheduled for completion by the end of August 2013. Bad Company is available for purchase on Amazon and Barnes and Noble but you can read it for free on Wattpad where it is currently a featured title.

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**SPOILERS**

Summary:  The paranormal horror Bad Company follows tenacious teen Eliza Taylor’s excommunication to her withered but secretive great, great (great, great?) aunt Celeste’s shop in Blackwater Missouri. Ordinary girl Eliza doesn’t just learn her lesson, she discovers a world of untapped sin and demonic contracture hidden behind the storefront facade.

Co-worker and roomie Dante is hot in all senses of the word, and Eliza finds him harder to befriend than cute guy Chase, who charms his way into her heart. Unfortunately for Chase, the Seven Deadly Sins are rife and free at the behest of demon Asher, and poor Chase swallows a heart-full of Lust.

Given that Eliza has trapped her violent and powerful aunt into the Monet painting(you really have to read it), it’s now Eliza’s duty to sort the sins from the souls. First on the list being Chase whom finds himself raging through women in…

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