Her entry begins:
I usually try to alternate between reading Young Adult and Adult novels, though distinguishing between the genres seems a little silly to me at times. The only consistent difference seems to be that YA is always about teens, while adult literature is only sometimes always about adults. There’s a perception that YA is somehow less serious or “literary,” while in truth the variation in style, subject and quality is infinite.Amy Reed's short work has been published in journals such as Kitchen Sink, Contrary, and Fiction.
I just finished the YA novel The Chosen One, by Carol Lynch Williams. It’s the story of Kyra, a 13-year old girl growing up in an isolated polygamist cult and doomed to become the 7th wife of her 60-year-old uncle. It’s a complex and heart-wrenching look into one girl’s struggle for truth and freedom—not usually what you think of as “kids’ stuff.” I could...[read on]
Beautiful was released October 6, 2009. Among the early praise for the novel:
"BEAUTIFUL is stark, disquieting and, quite simply, riveting. Amy Reed is an author to keep on your radar."Visit Amy Reed's website and blog.
--Ellen Hopkins, best-selling author of Crank, Burned, Glass, and Impulse
"A latter-day Go Ask Alice, BEAUTIFUL is raw, gritty, and powerful, an intense ice-pick jab to the heart. I was terrified for Cassie and captivated at the same time by Amy Reed's luminous prose. A stunning debut and a must-read. A writer to be watched!"
--R.A. Nelson, author of Teach Me
Writers Read: Amy Reed.