Book Musings: 6 Young Adult Books Which Changed Me



The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: To be honest, I had avoided reading this story for the longest time just because the hype surrounding the book was just too much to bear. And then Sudeshna read it, and wouldn’t shut up about the book and finally, I ordered the book. I got absorbed into the story of Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters…and while I cried buckets, I also realized an important thing: a person is so much more than just what sets a limit on them. The story truly touched my heart and I have watched the movie a couple of times as well. I believe John Green sent out a very important message with this particular tale. And it changed me. For the better.

Favourite Quote: “The world is not a wish granting factory.” – Augustus Waters.

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven: I bought this book mainly because of how much it had taken over social media and people wouldn’t stop talking about Finch. It was really the tag line that made me open the book and almost finish the story in a couple of days – “The story of a girl who learns to live from a boy who wants to die.” I believe that is the most heartbreakingly beautiful line that I’ve read in recent times. This particular story just makes you realize you need to be nicer to people. You have no idea what personal demons everyone you meet might be fighting. Just be kind. It honestly doesn’t cost you anything, and gives the other person hope.

Favourite Quote: “You’re all the colours in one at full brightness.” ~ Theodore Finch.

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaria: Laurel shifts schools following her sister’s untimely death, hoping to escape from it all. Only everything comes back to haunt her, when she slowly begins to write letters to the dead as part of an English assignment that she never hands in. I found it to be a beautiful story about how children often do not know right from wrong, and don’t know who to turn to for help. Parents need to pay more attention to their kids, no matter how full their schedules seem to be.

Favourite Quote: “There is more to life than just being a passenger.”
13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher: The book warns you about containing mature themes, and then you realize that this book is the story of every girl ever caught in the cycle of being a victim to a vicious rumour. The book completely broke my heart, and I could feel the struggle between Hannah and Clay. It’s an entirely horrible feeling when you care about someone, but are unable to save them. And Hannah gives you 13 Reasons Why she did what she did...

Favourite Quote: “A lot of you cared, just not enough.”

Roger and Amy’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson: I actually read Morgan Matson’s second novel, Since You’ve Been Gone, first and I wasn’t too happy about it. But this one really restored my faith in the happily ever after, even after life has screwed you up completely enough times. Complete with road maps and little notes scrawled alongside the main text of the novel, I felt I was on this journey with them. The epic detour was on the epic reads of my life in 2015.

Favourite Quote: “The best discoveries always happened to people who weren’t looking for it.”

The DUFF by Kody Keplinger:  The reason why I loved this book is because it broke the stereotype that the female lead needs to be slender and good looking. Bianca is a little overweight and that’s okay, because even though she struggles with being the Designated Ugly Fat Friend (D.U.F.F.), she embraces who she is and falls in love with the guy she was merely hooking up with. The guy who happens to have gotten under her skin and while we think this is bound to be a trainwreck, this story tells you how people who love each other can survive anything and find their way back again.

Favourite Quote: “No matter where you go, or what you do to distract yourself, reality catches up with you eventually.”

Shows from Childhood that Veronica Thatcher wants to bring back!

Oh, this is such a tough one for me to write…Because, I was an extremely precocious child, and I used to watch more soap operas and fewer cartoons in my childhood. I know, I know, roll your eyes at me. But I was a veritable soap opera junkie in my childhood days.

That being said, I did watch some child-friendly shows too because after all, I was a child. And every child likes cartoons and Disney shows.

My absolute favourite as a child used to be Make Way for Noddy, based on Enid Blyton’s books. I used to live and die for it, no matter how many soap operas I watched. Noddy was a wonderful animated show for preschoolers and toddlers. I learnt a lot from this show because it offered many life-lessons about friendship, compassion, integrity and responsibility. Noddy is extremely kind, compassionate and helpful. He always helps his friends in need, even though sometimes, he may get more than he asked for. For example, when he volunteers to watch Bumpy Dog so Tessie can go away for the day, Noddy learns that there's a tremendous amount of responsibility involved in taking care of a dog. Both lessons -- that it's good to help, and that pets are a lot of work -- are worthwhile ones, and Noddy offers plenty more along the same lines.

The next show that I would love to bring back is Oswald. Oswald is in many ways, similar to Noddy. Oswald is a very gentle, friendly, smart, polite and big-hearted round blue octopus who is always willing to go out of his way to help his friends out. He’s sweet and kind, and children can learn a lot from the mistakes he makes and his virtues. The main message the show conveys is that friendship is the most important thing in life. There are also lessons about some serious issues like freedom, for example, when Oswald captures some fireflies in a jar but at the end, sets them free in the park because he realizes that the fireflies are going to be happy only when they can live their life as free beings.

Another show that I was addicted to in my childhood was Hannah Montana. I think a lot of young girls get where I come from. Hannah Montana, played by Miley Cyrus, was quite the pre-teen and teen idol in those years. Her dynamics and relationships with her father, brother and friends, as well as her inner conflicts and brief romantic entanglements made for a very entertaining show for children who were just entering that pre-teen stage. Yes, Miley Cyrus did transform into a completely different person later on, but the early few seasons of the show were very good and wholesome and had a positive impact on the kids.

Last, but not the least, comes the show with magic, mischief and lessons for young tweens – the very entertaining, and perfect for the creative young minds – Wizards of Waverly Place. This Disney sitcom is about three siblings with secret magical powers. Each episode offers positive messages about responsibility, honesty, and making good decisions, and characters learn from their mistakes. The show comprises of tweens and teens with woes that young viewers will easily relate to. While there's often some mild misbehaving of some sort going on, in the end, important lessons are learned and consequences are faced.

These four were my absolute favourite during my childhood, and I learnt a lot from them. I like to think they had a huge contribution in shaping up my personality and making me the person I am today. Sometimes, I really miss these shows and their simplicity and honesty. It was much better than all the emotionally taxing angst and drama and villainy that is portrayed in soaps. If I could, I would bring them back in a heartbeat. I recommend these shows to all the kids. There are some really important life-lessons and meaningful messages conveyed through these.

Title: A Way Back into Love
Author: Veronica Thatcher
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Notion Press



Blurb:
Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes, uncertain. People, irrational. But love…well, that makes everything complicated. And when you are caught in a tangled web of secrets, lies, and complex affairs, someone is bound to get burned.

Emily Stevens is a spunky, spirited college girl whose life gets turned upside-down when she realizes she's in love with her best friend of fifteen years, Derek Thorpe. As Emily prepares to confess her feelings to Derek, something happens one night which changes her life forever. Five years later, Emily finds herself in Boston, alone and heartbroken. Will she ever be able to forget the past? And what will she find when she returns home...to the man she left behind?




                                                https://www.amazon.com/dp/1946641170/

                             eBooks - https://www.amazon.in/dp/B06WRR5FN3

                                                https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06WRR5FN3/


Author Bio:
Veronica Thatcher is an exciting new contemporary romance author. Ever since she was very young, she’s dreamed of becoming a doctor when she grew up. While still forging ahead with that, majoring in pre-med in college, she unwittingly stumbled upon a new dream—becoming a published author. Some may call her an introvert or a wallflower, but she has always found she could express herself better in written, rather than spoken, words. However, never in her wildest dreams had she envisioned she would pursue writing as a prospective career, not just a hobby. Her love for writing goes hand-in-hand with her love for a good romance novel—whether it be a feel-good, sweet romance or a dark, suspenseful one. When she’s not studying, reading, or writing, she is usually found blasting her favourite songs, sometimes singing and dancing along to them.  She dabbles in a number of activities, including painting, karate, singing and dancing. She is a huge chocoholic – probably the biggest – and she is an ice-cream junkie too. She considers herself technologically handicapped forever and has no shame in admitting that. She also deems chocolates her boyfriend, Patrick Dempsey the love of her life, and Friends her life!

Her first book, A Way Back Into Love, is slated for release in February 2017, and she hopes readers will enjoy it as much as she enjoyed writing it. You can reach Veronica through Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Wattpad and Gmail.

Author Links:


Excerpt:

Emily stepped back from him and shook her head. “Oh, you know damn well what I mean. You know what, Derek? I’m done having this conversation with you. I’m so done with this conversation and I’m so done with you,” Emily spat out angrily before brushing past him.

“Emily, wait,” Derek said, catching her by her arm. “Where are you going?”

Emily spun around and gave him a bitter look before looking down at his hand gripping her arm. “Leave my arm,” she said in a low yet threatening voice, “And why do you care where I’m going? It’s none of your business.”

Derek didn’t leave her arm in spite of her warning and said, “Em, you’ve had too many drinks. You can’t drive in this condition. I’ll drop you home.”

Emily jerked her arm free from his grasp and replied in a bitter voice, “Thank you, but no. I’m perfectly capable of getting myself home on my own. I don’t need you to drop me home. Do you get it, Derek Thorpe? I DON’T NEED YOU!” Emily yelled the last words, causing a few people to look their way.




Release Day Blitz: A Way Back Into Love


~ Release Day Blitz ~
A Way Back Into Love by Veronica Thatcher
21st February, 2017



About the Book:

Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes, uncertain.People, irrational. But love… Well, that makes complicates everything complicated. When you are caught in a tangled web of secrets, lies, and complex affairs, someone is bound to get burned.
Emily Stevens is a spunky, spirited college girl whose life is turned upside-down when she realizes she's in love with her best friend of fifteen years, Derek Thorpe. As Emily prepares to confess her feelings to Derek, something happens one night which changes her life forever. Five years later, Emily finds herself in Boston, alone and heartbroken. Will she ever be able to forget the past? And what will she find when she returns home... to the man she left behind?



Book Links:
Goodreads * Paperback * eBook

Read an Excerpt:

Emily stepped back from him and shook her head. “Oh, you know damn well what I mean. You know what, Derek? I’m done having this conversation with you. I’m so done with this conversation and I’m so done with you,” Emily spat out angrily before brushing past him.

“Emily, wait,” Derek said, catching her by her arm. “Where are you going?”

Emily spun around and gave him a bitter look before looking down at his hand gripping her arm. “Leave my arm,” she said in a low yet threatening voice, “And why do you care where I’m going? It’s none of your business.”

Derek didn’t leave her arm in spite of her warning and said, “Em, you’ve had too many drinks. You can’t drive in this condition. I’ll drop you home.”

Emily jerked her arm free from his grasp and replied in a bitter voice, “Thank you, but no. I’m perfectly capable of getting myself home on my own. I don’t need you to drop me home. Do you get it, Derek Thorpe? I DON’T NEED YOU!” Emily yelled the last words, causing a few people to look their way.


About the Author:
Veronica Thatcher is an exciting new contemporary romance author. Ever since she was very young, she’s dreamed of becoming a doctor when she grew up. While still forging ahead with that, majoring in pre-med in college, she unwittingly stumbled upon a new dream—becoming a published author. Some may call her an introvert or a wallflower, but she has always found she could express herself better in written, rather than spoken, words. However, never in her wildest dreams had she envisioned she would pursue writing as a prospective career, not just a hobby. Her love for writing goes hand-in-hand with her love for a good romance novel—whether it be a feel-good, sweet romance or a dark, suspenseful one. When she’s not studying, reading, or writing, she is usually found blasting her favourite songs, sometimes singing and dancing along to them.  She dabbles in a number of activities, including painting, karate, singing and dancing. She is a huge chocoholic – probably the biggest – and she is an ice-cream junkie too. She considers herself technologically handicapped forever and has no shame in admitting that. She also deems chocolates her boyfriend, Patrick Dempsey the love of her life, and Friends her life!
Her first book, A Way Back Into Love, is slated for release in February 2017, and she hopes readers will enjoy it as much as she enjoyed writing it. You can reach Veronica through Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Wattpad and Gmail.

Contact the Author:

FB Page * FB Profile * Twitter * Wattpad




Cover Reveal: A Way Back into Love by Veronica Thatcher


~ Cover Reveal ~
A Way Back Into Love by Veronica Thatcher
5th January, 2017



About the Book:

Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes, uncertain. People, irrational. But love… Well, that makes complicates everything complicated. When you are caught in a tangled web of secrets, lies, and complex affairs, someone is bound to get burned.
Emily Stevens is a spunky, spirited college girl whose life is turned upside-down when she realizes she's in love with her best friend of fifteen years, Derek Thorpe. As Emily prepares to confess her feelings to Derek, something happens one night which changes her life forever. Five years later, Emily finds herself in Boston, alone and heartbroken. Will she ever be able to forget the past? And what will she find when she returns home... to the man she left behind?




About the Author:
Veronica Thatcher is an exciting new contemporary romance author. Ever since she was very young, she’s dreamed of becoming a doctor when she grew up. While still forging ahead with that, majoring in pre-med in college, she unwittingly stumbled upon a new dream—becoming a published author. Some may call her an introvert or a wallflower, but she has always found she could express herself better in written, rather than spoken, words. However, never in her wildest dreams had she envisioned she would pursue writing as a prospective career, not just a hobby. Her love for writing goes hand-in-hand with her love for a good romance novel—whether it be a feel-good, sweet romance or a dark, suspenseful one. When she’s not studying, reading, or writing, she is usually found blasting her favourite songs, sometimes singing and dancing along to them.  She dabbles in a number of activities, including painting, karate, singing and dancing. She is a huge chocoholic – probably the biggest – and she is an ice-cream junkie too. She considers herself technologically handicapped forever and has no shame in admitting that. She also deems chocolates her boyfriend, Patrick Dempsey the love of her life, and Friends her life!
Her first book, A Way Back Into Love, is slated for release in February 2017, and she hopes readers will enjoy it as much as she enjoyed writing it. You can reach Veronica through Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Wattpad and Gmail.

Contact the Author:
FB Page * FB Profile * Twitter * Wattpad