Cristina Arreola
Cristina Mari Arreola is the Senior 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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This Book Is An Ode To The High School Friendships That Changed Your Life

Julie Buxbaum has written her fair share of dead mothers. Her first three books — women's fiction novels The Opposite of Love and After You, and the YA novel Tell Me Three Things — all dealt with moth...
By Cristina Arreola

Jeannette Walls Hopes "Glass Castle" Inspires Other To Share Their Stories

In one of the first scenes of The Glass Castle, Rex Walls, played by Woody Harrelson, forcibly throws his daughter, who can't swim, into the deep end of a pool. On purpose. Not once. Not twice. But ov...
By Cristina Arreola

Paddington Bear Creator Michael Bond Has Died

Michael Bond, the creator of Paddington Bear, has died at the age of 91, his publisher HarperCollins UK announced on Wednesday. The official Paddington Bear account also confirmed the news in a Twitte...
By Cristina Arreola

Harry Potter's Quidditch Uniform Had A Secret Meaning

Harry Potter fans are no stranger to wild internet theories and speculation: were the Dursleys so terrible to Harry because he was a horcrux? Is Crookshanks *actually* Regulus Black? Is Ron Weasley ju...
By Cristina Arreola

Sarah Jessica Parker Announced First Book For "Book Club Central"

Actress and avid reader Sarah Jessica Parker just helped launch a book club in collaboration with the American Library Association (ALA) — and the first book selection needs to be at the top of your s...
By Cristina Arreola

Chelsea Clinton's Book Is A Feminist History Lesson Every Girl Should Read

Who can forget the moment "nevertheless, she persisted" became the battle cry of the feminist resistance? "She was warned," Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, after si...
By Cristina Arreola

'We Were Liars' Author E. Lockhart Is Back With 'Genuine Fraud'! — EXCERPT

Remember the summer of 2014, when the only book anyone could talk about involved four friends, a private island, and a tragic accident? If you — like me — were totally blown away by the propulsive pro...
By Cristina Arreola

Janet Mock Is Writing Herself Into Existence

The title of Janet Mock's new memoir comes from feminist writer Audre Lorde: "And at last you'll know with surpassing certainty that only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth. And th...
By Cristina Arreola

See The Cover (And Read An Excerpt!) From The 'Wintersong' Sequel

If you — like me! — fell absolutely head-over-heels for the world of the Goblin King in Wintersong, you're in luck: author S. Jae-Jones is returning to the Underground in the sequel, Shadowsong. Bustl...
By Cristina Arreola

HRC's Fave Childhood Book Is Still A Must-Read For Young Feminists

Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is undoubtedly a role model for children throughout the country. But where did Hillary Clinton find her inspiration growing up? At least one of her childh...
By Cristina Arreola

This Is The Book On Hillary Clinton's Nightstand Right Now

If you – like me — have been wondering what former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has been reading since the election, you're in luck. Clinton, in a conversation with Wild author Cheryl Straye...
By Cristina Arreola

KFC Is Releasing A Colonel Sanders Romance For Mother's Day

Mother's Day is just a few weeks away, and that means it's time to start thinking about what you're going to give dear ol' mom this year. But what Mother's Day gift appropriately says "thank you for b...
By Cristina Arreola

Jenny Han Says Goodbye To Lara Jean In Her New Book

Lara Jean Covey first stole readers' hearts in the 2014 young adult novel To All The Boys I've Loved Before. So much so, that fans followed her adventures in love, sisterhood, baking, and high school ...
By Cristina Arreola

Read An Excerpt From Ian Harding's New Memoir 'Odd Birds'

They say fiction mirrors reality — and the opposite definitely seems to be true as well. On May 2, Ian Harding, the actor who plays Ezra Fitz on Pretty Little Liars will release his first book, Odd Bi...
By Cristina Arreola

How Can Trump Be Impeached? "Prediction Professor" Breaks It Down

Getting Donald Trump out of the White House is likely dependent on one of four scenarios: his death, his resignation, his failure to secure re-election in 2020, or an impeachment that results in convi...
By Cristina Arreola

21 Harry Potter Quotes For Your Protest Signs

Saturdays and Sundays have taken on a whole new meaning in the weeks since Inauguration Day. It's the weekend, sure, but more importantly, it's two whole days to fight the Trump administration. For th...
By Cristina Arreola

See All The 2017 Pulitzer Prize Winners!

On Monday afternoon at Columbia University in New York City, the Pulitzer Prize winners for 2017 were announced by Pulitzer Prize Administrator Mike Pride. Book-lovers should pay attention to the six ...
By Cristina Arreola

'Hidden Figures' Author Has 2 More Books On The Way

The author of the #1 New York Times bestselling nonfiction book Hidden Figures, Margot Lee Shetterly, is writing two more books about "extraordinary ordinary" African-Americans whose contributions to ...
By Cristina Arreola

The Important Reason Chelsea Clinton Writes For Kids

It's no secret that kids can change the world — just ask 12-year-old Marley Dias, the middle schooler who launched the #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign to promote diverse literature and pressure school di...
By Cristina Arreola

Bustle's Most Wanted: 'The Hate U Give' By Angie Thomas

It's not everyday that a book named after a Tupac song debuts at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. But The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, released in February, is unlike any book that's come bef...
By Cristina Arreola

This Golden Snitch Engagement Ring Is Magical AF

I'm a sucker for a Harry Potter proposal — the more overtly immersed in the fandom, the better. But you know what makes a Marauder's Map- or Quidditch-themed proposal even more magical? An engagement ...
By Cristina Arreola

How To DIY These Subtle Lightning Scar Charms

Dressing up is definitely encouraged in the Harry Potter fandom. If you want to wear a full Hogwarts robe, complete with scarf, wand, and a Fantastic Beasts textbook, then you absolutely should do so....
By Cristina Arreola

4 Fierce YA Authors Are Hitting The Road In 2017

2016 is finally coming to an end (and not a moment too soon), which means it's time to set aside the young adult novels you loved this year and take a look at the YA you're going to love next year. 20...
By Cristina Arreola

Excerpt: The Goop Parody Everyone Is Talking About

Making fun of Gwyneth Paltrow is basically a national pastime. Many of her most zealous teasers — myself included — have nothing against Gwyneth Paltrow as a human being. Truth be told, she seems like...
By Cristina Arreola

The Tulsa Race Riots Explored In New YA Novel

Earlier this year, singer and activist John Legend announced his intentions to bring the story of "Black Wall Street" to television. Black Wall Street was the name given to an all-black community in G...
By Cristina Arreola

'Cursed Child' Is Coming To Broadway!

Hold onto your wands, wizards and witches. After months of speculation, it's finally been confirmed: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is coming to Broadway. The play will open in spring 2018 at the L...
By Cristina Arreola

How To DIY A Golden Snitch Necklace

The holidays are upon us, and that means it's time to start planning (and saving) for all the gifts and stocking stuffers you'll be purchasing over the next few weeks. I'm willing to bet there's at le...
By Cristina Arreola

Daniel Jose Older Just Dropped A Surprise Novella!

Author Daniel José Older just dropped a major surprise for fans of his young adult series. On Tuesday afternoon, Scholastic released The Ghost Girl In The Corner, a novella set in the Shadowshaper uni...
By Cristina Arreola

Lauren Graham Spills On 'Gilmore Girls' In Memoir

It's an amazing time to be fan of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore: On Black Friday, Netflix released its four-part Gilmore Girls revival, A Year In The Life, and longtime fans finally got to hear those final...
By Cristina Arreola

'Gilmore Girls' May Not Be Over, Graham Writes

Fans of Rory and Lorelai Gilmore waited nine years to learn the final four words of Gilmore Girls, and over Thanksgiving weekend, Netflix delivered that touching final scene. But are the final four wo...
By Cristina Arreola

The Rory Gilmore 'Revival' Reading List

Readers like me have always seen a little bit of ourselves in Rory Gilmore. After the series ended, Rory Gilmore's reading challenge became a popular goal for book-loving fans, with good reason. Her t...
By Cristina Arreola

How The Golden Trio Were Cast In Sorcerer's Stone

Novembers marks the 15th anniversary of the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone film, and the movie has aged just as gracefully as its three stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint. I...
By Cristina Arreola

5 Romance Novelists On Their Fave Male Hero

It's the most wonderful (read: anguished) time of the year for writers: NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. For the non-initiated, NaNoWriMo is a 30-day challenge that encourages writers to co...
By Cristina Arreola

This 'Fantastic Beasts' Character Has Dark Ties

There are many brand new characters introduced in Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, but one of these characters seems poised to cause some major drama in the four forthcoming Fantastic Beasts m...
By Cristina Arreola

See The Cover For Julia Quinn's New Book!

New York Times bestselling romance novelist Julia Quinn is returning to her Rokesby series with an adventure that takes readers across the Atlantic and into the British-controlled American colonies. I...
By Cristina Arreola

The National Book Award Winners In 2016 Are...

On Wednesday night, the National Book Foundation presented the 67th National Book Awards to the four best American novels of the year at the National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner in Manhatt...
By Cristina Arreola

Stay The Night In A 'Harry Potter' Hotel

Have you dreamed of a Harry Potter vacation? There are countless places every Harry Potter fan needs to visit in their lifetime — Greyfriars Kirk graveyard in Edinburgh, The Blind Pig speakeasy in New...
By Cristina Arreola

See The Cover For The New Wonder Woman YA Novel!

Donald Trump may be president-elect, but 2017 is giving us a double-dose of the original female superhero: Wonder Woman. In June, the Gal Gadot-starred feature film hits theaters, and in August, the o...
By Cristina Arreola

GRRM Warns Readers That 'Winter Is Coming'

A Song of Ice and Fire author George R. R. Martin knows a thing or two about what it means to be an unfit, unsound politician. (Does the name Joffrey Baratheon ring a bell?) So it's no surprise that t...
By Cristina Arreola

J.K. Rowling's Post-Election Advice Is Perfect

British author J.K. Rowling has been incredibly outspoken about the United States' contentious presidential election. Last night, she took to Twitter to reveal her disappointment in the results of the...
By Cristina Arreola