How great would it be to be guided through parallel universes by a panda shaman? I mean, this is a serious question. Discover the rather unusual world of Sophie Sophia and her strange trip down the rabbit…er, I mean panda hole in Kari Luna’s new novel, THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING. Did I not absolutely convince you with the words “panda shaman”? You be the judge: Catch the trailer over at MTV.com!
MARVEL! The REBEL BELLE cover in all its glory! This super romantic, hilarious YA novel will have you in stitches—it’s like Buffy the Vampire Slayer for the two thousand and teens (is that how we’re referring to this decade?), and we cannot wait for y’all to read it!
Sorry to clutter your feed this morning, BUT this just came in, so naturally, I had to show it ASAP. BEHOLD, the cover for my April 2014 release, REBEL BELLE! I will blather below the pic to save you scrolling.
I love it, y’all. I love EVERY LAST THING ABOUT IT. I love that it’s a THING cover…
Ask Gayle is a weekly column in which New York Times bestselling author Gayle Forman answers fan questions about love, life, and everything in between! Submit a question anonymously via our Ask box. Today’s question is:
There’s this boy who I’m in love with. He’s the only thing I think about. I’ve known him since we were little kids and I’ve always felt these feelings. I told him how I felt, but he just sees me as his ”little sister.” He joined the Marines and I miss him like crazy. I tried to move on, but I can’t. Do you have any advice?
In college, I spent a brief stint pre-med, and took a bunch of chemistry classes. I’ve forgotten pretty much everything from those days, but I remember at one point, a discussion going theoretical and a professor talking about how “being in love” was all brain chemistry. Heart-racing, pillow-punching, giddiness, goofy-smile-on-the face, lust: It was just your body flooding with neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine. Sometimes, it felt amazing. Except when it wasn’t reciprocated, and then it felt terrible. In Lauren Oliver’s book Delirium, she creates a dystopian society in which love is an outlawed disease “cured” by a lobotomy-like operation. She said she got the idea because being in love sometimes felt like being sick. Ain’t that the truth?
Are you in love? Or infatuated? Biochemically speaking, I’m not sure there’s much difference. Your body probably reacts the same way, and it feels the same way. The thing that makes something “in love,” in my book, is reciprocation. Because I don’t know that you can truly fall in love with someone if he or she is not falling in love with you. Part of falling in love is opening yourself up to another person, and that person doing the same. It’s taking down the walls, exposing vulnerabilities. You can’t do that with someone who sees you as a “little sister.” By the way, in case it’s not clear, guy translation for “I see you as a little sister” is “I don’t ever see myself having sex with you.”
This isn’t to say what you’re feeling isn’t valid. See above info about neurotransmitters. But given your guy has a.) told you he doesn’t feel that way and b.) moved away to join the Marines, it seems pretty clear to me that a romantic relationship between the two of you is not in the cards.
How do you move on? There’s no easy answer to that. Sometimes, crushes just need to peter out and no amount of rationalization or common-sense advice from YA novelists can hasten the process. You just need to ride it out. That said, I think it will probably help if you can get yourself to stop thinking about your Marine all the time and transfer some of that energy onto something else. And no, I’m not going to say you should focus on your trig homework, because while I’m an adult, I’m not stupid!
When I was younger, the best antidote to a go-nowhere crush for me was always a new anything-might-happen crush. A new crush is glorious. It’s all possibility. All that time to figure out bell schedules and say hi and analyze every single conversation or text. All that time to get lost in your imagination with delicious what-ifs (excellent practice for becoming a writer; see, there are practical uses here).
And if that one doesn’t work, crush on someone else. You can even crush on multiple people at once. There will be no crush-slut-shaming here.
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Today’s Juneteenth fact, brought to you by Kelly Starling Lyons, the author of Hope’s Gift (illustrated by Don Tate). You can find a discussion guide and activity kit for Hope’s Gift here.
THIS IS SO EXCITING I CANNOT EVEN! WHO IS GOING TO PLAY ADAM? WHEN CAN I BUY MY TICKET? SO MANY QUESTIONS, SO MANY CAPITAL LETTERS.
Emily recommends The Story of Fish & Snail, by Deborah Freedman!
What I love so much about this is the idea of jumping into a book and inhabiting it—it’s that longing for those special characters and places that makes us unable to stop reading.
Saint Augustine said, “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” Well, Fish and Snail are quite the travelers!
It is important to follow Josh Boone (the director of TFiOS) because he knows everything, and also is really good at tumblr.
You are going to love his movie Stuck in Love, which comes out later this summer. It features Logan Lerman, whom tumblr loves, and Nat Wolff, whom tumblr will soon love.
A note about casting: You might think that casting stuff happens months before it is publicly announced, but in fact generally everything is agreed to like FOUR SECONDS before I tell you about it, so I promise we are not keeping any secrets from you.
(And now back to paternity leave.)
Oh yeah is right! But Josh, don’t you mean you’re filming in August(us)?
In her All I Need blog tour, Susane Colasanti gave you 10 tips for having an awesome summer. Now you get a chance to ask her all your burning questions—about All I Need, about summer plans, about writing…anything! Join us on Twitter at 7 PM TOMORROW to chat with Susane! Ask questions and enter to win a copy of All I Need using the #allineed hashtag!