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Procrastination Pro-Tips: Sarah J. Maas News, Eataly World, And More!

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Procrastination Pro-Tips: Sarah J. Maas News, Eataly World, And More!

Okay American readers, if you're actually *at* work today, let's not pretend like you aren't attempting to survive a turkey-and-dressing induced coma. You need a handful of fun internet reads to survive this blackest of Fridays.

Book Related Things

The winner of the 2018 Helen Sheehan Book Prize is Lucia DiStefano's Borrowed. Our very own, very fabulous Jennie was a judge! Borrowed will be published Fall 2018.

Becky Albertalli's new book Leah On The Offbeat has an AMAZING cover. (Also, yay for plus-size heroines!)

News on Sarah J. Maas' new Catwoman book, plus the next installment of ACOTAR: A Court of Frost and Starlight. ::GRABBY HANDS::

We're getting a YA anthology about activism! How I Resist: Activism and Hope For A New Generation will feature essays by actors and celebs, plus Libba Bray, Jennifer Weiner and more!

Autostraddle has a great article up right now that features some of our favorite tiny baby angels from The Raven Cycle books: How Reading YA Fiction Helped Me Embrace My Bisexuality.

The worst sex scenes of 2017 are, in fact, quite terrible. No YA, thank GOD.

Catch these Kindle deals before they're gone:

•  Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (review)

•  Dash and Lily's Book of Dares (review), Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List (movie review), and Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist (review) by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

•  Entwined by Heather Dixon (review)

•  Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero (review)

•  The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig (review)

•  Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst (review)

•  Tortall and Other Lands: A Collection of Tales, Trickster's Choice, and Trickster's Queen by Tamora Pierce

•  The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (review)

•  Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray (review)

•  Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood (review)

•  First & Then by Emma Mills (review)

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YA Onscreen Things

Yo, 90s kids, this one's for you: the writer of IT is gonna pen an Are You Afraid Of The Dark movie and OMG I'm scared already! (That leprechaun who did community theatre still haunts me.)

One Tree Hill's sleazebag showrunner has been accused of sexual harassment from former cast members and has now been suspended from his current show (which has already wrapped up for the season, so we'll see if there are actual lasting consequences).

For the 20th anniversary of Anastasia, EW talks with the composers about its soundtrack, which is the jam. Fun fact: my high school choir performed "Once Upon a December" in every Christmas show.

Check out the trailer for RISE, the Jason Katims high school musical show starring Auli’i Cravalho, a.k.a. Moana:

Social Media Things

We're all a little obsessed with that Leah on the Downbeat cover, but maybe a little more so knowing where the inspiration came from?


MoonPie gives Wendy's Twitter a run for their money.

Baby Maas coming May 2018!

Miscellaneous Things

Eataly World, the food theme park in Bologna, is officially open and I want to go to there.

Pretty Little Liars fans, this one's for you: Unable to pursue a male-dominated field, the “mother of forensic science” eventually found a way to make her mark: training policemen using uncanny dollhouse crime scenes.

All members of #TeamSteveHarrington need this amazing shirt, like, yesterday.

The Celebrity Perv Apology Generator is, unfortunately, now a thing.

Speaking of celebrity pervs (when are we not these days?), this is a great article from Vox. "Instead of mourning great art tainted by awful men, mourn the work we lost from their victims"

And because it wouldn't be a Friday in 2017 if we didn't have a laundry list of man-garbage, Melissa Schuman, from the former girl group DREAM, comes forward about how she was raped by Backstreet Boy Nick Carter. Major TW with this one, guys.

Have y'all seen the super cute Disney Princess collection from Torrid?

The actress who played Rayanne in My So Called Life is now a real life countess.


Find anything good on the internet this week? Share it in the comments, ya turkeys!

Rosemary Hallmark's photo About the Author: Rosemary lives in Little Rock, AR with her cute husband and even cuter dog. At 16, she plucked a copy of Sloppy Firsts off the "New Releases" shelf and hasn't stopped reading YA since. (She's still got a soft spot for the swoony, contemporary stuff.) A former magazine editor, she is now a freelance writer, graphic designer, art director and photo stylist. The rest of her time is spent drinking cocktails, renovating her house and laughing at her husband's ridiculous Pretty Little Liars theories.