A work of fiction must contain 1) two women, 2) who talk to each other, 3) about something other than a man in order to pass the Bechdel Test, recently renamed the Bechdel-Wallace Test, for its creators Alison Bechdel and Liz Wallace. The test has become a basic feminist standard, but passing it in a […]
Fame. If books and movies have taught us anything about being a celebrity, it’s that it isn’t all glitz and glamour. The drama, the relationships, the pressure, the jealousy…it seems like there’s always something going wrong in a world that’s supposed to feel so right.
As a primarily contemporary reader, nothing excites me on the eve of a new year like the promise of new stories of brutal realism, light romance, psychological thrill rides, and everything in between. Being that contemporary is my absolute favorite genre, my “must-read” list is far longer than this, but apparently it’s frowned upon to […]
I cannot tell a lie: I’m a sucker for a great contemporary YA romance. There’s nothing quite like the swooniness of first love, whether it’s online or in person, a slow burn or an instant spark, two strangers coming together or best friends taking a new step. If there’s one thing YA has got in spades, it’s […]