• cara,  Reviews

    a place for wolves

    Hey so remember when LONG WAY DOWN broke me? A PLACE FOR WOLVES just did it again. I finished it at about 4 this morning and immediately closed my Kindle app and sat in silence until sleep claimed me. This is not a book for the faint of heart. But even the most sensitive among us should read it anyway. The novel, by Kosoko Jackson, centers around James Mills, a young, gay Black boy adopted into a white family constantly on the move for philanthropic reasons. This time, they’re in Kosovo, and shit pops off almost immediately. The entire read, you’re left wondering just how bad it can get for…

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  • Adrianne,  Reviews

    living dead girl turns 10

    Once upon a time, I was a little girl who disappeared. Once upon a time, my name was not Alice. Once upon a time, I didn’t know how lucky I was.    Most days I really don’t give much thought to the passage of time and my (advancing) age. But then something happens like my niece’s four-year-old offering decorating tips or my knees sounding like the Snap, Crackle, & Pop Revue first thing in the morning to bring home the fact I’ve been standing on this spinning rock for more than a minute. Now don’t get me wrong, this isn’t necessarily a sad epiphany.  I’m grateful to draw relatively healthy…

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  • Beyond Writing,  cara

    getting to know A8: cara edition

    Well hello there! Thanks so much for becoming a patron. We love and appreciate you so much! As such, we’re going to give you a little more insight into who we are! Get excited! This interview was conducted by none other than my partner E. E was kind enough to take some timeout to ask me questions about writing and me in general. They weren’t paid for this. Sorry, E. Anyway, here’s me! So! What was the book that made you go “I want to write!”? I genuinely don’t remember. It’s been a million years. It was something either RL Stine or Judy Blume. Which is probably a weird combination…

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  • Adrianne,  Opinions

    tired of being tired

      Another day, another hot ass mess. I’m really sick of publishing. Like. Beyond sick. We’re not supposed to say that, right? As writers, we’re supposed to be striving and sacrificing all we have to achieve The Dream, to get The Call. And usually that involves swallowing our tongues when it comes to critiquing the heaping helpings of utter bullshite this industry subjects us to daily. We’re in the midst of a civil rights crisis the likes of which hasn’t been seen in the U.S. since the mid-20th century, and how does publishing address that? Reprint a racist-ass book from 1997. What, you thought they’d put funds towards BIPOC (Black,…

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  • Beyond Writing,  cara

    #thxsimon

    So. On 3/16, the film version of Becky Albertalli’s book SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA came out. Heh. Get it. Came out, because… Anyway. The movie, LOVE, SIMON, serves as an amazing romantic comedy with all the typical foibles of teen comedies but with a slight twist. Which, honestly, is kind of how life goes when you’re not straight. Everything’s normal until it’s not. But this isn’t about Simon. (Even though the movie is fantastic and the book is fantastic and everyone should just really indulge in both movie and book and then send Becky a ton of support because she’s such an amazing, sweet person and I’ve gotten…

  • cara,  Reviews

    long way down

    That’s it; that’s the whole review. Oh, I need to say more? Okay, um… Okay. I got this. …I don’t got this. I’m still in my feelings. You know how sometimes you remember something that happened to you when you were young that at the time seemed okay but then you think harder about it as an adult and you’re like, holy shit that was actually awful, and you feel off for the rest of your life the day? That’s how LONG WAY DOWN feels. Jason Reynolds paints an amazing picture of just a few seconds in the life of Will, whose brother was shot as part of some gang-related…

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  • cara,  Site Stuff

    so, like, hey.

    a whole-ass website! look at that! amazing, right? okay so people build websites every single day but like let’s all just take a minute to praise me, cara, for putting this site together. i am a forking genius.

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