22 July 2009
Time out from contests for something important.
I realized that I never really gave a run down of what I did when I went to BEA. But I should've gushed about this and I didn't. I went to a star studded YA themed party given by Little Brown for the upcoming release of the anthology, "Geektastic". Which is edited by the lovely Holly Black and Cecil Castelluci. I got to meet, Holly and chatted with her for sometime. She doesn't live too far from me here in MA. I also got to meet the talented David Levithan (of Nick and Nora fame) and his own lovely books and he's an editor at Scholastic and works with a friend of mine, Cheryl Klein. I met Scott Westerfeld and his wife, Justine. But there was one guy there that I had absolutely no clue about. Never heard of him, never read his books, didn't even give him the time of day. However, my compatriots all knew who this dashing man was (huh?) so I went up and introduced myself to him and started chatting to him, explaining to him that I hadn't a clue about him at all. So I know you're all wondering... Who did I meet? He was so funny, and smart and cute and lives so very far away that stalking him would be criminal. He seemed really down to earth and wasn't even the bit annoyed that I kept reminding him that I hadn't a clue about him prior to meeting him. Well color me stupid because I am reading his book right now and lo and behold, the joke was on me. His writing is gorgeous, beautiful, mesmerizing. I cannot put this book down, but I felt I had to let you, my readers know that this book is a must read, you will fall in love with his protaganist and everyone else in this story. I'm not finished with it, but want to savor every bit I can take. I am amazed that the name Barry Lyga has never crossed my lips prior to May 30, 2009. And I highly recommend everyone to read Boy Toy. And for extra incentive, the copy I'm reading is signed by the man himself and I will be giving this special book to a special person who I deem worthy to own this glittery gem of a book! So for those of you who can't wait, I say get thee to a bookstore, library, yard sale and hunt down a copy of Barry Lyga's books. All of them!
Posted by Laura Benson
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