I’m Judith and that’s Ellen. We’re two long time friends with strong and eerily similar opinions about YA fiction. We like to review books, generally for one another, but thought – what the heck! These reviews might somehow be useful to you too so wham, bam, thank you ma’am and I Love YA Fiction was born. We’ve ventured beyond a purely review site and sometimes have giveaways, news, cover reveals, and other fun stuff to share with you. One day we’ll be able to say, we’re kind of a big deal!
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Little Known Judith Facts: I went to NYU where I studied Classics (as in Languages, as in Latin and Greek; please keep your jokes about my job potential to yourself); fave YA authors include: Tammara Webber, Jillian Dodd, Sarah Dessen, Madeline L’Engle, Catherine Fisher, and old school Francesca Lia Block; I spent a bit of my childhood outside of Omaha, NE which means I have a certain fondness for cows and corn; we own a TV but no cable so I’m woefully out of date when it comes to what’s cool in TV/Movies; I never wear pants: for serious, NEVER.
If you haven’t guessed from our posts, Ellen is the funny one and I’m…hmmm, tough one…I guess I’m the “mature” one. My mother liked to appease me with this as a kid in order to make me feel better about not understanding what the heck everyone in my class was going on about. Luckily we met when we did because Ellen is my perfect foil.
Little Known Ellen Facts: She went to GW (or was it American? I always get those two confused), lives somewhere in the wilds of NJ, is constantly changing her hair color, and when pressed, will speak with a kick ass Irish accent.
Omg. Seriously? We’ve been friends for as long as your marriage (minus I think 4 months) and you still don’t know where I went to college? I know where you went AND what you studied! (Which obviously means I’m a better friend. BOOYA!) I went to American University – also in D.C. like GW but NOT the same. And if by living “in the wilds of New Jersey” you mean I live outside of Philly and have an actual backyard that has tree(s) then yes, you are correct. I do love to change my hair color because it’s fun and I am completely terrible about taking on other people’s accents, especially when I drink. During study abroad in Ireland I was flirting with a guy and when he mentioned some tv program from childhood I said “um, I wouldn’t know, I grew up in New York” which seriously perplexed him because I was (unknown to me) speaking in an Irish accent. Whoops.
What else about me? I really like to watch movies that I feel are so bad they’ve boomeranged back to awesome (think “Starship Troopers” and “Sharktopus”), have both the worst and best taste in tv viewing (I watch both “One Tree Hill” – not something I’m especially proud of – and “Friday Night Lights”), and will read almost anything you put in front of me. I also tend to enjoy books without thinking they have any redeeming qualities due to the fact that I’m easily entertained. Oh and I have a tendency to go off on rants/tangents/words of wisdom so that’s just something we’re all going to have to live with. I ESPECIALLY love to rant about YA novels (seriously, quit it with all the Angel books, I’m begging you).
Want to learn even more? Check out this interview of Ellen and Judith over at author, Elaine Stock’s blog, Everyone’s Story.