Kerri Jarema
Kerri Jarema is a writer and editor from New York City. She strongly identifies as a Capricorn Gryffindor.

If You Can't Get Enough Of 'Dumplin,' You Need To Read The Sequel

When the Netflix adaptation of Julie Murphy's YA novel Dumplin' was announced earlier this year, the news was met with excitement for many reasons, not least of which included a soundtrack by Dolly Parton and a starring role for Jennifer Aniston.…
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This YA Novel Mixes Murder Mystery With Puerto Rican Myth & You Can Start Reading Now

I grew up with a Puerto Rican grandmother, and I consider myself very lucky to have never misbehaved severely enough to compel her to scar me for life with the tale of El Cuco. But that doesn't mean I haven't heard the stories. El Cuco is the Puerto…
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These 14 'Dumplin' Quotes Will Inspire You To Read The Book ASAP

For those who haven't yet fallen in love with Julie Murphy's 2015 YA novel, Dumplin', here's a little background on the book that inspired the Netflix movie: it follows Willowdean "Dumplin" Dixon, a self-proclaimed fat girl who has always been…
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Tell Us Their Hogwarts House & We'll Tell You Which Book To Buy Them For The Holidays

It's the holidays, and shopping for all the readers on your list can be a real pain. It can be almost impossible to know who has read what, who owns what, and what genre everyone is into right now. But I have a suggestion that might help you choose…
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14 Young Adult Authors Reveal Their Favorite YA Books Of The Year

I feel like I say this every year, but 2018 was a big year for young adult books. The Best YA Books of 2018 took the diversity conversation one step further — by continuing to tell the important real-world stories of marginalized people, yes — but…
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The 21 Best Books Of 2018, According To Goodreads Users

One of the most exciting end-of-year rituals for readers everywhere is voting on their favorite books in the Annual Goodreads Choice Awards. With three rounds of voting in 21 categories, the Goodreads Choice Awards are always intense. But this year…
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Start Reading From This YA Novel That's Being Described As 'The Bell Jar' With Ghosts

If heartfelt contemporary YA is your preferred genre, you're going to want to add Helena Fox's upcoming debut, How It Feels to Float, to your 2019 TBR immediately. The book, which hits shelves on May 7, is being described as a modern-day The Bell…
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The 15 Best YA Books Coming Out Before The End Of The Year

It's almost December, which means it's nearly time to close out another year of young adult books. Luckily for all of us YA lovers out there, this month does not skimp on the books that need to be added to the ol' end of year TBR pile. From highly…
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Read This Essay By Cheryl Strayed Before You Make Any New Year's Resolutions

For me, December is always simultaneously the most joyous and most difficult month of the year. I love the holidays, the twinkle lights, the carols, and the get-togethers. But when it comes to wrapping up the year that's gone and preparing for the…
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13 YA Novels For The Superhero-Obsessed

I didn't grow up reading superhero comics (I was more of an Archie girl, myself) but thanks to the rise in YA books about superheroes and the comic book fandom, I have grown increasingly intrigued by these tales of heroism, villainy, and the kickass…
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These Are The 25 YA Books From 2018 That Every Bustle Reader Should Pick Up

If 2017 was the year of diverse representation in YA, then 2018 was the year that brought the unique and wide-ranging voices in young adult fiction to a whole new level, with marginalized people at the forefront. Just one look at Bustle's 25 Best YA…
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Audiobooks Totally Changed The Way I Read — And They Might Do The Same For You

I'm just going to put this out there right up front: I have a complicated relationship with audiobooks. On the one hand, I am undeniably intrigued by the idea of hearing memoirs straight from the mouths of the people who lived them. I'm thrilled…
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If You're Tired Of The 'So Are You Still Single?' Question, This Essay Will Help You Cope

I saw a meme on Instagram the other day that showed inspirational speaker Iyanla Vanzant holding a crying woman to her bosom, with the caption "You don't realize how single you are until October, November and December." And reader: I laughed.…
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The 'Modern Love' Column Is Becoming A TV Series & The Cast Is SO Good

When Amazon TV announced that they would be adapting The New York Times's Modern Love — the newspaper's beloved and widely-read column about the many different ways people experience and share love — fans of the weekly column were understandably…
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16 Gifts To Buy For The Reader In Your Life, All Under $10

You already know that the holidays can take a major toll on your bank accounts. Whether you've got a list of gifts to buy a mile long, are shelling out for pricey plane tickets to travel back home, or you're just on a tight budget in general, it can…
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13 Holiday YA Novels That Will Put You In A Holly Jolly Mood

If you're the sort of person who has been jonesing for all the festive feels since the very moment your spooky Halloween decorations came down, you're probably unabashedly thrilled that the official start of the holiday season is finally upon us.…
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There's Another Shopping Holiday This Week & It'll Make You Feel Better Than Black Friday

From stuffing your face with turkey to stuffing your shopping cart with gifts for friends and family, the first weekend of the holiday season can feel jam-packed with over-consumption. Now add in all those limited-time Black Friday and Cyber Monday…
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5 Barnes & Noble Black Friday Deals On Books, Journals, And More

Readers, get ready: Black Friday is coming. While most people probably think of big ticket items like wide-screen televisions and other electronics as the main source of shopping madness after Thanksgiving, there are actually tons of fantastic deals…
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Here's The Zodiac Guide To The Best Books Of 2018 That You Didn't Know You Needed

As I'm typing this, the first snowfall of the season is drifting down outside my window. Yes, I think it's safe to say, that winter is well and truly on its way, and with it, the dreaded end of the year rush. While this time of year is often super…
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Peter Kavinsky Pins, 'Love, Simon' Shirts & 11 More Gifts For The Reader Who Loves Love

There is no denying that 2018 was the year of the rom-com. And the genre doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon, with news of tons of upcoming rom-coms hitting everywhere from page to screens both big and small. For those of us who have long…
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