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Wednesday, September 17
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Christopher Palu launches Indiegogo campaign!

The Project Runway Season 10 and All Star Season 3 alumni is finally launching his fashion line. And can I just say, it’s about damn time! With a balance between the masculine and feminine, soft and hard, timeless and modern, Palu’s designs encapsulate what it means to be a 2015 woman. His Indiegogo campaign in support of his Spring 15 and Fall 15 lines just launched….with great perks ranging from photos, sketches, bags, tees, up to a sweet passport wallet. So please go check out his Indiegogo, donate, and share it with all your friends. Here’s the Indiegogo video:

And here is where you can donate: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/christopher-palu-fashion-designer 

Full disclosure: I know Christopher IRL and I still text his friends every time I see a Blood Orange gif, meme, or video on tumblr. 

xoxo,

V.V.

Tags:   #fashion #project runway #indiegogo #christopher palu #palu #doyoupalu #paleindiegogo #spring 15 #fall 15 #clothes #blood orange



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Tuesday, September 16
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I told Agamemnon a thousand times, I never wanted to meet Helen in person! I just wanted a picture. You can’t disappoint a picture! I hate you Agamemnon!
— Menelaus (via incorrectclassics)

I laughed at this. Got to love a little Iliad humor


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Monday, September 15
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My Year of Epic Rock by Andrea Pyros
Middle School was a B*TCH. I’m pretty sure it was like that for just about everyone. You’re navigating social labyrinths that have more booby traps the Temple of Doom; you’re figuring out who you are, who you want to be, what you like, who you want to be friends with and all while dealing with an 8 hour school day, after school activities, and acne. It’s the worst, but it’s nothing compared to what Nina deals with in My Year of Epic Rock. Nina’s serious food allergies add a layer of complexity to middle school that I certainly didn’t envy. While the issue of food allergies is becoming more prevalent in schools these days, this is the first story I’ve come upon that explains the social and personal ramifications. Nina feels isolated but has an amazing support system and while she’s different she also knows she deserves to be treated well, befitting her personhood. I loved My Year of Epic Rock and it’s perfect for all those young readers (9-12ish) who will at some point feel other, different, special, unique, or isolated, even if they don’t have food allergies. 
Overall: A-
My Year of Epic Rock is out now from Sourcebooks, get your copy here!
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My Year of Epic Rock by Andrea Pyros

Middle School was a B*TCH. I’m pretty sure it was like that for just about everyone. You’re navigating social labyrinths that have more booby traps the Temple of Doom; you’re figuring out who you are, who you want to be, what you like, who you want to be friends with and all while dealing with an 8 hour school day, after school activities, and acne. It’s the worst, but it’s nothing compared to what Nina deals with in My Year of Epic Rock. Nina’s serious food allergies add a layer of complexity to middle school that I certainly didn’t envy. While the issue of food allergies is becoming more prevalent in schools these days, this is the first story I’ve come upon that explains the social and personal ramifications. Nina feels isolated but has an amazing support system and while she’s different she also knows she deserves to be treated well, befitting her personhood. I loved My Year of Epic Rock and it’s perfect for all those young readers (9-12ish) who will at some point feel other, different, special, unique, or isolated, even if they don’t have food allergies. 

Overall: A-

My Year of Epic Rock is out now from Sourcebooks, get your copy here!

eArc provided gratis via NetGalley by Sourcebooks. 

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #middle grade #ya lit #young adult fiction #mg #publishing #sourcebooks #my year of epic rock #andrea pyros #epipens #epipens tour #food allergies



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Sunday, September 14
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I’m so happy to be part of the Epipens tour for My Year of Epic Rock! In addition to my review which will go up tomorrow, Andrea Pyros has written a guest post about why food allergies are so important to her and how it influenced her book. 
From Andrea:
Food allergies + middle school = NOT AWESOME 
The idea for My Year of Epic Rock came when my now eight-year-old daughter was a baby and we found out she had multiple food allergies to staples like eggs, nuts, and dairy. My husband and I were freaked out and totally overwhelmed on how to safely feed our poor kid. There was a big learning curve where I read everything I could about food allergies, from cookbooks and blogs to interviews and books with allergists. 
Two things I learned that stuck with me:
1) Many kids with food allergies are bullied or teased because of their allergies
2) It’s during the tween/teen years where food allergic people are most at risk for having an allergic reaction. Kids that age just want to hang out with friends and not worry about reading labels, asking restaurants what ingredients are in what dishes, or carrying around their medication like EpiPens and Benadryl.
They just want to fit in.
And nothing makes you feel like you stand out more than being the only one not eating a certain food that everyone gleefully chowing down on is or opening up a lunchbox with something “different” than everyone else. Even worse, someone makes fun of you for your health condition.

Thinking about how my daughter—and kids like her—might manage their food allergies during these already tricky years sparked the My Year of Epic Rock. It’s not just for kids with food allergies, though. Pretty much anyone who has felt different or apart from their peers (and who hasn’t at one point?) will hopefully relate to Nina’ story and experience and take comfort from what she learns and achieves.
Thanks Andrea! My Year of Epic Rock is out now from Sourcebooks. Get your copy here!
eARC provided gratis by Sourcebooks via NetGalley

I’m so happy to be part of the Epipens tour for My Year of Epic Rock! In addition to my review which will go up tomorrow, Andrea Pyros has written a guest post about why food allergies are so important to her and how it influenced her book. 

From Andrea:

Food allergies + middle school = NOT AWESOME 

The idea for My Year of Epic Rock came when my now eight-year-old daughter was a baby and we found out she had multiple food allergies to staples like eggs, nuts, and dairy. My husband and I were freaked out and totally overwhelmed on how to safely feed our poor kid. There was a big learning curve where I read everything I could about food allergies, from cookbooks and blogs to interviews and books with allergists. 

Two things I learned that stuck with me:

1) Many kids with food allergies are bullied or teased because of their allergies

2) It’s during the tween/teen years where food allergic people are most at risk for having an allergic reaction. Kids that age just want to hang out with friends and not worry about reading labels, asking restaurants what ingredients are in what dishes, or carrying around their medication like EpiPens and Benadryl.

They just want to fit in.

And nothing makes you feel like you stand out more than being the only one not eating a certain food that everyone gleefully chowing down on is or opening up a lunchbox with something “different” than everyone else. Even worse, someone makes fun of you for your health condition.

Thinking about how my daughter—and kids like her—might manage their food allergies during these already tricky years sparked the My Year of Epic Rock. It’s not just for kids with food allergies, though. Pretty much anyone who has felt different or apart from their peers (and who hasn’t at one point?) will hopefully relate to Nina’ story and experience and take comfort from what she learns and achieves.

Thanks Andrea! My Year of Epic Rock is out now from Sourcebooks. Get your copy here!

eARC provided gratis by Sourcebooks via NetGalley

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #ya lit #young adult fiction #sourcebooks #food allergies #netgalley #epipens #my year of epic rock #middle grade #andrea pyros #epipen tour #blog tour #publishing



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Wednesday, September 10
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As Arnold points out, there is an otherwise inexplicable shift in direction in the Piccadilly line passing east out of South Kensington. “In fact,” she writes, “the tunnel curves between Knightsbridge and South Kensington stations because it was impossible to drill through the mass of skeletal remains buried in Hyde Park.” I will admit that I think she means “between Knightsbridge and Hyde Park Corner”—although there is apparently a “small plague pit dating from around 1664” beneath Knightsbridge Green—but I will defer to Arnold’s research.

But to put that another way, the ground was so solidly packed with the interlocked skeletons of 17th-century victims of the Great Plague that the Tube’s 19th-century excavation teams couldn’t even hack their way through them all. The Tube thus had to swerve to the side along a subterranean detour in order to avoid this huge congested knot of skulls, ribs, legs, and arms tangled in the soil—an artificial geology made of people, caught in the throat of greater London.

London and Its Dead

i read shit like this and think what could my imagination possibly have to add

like how do i write something about london that’s weirder than london already is?

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#dude wait till all the crossrail digs research comes out#they’re still mid-excavation on those bad boys#the museum of London archaeology team had hoardings up before they ever broke ground#London sees your fiction and raises you a reality#usually involving subterranean weirdness

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Just really interesting stuff here

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Saturday, August 23
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What you should read:

  • This is very important to keep in mind, especially if you want to enjoy your reading experience.
  • 1: You should read Anything.
  • 2: Whatever you like.
  • 3: There are no rules.
  • 4: There is no age limit.
  • 5: You can read whatever the hell you want.
  • 6: I'm not going to tell you what you SHOULD be reading.
  • 7: Because that's up to you.
  • 8: Pick up ANY BOOK
  • 9: And please,
  • 10: Enjoy the hell out of it! (Or dislike it, it's all up to you!)


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Monday, July 28
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Model Undercover: Paris by Carina Axelsson
I’ve loved a good sleuthing mystery since I was a little middle grade reader myself, which is why I jumped at the chance to review Model Undercover: Paris. I loved it! While I personally had a few issues in the start suspending belief that any 16 year old girl wouldn’t want to be a model (WHAT?!), I really loved the story. I enjoyed how dedicated Axelle was to her detective work and how resilient she was in the face of pressure to give up her dreams. The fast-paced cutthroat world of fashion during Paris fashion week makes a splendid backdrop for a mystery. The city itself is a great setting full of secret passageways and creepy catacombs. Of course, there are new friends, a cute boy, and clothes to die for. I highly recommend this book for fans of mystery, fashion, or just a fun story!
Overall: A-
Model Undercover is out now from Sourcebooks! Get your copy here. And check out the next book Model Undercover: New York here
Synopsis:
A Crime of Fashion…
Nancy Drew meets The Devil Wears Prada in the debut of this action-packed mystery series
Author Carina Axelsson, is a former professional model and draws her inspiration for this teen sleuth series from years of experience on the catwalk and a long time love ofScooby Doo. 
Axelle Andersen wants nothing more than to be a teen-sleuth despite the influence of her pushy fashionista aunt, Venetia. So when top fashion designer Belle La Lune goes missing, and Aunt Venetia becomes a prime suspect, Axelle must go undercover as a model during Paris Fashion Week to uncover the truth behind Belle’s disappearance and clear her aunt’s name.
She’s thrust into a frenetic world of castings, photo shoots, and sequins, while struggling to fit in and track down clues. Can Axelle solve a kidnapping and survive the world of fashion?
With educational back matter that includes information about the fashion industry and a glossary of fashion terms, Model Undercover: Paris is a marriage of fashion and mystery that is perfect for aspiring fashionistas and teen sleuths alike. 

About The Author: 
Carina Axelsson Carina Axelsson is a writer, illustrator, and former model. She grew up in California with her Swedish father and Mexican mother. After high school, Carina moved to New York City to model, then on to Paris where she published her first book. She currently lives in in the forests of Germany with four dogs and a very large aquarium full of fish.

Model Undercover: Paris by Carina Axelsson

I’ve loved a good sleuthing mystery since I was a little middle grade reader myself, which is why I jumped at the chance to review Model Undercover: Paris. I loved it! While I personally had a few issues in the start suspending belief that any 16 year old girl wouldn’t want to be a model (WHAT?!), I really loved the story. I enjoyed how dedicated Axelle was to her detective work and how resilient she was in the face of pressure to give up her dreams. The fast-paced cutthroat world of fashion during Paris fashion week makes a splendid backdrop for a mystery. The city itself is a great setting full of secret passageways and creepy catacombs. Of course, there are new friends, a cute boy, and clothes to die for. I highly recommend this book for fans of mystery, fashion, or just a fun story!

Overall: A-

Model Undercover is out now from Sourcebooks! Get your copy here. And check out the next book Model Undercover: New York here

Synopsis:

A Crime of Fashion…

Nancy Drew meets The Devil Wears Prada in the debut of this action-packed mystery series

Author Carina Axelsson, is a former professional model and draws her inspiration for this teen sleuth series from years of experience on the catwalk and a long time love ofScooby Doo. 

Axelle Andersen wants nothing more than to be a teen-sleuth despite the influence of her pushy fashionista aunt, Venetia. So when top fashion designer Belle La Lune goes missing, and Aunt Venetia becomes a prime suspect, Axelle must go undercover as a model during Paris Fashion Week to uncover the truth behind Belle’s disappearance and clear her aunt’s name.

She’s thrust into a frenetic world of castings, photo shoots, and sequins, while struggling to fit in and track down clues. Can Axelle solve a kidnapping and survive the world of fashion?

With educational back matter that includes information about the fashion industry and a glossary of fashion terms, Model Undercover: Paris is a marriage of fashion and mystery that is perfect for aspiring fashionistas and teen sleuths alike. 

About The Author: 

Carina Axelsson Carina Axelsson is a writer, illustrator, and former model. She grew up in California with her Swedish father and Mexican mother. After high school, Carina moved to New York City to model, then on to Paris where she published her first book. She currently lives in in the forests of Germany with four dogs and a very large aquarium full of fish.

Tags:   #i read #reading #books #ya #middle grade #Young Adult Fiction #ya lit #young adult #fashion #mystery #nancy drew #model undercover #sourcebooks #carina axelsson



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Wednesday, July 23
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Coliloquy Summer Reading Challenge!

Colioquy is hosting their first Reading Challenge this summer and I’d like to personally invite you to participate in this fun reading adventure. If you are not familiar with this publisher, then you clearly don’t read my blog regularly. BUT I’ll forgive you and you can find out more about them and see a list of their titles here:  http://www.coliloquy.com/about/coliloquy/

The challenge will run between July 7 - August 31, and you can follow along on the Summer Reading Goodreads page and on Twitter using the hashtag #SummerReading. The challenge will be a point based system and depending on how you participate (i.e. blogger and/or reader), you will be eligible to receive FREE Coliloquy titles and win lots of cool prizes.  The more you do, the more you receive. And you get to have fun reading while doing it!

And it gets even better… to kickstart the reading challenge, Coliloquy has dropped the price of several titles. Just for the summer the following books will be offered for FREE across various platforms : King Solomon’s Wives: Hunted, Totlandia: Book 1,  Witch’s Brew, Spellspinners 1, and Georgetown Academy, Book 1. Additionally, Dead Letter Office, Parish Mail 1 and The Great Panty Caper are both available for FREE on Wattpad.

Also, for the new adult fans, Coliloquy is offering an EXCLUSIVE discounted price ($4.99) for Game. Set. Match. a sporty summer romance that has taken fans by storm! Click on the link below and enter promo code: GSM Summer Reading for this amazing promotional price! https://buy.coliloquy.com/obxtheseries

HOW TO EARN POINTS:

  • JOIN- Click on the link to the GoodReads page to join. This page will have updated information about the challenge, a list of participating blogs, eligible titles, discussions and fun challenge questions.(10 points)
  • READ & REVIEW- For each eligible title you read and review on Amazon, you will receive (25 points). Additional points are available (10 each) for cross-posting reviews on Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, and a personal blog.
    • If you review a bundle, the  point value will be as follows:
      • Totlandia- 100 points
      • Spellspinners- 75 points
      • Georgetown Academy- 100 points
      • Getting Dumped (+) Great Panty Caper- 75 points
      • King Solomon Wives- 75 points
  • SOCIAL MEDIA- If you are like us and love social media, you can participate on these outlets as well.
    • TWITTER- You can receive up to (10 points) over the summer for tweeting about the challenge (1 tweet = 1 point). Here are some example tweets to use:
      • Join the #SummerReading Challenge with @Coliloquy http://bit.ly/coliloreading
      • The #SummerReading Challenge @Colilquy is starting now! (add link to your blog post)
      • I’m reading (name of book) for @Coliloquy’s #SummerReading Challenge.
      • Have you heard about @Coliloquy’s #SummerReading Challenge yet? (add link to your blog post)
      • Discover a new read through @Coliloquy’s #SummerReading Challenge! (add link to your blog post)
      • Read. Review. Win. Join @Coliloquy’s #SummerReading Challenge! (add link to your blog post)
    • INSTAGRAM- Take a picture of yourself reading a Coliloquy title in your favorite summer reading spot and hashtag it #Summer #Reading #Coliloquy. (10 points)
  • COMMENT- Comment on challenge posts / reviews from the different participating bloggers (max 10 points per week- 2 points per comment). The list of bloggers can be found on the GR page.
  • REFER A FRIEND-  if you are having fun, invite a friend to join! (25 points) after friend has joined and read/reviewed at least 1 title).

REDEEM-

  • Once you reach 100 points, you can cash in your points or you can wait to redeem your prizes at the end of the challenge. All tracking spreadsheets must be turned in by September 7, 2014.
    • 100 points = 1 free Coliloquy title of your choice:
    • 250 points= a 2nd free Coliloquy title of your choice.
    • For each additional 50 points after 250 (up to 500 / 5 entries), you will receive 1 entry into main giveaway. Giveaway includes: (1) Coliloquy Beach Swag Bag (includes: beach bag, silly sunglasses, Coliloquy swag & $10.00 Amazon gift card.

TRACKING

1. Click on the link to access the tracking spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/a/coliloquy.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AgzxVSgLj7YjdF9UNnNvb3Y3bUhPRFUwNTFXTEROcWc&usp=sharing

2. Click File—>Download as an Excel file and save to your computer.

3. Use the google doc to track your progress. When you are ready to redeem your points, you can send the completed spreadsheet to SummerReading@Coliloquy.com

If you are interested in taking part in the challenge, please click HERE to join. Once you join, you  will be able to review specific details outlining the challenge details, prizes, tracking system and much more!  You can also follow along on Twitter by using the hashtag #SummerReading.

Tags:   #coliloquy #publishing #reading #summer #summer reading challenge #books #i read



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Sunday, July 20
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One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time.
— Carl Sagan (via maxkirin)

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Wednesday, July 9
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The Swift Boys and Me- Kody Keplinger
Kody’s better known for writing contemporary young adult, but her debut middle grade won’t disappoint. The Swift Boys and Me is a story about loss, friendship, and change.
Nola Sutton has lived next to the Swift boys her whole life. They’re her best friends and her whole world. But when their dad leaves and the Swift boys are jilted into chaos, Nola’s left struggling to pick up the pieces. Nola loses her Swift boys for the summer, but in the process finds new opportunity, new friendships, and a maybe a new version of herself. 
I found Nola to be a bit clueless and naive in her idealism at times but it didn’t detract from the story. The story is very Southern—-both in the manners and language.  If anything, The Swift Boys and Me gave me renewed hope that childhood could still be filled with long summer days spent outside, tall glasses of lemonade, and friendships forged on bike rides and trampolines. It did this world weary heart of mine good.
Overall: A-
The Swift Boys and Me is out now from Scholastic. You can get your copy here. 

The Swift Boys and Me- Kody Keplinger

Kody’s better known for writing contemporary young adult, but her debut middle grade won’t disappoint. The Swift Boys and Me is a story about loss, friendship, and change.

Nola Sutton has lived next to the Swift boys her whole life. They’re her best friends and her whole world. But when their dad leaves and the Swift boys are jilted into chaos, Nola’s left struggling to pick up the pieces. Nola loses her Swift boys for the summer, but in the process finds new opportunity, new friendships, and a maybe a new version of herself. 

I found Nola to be a bit clueless and naive in her idealism at times but it didn’t detract from the story. The story is very Southern—-both in the manners and language.  If anything, The Swift Boys and Me gave me renewed hope that childhood could still be filled with long summer days spent outside, tall glasses of lemonade, and friendships forged on bike rides and trampolines. It did this world weary heart of mine good.

Overall: A-

The Swift Boys and Me is out now from Scholastic. You can get your copy here. 

Tags:   #i read #middle grade #mg #the swift boys and me #scholastic #kody keplinger #contemporary #books #publishing #read #reading #readers



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Monday, July 7
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Better Off Friends- Elizabeth Eulberg
There’s a few things you should know about Elizabeth Eulberg. She writes really good contemporaries, she is from Wisconsin and she absolutely loves the Green Bay Packers. And in Better Off Friends all three of those things combine to form a perfect trifecta, like when the Captain Planet crew combines their powers. 
Better Off Friends follows the story of Levi and Macallan as they meet in 7th grade and become best friends. It’s a modern interpretation for the generation that doesn’t know When Sally Met Harry as well as for those who love that movie. It’s a “will they, wont they” that asks the age old question: Can men and women ever be just friends?  
Levi and Macallan were fantastic characters—-not only because of their love of an obscure British tv show but because they were beautifully flawed, human in their miscommunications, and ultimately restored to the rights by trusting in their friendship first. The book is set in Wisconsin so there’s a lot of talk of cheese and the Packers; while Wisconsin is “home” for Eulberg, the story asks an interesting question—-at what point does a place or a person become home? The alternating point of view is useful and the dialogue between chapters is both funny and refreshing. It’s the kind of tale that warms the cockles of your heart. (I don’t even know what that means). 
Overall: A
Better Off Friends is out now from Scholastic. You can get your copy here!
PS bonus friend points if you knew that cockles of your heart line is from the Love’s Labors Lost Original Cast recording soundtrack from The Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park.
xoxo
VV

Better Off Friends- Elizabeth Eulberg

There’s a few things you should know about Elizabeth Eulberg. She writes really good contemporaries, she is from Wisconsin and she absolutely loves the Green Bay Packers. And in Better Off Friends all three of those things combine to form a perfect trifecta, like when the Captain Planet crew combines their powers. 

Better Off Friends follows the story of Levi and Macallan as they meet in 7th grade and become best friends. It’s a modern interpretation for the generation that doesn’t know When Sally Met Harry as well as for those who love that movie. It’s a “will they, wont they” that asks the age old question: Can men and women ever be just friends?  

Levi and Macallan were fantastic characters—-not only because of their love of an obscure British tv show but because they were beautifully flawed, human in their miscommunications, and ultimately restored to the rights by trusting in their friendship first. The book is set in Wisconsin so there’s a lot of talk of cheese and the Packers; while Wisconsin is “home” for Eulberg, the story asks an interesting question—-at what point does a place or a person become home? The alternating point of view is useful and the dialogue between chapters is both funny and refreshing. It’s the kind of tale that warms the cockles of your heart. (I don’t even know what that means). 

Overall: A

Better Off Friends is out now from Scholastic. You can get your copy here!

PS bonus friend points if you knew that cockles of your heart line is from the Love’s Labors Lost Original Cast recording soundtrack from The Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park.

xoxo

VV

Tags:   #i read #ya #young adult fiction #ya lit #scholastic #elizabeth eulberg #better off friends #when harry met sally #contemporary #friendship #wisconsin



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Saturday, July 5
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Firework map

Firework map

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Friday, July 4
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whathappensnextmylove:

cerebralzero:

American flags from 1767 to present

Petition to reinstate the snake flag sign here

This is awesome


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Thursday, July 3
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Wednesday, July 2
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saveoriginalthinking:

Love these buttons! @penguinteen @naturallysteph @laurencdonovan #readisla #buttons #Etienne #cricket #josh #anna #lola #isla

Love these anns.lola.isla buttons!

saveoriginalthinking:

Love these buttons! @penguinteen @naturallysteph @laurencdonovan #readisla #buttons #Etienne #cricket #josh #anna #lola #isla

Love these anns.lola.isla buttons!


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