Wednesday, July 18, 2012

What is Meredith Goldstein reading?

The current featured contributor at Writers Read: Meredith Goldstein, author of The Singles.

Her entry begins:
For whatever reason, I couldn’t bring myself to read books for grown-ups while I was writing The Singles. I became addicted to young adult literature as a way of escape – and because the genre was so different from what I was writing that I never had to worry about losing my voice.

I started with the paranormal stuff and then branched out to every subgenre of young adult literature. I adored Daniel Handler’s Why We Broke Up, which made me cry. I went dystopian for a while with The Hunger Games and Lauren Oliver’s Delirium. I became addicted to Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series, which kept me obsessed through six books.

At the moment I’m reading City of Lost Souls, the latest book in Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, which brings vampires, werewolves, and powerful “shadowhunter” teenagers to the familiar streets of New York City. Please don’t judge. I acknowledge that these paranormal books can be derivative (and that they’re are meant for pre-teens), but Clare’s stories explore...[read on]
About the book, from the publisher:
Bee wanted the perfect wedding; she got the “Singles.”

Back in her single days—before she met the man of her dreams—Beth “Bee” Evans hated being forced to attend weddings solo. Determined to spare her friends the same humiliation, she invites everyone on her list with a guest. Much to her chagrin, however, Hannah, Vicki, Rob, Joe, and Nancy insist upon attending Bee’s lavish Chesapeake Bay nuptials alone. The frustrated bride dubs them the “Minus-Ones” and their collective decision wreaks unintended havoc on her otherwise perfectly planned wedding weekend.

One of today’s most popular relationship columnists, Meredith Goldstein, has penned a sparkling debut novel that chronicles the promises and disappointments of love and friendship with humor, compassion, and wisdom.
Learn more about the book and author at Meredith Goldstein's website and blog.

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--Marshal Zeringue