Guess who just learned how to make gifs!
It’s that time of the year—best of lists! Here at Penguin Teen HQ, we decided to ask some of our staff what their favorite Penguin Teen books of 2012 were. Emilie sent in her recommendation the quickest, so she gets to go first! Take it away, Em:
One of my absolute favorite books of 2012 was The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour. I loved Nina’s first book, Hold Still, but this one really has my heart. The story centers around 3 girls who are in a band (albeit, a really bad one), their friend/roadie Colby, and a road trip tour through California the Summer after they graduate high school. I feel like everyone can relate to the feeling of “what do I do with my life” that this book revolves around. The choices aren’t clear cut, the results are messy and it doesn’t hurt that there’s plenty of riot grrrl rock nostalgia in the mix and some incredibly likeable, but real, characters. I would recommend this book to ANY teen/college-aged girl and any music lovers out there! - Emilie
Those of you who’ve been following us for a while know the love we have for the amazing book trailer Nina LaCour and her friends created for her latest novel, THE DISENCHANTMENTS, which came out in February. But THE DISENCHANTMENTS was not Nina’s first book, nor was the trailer for THE DISENCHANTMENTS her first book trailer. In fall of 2009, Nina’s debut novel, HOLD STILL, was published to great acclaim (it was even a Morris Award finalist!), and she and her very talented friends (seriously, so jealous of how brilliant they are) did a trailer for that book, too! You can watch it here.
Cut to now (get it? because we’re talking about movies?)—Nina and her friends are going to shoot a HOLD STILL movie! But they need some help, so they’re working on funding the film through Kickstarter. Click the link to learn more about Nina, the book, the cast, and more!
Nina LaCour dishes about the making ofthe trailer for The Disenchantments!
The YA or Bust tour featuring Stephanie Perkins, Gayle Forman, and Nina LaCour starts TODAY at A Great Good Place For Books in Oakland, CA (7 PM)! And, EVEN BETTER, Jessica Rothenberg, author of The Castastrophic History of You and Me, will be joining them for all the Bay Area events! A full list of events is available here.
SO EXCITED to announce the tour stops for the YA or Bust! 2012 Group Tour, featuring Gayle Forman (author of If I Stay and Where She Went), Nina LaCour (Hold Still and The Disenchantments), and Stephanie Perkins (Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door)! The ladies are going on a road trip up and down the West Coast, of which we are, naturally, totally jealous. :) Check out the event stops on the Penguin Teen Facebook page and don’t forget to RSVP! We hear the ladies are cooking up some fun ideas for the events, so if you’re a West Coaster, you’re not going to want to miss out.