Month: October 2018

Guest Post: On Mental Illness and Intersectional Identity | Shattering Stigmas 2018

Posted October 14, 2018 by Madalyn / 1 Comment

Hi, everyone! Today, I have fellow Atlanta book blogger Sarah here to talk about her frustration with the lack of Asian characters who also deal with mental illness in fiction. Give her a warm welcome, and let’s get into her thoughts! (P. S. Be sure to check out the masterlist of Shattering Stigmas 4.0 posts so that you don’t miss any content from our five wonderful hosts!) sarah’s story As an Asian-American reader, it really bums me out that just now, I have started seeing more and more books by non-Western authors with non-white leads, which is not a bad thing. But it’s nowhere near where it could be either, and I don’t believe in applauding mediocrity; especially when the only […]

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Guest Post: The Importance of Mental Health Books in YA + Recommendations | Shattering Stigmas 2018

Posted October 12, 2018 by Madalyn / 7 Comments

Hello! It’s time for another Shattering Stigmas guest post. Today, I have Becky here to chat about why mental health rep in YA is important, and also to give some of her go-to recommendations for mental health rep in YA! As always, be sure to check out the masterlist of posts from Shattering Stigmas 4.0 to make sure you haven’t missed any of the awesome content from all five of the hosts. becky’s recommendations Hey friends, Well, with everything going on lately, writing a post about mental health in literature feels super relevant right now. As someone who has been plagued with mental health issues for…years, I feel like shattering stigmas and talking openly about mental health is something we […]

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Guest Review: What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard | Shattering Stigmas 2018

Posted October 10, 2018 by Madalyn / 1 Comment
Guest Review: What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard | Shattering Stigmas 2018

Hi, everybody, and welcome to another guest post for Shattering Stigmas 4.0. Today, the lovely Sophie is here to review What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard, a YA contemporary with eating disorder rep. Be sure to check out the masterlist of Shattering Stigmas 4.0 posts so that you don’t miss any content from our five wonderful hosts. Without further ado, let’s get into the review! sophie’s thoughts What I Lost follows Elizabeth, a girl just like me, just like any other, who struggled with her body image for a really long time. Unlike many other novels that I’ve read which featured characters with mental illness, this is not one of those stories which allow you to explore the experiences and […]

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Guest Post: On Writing Characters with Mental Illness | Shattering Stigmas 2018

Posted October 8, 2018 by Madalyn / 1 Comment

Hi, everyone, and welcome back to Shattering Stigmas! Today, I have my first guest post of the event. Without further ado, I’ll hand it over to Yvonne for some advice on writing characters with mental illness! (P. S. Be sure to check out the masterlist of Shattering Stigmas 4.0 posts so that you don’t miss any content from our five wonderful hosts!) yvonne’s advice This initially started off as an article about other people’s work that depicts characters with mental illnesses, but, in the middle of it, I thought that I was being rather hypocritical, as a friend pointed out as well. I am a writer, and I have written characters with mental illnesses. Shouldn’t I start by placing my own head […]

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Shattering Stigmas 2018: An Introduction

Posted October 6, 2018 by Madalyn / 8 Comments

Hi, everyone! Today’s post will be a quick one. I wanted to introduce Shattering Stigmas, a blog event that I’ll be co-hosting over the next two weeks! Shattering Stigmas is an annual blog event that focuses on ending the stigma surrounding mental health. It’s a place for us to have honest conversations about mental health, our experiences, and the books that we’ve seen ourselves reflected in. The four other (wonderful) hosts for this year’s event are Taylor, Marie, Ben, and Kitty. I’ve admired Shattering Stigmas from afar for quite a few years, and last year I posted a guest post about my own experiences on Shannon’s blog. (It’s still one of my favorite things I’ve written, tbh.) I’m pretty open online about […]

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ARC Review: What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

Posted October 5, 2018 by Madalyn / 4 Comments
ARC Review: What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

Of course, the minute Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera announced that they were writing a book together, I was on board. And, naturally, when HarperCollins approved me for an e-ARC on Edelweiss, I picked up What If It’s Us IMMEDIATELY. I am happy to say that it exceeded my already-high expectations! What If It’s Us follows two protagonists: Arthur, a Southern transplant in NYC for the summer interning at his mother’s law firm, and Ben, a New York native who’s suffering through summer school with his ex-boyfriend. Ben and Arthur have a meet-cute in a post office in the city, and the story takes off from there. Let me say right off the bat: Arthur Seuss and Ben Alejo are […]

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ARC Review: What They Don’t Know by Nicole Maggi

Posted October 3, 2018 by Madalyn / 0 Comments
ARC Review: What They Don’t Know by Nicole Maggi

Content warnings: rape, sexual assault, rape resulting in pregnancy, pregnancy, talk of miscarrying, abortion, description of abortion, victim-blaming, unsafe home environment, misogyny (challenged), homophobic behavior (challenged), anti-abortion rhetoric (challenged), religion, emotional abuse, verbal abuse, grief, threats of violence What They Don’t Know might appear, on the surface, to be an “issue book” focusing solely on a main character’s experience with teen pregnancy, rape, and abortion. And while these kinds of stories are undoubtedly important, What They Don’t Know feels to me, at its core, to be a friendship story above all else. This book is told exclusively through diary entries from two different girls connected only by the fact that they were childhood friends, then grew apart. They each write […]

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ARC Review: When We Caught Fire by Anna Godbersen

Posted October 1, 2018 by Madalyn / 2 Comments
ARC Review: When We Caught Fire by Anna Godbersen

I went into When We Caught Fire with high hopes– I mean, you all know how much I love YA historical fiction by now, right? Plus, I absolutely devoured Anna Godbersen’s previous two series– The Luxe and Bright Young Things– when I was younger, and I was excited to see how her writing held up for me as an adult. However, I’m sorry to say that this one ended up being a huge disappointment. We follow our main character, Emmaline, during the week leading up to her wedding to one of Chicago’s most sought-after bachelors. Emmaline and her father have come from nothing and, over the past couple years, have steadily climbed the social ladder. Finally, with the impending wedding, […]

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