When my editor, David Levithan, called me on Wednesday to tell me that THE LIST would be reviewed in this weekend’s New York Times Sunday Book Review, I was like…

Seriously? SERIOUSLY?!?!?

Then a swarm of those sexy little NYT “t”s flew around my head like birdies. 

I was in my office at the University of Pittsburgh, doing plot meetings with the students in my Writing Youth Literature class. One of my students was down the hall at the time, and she heard me screeeeeeech and do a thunderous happy dance. A few people ran over to see if I was okay, including my boss—the head of the Children’s Literature Certificate program. She grabbed me and hugged me and we bounced in a circle. It was beyond awesome. Then I called my mom and she cried happy tears. Ha. I freaking love Mom Happy Tears. There’s nothing better than scoring some of those. 

I think probably every writer dreams of this happening. And while the review isn’t a total rave (it rarely ever is, you know?), I’d measure it at about an 8 out of 10. It was written by Elissa Schappell, who is a writer for Vanity Fair and the author of a book that is on my shelf. I’m a huge admirer of Blueprints. And to think that she’s read, and liked, something of mine is just too much for my brain to comprehend.

Anyhow, here’s the link to the article.


Gray Lady, how I love thee! 



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