“Nick knows his music. I'm still in shock that it's been 20 years since Fever Pitch was released! I love that book. But I have to say that High Fidelity holds a special place in my heart. That book is just laugh out loud funny and makes you think about the good and the bad. I must have this new book!”
“I love NPH and David Burtka together. The pictures of them together show us a very private side of them and I'm so happy they are happy. I love the pictures with the babies. Those babies have two extremely loving parents and will grow up happy, loved and secure.”
“As much as I think the library went overboard, I do think the parents need to be responsible for returning the books. I know how busy we get and there are times when we don't get them back on time, but the librarians will renew the book for you to keep the fines cost down. A fine for a book is anywhere from $0.05 to a quarter per day in my network (which includes the Library in Charlton, MA). And I believe the cap the fine after it hits a certain limit. We love to borrow books from the library, and I teach my daughter that getting them returned or renewing them online in a timely manner is the way to go. I love my library and the librarians (Uxbridge, MA) they rock and they help.”
“Yes, I boycott Amazon on a daily basis. I don't like their business practices. I don't like how they handle the the publishing companies when they do something Amazon doesn't like. They want all these tax breaks and when they don't get them, they threaten to pull warehouses from those states! Totally big babies!”
Andrew Chapman Author on Dec 19, 2011 at 13:17:59
“Except that if it weren't for Amazon, thousands of authors' books would never see the light of day. They may not treat publishers well, but they treat authors well. My ebooks on Kindle only cost the reader $2.99, of which I get nearly $2.00. My publisher (1) wouldn't set up the book for Kindle and (2) most publishers want $9.99 for Kindle books, of which they pay the author less than Amazon will (because the publishers needs its cut). As a result, the reader pays more and the author makes less. The only entity that gains is the publisher -- which is why they don't like Amazon. Basically, Amazon has made it possible for authors to bypass publishers and bookstores -- but this has resulted in a greater diversity of books and lower prices for readers.”
“I don't think kids are growing up any faster than our parents did. Did you know that in the 60's premarital sex was at an all time high as was teenage sex? Much higher than it is now. The violence on tv and movies might be a bit different, but there has always been violence on tv and movies for as long as they've been around.
Kids grow up at different levels. My stepson is almost 19 and he's very immature almost 19 year old. But some of his friends are more mature. It's just the way of life. I completely agree with Kelly.”
“Lauren, I am behind you 100%. You do not lower morals. What right does someone have to accuse you of having no morals! That is just insulting and yes, stupid. So you write about teen life, these parents need to get their heads out of the sand and look at what teens are doing nowadays. It's easier for "those" parents to turn their head and look the other way and say, "not my kid," most likely, their kid is getting high at a friend's house.
Keep writing your books and I'll keep allowing my daughters to read them.”
“I know Sarah Ockler personally and I have nothing but high regard and respect for her. Her book is beautifully written and sensitive. It's not about an orgy or kids just having sex to have sex. There are reasons behind it.
I find it shameful that a panel of people who have not read the book can comment on it. Before you make such a sweeping decision, you should read the material and then decide the next course of action. How 20th century, nay, 15th Century is Missouri? Get with the program. Teens will always do things that we may or may not want them to do. But must we punish them by not allowing them to read a book?
As the mother of both a young child and teenager, I find the school committee to be wasting time banning books when they should be dealing with other problems. Like Art in school, music in school. Raising more money for more teachers to deal with problematic teens!”
“Okay, here is my list: (most are YA characters who are of age!)
Gale from Hunger Games.
Adam from If I Stay/Where She Went
Rob from High Fidelity
Jace Wayland from Mortal Instruments
Will Killian The Ghost and The Goth
Varen from Nevermore
Henry from The Luxe Series
Jericho Barrons Fever Series
Butch from Black Dagger Brotherhood
Bones from Night Huntress series
Jack from Blue Bloods series
and of course I have to add Mr Darcy. Because he's swoonable.”
Isobel Quinn on Jun 25, 2011 at 00:47:33
“speaking of rob from high fidelity...how about tyler durdin from Fight Club??”
“Um, you know there are some really fantastic young adult books out there too, but yet you have to add Jonathan Franzen. He's got to be the most overrated author out there right now. Why not The Hunger Games? The Giver? Ender's Game???? Highly readable books and perfect for adults and young adults. Another book that should be given a look see is Melina Marchetta's Jellicoe Road. Simply breathtaking.”
“Catherine (Kate) will only become a Princess once Charles assumes the throne. Heir to the Heir's wife is not titled. Has nothing to do with who he married (I.e, a commoner). Diana was Lady Diana Spencer, hence, she was titled and Charles was Heir to the throne. Most likely if Queen Elizabeth passes over Charles in favor of William, Catherine will never become a princess and will go straight to Queen Catherine. I'm not too up-to-date on if Queen Elizabeth will bypass Charles. Why should she? King Henry VIII was married many times and divorced. I think that Queen Elizabeth had it written that Camilla would not be queen. She will stay Duchess of Cornwall. Anyway, it's very confusing.
I also think the baby watch will begin immediately.”
notadumbblonde on May 1, 2011 at 09:58:04
“I believe the queen cannot pass over Charles in favor of William; some time ago, I did a paper on the Windsors, and discovered that fact. If I am incorrect, others will provide correct info.”
Wistfulslinking on May 1, 2011 at 00:21:36
“Catherine is a princess NOW. However, "princess" is a secondary title.
She is only one of many princesses of Great Britain, however, she Duchess of an entire region, Cambridge, that title takes precedent which is why that it is her official title.
Example. Diana Spencer also became a princess of Britain, i.e., Princess Diana, but the title was never used because being THE Princess of Wales, the highest female title in Wales took precedence.”
Sharron Ray on Apr 30, 2011 at 22:21:05
“You apparently need to do some reading. Only confusing for those that do not care to read and educate themselves but are ready to pass on fals information.”