Kerri Jarema
Kerri Jarema is a writer from New York City. She has worked in the fashion and entertainment industries as an editor and reporter, was the founder of lydiamag.com, and spent two years as children's bookseller. She strongly identifies as a Capricorn Gryffindor.
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11 Books About Dating That Will Make You Smarter & Happier With The Whole Process

The official start of spring is less than a month away. You're almost there, friends. You've almost survived another cold, gray winter. And with the new season on its way, you're probably thinking about all of the springtime activities you can't wait…
By Kerri Jarema

A Girls Trip Takes A Dark Turn In Summer's Must-Read Thriller — & You Can Start Reading Now

Have you ever thought about the secrets your best friends might be keeping? If you haven't you definitely won't be able to keep from side-eying even your closest companions after reading Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke's upcoming psychological thriller, …
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The Fiercest Single Women In Fiction, According To 10 Authors

When it comes to female icons in literature, it's hard to find any that are happily single at any point in the story. A vast majority of books feature some kind of romantic plot or subplot, and it sometimes feels like readers have to wade through cou…
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Amazon's New Book-To-TV Adaptation Is Different From The Others In A Major Way

Whenever it's announced that a beloved dystopian book is being made into a TV show — think Nnedi Okorafor's Who Fears Death or Kass Morgan's The 100 — it's not exactly a surprise. If there was ever a novel that was made for the screen, it's a dystopi…
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13 Accessories From Anthropologie That Every Book-Lover Will Want To Buy ASAP

If you are at all interested in shopping, you have probably found yourself trolling the Anthropologie website for gifts on a weekly basis, fawning over all of the newest merchandise. The company fills their stores with all of the most beautiful cloth…
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Why Every Adult Who Cares About Changing The Status Quo Should Be Reading YA Novels

If you don't believe that teen girls are going to change the world for the better, you haven't been paying attention. In recent days, teen survivors of the school shooting at Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, including Emma Gonzalez — w…
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Why The Harry Potter Epilogue Is So Infuriating, Especially To 20-Somethings

Harry Potter fans are no strangers to debate about the series. It is the rare aspect of J.K. Rowling's fantasy that is not analyzed, disagreed upon and discussed to an intense degree. But one thing that most HP lovers seem to agree on? A deep and fie…
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11 Sci-Fi Books By Women To Read While You Wait For 'A Wrinkle In Time'

The Ava DuVernay-directed A Wrinkle in Time film is hitting theaters on March 9, but you've probably been excited about it for months now. Not only is the film based on a beloved childhood sci-fi classic, it promises to be the visually stunning, wond…
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The Latest Update On The New 'Game Of Thrones' Book Isn't Good News For Fans

To be a Game of Thrones fan is to suffer some serious publishing delays. At least, that has been the case with George R.R. Martin's Winds of Winter, the planned sixth and seventh installments in the hugely popular Song of Ice and Fire series. Readers…
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Harry Potter's Legacy Is Under Attack By The People Who Created It — & Fans Are Fighting Back

Harry Potter is, undeniably, one of the most groundbreaking literary juggernauts of all time. The books, and the films inspired by them, have been a massive worldwide money-making phenomenon for two decades — but for diehard fans of Harry Potter, oft…
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13 Books That Make The Perfect Galentine's Day Gift For Your BFF

Valentine's Day is all well and good, but the day I really look forward to come February is Galentine's Day on the 13th. The holiday, first popularized by Parks and Recreation's Leslie Knope, is all about celebrating the love and devotion we have to …
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11 Fantasy & Superhero Books To Read If You Can't Get Enough Of 'Black Panther'

I don't go to the movies as often as I'd like to, but if there is one film that is enticing enough to get my butt into the theater, it's Marvel's Black Panther. The film, which is set to hit theaters on Feb. 16, has already set a record for the most …
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This New YA Book About A Missing Girl & Her Dead Sister Is Basically 'Serial' In Book Form

Author Courtney Summers is known for her powerful young adult books about teenage girls grappling with tough issues. From Cracked Up to Be, her 2008 debut about mental illness, to her 2015 release about the aftermath of sexual assault, All the Rage, …
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What It's Like When You Discover You're An Undocumented Immigrant At Age 13

At 13, bright-eyed, straight-A student Sara Saedi uncovered a terrible family secret: she was breaking the law simply by living in the United States. Only two years old when her parents fled Iran, she didn’t learn of her undocumented status until her…
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A Dark Ritual Goes Wrong In This YA Fantasy — And You Can Start Reading Now

When Jessica Cluess's YA fantasy A Shadow Bright and Burning burst onto the scene in 2016, readers were swept away into the world of prophesied sorcerer Henrietta Howel. Readers followed her dangerous, mystical journey in book two, A Poison Dark and …
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This YA Fantasy Is A Deep Dive Into The Dark Side Of Beauty & Ambition

In the acknowledgments to The Belles, author Dhonielle Clayton writes, "This book has haunted me for almost 20 years." "Haunt" is just the right word to describe Clayton's powerful YA fantasy, which takes a deep dive into the dark side of beauty, ex…
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This New YA Book Is Perfect If You're Trying To Figure Out WTF You're Doing With Your Life

The first line of Arvin Ahmadi's debut YA novel, Down and Across, perfectly encompasses the mental state of main character Saaket "Scott" Ferdowski just before he is about to embark on a summer in pursuit of freedom, happiness, and, above all, grit: …
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11 Nonfiction Books To Read For Black History Month — All Written By Women

February 1 marks the beginning of Black History Month in the United States, an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of black writers, creators, entertainers, inventors, politicians, activ…
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Basically Everyone Is Angry About J.K. Rowling's Response To The Dumbledore Controversy

As a massive Harry Potter fan, I have started to log on to social media with great trepidation, wondering what new controversy surrounding the series — and most especially the upcoming second film in the Fantastic Beasts series — has possibly been re…
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Why It's So Important That Diverse YA Books Feature "Quirky" Characters, Too

When I think of John Green, I immediately think of The Fault in Our Stars' Augustus Waters popping an unlit cigarette into his mouth and calling it a metaphor. Green's characters have been described as adorably "quirky" for this reason precisely. The…
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