for your consideration

1 08 2010

So a couple of days ago, this for your consideration ad for Modern Family started floating around the internet, mostly because it’s hilarious and refers to Sofia Vergara streaking, but the bigger question here is, why don’t these exist for awards that matter to me, aka, THE YOUTH MEDIA AWARDS.

Well, now they do.


I have to give most all of the credit for these to my roommate, since she knows enough about entertainment to know what For Your Consideration ads are, and told me about them. Also, she made all of these. She just doesn’t have a blog to put them on.

Also, we may be committing some type of copyright infringement here.

Here are some other For Your Consideration ads, so you can see what we are trying to do here. Most of these are actually made by the networks themselves, except the New Moon ones, obviously:
The Dark Knight
Big Bang Theory
And of course, New Moon


forever young (adult) i want to be forever young (adult)

2 06 2010

Meg Cabot once said, somewhere, (this is not a direct quote because I can’t remember where I read it or what it actually said), but the JIST of it was:

“If you are an author who blogs, don’t use your best stuff on the blog, because you might want to just write it down, save it, and throw it in a Princess Diaries book one day.”

And while I do think this is good advice for any author (except maybe not the Princess Diaries part. Take that out), all this really tells me is that I could never be an author. Because I use ALL my good stuff on my blog. And, yeah, I know what you are thinking, buddy. Really? That’s her good stuff? There is more than ONE reason why she could never be an author… YES YES I KNOW. But the point is that I love blogging. I love the instant feedback, where immediately everyone knows what you wrote 20 minutes ago, and I love the way you can just throw your best stuff out there and just be you. The blog is such a lovely medium for writing, because it allows anyone to be a writer, a reviewer, a journalist, or whatever they want. The freedom is exhilarating. But, as with any type of thing where everyone can do it, the field gets a little, um, crowded. Thankfully, the good ones rise to the top. Because some people are just better at blogging than others. Some people just can get there and hold your attention. It’s the same with any kind of online writing. You have to be really good to stand out. It’s the same even when you are reviewing something. TV blogs learned real fast that online, snark and style gets you everywhere. Book review sites… meh. YA book review sites were a dime a dozen. So, you liked the book, so you didn’t. Great. Who cares. And then I found Forever Young Adult. Which is pretty much effing amazing.

Hello. Seriously. Let’s first start with how they evaluate books.

BFF CHARMS? BONUS FACTORS (ie the jordan catalano factor)? SWOONWORTHY SCALE? (I’d like to also add that “swoonworthy scale” has inched its way into my daily vocabulary. YES I TALK ABOUT SWOONWORTHY SCALES DAILY, GOT A PROBLEM?) and my personal favorite:

relationship status

rather than using stars or a numerical system, neither of which really captures how we *feel* about a book, we’ve decided to sum up our judgement in typical teenage fashion: do we *like* this book? do we like LIKE this book? do we actually want to spend all of eternity with this book because OMG LOVE? or will we totally avoid it in the hallways cos it’s really pesky and annoying and we wish we’d never said hi to it in the first place?!!

so yeah, relationship status… speaks volumes.

So basically stars and the like can just jump out the window now, kthx.

If this isn’t your favorite YA book review site by now, you are clearly deranged.

So a week or so ago, two of the FYA ladies announced that they would be going to BEA (Book Expo America).

DUDE REALLY? I’LL BE AT BEA TOO! LET’S MEET UP! That’s basically how the conversation went. With a little less “dude” and a little more Jellicoe Road.


HEY-O yeah that’s a picture of me with Sarah and Jenny of FOREVER YOUNG ADULT. SO FREAKING AWESOME.

Also, they included ME in their post about day one of the zoo that is BEA. FREAKING AWESOME.

ALSO, FYA is starting a book club, and the first book is none other than BEFORE I FALL by Lauren Oliver. Which is the best book I’ve read. In a LONG time. So there’s a summer reading assignment if I’ve ever heard one. A summer reading assignment. From Summer. HAHAHAHAHA!

Hokay, let’s wrap this one up before I kill you all with my hilarity.

it’s back. so are we.

15 03 2010

So it wasn’t too long ago when my roommate and I came to a crossroads. One of the biggest, most monumental decisions I have ever had to make. I really should have come on here and ask for your advice, as I did when I was facing THE biggest, MOST monumental decision of my life (that was whether I should cut my hair or not, for those of you keeping track at home), but we faced it alone. My roommate and I thought about it. And we thought. Pro and Con lists were made. Should we make one? Should we not? Are we still cool? Are we too old? It was painstaking. And then the Battle Commanders at the School Library Journal’s Battle of the Kids’ Books (which was the reason this time last year we made that ridiculous… ly awesome* music video where we burned things and dressed up like bears) announced that Battle of the Books t-shirts would be given out to the best blog posts or videos that address the battle.

It’s amazing how quickly we came to a decision after that.


There are sixteen, there are sixteen
There are sixteen more books for this year
Even though Catching is not here
The death toll is high because of Fire
Because of Fire

Evolution, Evolution
Evolution, special interest
But I just really wanted Hathin’s fists
To roughly touch Camber’s lips three times
Camber’s lips three times

Just send your mind across all time
If you’re Lost you won’t be fine
When you reach me
With frogs exposed to pesticides
Or IM that you feel inside
Soon you will see

You’re not livin’ till you’re livin’
Like Callie Vee
You’re not winnin’ till you’re winnin’
The BoB
You’re not gettin’ till you’re gettin’
Archer’s baby
You’re not readin’ till you’re readin’
All sixteen

This is the BoB round up song
There can be only one
Oh please, please, please just tell me

We had no rain, we had no rain
We had no rain until we got Jack
The Selma kids were often attacked
Camp Half Blood is
Where I’d like to be at, just like PJACK

Claudette voiced her rights with words
Mila didn’t take her herbs
They both have kids!
We’re a saxophone & trumpet
Locomotion is a poet
But who will win?

You’re not livin’ till you’re livin’
With Grandma D
You’re not winnin’ till you’re winnin’
the BoB
You’re not gettin’ till you’re gettin’
Archer’s baby
You’re not readin’ till you’re readin’
All sixteen

You can die, you can die
But you really should just try
Because you can’t only rely
On winning the tally, tally
Become the zombie, zombie
Straight to the Big Kahuna
Round and you’ll be the envy, envy, c’mon

You’re not livin’ till you’re livin’
Like Callie Vee
You’re not winnin’ till you’re winnin’
the BoB
You’re not gettin’ till you’re gettin’
Archer’s baby
You’re not readin’ till you’re readin’
All sixteen

This is the BoB round up song
There can be only one
Oh KPAT, please, please tell me

This is the potential winner song
Please just reveal who’s won
Which will it be? Which will it be?

Here are a couple of things to keep in mind while watching this.

-The actual Potential Breakup Song by Aly and AJ, is one of the greatest things ever created. We HAD to use it. Keep in mind that this song is a HELL of a lot harder to sing than Now or Never was. I mean, anything that Zac Efron can manage to sing in the middle of a basketball game can’t be THAT bad. So suffice to say, please excuse the singing.
-Unlike a certain sequel would suggest, The Hunger Games wasn’t thrown in the arena for a second year. Don’t get me wrong, there were a lot of great books this year, but none that moved us to the degree that we felt comfortable completely ripping apart the rest of them. (Just to refresh your memories, TheRoommate lit a book cover with a photo of George Washington LITERALLY ON FIRE in our last video. The things we get away with…) So this video isn’t so much in support of any one book as it is in support of the battle. Because we like the battle. We are huge fans.
-TheRoommate is half Chinese, and I’m from Hawaii. So that part isn’t THAT random. I mean, 98% of you still won’t get it, but just FYI.
-We wrapped Storm in the Barn securely before its starring scene.
-We ARE aware that more happened in Fire than pregnancies.

*Fun Fact: This is where my youtube name comes from. Because “LEE AWESOME” can make most insults considerably less insulting. So I’m not annoying. I’m annoyingly awesome.

good morning, twenty-ten

4 01 2010

Lumos Flies (Owl City “Fireflies” Parody) by ALL CAPS
Is there anything better than Ron/Hermione songs?

ALL CAPS is a band/side project consisting of Kristina Horner of The Parselmouths and Luke Conard of Ministry of Magic.

So my goals for 2010 consist of… READING 50 BOOKS IN ONE YEAR. Guys, I STILL haven’t done it. EMBARASSING. IN 2008 I read 45, and in 2009 I read a pathetic 38. Bah. If you want to know which books I read this year, click the link on the top that says “BOOK LIST” where I regularly update the books I read. Or go be my friend on Goodreads.

Twenty-ten is going to be AWESOME, guys! Now off to the library!

dear caitlin

8 11 2009

this is what i want, so don’t be sad.
– Nina LaCour in HOLD STILL.

So I’ve read a streak of amazing books recently, namely THE MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY and THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO, which were both phenomenal, and I highly recommend them to anyone, but it’s been a while since I’ve read a book that connected with me on such a strong level as this one did.

And book trailers are usually a bit dodgy, but this one was made by the author and her friends, and it’s so perfect.

Oh… this book is so lovely, guys. I mean, it’s definitely heartbreaking, but also it’s just so wonderful.

hold still

Plus, Nina’s website is adorable!

halloweentown (the postgrad years)

2 11 2009

Stargirl from Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Picture 15

“She was illusive. She was today. She was tomorrow. She was the faintest scent of a cactus flower, the flitting shadow of an elf owl. We did not know what to make of her. In our minds we tried to pin her to a corkboard like a butterfly, but the pin merely went through and away she flew.”


and TheRoommate as… The Great Kate Weather Machine (Kate Wetherall) from The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Picture 16

“That was close,” Sticky said. “But now what? There’s nothing else to tie him up with.”
“How about this rope?” cried a familiar voice, and to their surprise Kate Wetherall suddenly leaped in through the open window.

And just so you understand the great attention to detail in her costume…

“I’ll show you,” Kate said, and began removing things from the bucket. First came a Swiss Army knife, a flashlight, a pen light, and a bottle of extra-strength glue, which Kate examined to be sure its lid was tightly closed. then she produced a bag of marbles, a slingshot*, a spool of clear fishing twine, one pencil and one eraser, a kaleidoscope, and a horseshoe magnet, which she yanked with some effort from the metal bucket. I’ve been through dozens of these,” she said, holding the magnet up for them to admire. “This is the strongest I’ve found.” Finally she showed them a length of slender nylon rope, coiled around the bottom and sides of the bucket. -The Mysterious Benedict Society

*We tried. We were unsuccessful. Seriously? Where do you go to pick up a slingshot these days?

getting the girl

22 08 2009

getting the girl cover

So I just finished the book Getting the Girl by Susan Juby, and I have a couple of things to say.

1. It should have been called Defiled.
2. The cover should have looked like this:

defiled cover

That’s all.

Edited because:
SUSAN JUBY COMMENTED!!! Awww, Susan Juby. I love you. I really liked Alice, I Think and I LOVED Getting the Girl! The problem that I have with the cover is that while it’s a fine cover, it looks like a Susane Colasanti book. Now I don’t have anything against Susane Colasanti, but in my opinion, I think Getting the Girl could have been a really great YA book for boys, and as it stands, the title and the cover make the book out to be a romantic comedy, which I think is misleading (as I feel it’s a comedy/mystery with some romance on the side). Basically, I think this is a book my brother would enjoy reading, but wouldn’t want to be seen holding in public. Which kinda sucks.

Also, I’ve been having fun remaking covers of the books I read, and I was particularly proud of this one so I decided to post it. 🙂