Cristina Arreola
Cristina Mari Arreola is the Books Editor at Bustle and a graduate of Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism. She also talks about books at Book Of The Month and Latinx In Publishing.

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See The Cover For 'The Nowhere Girls'!

It's more important than ever that Americans think about the role of rape culture in their lives — and part of that means reading novels that challenge the status quo and inspire resistance. In Amy Reed's forthcoming novel, The Nowhere Girls, a group of teenage girls take a stand against the societal structures that influence their lives and their sexualities. The book comes out in October, but Bustle has an exclusive look at the cover below! So, who are The Nowhere Girls? Grace Salter is new i…

By Cristina Arreola

EXCERPT: 'The One Memory Of Flora Banks'

Imagine traveling to the arctic circle without a plan, without a map, without.... a short-term memory? In journalist-turned-author Emily Barr's new book, The One Memory of Flora Banks, a 17-year-old anterograde amnesiac travels to the edge of the world in search of answers... and a cure. Flora can't remember anything past the age of 10 — that is, until she kisses her best friend's boyfriend, Drake. But just as Flora discovers she has a brand new memory, Drake leaves town to do scientific researc…

By Cristina Arreola

Emma Watson Is Hiding Feminist Books In NYC

In a move that would definitely make Hermione Granger proud, actress and self-proclaimed bookworm Emma Watson celebrated International Women's Day by leaving feminist books at the monuments of female icons in New York City. Like Hermione, Emma Watson clearly believes in the power of literature to spur action and inspire resistance. Watson, who runs the Our Shared Shelf feminist book club and is a U.N. Ambassador for her organization He For She, has hidden books on the streets of New York in the …

By Cristina Arreola

Jeff Zentner On 'Goodbye Days' & Writing For Teens

Carver is just like any other teenage boy — he spends most of his time hanging out, staging pranks for ridiculous YouTube videos, and planning elaborate "squirrel rodeos" with his three best friends: Eli, Blake, and Mars. Or he did. Now they're dead. And it might be his fault. In Jeff Zentner's new novel Goodbye Days (March 7; Crown Books for Young Readers), Carver Briggs sends a text message that, some would argue, distracted the driver and caused the accident that killed the teens. With t…

By Cristina Arreola

Tune In To Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Book Launch!

When bestselling author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie releases new feminist writing, the world should stop to read it. Her latest book, Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto In Fifteen Suggestions (March 7; Knopf) is no exception to this rule. Written as a 15-step guide, Dear Ijeawele is a compelling, relatable, and unpretentious call-to-action to raise children who are loving, respectful, understanding, empathetic, and fully, actively feminist. The story behind Dear Ijeawele's writing is just as …

By Cristina Arreola

The Book Every Trans Ally Needs To Read — EXCERPT

On Wednesday, Donald Trump's administration withdrew federal guidelines to public schools which allowed transgender students to use bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity. This is a decision that could prove to be life-threatening for trans people, who — in addition to being at increased risk of hate crimes — are 10 times more likely to attempt suicide than the general public. Trans youth face more harassment, violence, and discrimination than their cisgender classmates, and respe…

By Cristina Arreola

The Best Passages About Love From 'Norwegian Wood'

I can't find my high school copy of Norwegian Wood, but I remember what it looks like: the paperback cover is peeling and bent almost entirely backwards; the pages are dog-eared and torn from rushed attempts to finish the story; the words are underlined and highlighted and dotted and starred, all in different colors and pens. I admit I'm not kind to the books I love. I mark them up; I write in the margins; I consume them fully. Norwegian Wood is no exception, and in my copy — wherever it may be …

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'A Series Of Unfortunate Events' Trivia

Andi Dorfman's New Book Is In The Works!

When Andi Dorfman's tell-all memoir It's Not Okay was released last year, fans of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette got a behind-the-scenes peek at life as the star of one of the most notorious reality television franchises. Well, prepare for round two, Bachelor Nation: Andi Dorfman's second book is in the works! Dorfman, 29, posted a photo on Twitter of what appears to be the finalized contract for her latest book. "Book #2 is officially on its way!" she wrote. The lawyer-turned-reality-TV-st…

By Cristina Arreola

Read An Excerpt From Julie Buxbaum's New Novel!

Last year, Julie Buxbaum made a splash in the kid lit scene with her young adult debut, Tell Me Three Things, a poignant ode to high school friendship and first love told through the lens of a heartbroken girl grieving the death of her mother. Buxbaum understands that books have the power to help readers heal from loss, and she tackles the subject once again in her newest novel, What To Say Next, out in July 2017. This time, the story is told through the perspective of a girl who no longer feels…

By Cristina Arreola