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Between Two Lockers With Lacey

One of FYA's newest reviewers stops by to chat about Cillian Murphy, Ronan Lynch and the power of The Hunger Games.

Between Two Lockers With Lacey

Earlier this year, we ran a Between Two Lockers special series featuring your fave FYA writers and contributors. (Peep the announcement.) Since April, a few new contributors have joined FYA HQ, so we’re bringing the series back to give you a chance to get to know them, too!


What’s your name?


Where are you from/located?


What do you do when you’re not writing for FYA?

I am an accountant for Noodles and Company corporate. (It's a fast-casual chain based here in Colorado.) My husband and I have a puppy, which takes up all the other time that I have. When she's grown, however, I plan to work hard and become a ballerina.

What do you look like?


How long have you been writing for FYA, and how did you start writing for the site?

I've only just started! I saw the call for reviewers posted back in May and couldn't believe my luck.

How did you come to read YA as an adult?

My sister-in-law handed me The Hunger Games on a family trip when I had nothing else to do. I was pulled in immediately and finished the book that weekend, of course. It reminded me why I had wanted to study literature and writing in college; it opened my eyes again to how purely FUN reading can be!

Why do you think YA is an important genre, for both actual Ys and those of us who are more A?

Aside from being simply pleasurable, the really good YA books also feature themes of strong young people who question authority, face their fears and learn how to love themselves and others in a way that many adults never do. It's inspiring. It challenges me to try to live the life I dreamed of when I was 17.

What are five of your favorite YA books?

I'm so glad this says "five OF your favorite YA books":
- Harry Potter, obvi.
- His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- The Raven Cycle (especially The Dream Thieves) by Maggie Stiefvater
- Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Do you have a favorite YA character or couple? If so, who are they, and why are they The Best?

Current fave: Ronan Lynch from The Raven Cycle. And for so many reasons—some of which I probably couldn't even articulate! Part of it certainly is that Stiefvater is magic with character development. Her creations feel like people you know, like friends you miss when put the book down. It's almost easy to forget they don't exist somewhere in the world. Ronan is funny, damaged, honest, loyal, wild ... I could be here all day. You get the point.


If your real life adolescence was a YA book ... What would you, the main character, be like?

Quick and witty, but not confident enough for people to see it. Follows all the rules, but only because she's too scared to disappoint the authority figures in her life. Quiet, shy, doesn't know what she wants, isn't sure what she thinks ... and wishes none of that were true.

Who is your secret crush?

Coworker at the coffee shop: a few years older, beautiful tan surfer type, outgoing, funny, amazing smile, a million fans.

What is your number #1 source of angst?

Not having the freedom/opportunity/encouragement to be who I am or decide for myself what I believe.

At what point would the reader pump his/her fist in victory?

When I finally find my voice—in my English class, where the professor breaks the authority-figure mold and challenges me to think for myself and explore the world through reading and writing.

And who would play you in the film adaptation?

A young Alexis Bledel.


What is your #1 favorite food?

Chips! All the chips I've met before and all the chips I'll ever know. Except for salt-and-pepper.

If you could assemble your own Ocean's 11 of fictional characters, who would you pick?
- Katniss Everdeen
- Hacker Elliot Alderson from Mr. Robot
- The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
- Ryan Gosling's unnamed character from Drive, so he can pilot our getaway vehicle
- Ron Weasley, for comic relief
- Natural born leader Gansey from The Raven Cycle
- Tommy Shelby from Peaky Blinders as the brains of the operation, although I worry he and Gansey would butt heads
- Jacob Black from Twilight because I think having some kind of shapeshifter would come in handy for a heist
- Overall badass Arya Stark from Game of Thrones
- Sun Bak from Sense8 (now that I'm done, I think I probably should've chosen the whole cast of Sense8 ...)
- Myself, not because I'd have any heisty skills to offer, but so that I could hang out with Cillian Murphy (Tommy Shelby)!

What is your best karaoke song?

I wouldn't use the word "best," but ... Imma say Alannah Myles' “Black Velvet.”

What is your favorite adult beverage?

Did you mean, "What are some OF your favorite adult beverages?" Just kidding! A shot of tequila if I'm being succinct (not in a bender way; I actually do savor it, with the salt and the lime. Mmm), and sour beer if I'm feeling wealthy.

What is the most crucial snack food and/or movie/or anything you'd bring to an FYA slumber party?

Catch Phrase and microwavable popcorn.

What book have you read the most number of times?

Where the Wild Rose Blooms by Lori Wick. (I was pretty religious when I was young; it's pretty heavy on the moralizing.) It is so NOT something I would pick up today or even recommend to anyone, but when I was 12 this book was my JAM. My best friend and I passed it back and forth and read it over and over, crushing on Clayton Taggert.

YA authors are so cool. Who would you give a BFF charm to?

It's between Rainbow Rowell and Maggie Stiefvater. Maybe the three of us could, like, go to the mall together sometime.

Out of all of the characters you’ve read, which one do you most wish you could be?

Marguerite Caine from Claudia Gray's Firebird trilogy. I know her travels are less than glamorous much of the time, but how incredible would it be to hop across dimensions and literally live the answers to questions like, "what would my life be like without technology ... or a sister?" It's scary and weird, but wow.


Lacey made three picks for each category, and I added a fourth. The magic number (chosen by a random number generator) was 3.



Neville Longbottom
Cillian Murphy

Alexander Skarsgard
James McAvoy


District 13

Yosemite National Park
That Glass Igloo Village in Finland





Prima ballerina
NICU nurse

YA book blogger


Paid in wishes
Paid in ebooks

Paid in Kuwait Dinars (KWD) (It's the strongest currency right now, apparently!)
Paid in songs (the ability to sing a song perfectly—i.e. the richer I get, the greater my repertoire)


Colby, North Carolina
New York City


A horse I know how to ride
A puppy that never grows up (but also never has accidents in the house)

A magical talking cat
A hedgehog


Jaguar XJS

1983 Acura Integra (for old times' sake)
The Pig from The Raven Cycle

Do you have additional questions for Lacey? Or maybe just want to comment on something particularly awesome that she said? Head to the comments!

Mandy Curtis's photo About the Author: Mandy is a small town girl living in a nerdy world, or—if you want to get literal—an editor/writer living in Austin, TX. In addition to yearning for YA books—the more dystopian or fantastical, the better—she can also be found swooning over superheroes, dreaming of The Doctor and grinning at GIFs.