Ellen Wittlinger, the award-winning author of Hard Love, was gracious enough to blurb My Life as a Rhombus. She says:
“Without a bit of preaching, Varian Johnson gives us a story of two teenage girls who are faced with the consequences of unplanned pregnancies. Teens will love the emotional peaks and valleys of the tale and be gratified by the conclusion.”
As you can imagine, I’m very, very, happy.
Anyone who reads this blog regularly knows how much I respect Ellen Wittlinger’s work; Hard Love is one of the main reasons I started writing YA in the first place. I also respect that Ellen doesn’t shy away from tough topics, such as transgendered teens in Parrotfish or oral sex in Sandpiper.
FYI — for all of you Hard Love fans out there, check out Ellen’s faq page. It looks like we can expect more from Marisol and Gio.
That’s awesome, Varian. And I just read Cynthia’s blurb over on the flux blog. Congrats!
“Without a bit of preaching…” – Why is it whenever anyone dares to take an unpopular position on a controversial moral topic in our society, their ideas are described as didactic, dogmatic, preachy, or any other apparently negative label? With all the destructive sexual activities and misinformation plaguing young adults in America, it would be immensely helpful if those with the power of the pen would use their gift to steer some attitudes in the right direction rather than be content with “keeping it real”.