Cristina Mari Arreola is the Senior Books Editor at Bustle and a graduate of Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.

The 'Dumplin' Book Ends With An Incredible Message About Love In All Its Forms

If you have already watched Netflix's new movie Dumplin', you already know that this story about one self-proclaimed fat girl's quest to revolutionize her Texas town's pageant is a moving tale about restrictive beauty standards, the complicated…
By Cristina Arreola

Start Reading From Jasmine Guillory's New Enemies-Turned-Lovers Romance Novel

She caught your eye with The Wedding Date. She gave you butterflies with The Proposal. Now she's here to seal the deal with The Wedding Party. Jasmine Guillory's new romance novel, out in July 2019, is just as swoon-worthy, dreamy, and romantic as…
By Cristina Arreola

14 Bustle Editors Share The Best Book They Read In 2018

Way back in January, you might have promised yourself you would read 40 books, or 30 books, or 20 books before the end of the year. But life got busy! You joined that softball league! There's, like, five seasons of 90 Day Fiancé available for…
By Cristina Arreola

The Story Behind The Real-Life Bonnie & Clyde Is So Different From The Movie

You've probably heard of Bonnie and Clyde, the American criminals who have been intensely glamorized in movies, books, and art since their hey-day in the early 1930s. But how much do you really know about the real-life couple behind the legend? In…
By Cristina Arreola

The 30 Best Fiction Books Of 2018 Show That Women Dominated This Year

It's been a tough year. But despite all the bad news, people created some truly phenomenal art in the last year, and the 30 best fiction books of the year prove that to be true. This past year, The Song of Achilles author Madeline Miller released…
By Cristina Arreola

Margaret Atwood Is Officially Releasing A Sequel To 'The Handmaid's Tale'

Penguin Random House announced on Wednesday morning that Margaret Atwood has written a sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, to be published on Sept. 10, 2019. The book, titled The Testaments, is set 15 years after Offred's final scene in The Handmaid’s…
By Cristina Arreola

New George R.R. Martin & A Book About A Murderous Sister Will Make The Holidays SO Much Better

With Thanksgiving Day rapidly approaching, you're probably desperately searching for a way to make the back-to-back-to-back family gatherings a little more bearable. Or maybe you're looking for a way to make plane, train, and automobile journeys…
By Cristina Arreola

The 5 Best Books Of The Year Are All By POC, According To The National Book Foundation

On Wednesday night, the winners of the 2018 National Book Awards — a.k.a the Academy Awards of books — were announced at a ceremony in New York City. Trust me when I say that these five books (and all the finalists) need to be moved to the very top…
By Cristina Arreola

Michelle Obama's New Memoir Is A Must-Read — Here's Why

One summer, about a year into her relationship with Barack Obama, Michelle Robinson began keeping a journal for the first time in her life, as detailed in her new memoir. "I'd write a few entires in a single week and then lay the journal down for a…
By Cristina Arreola

'Two Can Keep A Secret' Is Perfect For 'Riverdale' & 'Sharp Objects' Fans — Start Reading Now

In 2017, Karen Mc. McManus thrilled teens (and adults, honestly) with her New York Times bestselling thriller One Of Us Is Lying, which was basically The Breakfast Club with an Agatha Christie twist. Now, she's back with another eerie mystery that…
By Cristina Arreola

Julie Buxbaum's New Novel Is A Touching Reflection On Grief, Resilience & First Love

In Tell Me Three Things and What To Say Next, young adult novelist Julie Buxbaum wrote about first love, belonging, and finding a way to live through grief with remarkable insight and thoughtfulness. In her new book, Hope and Other Punchlines, she…
By Cristina Arreola

This Is The Book That Inspires Ballerina Misty Copeland In Her Life & Career

That ballerina Misty Copeland is a trailblazer in the world of art, dance, and sport is not up for debate. She is the first African American Female Principal Dancer with the American Ballet Theatre. She is one of the only — if not, the only —…
By Cristina Arreola

The 10 New Books You Need To Know This Week

If you need a break from the news and social media after this week's midterm elections, I have a solution: the 10 new book releases listed below will transport you to health resorts in Australia, fantasy worlds where superheroes (and supervillains)…
By Cristina Arreola

Abbi Jacobson, Stephen King, And Justin Timberlake All Have Books Out This Week

It's Halloween week, and I strongly recommend you spend the last few days of October indulging in creepy short stories, terrifying female-authored fiction, or spooky movies on Netflix. But, if ghost stories aren't quite your thing, don't worry.…
By Cristina Arreola

If You Have A Box Of Baby-Sitter's Club Books At Your Mom's House, You Need This Book

You probably grew up reading Goosebumps, or Baby-Sitter's Club, or Sweet Valley High, or maybe all three. You probably even grew up reading some of the (now) lesser-discussed teen fics of the '80s and '90s, like the Wildfire series, or the Sweet…
By Cristina Arreola

A Fortune Teller's Predictions Upend A Teen's Life In This YA Novel

In Alexis Bass's forthcoming young adult novel, Happily and Madly, a girl stares down two predictions: one, about the boy she will fall in love with; the second, about when she will die. Over the course of one fateful summer, she stares down these…
By Cristina Arreola

'The Hate U Give' Started A Conversation. Angie Thomas Hopes It Continues With Book Two.

The movie adaptation of The Hate U Give begins with a talk: Maverick Carter sits down with his children — the story's protagonist, Starr, and her two brothers — to talk through The Black Panther Party's Ten-Point Program and instruct them on how to…
By Cristina Arreola

Milicent Patrick Designed One Of The Most Iconic Monsters Of All Time. Then She Was Forgotten.

The history of the classic movie Creature from the Black Lagoon is probably not something you have spent much time thinking about, unless you're a film-buff or diehard horror fan. But a new book might just convince you to give the Creature — and the…
By Cristina Arreola

Phoebe Robinson's Memoir, A RBG Biography & 15 New Books To Know This Week

If you want to know about every single detail of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's life, this is your chance: a detailed biography of her life is one of the best new books out this week. But beyond RBG, there's a few memoirs, rom-coms, YA fantasies, and even…
By Cristina Arreola

'Milkman' By Anna Burns Is The 2018 Man Booker Prize Winner

On Tuesday, Anna Burns, the author of Milkman, was announced as the winner of the 2018 Man Booker Prize, a literary fiction award of £50,000 (about $65,000) open to any novel published in Britain and written in English. Burns is the first Northern…
By Cristina Arreola