Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday #98: BELZHAR by Meg Wolitzer (YA)


"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by  Breaking the Spine. 

This is were we get to 'spotlight' books that we are anxiously waiting to be released! The ones that we are dying to get our hands on and read into the wee hours of the night and, quite possibly, to make our shelves look all pretty too :)

What I'm waiting for...


by Meg Wolitzer
Expected release date: September 30th, 2014
Published by: Dutton Juvenile (Penguin)
Genre: Young Adult 
Format: Hardback, eBook


SUMMARY

If life were fair, Jam Gallahue would still be  at home in New Jersey with her sweet British  boyfriend, Reeve Maxfield. She’d be watching  old comedy sketches with him. She’d be kissing  him in the library stacks.

She certainly wouldn’t be at The Wooden Barn, a therapeutic boarding school in rural Vermont, living with a weird roommate, and signed up for an exclusive, mysterious class called Special Topics in English.

But life isn’t fair, and Reeve Maxfield is dead.

Until a journal-writing assignment leads Jam to Belzhar, where the untainted past is restored, and Jam can feel Reeve’s arms around her once again. But there are hidden truths on Jam’s path to reclaim her loss.

From New York Times bestselling author Meg Wolitzer comes a breathtaking and surprising story about first love, deep sorrow, and the power of acceptance.


Why I'm waiting on BELZHAR...

First of all... just look at that brilliant cover!
It is eye-catching, something I would have never imagined for it and the yellow!!!

Next... boarding school!!!

And lastly... this journal-writing assignment that transports you to an 'untainted past'!
I want to dive into a journal like this one!!! 


SO, what are you waiting for this week??? 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Release Day: I WANT IT THAT WAY (2B Trilogy #1) by Ann Aguirre (NA)



2B Trilogy #1
by Ann Aguirre 
Release date: August 26th, 2014
Published by: Harlequin HQN
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance 
Format: Paperback, eBook


SUMMARY

Nadia Conrad has big dreams, and she's determined to make them come true—for her parents' sake as well as her own. But between maintaining her college scholarship and working at the local day care to support herself, she barely has time to think, let alone date. Then she moves into a new apartment and meets the taciturn yet irresistible guy in 1B…. 

Daniel Tyler has grown up too fast. Becoming a single dad at twenty turned his life upside down—and brought him heartache he can't risk again. Now, as he raises his four-year-old son while balancing a full-time construction management job and night classes, a social life is out of the question. The last thing he wants is for four noisy students to move into the apartment upstairs. But one night, Nadia's and Ty's paths cross, and soon they can't stay away from each other. 

The timing is all wrong—but love happens when it happens. And you can't know what you truly need until you stand to lose it.



EXCERPT

“Where are you from?”
Ah, an actual question. That means I can ask one back.
“Nebraska, toward the South Dakota and Wyoming side, if that helps.”
“I’ve never met anyone from there.”
Michigan was a long way from home. “I usually get ‘not in Nebraska anymore’ jokes, and then I have to decide if I’m going to remind them that’s Kansas or play along.”
“What do you usually do?”
“Play along.”
“You don’t like conflict, huh?” He sounded normal tonight, as if talking to me wasn’t an unpleasant chore anymore.
That was a relief since I’d come to look forward to these moments with him so much. More, maybe, than I’d like to admit.Right. Friends. I distracted myself by considering his question. “Not if it can be avoided. I’m not what you’d call pugnacious, no. But I like to think I don’t back off important issues. What about you?”
“No.” His voice was bleak and quiet. “I don’t. Even when I should.”
Wow, that took a dark turn.
If I could’ve jumped onto his patio without breaking an ankle or waking Sam, I’d have been down there like a shot. The distance between us seemed intolerable, and from the knot in my throat, I didn’t see how I could live another second without touching him, finding out if his hair was as soft as it looked or what he smelled like. I wanted him in a way I never had before.
In high school, I had a boyfriend who played basketball, and we broke up when I left the state. It was a rational decision, and I didn’t miss him that much once I was gone. My freshman year, I went out with a lot of different guys, one date here, two dates there, but I never clicked with anyone enough to focus on them. Sometimes there were hookups with no strings, no expectations. Classes, friends and work seemed a lot more important. The intensity of this attraction was foreign and frightening, if exhilarating. I might already be backing off if I had the faintest sense that Ty was jerking me around on purpose.
Wish he didn’t make me feel this way. It’d be so much simpler if I could friend-zone him.
I realized I still hadn’t touched his verbal grenade. “We all have things we’d do differently in hindsight.”
“What is it about you?” he asked in a wondering tone.
“Huh?”
“You make me…better. Calmer.”
“Like a sedative?” I snickered. It was the least sexy thing a guy had ever said to me, including a junior high squeeze who said my face wasn’t actually that bad.
He laughed, too, a sheepish sound. “I didn’t mean it like that. Just…I’m worried pretty much all the time that I’m dropping the ball somewhere, about to face-plant, but when I come out here and hear your voice, everything backs off like ten steps. I can breathe again.”



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THE 2B TRILOGY

I Want It That Way (Release date 8/26/14)
As Long As You Love Me (Release date 9/30/14)
The Shape of My Heart (Release date 11/25/14)


ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Ann Aguirre

Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author and RITA winner with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. Ann likes books, emo music, action movies, and she writes all kinds of genre fiction for adults and teens, published with Harlequin, Macmillan, and Penguin, among others.





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Monday, August 25, 2014

Review: A LITTLE SOMETHING DIFFERENT by Sandy Hall (YA)


by Sandy Hall
Expected release date: August 26th, 2014
Published by: Swoon Reads (Macmillan)
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Format: Paperback, eBook
Format read: ARC from publisher.


SUMMARY

The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common — 
they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together. 

Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out.  But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV show. Their bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes in their relationship. 

Surely Gabe and Lea will figure out that they are meant to be together.


MY REVIEW

An author who can bring together 14 different point-of-views to create a well-written realistic story about how two people meet and how they may or may not end up together is a genius! Seriously, I really thought that there would be complications in keeping track of all the different characters. But, each one brought in a different perspective and positive vibe, it was exhilarating. I was so committed into seeing not only how the 2 main characters would fare, but also, getting to know each personality - how they stood out and grabbed my attention, how easily they all kept the story flowing without missing a single minute of what was happening and what they all wanted to happen...

In this book, all of these characters have one thing in common - whether they want to be or not, they are all within the proximity of seeing Gabe and Lea maybe or maybe not getting together, or quite possibly, falling in love? The perspective jumps from each one depending on where Gabe and Lea are - if they're on the bus, we hear what the bus driver thinks and sees; we also hear from the waitress at the diner, the baristas at Starbucks, the squirrel and bench on the school grounds, and of course, from all their friends, classmates and a teacher too. All very unique viewpoints that clearly want Gabe and Lea to come together and succeed in their own way.
Gabe is very shy, and blushes quite easily, which makes all the girls swoon. But often times, he seems distracted and it becomes obvious that something is not right with him. Gabe is struggling with an incident that occurred last semester and he is not ready to deal with it just yet. A part of me wanted to give him a big hug and let him know that things happen and that it will be okay. But another part of me wanted to smack him on the side of the head and tell him to get over it and go get the girl...
It was easy to relate to Lea in so many ways. She's smart and seems to know what she wants, and definitely does not want to play games. Confident, but not conceded; but like most girls, because Gabe is so hesitant and doesn't seem like he's quite interested like everyone says he is, she starts to second guess herself and hopes that Gabe would just take the lead.

And this happens, many times... 
"I want to smack their foreheads together. Maybe that will wake them up. 
How can they both be so blind?"
- Victor, creative writing classmate

Yes Victor - you, a few others and myself wanted to do the same thing to them! However, if the things that kept happening didn't happen, we wouldn't have had this amazing "Gabe and Lea" story. If things are meant to be, they need to take their own course. And it was obvious that Lea and Gabe needed the hot/cold moments to figure things out and eventually talk and finally get to that point where they can be themselves... see the good and the bad. It was so funny to watch everyone around them waiting on the edges of their seats to see how it will all end...

Overall, this is a sweet quick read to enjoy at anytime - while trying to kill some time, getting over a reading slump, or just looking for few good giggles and eyerolls! I adored it and will definitely be rereading it soon.


*An ARC was sent from the publisher for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Sandy Hall

I'm a teen librarian from New Jersey where I was born and raised. 
I have a BA in Communication and a Master of Library and Information Science from Rutgers University. 

When I'm not writing, or teen librarian-ing, I enjoy reading, slot machines, marathoning TV shows, and long scrolls through Tumblr. 

A LITTLE SOMETHING DIFFERENT is my first novel.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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Waiting On Wednesday #97: MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME, Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins (YA)


"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by  Breaking the Spine. 


This is were we get to 'spotlight' books that we are anxiously waiting to be released! The ones that we are dying to get our hands on and read into the wee hours of the night and, quite possibly, to make our shelves look all pretty too :)


What I'm waiting for...


Edited by Stephanie Perkins
Expected release date: October 14th, 2014
Published by: St. Martin's Press
Genre: Young Adult Romance
Format: Hardback, eBook


SUMMARY


If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, 
made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, 
especially, if you love holiday anthologies, 
you’re going to fall in love with 
MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME: TWELVE HOLIDAY STORIES 
by twelve bestselling young adult writers, 
edited by international bestselling author 
Stephanie Perkins.


Why I'm waiting on MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME...

During the holiday season, I always look for little things to help me get into the spirit of things - I find that as I get older, it gets harder and harder to focus, to keep traditions, to be at peace with the true meaning of Christmas... I have only found two other books that help me get through the season; and I'm hoping that this one will be my third! 

Plus! Totes adorbs cover!!!

AND!!! Let's take a look at all of those amazing authors: 
Stephanie Perkins, Holly Black, Ally Carter, 
Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, 
Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Rainbow Rowell, 
Laini Taylor, and Kiersten White!!!

YES to ALL!!! 


SO, what are you waiting for this week???

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Blog Tour: My Tribute to THE UNFINISHED LIFE OF ADDISON STONE by Adele Griffin (YA)


*Fun* Disclaimer: This is not your average blog tour.
Instead of the traditional interview, review, or guest post, Soho Teen has asked over 50 bloggers to get in the spirit of The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone, a docu-novel that tries to get to the bottom of who Addison Stone really was. It's quite obvious that we all don't really know her - that's probably because she doesn't actually exist - but that doesn't mean we can't have fun pretending, right?  


by Adele Griffin
Release date: August 12th, 2014
Published by: Soho Teen
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Drama
Format: Hardback, eBook
Format read: ARC from publisher.

SUMMARY

National Book Award-finalist Adele Griffin tells the fully illustrated story of a brilliant young artist, her mysterious death, and the fandom that won't let her go.



From the moment she stepped foot in NYC, Addison Stone’s subversive street art made her someone to watch, and her violent drowning left her fans and critics craving to know more. I conducted interviews with those who knew her best — including close friends, family, teachers, mentors, art dealers, boyfriends, and critics — and retraced the tumultuous path of Addison's life. 

I hope I can shed new light on what really happened the night of July 28.


—Adele Griffin



Addison Stone speaking with Max Berger at the Joaquin Capa exhibit, courtesy of Kate Volkmann.


MY TRIBUTE TO Addison Stone

I was sitting in the studio, trying to get my work situated. Looking for inspiration, trying to draw some motivation, setting up takes time. The room was being loaned to me until the next big thing was found. I was told that Addison Stone was the last person to use it. I didn't think anything of it, at first. Of course I knew of her, how could you not. I was in the middle of cleaning out some shelves when I found some 8 by 12 pencil sketches, they were blurred and crossed out in frustration.

"Those are mine."

I look up, and there's the owner of the most softest throaty voice I have ever heard. However, the girl looked sad and completely drained. I had no idea what was holding that poor girl together, she looked like she was about to crumble over and fall to the floor. I placed all of the sketches on the table and she stepped up and spread them out. We stood there for about 20 minutes. She staring at her sketches. Me staring at her. I had never seen someone not move, barely breathe, but yet, you can feel how alive she was and see all of these emotions stringing through her like a freight train. I wanted to reach out to her, find out who she was, what she was so scared of, what was holding her back. The girl looked like she could use a good meal, some sleep... but more than that, she looked like she needed to scream everything out of her system. She looked so small, and yet, her presence was more than the room can contain.
Eventually she picked up the sketches, and threw them in the metal bin. She then started tearing up the place, pulling out other pieces from hidden places, adding them to the pile. She then squirted some turpentine all over it and then tossed in a lighter. I was frozen in place, I did not want to cross the path that she was wildly walking on. Even when she looked me in the eye and said, "I was never here."

My heart ached for her when I heard of her passing just a few weeks after witnessing some of her madness. Her sadness and my guilt for not trying to reach out to her will live in me forever.
I'm working in a different studio now. I've been inspired...


Addison Stone's artwork.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Adele Griffin



Adele Griffin is a two-time National Book Award finalist and the highly acclaimed author of numerous books for young adult and middle grade readers. Her works include Sons of Liberty and Where I Want to Be, and most recently, Loud Awake and Lost. Adele lives with her husband, Erich; their two young children; and their dog, Edith, in Brooklyn, New York.



Review: THE UNFINISHED LIFE OF ADDISON STONE by Adele Griffin (YA)


by Adele Griffin
Release date: August 12th, 2014
Published by: Soho Teen
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Drama
Format: Hardback, eBook
Format read: ARC from publisher.


SUMMARY

National Book Award-finalist Adele Griffin tells the fully illustrated story of a brilliant young artist, her mysterious death, and the fandom that won't let her go.

From the moment she stepped foot in NYC, Addison Stone’s subversive street art made her someone to watch, and her violent drowning left her fans and critics craving to know more. I conducted interviews with those who knew her best — including close friends, family, teachers, mentors, art dealers, boyfriends, and critics — and retraced the tumultuous path of Addison's life. 


I hope I can shed new light on what really happened the night of July 28.



—Adele Griffin





MY REVIEW

This is the most unique and creative book that I have ever encountered. With the help of model pictures and donated pieces of art, Adele Griffin has been able to create the most realistic fictional-documented story I have ever read. 

It always amazes me when I  read a book where the main character's voice is barely present in the story, but, her presence, essence and livelihood is. With the supporting characters, the model who poses as Addison Stone, the website, etc. - they all bring together an unforgettable story dedicated to a girl who was, who could have been and who will live on.

Addison Stone's story is told by multiple points-of-views, her parents, brother, best friends, ex-boyfriends, colleagues and others; and when you start to think that the author could not possibly introduce us to another 'person', she does, and does so brilliantly. There never once was any confusion as to who was who. Each character brings in their own voice and gives life to who Addison Stone was. Often times I found myself wanting to go on the internet to connect to their stories and timelines, just to be reminded that this is all fictional...

The mystery as to what happened to Addison Stone, how and why she died, starts to unravel very quickly. She was consumed by creativity and passion. So much so, it became difficult to read her low and manic points... it becomes obvious as to who her true friends are; those who cared the most speak freely and genuinely. Others who were guarded and too frank were too quick to point the finger and claim innocence to any negativity in her life, it was obvious that truths were being twisted and reimagined. But overall, everyone's take did add up to create a realistic personality.

There is so much to say about this book! I could go on and on, but it would be so much simpler if you all were to go and read it for yourself so we can discuss it! I highly recommend this! Especially to those who love contemporary and/or documentaries. 


*An ARC was sent by the publisher for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Adele Griffin



Adele Griffin is a two-time National Book Award finalist and the highly acclaimed author of numerous books for young adult and middle grade readers. Her works include Sons of Liberty and Where I Want to Be, and most recently, Loud Awake and Lost. Adele lives with her husband, Erich; their two young children; and their dog, Edith, in Brooklyn, New York.



Stacking the Shelves #69 (August Book Haul - Part 1)


I cannot believe that summer is almost over for us!
I know that a lot of you have gone back to school already, or are just about too - we still have about 3 weeks left before school starts, so we are trying to fit in as much playtime and reading-time as we can until then! And somewhere in between all that, I must gather up all my courage and take oldest boy to go buy his sneakers and back-to-school clothes and supplies - he's 10 going on 16, so difficult! lol

Lots of stuff going on the blog lately - reviews, cover reveals, unique blog tours!
In just a few hours, my post for the most cleverest blog tour I have ever participated in will be up! Please check it out :) This book is SO amazing, all contemporary lovers should definitely check it out!!!

My apologies! I forgot to take a pic of my actual book haul, ooops!


I'm participating in Tynga's Reviews STACKING THE SHELVES :) 


Books I received for review...
DIVINITY (ARC) by Michelle L. Johnson (YA) from Spencer Hill Press
- SIX FEET OVER IT (HB) by Jennifer Longo (YA) from Random House
- ZAC & MIA (ARC) by A.J. Betts (YA) from HMH
- THE FALL (ARC) by Bethany Griffin (YA) from Harper Teen
- SNOW LIKE ASHES (ARC) by Sara Raasch (YA) from Harper Teen
- STRAY (ARC) by Elissa Sussman (YA) from Harper Teen

Gifts...
- RAGS & BONES: New Twists on Timeless Tales (HB) edited by Melissa Marr and Tim Pratt (YA) from my secret sister, Daphne of Gone Pecan :)
- LANDLINE (HB) by Rainbow Rowell (A) from my #BookishXmasinJuly14 friend, Alexa of I Love My Book Fandoms :)

Book swaps/trade...
- I WANT IT THAT WAY (2B Trilogy #1) (ARC) by Ann Aguirre (NA)
- THE FIRE WISH (The Jinni Wars #1) (HB) by Amber Lough (YA)
- CRASH INTO YOU (Pushing the Limits #3) (HB) by Katie McGarry (YA)

What I purchased...
- LET'S GET LOST (HB) by Adi Alsaid (YA)


Thank you so much for stopping by today!!! 
Please leave your links so I can check out your hauls and updates too :) 
xoxo

Friday, August 15, 2014

August New Release GIVEAWAY Hop!!!



Welcome to the 
AUGUST NEW RELEASE GIVEAWAY HOP!!!
Hosted by Giselle @ Bo-ok Nerd


Here are some new releases that I am looking forward to... 


- ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER by Stephanie Perkins 
- A LITTLE SOMETHING DIFFERENT by Sandy Hall (NA)
- SOME BOYS by Patty Blount 
- I WANT IT THAT WAY (2B Trilogy #1) by Ann Aguirre (NA)
- OPPOSITION (Lux #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout 
- GHOST HOUSE (The Ghost House Saga #1) by Alexandra Adornetto 
- GATES OF THREAD AND STONE by Lori M. Lee 
- MAGNOLIA by Kristi Cook



Which one is your most highly anticipated book???


International GIVEAWAY
- Contest starts July 14th, 2014. Ends July 31st, 2014.
- The Book Depository must be able to deliver to you. 
- This giveaway is for a YOUNG ADULT book priced under 17.99 U.S. dollars.
- Bumbles and Fairy-Tales is not affiliated with any other giveaway participants.
- Bumbles and Fairy-Tales will not be held responsible for any lost or damaged prizes.






Now start hopping away!!! Have fun and good luck :) 


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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Summer Lovin' Blog Tour: STICKY FINGERS: DIY DUCT TAPE PROJECTS and THE GREEN TEEN COOKBOOK (Review)


Summer Bloggin' Book Tour


by Sophie Maletsky
Release date: July 1st, 2014
Published by: Zest Books
Genre: Middle Grade/Young Adult
Format: Paperback, eBook
Format read: Paperback from the publisher.


SUMMARY

"Sticky Fingers" is a vibrant, easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide to creating amazing projects with the hottest crafting material on the market today duct tape! 

The book includes tons of photographs alongside directions designed to make creating a wallet and making a bag even easier, while also providing a steady stream of ideas for personalizing and embellishing your duct tape creations. 
Each project includes icons showing difficulty level and project time, as well as helpful hints, such as how to keep your scissors clean and what to do with end pieces. 

So grab a roll of duct tape, pick a project, and get started!




OUR REVIEW

How many times have we used Duct Tape to fix things? Sometimes using it for the most oddest fixes too, right? Who knew that someday someone would take the time to create fabulous things with it! 

This DIY book has it all! 
The supply list is not long, you don't need to spend much money; all you need is Duct Tape, a clean surface (I highly suggest a crafting mat) and non-stick scissors. 
The beginning of the book explains all the different types of tapes that will work best, best surfaces to work on, how much material you need to start with and how to store your sticky materials. 
It then continues on with some basic how-to techniques that you will eventually need in your projects. Each set of directions clearly states what you will need, how much tape is needed and what steps you will be doing. Alongside each step are bright pictures that you can compare your project with to make sure that your on track to succeeding the final outcome. 
Also, each project is clearly marked with its difficulty level and it also gives you approximately how long it should take you to complete it - which I love! Sometimes all I need is a quick distraction to entertain my kids knowing that by a certain time they will be done and we can then move on to other things without any difficulties. 
Overall, the book clearly illustrates how fun it is to create projects with Duct Tape - things you can wear, like ties, belts and bracelets; things that you can use, like totes, wallets and phone cases; and things that you have fun with, like a checker board and baskets and picture frames.

This book is for everyone! I was just as excited as my kids when this book arrived  - we had fun shopping together and even more fun getting sticky and getting creative putting our project together. The easy how-to steps can be used in a small setting or with a large group too. 


*A paperback copy was sent by the publisher for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. 



OUR PROJECT - Bookmarks

Our supplies! Cost: Less than $20! (We used our Michael's coupons!)

Our first attempts at Duct Tape-ing... bookmarks! 

My 8yo decided to go with an unconventional bookmark design and tassel :)  

And his bookmark does the job right! 

DIY Duct Tape projects have instantly become a favorite family-hobby to share.
The tape is fun, and can be quite sticky to little fingers, but that just made the fun more giggly and memorable. My boys and I have other projects lined up for the next few weeks before school starts - 



ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Sophie Maletsky


Sophie Maletsky is a Nickelodeon Parents’ Pick award winner, a certified teacher on
curious.com, and a duct tape expert. An award-winning children’s event planner, craft and kid expert, her website, Sophie's World (sophie-world.com), features thousands of ideas, how-to's and videos for crafts, games, and activities. Known as the “premier authority on duct tape crafting in the United States,” she lives and creates in San Francisco.



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Edited by Laurane Marchive and Pam McElroy
Release date: July 29th, 2014
Published by: Zest Books
Genre: Young Adult Cookbook
Format: Paperback
Format read: Paperback from the publisher. 


SUMMARY

Going green is hard to do especially when it comes to food. There are acronyms to learn, labels to decipher, seasons to accommodate, and grocery stores to navigate and that's before you even turn on the stove! The Green Teen Cookbook cuts through the chaos and shows teens how to shop smarter, cook more consciously, and eat a healthier diet. And in addition to the 70+ incredible recipes (created by teens, for teens), 
the book also includes:

* Illuminating essays about freeganism, flexitarians, vegetarianism, and more!
* Tips about how to shop on a budget and get the most out of what you already have in your pantry!
* A seasonal key that ensures the freshness of the recipes (and a minimal carbon footprint)!
* Photos for each of the 70+ recipes!

The original British edition of this book was honored as The Best Sustainable Food Book in the UK, Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2012.


OUR REVIEW

The Green Teen Cookbook is filled with simple eco-minded recipes created by teens for teens to use. However, there truly is no age limit to those who want to create delicious quick meals, snacks and desserts. Anyone can learn from these recipes! 

The 'Rough Guide' to eating healthy and seasonally was a great intro for my kids to learn about how important it is to eat the right food for vitamins and growth. There is also an intro on the difference of Vegetarianism and Flexitarian, which also helped my children understand better how people choose to eat and stay healthy. 

Recipes that you can find in this book: anything from how to make your own mayonnaise, peanut butter or chocolate spread,  to energy bars and hash browns, to seasonal snacks, lunches and dinners, and of course, delectable healthy desserts.
Each recipe has been created by different teens from around the world - a picture and quote from them is featured with their recipe. Ingredients are common and directions are easy to follow. 

One of the best parts of the book is the Kitchen Safety guide that my husband and I read and then re-read to our kids. As parents, we sometimes rush through things without thinking thoroughly and have realized that it is truly important to remember to use different cutting boards for different foods in order to avoid cross contamination. And to thoroughly clean, sterilize and store everything in its right place. 

Overall, this book is definitely drool-worthy! The close-up pictures of every recipe are intoxicating. The recipes are easy to follow. And the book is definitely easy to follow, for all ages. I look forward to cooking more recipes with my kids.


*A paperback copy was sent by the publisher for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. 




ABOUT THE EDITORS

Laurane Marchive studied journalism at the Institute of Political Sciences, Lille, and Modern French Literatures at the Sorbonne, Paris. After working as a journalist in France, Indonesia and India, she moved to London where she is now working as an editor, translator and rights agent. 
She also works as a freelance circus performer. 

Pam McElroy is an editor and caterer living in San Francisco, California. 
She edits books of all genres and caters under the name Meatball Maven. 
Her favorite hobbies are reading cookbooks cover to cover and cooking epic meals for her friends and family. 


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