YA Books and What They Get Wrong About High School

For those of us who are currently in high school or have graduated that so called “hell hole” know that young adult literature fails at accurately portraying the day in a life of a high school (most of the time). Alright, yes sometimes we’ll find the occasional book that does it right, but we don’t really like those usually because one of the biggest reasons I read and I’m sure many of you guys read is to escape reality.

For those of you who aren’t yet in high school, I’m sorry to disappoint but high school is not High School Musical. There is no Troy. There is no dancing throughout the hallways. It’s just school. Let’s get to this and see what young adult books get about the hell called high school

*these are based upon my own current high school experiences!

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1. Mean Girls

Sure, I’m not saying there isn’t mean girls in high school. But me personally, I’ve never
come across one truly stereotypical blonde white mean girl. While I’m sure there are mean girls out there who are truly the epitome of evil, but at my school there hasn’t been one girl I’ve heard about who has done anything that’s incredibly horrible.

2. Hot Guys

While there are cute guys at school, we never come across one of those cliche “so sexy I can’t even breathe” guys if you know what I mean. I find it funny that in young adult lit we come across the same guys over and over again. While it can be a nice day dream (I suppose that can be the purpose of YA sometimes, to escape reality), it often gets boring to hear about his “piercing blue eyes, mussed hair and lean toned muscles”.

3. Nightmarish Teachers

None of my teachers are a true nightmare. Except maybe my french teacher, but that’s another story. Anyway, all of my teachers are nice, fair and chill. In YA we often see teachers who stack tons and tons and tons of homework, don’t accept late work ever and snap and kids who talk in class.

4. Detention

We don’t have detention at our school.It doesn’t exist. It seems like detention in young adult lit is a common thing for our main character and they are consistently getting caught in detention. …Like everyday. It’s a little ridiculous in my opinion. Yes, of course not every school is my school so for some of you, sorry! You might have detention!

5. Stress Free Life

Let me tell you there is no such thing as “stress free”. I promise you there will always be a time when there is something to stress about. In YA somehow our hero or heroine manages to not only save the world but also get straight A’s and keep a healthy relationship with his or her boyfriend/girlfriend. Let me just say this…ridiculous. I can’t even get 8 hours of sleep at night.

6. Boyfriends/Girlfriends

YES! Of course you date in high school! I have never done it but I’ve seen lots of people date at my school. The difference between real high school and YA high school is that in YA it seems like the relationships portrayed there are long term relationships. It portrays these relationships as something that lasts forever and I personally think that is highly unrealistic. True love in high school is so so rare.

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That’s it for today! Ar

\e there any other things YA books get wrong about high school? Tell me about them! Do you like seeing YA books as more realistic to real high school or not? Tell me why in the comments below! Thank you for reading!

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I’ll Be Your Queen // ARC Review: Wintersong by S. Jae Jones

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Wintersong by S. Jae Jones
Series: Standalone
Genre(s): Romance, Fantasy
Release Date: 2/7/17
STARS: 4.5

Goodreads Description
Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

*I received an ARC for review from a publisher – this does not affect my review in any way*

Wintersong by S. Jae Jones was just as magical and splendid as the synopsis describes. Liesl, a musically gifted teenager is forced to become the Goblin Queen in order to save her sister. Sacrifices are made, lives are lost and hearts are broken in this dazzling debut.

To begin, the writing of Wintersong was absolutely stunning. As a writer myself, I focus on the details and descriptions of the fantastical worlds these authors create. Jones’ awriting captured every details of the world she has created, both real and Goblin Realm. She did such a fantastic job. The characters of the story were written just as well. I felt that Jones’ created such well rounded characters that carried passionate and realistic emotion, not to mention, they did very humane things (at least the humans did) and their very being was realistic.

The plot of Wintersong alone was quite unique. Instead of having a typical plot with a rising action, climax, falling action and conclusion, Wintersong followed a similar plot but it was written as if there are two plot arcs within one book. Something I myself have never seen in a novel. I was quite confused at first because as I was reading, it felt like the end but I was only 40 percent through with the book. Both arcs were fabulous and unique, dark and fun in their own way but I admit that the second arc left my confused. Though the writing was beautiful and enthralled me one hundred percent, I felt it could have been clearer.

Liesl and the Goblin King have a unique relationship as well. The relationships within Wintersong are genuine, the relationship Liesl has with her sister has issues, just like any other pair of sisters but it is apparent they love each other. As for the relationship with Liesl and the Goblin King, it most certainly isn’t ooey gooey romance. For sure a passionate romance that grows over time.

Overall, Wintersong by S. Jae Jones is a stunning debut novel full of magic and intrigue. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys YA with any sort of fae in them. I give this book a 4.75 star rating! Loved it!

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