After two weeks of highlighting my amazing, pop-culture-savvy NextMovie editors (or as I prefer calling them, editrixes) Breanne Heldman and Brooke Tarnoff, this week’s YA Junkie is one of my favorite Young Adult book bloggers, Tammy aka Tee from YA Crush. Tee has impeccable taste in YA books (and literary crushes!), and I can never thank her enough for turning me onto Australian author Melina Marchetta, whose books rock my world. We’re new to this whole book blogging gig, so we’re honored that she’s agreed to be our newest YA Junkie!
Name, if you’re out about your addiction: Tammy Rodgers
Age: 37 (Yikes. I know!)
How long have you been reading YA: Probably for about six or seven years.
Who are some of your “must-read-everything-they-write” authors: This is so hard. Definitely Meg Cabot, Sarah Dessen and Melina Marchetta. I love Gayle Forman and Lauren Oliver too and I have a feeling that everything they write will blow me away. And E. Lockhart! She never fails to amaze me.
Favorite fictional boyfriend(s): Seriously, I could write a book about my love for Michael Moscovitz of “The Princess Diaries.” It borders on insanity. Actually, in a completely nerdtastic (i.e. embarrassing) moment, I told Meg Cabot at a book signing that Michael Moscovitz was greater than Mr. Darcy (But come on. It’s totally true). I also love Adam from “If I Stay.” He is absolute perfection, especially in his broken state, and have I mentioned that he’s in a band? No-brainer! Lastly, I have to say Henry DeTamble from “The Time Traveler’s Wife.” I realize this isn’t a YA book, but he reminds me so much of my husband that it is impossible not to fall in love with him every time I read that book. I mean, hello, he’s a librarian! Books with smart guys= awesome. This is actually why we started our blog: to talk about the characters we crush on. My friend Vee and I would e-mail each other back and forth updating our lists of favorite male literary characters including commentary (nerds!). Should I be admitting this? Probably not, but that’s how our blog was born.
What’s the last YA book that blew you away and why? “Saving Francesca” by Melina Marchetta (totally late to the game there, I realize) and “Divergent” by Veronica Roth. I read them back to back. “Saving Francesca” was a typical Marchetta book, meaning it was amazing from start to finish. I was laughing and crying throughout it and even though the situation was bleak, she found a way to make me want to live inside that story. That always stuns me. And “Divergent” was so incredibly different. First of all, Tris was the complete opposite of me, as I have more of a Chicken Little tendency. I admired her and loved living through her. I’m dying for the sequel.
Which YA books will you forever keep on your bookshelves: All of them because I have this weird thing where I can’t get rid of books. It’s like an illness. The ones that will forever be in my heart will be “The Harry Potter” series and “The Princess Diaries” series. “Jellicoe Road” and “The Sky is Everywhere” will always rank high too because I love characters who seem slightly off kilter like Taylor and Lennie. Don’t even get me started on Jonah Griggs.
If you could force Hollywood to adapt one YA book into a movie, which would it be? It’s impossible to pick one, so I’ll pick a couple! I’d love to see “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” or “I’ll Be There” by Holly Goldberg Sloan. They’d have to promise not to pull a “Twilight” on either of those films though, otherwise, don’t bother. I also think a movie, or even a TV series, about Frankie Landau Banks would be fantastic too. I love her.
What’s at the top of your TBR pile? “The Knife of Never Letting Go” [by Patrick Ness]. I hear it’s painful, but incredible and I just picked it up from the library.