Friday, August 12, 2011

Teen Book Club Meeting with Beth Revis

This summer, I was part of an eight-week teen book club held at the Spindale Public Library, located a scant three blocks or so from my home. One of my friends from middle school formed the group as part of his senior project on literacy, and we picked eight YA books to read and discuss:

Beastly by Alex Flinn
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Singer of All Songs by Kate Constable
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson

The book club was a lot of fun, though we ended up discussing movies, TV shows, and life in general just as much as novels. For our final meeting, as she lives close by and we picked her book as one to read, Beth Revis came by! She answered our questions on all things Across the Universe-related, and we picked her brain to see what she was allowed to tell us about the sequels. She tested our guessing skills and the Internet capability of our cell phones as we tried to figure out what the title of her third book will be, and there were a lot of laughs as she explained to us about everything from her inspiration for the novels to which former students she killed off to the writing and publishing processes through which authors go.

I didn't get any books signed, as I went to Revis' launch party for Across the Universe back in January and got a signed copy of the book then. She did sign others' copies, raffled off by the library, and gave all of us some nice swag as well.

Photos courtesy of the Spindale Public Library Facebook page.
There were more people in our group than those pictured below, but I don't think everyone ever showed up at one time. 
I'm the one in the yellow shirt.

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