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Lauren DeStefano

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Lauren DeStefano (pronounced: de STEFF ano) is a lawn gnome enthusiast and New York Times bestselling author of some books, which you can find listed below this bio. For the first six years of her life, she thought she was a mermaid and still has her suspicions. When she isn't writing, she is often composing tweets that make as little sense as possible. They can be found here: https://twitter.com/LaurenDeStefano


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According to the file properties, I started writing this in January of 2009 and made my last revisions before the summer. This is probably the third full manuscript I wrote that didn't sell, but of the three, it's the one I loved the most. Sometimes I think it is the best thing I have ever written/will ever write, and when I'm in a funk, I reread pieces of it to remind myself of why I do what I... Read more of this blog post »
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“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”
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“I always knew I was an excellent liar; I just didn't know that I had it in me to fool myself.”
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Please vote for the YA novel you would like to read in the month of September. Polls are open for a very short time this month so don't forget to vote! Voting ends Wednesday, August 31!

Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1) by Lauren DeStefano by Lauren DeStefano

Obviously, something went terribly wrong. Genetic mutations have festered, reducing human longevity to twenty-five, even less for most women. To prevent extinction, young girls are kidnapped, mated in polygamous marriages with men eager to procreate. Sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery, a recent victim of this breeding farm mentality, has vowed to break loose from its fetters; but finding allies and a safe way out is a challenge she can only hope she will survive. A dystopian fantasy series starter with wings.
 
  31 votes 47.7%

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1) by Patrick Ness by Patrick Ness

Prentisstown isn't like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee -- whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not -- stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden -- a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.
But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?
 
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If I Stay (If I Stay, #1) by Gayle Forman by Gayle Forman

In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen year- old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck...
A sophisticated, layered, and heartachingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make -and the ultimate choice Mia commands.
 
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The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta by Melina Marchetta

Melina Marchetta's brilliant, heart-wrenching new novel takes up the story of the group of friends from her best-selling, much-loved book Saving Francesca - only this time it's five years later and Thomas Mackee is the one who needs saving.
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But when his flatmates turn him out of the house, Tom moves in with his single, pregnant aunt, Georgie. And starts working at the Union pub with his former friends. And winds up living with his grieving father again. And remembers how he abandoned Tara Finke two years ago, after his uncle's death.
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“A kiss about apple pie a la mode with the vanilla creaminess melting in the pie heat. A kiss about chocolate, when you haven't eaten chocolate in a year. A kiss about palm trees speeding by, trailing pink clouds when you drive down the Strip sizzling with champagne. A kiss about spotlights fanning the sky and the swollen sea spilling like tears all over your legs.”
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“Wish on everything. Pink cars are good, especially old ones. And stars of course, first stars and shooting stars. Planes will do if they are the first light in the sky and look like stars. Wish in tunnels, holding your breath and lifting your feet off the ground. Birthday candles. Baby teeth.”
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“Nothing happened. And everything did. Your whole life you can be told something is wrong and so you believe it. Why should you question it? But then slowly seeds are planted inside of you, one by one, by a touch or a look or a day skateboarding in a park, and they start to burst out of old hulls shells and they start to sprout. And pretty soon there are so many of them. They are named Love and Trust and Kindness and Joy and Desire and Wonder and Spirit and Soulmate. They grow into a garden so dense and thick that it starts to invade your brain where the old things you were once told are dying. ”
Francesca Lia Block, Wasteland

“Stories are like genies...They can carry us into and though our sorrows. Sometimes they burn, sometimes they dance, sometimes they weep, sometimes they sing. Like genies, everyone has one. Like genies, sometimes we forget that we do.
Our stories can set us free...When we set them free.”
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“Maybe you can afford to wait. Maybe for you there's a tomorrow. Maybe for you there's one thousand tomorrows, or three thousand, or ten, so much time you can bathe in it, roll around it, let it slide like coins through you fingers. So much time you can waste it.
But for some of us there's only today. And the truth is, you never really know.”
Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall

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Nicoleta Thanks for your friendship... Keep going the best work with your awesome books...


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Ebrahim Rad thanks to accept :)


message 41: by Mariana (last edited Sep 01, 2013 05:46PM)

Mariana Lauren wrote: "Mariana wrote: "I know it's way past February 17th, but are you still answering questions?"

Hi Mariana,

Do you mean as part of the Q&A I did a few months back? That's closed now, but you can stop..."


Thanks Lauren :)


message 40: by Lauren

Lauren DeStefano Mariana wrote: "I know it's way past February 17th, but are you still answering questions?"

Hi Mariana,

Do you mean as part of the Q&A I did a few months back? That's closed now, but you can stop by my twitter or facebook page and ask me anything you'd like!


Eugenia (Genie In A Book) Thank you so much for accepting my friend request 
I look forward to reading and discovering more of your work.

Best wishes for more books in the future,
Genie


message 38: by Mariana

Mariana I know it's way past February 17th, but are you still answering questions?


message 37: by Mariana

Mariana Daria wrote: "How interesting would it be for you to write some chapters or scenes from Sever in Linden's perspective? THAT'D BE SO COOL. I'D READ THAT IN A SECOND. Pleassseeeeeeeeeeeeessseeeeee Lauren?"

Ohmygosh! That would be so cool!


message 36: by Aubrey

Aubrey Hello, thanks for adding my to your friend list! I really enjoyed your book it was so different and amazing! You truly have an amazing talent for writing. I'm certain that I will read every book that you publish. Keep calm and keep writing! :D


message 35: by Sandra

Sandra Thanks for friending me! :)


message 34: by Nardie

Nardie thanks for friending me! i love your books. its so different and amazing!!!


Luna Rose How interesting would it be for you to write some chapters or scenes from Sever in Linden's perspective? THAT'D BE SO COOL. I'D READ THAT IN A SECOND. Pleassseeeeeeeeeeeeessseeeeee Lauren?


Madeleine ONE MORE DAY UNTIL SEVER!! I'll be saving my money!!


Carrolena Silva i like your quote you have on your status! when does sever come out?


message 30: by Mariana (last edited Nov 21, 2012 01:41PM)

Mariana I'm so excited for Sever!!! Can you give any hints as to how it will end?


Chantelle Hi! thanks for accepting me! I love your books :)


Jordan Thanks for accepting! I love your writing:)


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Jessica Thanks for excepting my friend request :) I can't wait to read Sever I'm super excided to see what's going to happen.


message 26: by Chrissy

Chrissy Autumn wrote: "Hi Lauren! :)

I just finished Wither today. I can not wait for Fever. Thanks for accepting my friend request.

Your biggest fan,
Autumn [insert Gabriel's last name here.]

PS: Why is Wither calle..."


No way! She was describing how the girls were "withering"


message 25: by Terra

Terra I read Fever a bit ago (last month, I think) and I also bought Emilie Autumn's new album.

This is where I am going with this. I swear, Emilie's new album, Fight Like a Girl can capture your book. There is a song called "Girls Girls Girls" that totally fits in with parts of Fever.

I had to share this epiphany with you because I love when I find albums or songs that go with the books I read. Seems like Emilie Autumn's songs always do that!

Can't wait for Sever!! x-D


message 24: by Samantha (last edited Aug 05, 2012 09:42PM)

Samantha Lauren wrote: Rhine is pronounced the way it's spelled. Like the river, Rhine, and in "Rhinestone"
Oh thank you:)



message 23: by Lauren

Lauren DeStefano Samantha wrote: "I'm in love with this series:) I finished Fever this morning and I can't wait for Sever. It left me wondering if Rhine will ever see Gabriel and Rowan again. (Is Rhine pronounced like Renee, or wha..."

Rhine is pronounced the way it's spelled. Like the river, Rhine, and in "Rhinestone"


Samantha I'm in love with this series:) I finished Fever this morning and I can't wait for Sever. It left me wondering if Rhine will ever see Gabriel and Rowan again. (Is Rhine pronounced like Renee, or what?)

Gonna have to buy the whole series to read over and over again.

Sincerely, a very happy reader <3 <3


Aleeshas2 thanks for accepting my friend request :)


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Zoe Tribley Hi Lauren
i know i don't know you and this sounds weird but i love you. You're probably my favorite author. And you're super funny. My friend bought your book Whither, last year, and i saw it and i wanted to read it so bad (awesome looking covers draw me in just that much more) but i actually didn't read it until a few months ago when i was at my friends house and i said "hey chick! let me borrow this book!" and now i'm anxiously waiting for my city's library to notify me saying Fever is ready for me to check out, but its taking so long i'm starting to think the library is run by one old lady who has short term memory loss. =__=


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Crystal Holder Just got fever in the mail! So excited to read it.


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Hylary Locsin I chose "Wither" as the best dystopian novel of 2011 on my blog! http://libraryladyhylary.blogspot.com...


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Phelan Archuleta Congrats on Wither being in the semi-finals! Needless to say, I voted for it.


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TashJann Thank you for connecting with me. Please check out my blog Paranormal Goddess Book Blog, if you haven't already. I look forward to sharing my love of books with you.


Parvathy Thank you for accepting my friend request. Wither is one of my favorite books.


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Candy Just wanted you to know that of the hundred or so books I've read in the past year, Wither is one of the few I still think about, often. I CAN NOT WAIT til Fever. Best wishes on your current writing!


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Lenmeo Thank you for writing a book that challenged me to think. (:


Gina (Fantasia Books) thank you for accepting my friend request :D your debut novel was amazing and i couldn't put it down. It's a shame i have to wait until february for Fever :( but it's worth the wait! :)


Beckie Hi Lauren - Thank you ever so much for allowing me to add you as a friend. I am reading your book now and loving it so far. :)

- Beckie


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Emily Hi Lauren. Thanks so much for the add. I really like your book Wither. I look forward to reading your other ones. (:


Stephanie (Bookfever.♥) I finished Wither yesterday and I love it! It was amazing!


Elizabetha i bought your book last night, and i am almost finished! it is amazing!


Emily i am so in love with your book. i can't even explain it.


Autumn Hi Lauren! :)

I just finished Wither today. I can not wait for Fever. Thanks for accepting my friend request.

Your biggest fan,
Autumn [insert Gabriel's last name here.]

PS: Why is Wither called Wither? You only mentioned it like once...


Sangr1a Thanks for your friendship, Lauren! :D


Hannah I adored your debut novel Wither and I am lusting for the sequel! When were you expecting it to hit stores?


Aleeeeeza this might come off as terribly random, but you and I share the same birthday--october thirteenth.
i just thought that was so cool. :D


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