Living Up To Its Name: We Are the Goldens, Dana Reinhardt

We Are the Goldens

We Are the Goldens

Dana Reinhardt

Nell knows a secret about her perfect, beautiful sister Layla. If she tells, it could blow their world apart.

When Nell and Layla were little, Nell used to call them Nellaya. Because to Nell, there was no difference between where she started and her adored big sister ended. They’re a unit; divorce made them rely on each other early on, so when one pulls away, what is the other to do? But now, Nell’s a freshman in high school and Layla is changing, secretive. And then Nell discovers why. Layla is involved with one of their teachers. And even though Nell tries to support Layla, to understand that she’s happy and in love, Nell struggles with her true feelings: it’s wrong, and she must do something about it.

You gotta admit that this book cover is nothing special (except for that creepy stare that girl on the right is giving). If I saw this in a store, chances are I wouldn’t even give it a second glance. But this book is the prime example of why we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover — though let’s face it: absolutely NO ONE will ever listen to this piece of advice. Oh, you will? Didn’t think so. I really enjoyed We Are the Goldens, despite the okay-ish cover and the fairly generic blurb. I mean, two sisters? One secret? I haven’t only read that a million times. But Dana Reinhardt put a spin to a common contemporary novel about sisters and supposedly earth-shattering secrets with the addition of a very difficult and oftentimes tabooed topic: student-teacher romantic relationships.

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Alive and Kickin’!

Finally, I’m back from my — wow, seven-month hiatus (never realized it was that long)! After six months of hardcore studying — sort of — and then a month of tiring tests, my finals are over, and I’m ready to jump right back into the blogosphere again. I still need to wait for my results, though… but let’s not think of that for the time being. Didja miss me all these months?! Haa, kidding. I know you did! 😉

Anyway, just wanted to post this as a sort of update, that hopefully things on Adrift on Vulcan will return to normal and that I’ll be more present around Twitter and email now that I have one less thing to worry about. Just a sidenote, though: these next few months will be just full of reviews for books that I received last year, but never had the time to read and review until now. So in case you’re wondering about the sudden increase of reviews for the next few weeks — that’s the reason. Don’t worry, once I get my review pile down pat, somewhere during September, I’ll start posting more thoughtful and discussion-inducing posts, ’cause I know you guys like that kind of thing.

Once again, I’d just like to thank all of you who stuck around and checked up on me on Twitter — you made this “hiatus” so much more bearable and wonderful. You guys = full of awesome. So let me give you a hug!

 

Umm… right.

What can I say? I’m awkward inside and out! 😉

My First Author Event!

Okay, before you guys go all, Whoa, what happened to your hiatus, Meg? and Blogging doesn’t equal studying, smartass!, I have two perfectly good reasons to pop out of hiding. Nope, I’m not back for good, and nope, I’m not ditching studying (I am). It’s because (a) I went to my first author event yesterday, and (b) Two people were bad influences and made me blog about it… though secretly, I really wanted to blog about it and was waiting for an excuse to, so thanks, Charlotte and Shannelle. 😉

Anyway… yes! I met Lauren Oliver on Friday!

Call me a drama queen, but when I first heard about the news and then woke up the next day, I was all:

Because no authors come to where I live. Like, not even one. I think Lauren was the first YA author. I was squealing so much my lungs hurt afterward, and it was especially unbelievable for me because I absolutely adored her Delirium trilogy. It was amazing seeing her in person!

THIS DOESN’T EVEN CUT IT.

I didn’t take many pictures because there wasn’t much to take, and the quality is shit (my phone’s camera sucks, honestly), but voila!

The teensy weensy banner of the author event (I tried to take a better picture, but the security guard said pictures weren’t allowed. WHAT.)

The crowd wasn’t that big — probably fifty to sixty people at most — but the bookstore had barely enough space, so any more people and I wouldn’t have gotten a very clear view of the author table.

Lauren speaking on her writing journey.

Basically, the whole event lasted for only an hour (she had to rush off to the next book event after that), so Lauren didn’t get the chance to speak much. But we did get to see the cover for her upcoming adult novel, Rooms, and guys, it looked amazing! I’m not sure which version’s the one on Goodreads, but this one was so simple and elegant at the same time. Plus, the format of the book sounds so different and intriguing! I don’t care if it’s adult. I WANT IT NOW. I wanted to take a picture of that, but she said we weren’t allowed to share it with the rest of the world yet. We also heard a little bit about Vanishing Girls, her latest YA novel due next year, and she’s currently working on a MG series. Yup, no idea how she copes with it! Then again, she said writing is an addiction for her, and if she goes too long without writing, she starts getting anxious. Well, better writing than drugs!

Signing books

Gah, she’s so friendly! While she was signing our books, she’d talk to us and write little messages inside for everyone. But when it came to my turn, my whole body decided to shut down and all I could do was stutter incoherently while my face turned all tomato on me. I was so flustered I forgot that I wanted to take a picture with her, so I had to rush back and apologize to her and to the girl whose books she was signing — with a flaming red face, naturally — before I could get this:

It’s edited. So you can’t see the redness.

NO REGRETS.

So, if Lauren Oliver ever comes to your area, or nearby it, don’t miss out! She’s funny and can fill awkward silences as well as ignore tomato-fied faces. I really love the little message she wrote in my copy of Delirium as well:

I’m sorry, it took up the whole page. I’M JUST SO PROUD OF IT.

Hopefully this means that more YA authors will start coming to this part of the world now!

Insurgent Takeover: Comment Lengths

I only came to know Kayla from The Thousand Lives when I started this WordPress blog, and goshdarn, does she know how to make people smile! It’s not only her comments on her thought-provoking posts, but her comment replies. They always brighten up my day. It’s good to know that my comments do the exact same thing! (At least we give back to each other, yeah? ;)) She has the coolest rating system and definitely deserves more attention than she is getting now. Without further ado, her guest post!

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Insurgent Takeover: Into The Future

What can I say about the one and only Lesley from Books and Beautiful World? Oh, yes: she’s creative, she’s funny, she leaves amazingly thoughtful comments, and she’s full of wit! I think the conversations I have with her on Twitter — though it’s not too many at the moment (we will have to change that!) are some of the funnest because my imagination just goes bonkers when I’m tweeting with her. But enough rambling. Follow this girl. I present to you her guest post!

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Insurgent Takeover: Book Depressions/Hangovers

Hello everyone! I’m now in South Korea and some lovely people have decided to write up guest posts to keep the blog running! Today’s guest poster is Shelly from Readiculous ReadsWhat’s that? You haven’t heard of her blog before? Well, shame on you. Shelly’s just about the bubbliest person I’ve come to know in the blogosphere, and she makes the best vlogs with her friend Kari. Honestly, this girl’s a wonderful addition to the book blogging community. Thank you so much for taking the time to write this guest post, Shelly!

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