Friday, April 3, 2009

Kudos from Shalonda!

Kudos to Julia

As a lover of YA literature, I am often amazed and in awe of the authors. These authors create such inspiring and entertaining stories, and are not afraid to tackle tough issues. I am so glad that Julia Hoban is one of the newest additions to this wonderful group of writers!

Now, I must admit that I have not yet read Willow, though I've heard it's brilliant. I am more so offering praise to the person behind the book and her courage to bring such a heavy topic to surface.

When I was younger, very few authors stepped outside the norm to create a riveting book with an important message behind it. Those who did, like Judy Blume, Robert Cormier, and Nancy Garden, were often challenged and frowned upon by adults due to the content of their novels.

Today, it seems that more authors are fearlessly coming out and addressing the real issues that teens face. Julia Hoban is one of those brave individuals.

What I love most about Julia is that in her interview with Lenore ( ) she expressed that Willow is not just a story about cutting, that it is a story about healing.

So today, I am giving kudos to Julia Hoban for daring to bring to light such a heavy topic that many readers can relate to. May her words help lead others through the process of healing and loving oneself.

Much success to Julia in the release of Willow!

Thanks for partying with us, Shalonda!


Polo.Pony said...

Great post! I agree with you that Julia for sure deserves kudos for writing on such a tough topic. Great job, and congrats!!

Alea said...

Aww that was really sweet Shalonda!

Steph Su said...

Definitely kudos to both Julia AND Shalonda for really remarking on this!

katie said...

Congratulations to both Julia and Shalonda. I haven't actually read a book about cutting before this so I'm glad that someone was finally brave enough to write about such a hard yet true topic.

Erika Lynn said...

Such a sweet post Shalonda! and I love the little picture of the bandaid.

Amelia said...

I love reading books that aren't of the "norm". Especially books that people, mainly adults, think kids shouldn't read, for whatever reason. I guess, in my mind it's like if parents don't want their kids to read it because it isn't appropriate, all the more reason they should and step out of their protective bubble.