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Last night, I realized I need to blog again. But more on that later.
|Libba Bray and Nova Ren Suma|
I've attended book events in my home state. I've met Sarah Dessen twice, and went to John Green's "Tour de Nerdfighting" when he launched The Fault in our Stars. But I have never had an experience quite like this one. Being in a local, cozy independent bookstore, there for the launch night of an author's work that you can tell holds so much pride in her heart, it was a truly incredible experience.
She signed everyone's books, and I got to speak with her for a minute. I'm so incredibly awkward when I meet authors, because whenever I meet an author that I admire, an author who has impacted me and my writing, they just embody everything that I hope to become someday. I told her that I write YA and that this is what I want someday, and she had such kind sweet words, and even wrote a note in my copy of The Walls Around Us.
In addition to this night already being beyond incredible, Gayle Forman was there. When she walked into the room, my insides screamed. I am obsessed with Gayle Forman and her work (expect my first review back to for her latest release, I Was Here). After I was all set with Nova and made my purchases. I saw Gayle hanging around, talking to some other people. I debated in my head for probably ten minutes whether or not I should go up to her before I was like, screw this, she's right here, and I knew I'd never forgive myself if I passed up this opportunity. YA authors are my rockstars.
So I went over, trying so hard not to be a creepy fan girl, and said hi, gushed over her writing, told her I write YA, and tried not to be as awkward as I felt. She was so sweet, she asked me my name and hugged me. I got a picture with her too. A few years ago, I would have never been bold enough to walk up to someone I admired so much, so I left the bookstore feeling so proud of myself for doing this. During the conversation, I kept apologizing, and finally her response was like. "No, stop. You're a woman. Never apologize."
Have I mentioned how much I love her?
|Gayle Forman and me (squeee!)|
For now, I will write, and I will start blogging again. Expect weekly book reviews, a re-launch giveaway, and all things writing related. The last year I've been so wrapped up in life and graduating and adjusting to college, but now I'm at a place where I really think that I'm ready to re-immerse myself in this world.
I hope you guys let me back in!