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

'Night Music' Is A Dreamy Summer Rom-Com That'll Make You Believe In True Love

You might recognize Jenn Marie Thorne by her two previous YA novels: The Wrong Side of Right and The Inside of Out, rom-coms that combined dreamy love stories with poignant, powerful examinations of politics and social justice. Her new book follows…
By Cristina Arreola

'To All The Boys I've Loved Before' Is Based On A Book — But The Ending Is Very Different

If you're a sucker for a movie (or book) about love letters, "fake" relationships, and the power of sisterhood, you're definitely going to want to a) come and be my best friend and b) watch Netflix's new rom-com To All The Boys I've Loved Before,…
By Cristina Arreola

The 3 Best Edgar Allan Poe Stories, According To The Author Of The YA Book About Him

If you're a fan of Edgar Allan Poe, you probably already know that his real life was just as interesting as (though less eerie than) the stories he penned. (Spookily, however, his cause of death remains unknown.) In her forthcoming young adult…
By Cristina Arreola

The 14 New Books You Need To Know This Week

Late August usually means lots of thunderstorms, which makes it the perfect month to take yourself indoors and spend some time thinking about your summer decisions (oh boy) and reading some of these new book releases. There's some debate over…
By Cristina Arreola

3 True Crime Books About Silicon Valley Scams, Psychic Schemes, And Rare Bird Heists

Let me be the first to say that fiction is wonderful. Studies have shown that reading literary fiction improves empathy and can improve your vocabulary and language skills. There is nothing I enjoy more than getting wrapped up in a tale spun by…
By Cristina Arreola

This Buzzy Novel Is The Book Emma Roberts Wants You To Read In August

'Tis the season for celebrity book recommendations, and one of my favorite famous readers, Emma Roberts, has a seriously good suggestion for the last few weeks of your poolside reading: The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwan. Let me get you up to speed: Emma…
By Cristina Arreola

17 New Books You Need To Know This Week

I pray you have the good luck and forward thinking to live somewhere that is not Manhattan, because this borough is currently a 13-mile-long sauna filled with rats, steaming piles of trash, and sizzling puddles of urine. If you don't live here, let…
By Cristina Arreola

This Is Not A Drill: The Fab Five Have A Book Coming Out This Fall

Can you believe? Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, and Jonathan Van Ness, a.k.a The Fab Five from Netflix's Queer Eye reboot, are writing a book, and it will be available for purchase before the holidays. Yes, that means you may…
By Cristina Arreola

This Week's 11 Best New Books Feature Cheerleaders, Murder, Cults, And More

There's just about one month left of summer, which means four blessed weeks to use to the term "beach read" with a modicum of sincerity. (As always, Bustle defines "beach read" as a book you'd read on the beach, regardless of genre, author, or…
By Cristina Arreola

21 Quotes To Use In Your Insta Caption That Won't Make Everyone Roll Their Eyes

If you've been to a wedding or been on Instagram before, you probably have heard or seen one or two quotes about love that made you roll your eyes. You've probably heard the trite, overused quotes that are almost always attributed to "anonymous"…
By Cristina Arreola

5 Romance Novels To Pick Up Before The Movie & TV Adaptations Come Out

'Tis the season for steamy weather and steamier stories, which means it's the perfect time to read a romance novel. (That way when someone asks you why you're furiously fanning yourself on the subway, you can tell them it's just the weather that's…
By Cristina Arreola

'Lady Smoke' Is The Sequel To One Of Summer's Hottest YA Fantasies & You Can Start Reading Now

In Ash Princess, author Laura Sebastian introduced readers to the brutal, tumultuous, violently stratified world of Astrea and its fallen princess, Theo. The titular Ash Princess, Theo was held prisoner by the Kaiser for years after the brutal…
By Cristina Arreola

The Rom-Com Readers Have Been Obsessed With Forever Is Finally Becoming A Movie

Who among us hasn't spilled their guts to a perfect stranger only to discover hours later that they're not a stranger at all but the CEO of their company? OK, so that has never happened to anyone in real life, but trust me when I say that it's a…
By Cristina Arreola

A Thriller About Getting "Ghosted" & 11 New Books You Need To Know This Week

Believe it or not, you've made it to the homestretch of summer. There's just five and a half weeks left until Labor Day, which means it's time to decide which summer books you are truly serious about reading and move them to the top of your pile.…
By Cristina Arreola

3 Books About Immigration You Can Read In A Single Sitting

The urgency of the immigration crisis cannot be understated. New reports indicate that just 364 of the more than 2,500+ immigrant children who were separated from their families under Donald Trump's "zero-tolerance" policy have been reunited with…
By Cristina Arreola

This Book Quote Changed How I Feel About Breakups Forever

The cover for Aja Gabel's new novel The Ensemble is an image of perfect happiness — vibrant flowers in vermillion, fuchsia, turquoise, and sea-foam green are painted upon a bright yellow background. Unsurprisingly, the novel within the covers is one…
By Cristina Arreola

The 10 Best New Books Out This Week Include Murder, Child Psychopaths, And Creepy Estates

This week is your paradise if you love books about secrets, murder, and creepy mansions. Megan Abbott, the queen of the crime genre, is back with Give Me Your Hand, the tale of two female scientists with secrets from their past that lead to…
By Cristina Arreola

This New Thriller About Two Female Scientists Studying Extreme PMS Is A Must-Read Of Summer

If there's one thing you don't see enough in books and movies and TV shows, it's the female period. Blood? Yes, you see that often — gushing out of screaming women in slasher movies or pooled around the corpses of murdered teenage girls in crime…
By Cristina Arreola

A Novel About One Woman's Year Of Hibernation & 15 Other New Books To Read This Week

The Fourth of July has come and gone, but there's still plenty of lazy day-off reading to be done in the weeks ahead and plenty of incredible new book releases to entertain you in the final months of summer. This week's new releases are vast and…
By Cristina Arreola

Oprah Made This Novel Her Book Club Selection — & Now She's Making It A Movie

If you follow Oprah's Book Club, you probably already know of — or may have already read — An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, a stunning, wrenching tale about a marriage rocked by a wrongful conviction. If you loved the book, here's some good…
By Cristina Arreola