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Melanie Weiss

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Melanie Weiss is a author of the Young Adult novels Spoken and Crossing Lines. She is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and worked as a journalist for newspapers and magazines for 20 years. She began writing her novel, Spoken, shortly after her younger child left for college in 2015 and she became an “empty nester.” She currently manages a scholarship foundation at her local high school that provides scholarship support to more than 60 graduating high school seniors each year. Spoken won a 2019 Readers' Favorite Award for Young Adult-Social Issues.

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I thought writing the poetry would be really hard for me as I had to convey the complicated emotions of 15-year-old Roman. I just dug down deep and de…more

I thought writing the poetry would be really hard for me as I had to convey the complicated emotions of 15-year-old Roman. I just dug down deep and decided not to be intimidated by anything that would stand in the way of me finishing my novel. One day, I took a walk in a forest preserve and sat on a picnic table to take in the quiet around me. That serenity inspired me to write. I pulled out my cell phone and started composing some thoughts in the notes section. That became the poem Roman performs on stage at his high school during the competition to be chosen for the London Poetry Slam team.
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Spoken

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Crossing Lines by Melanie Weiss
"Thank you Melanie Weiss and Suzy Approved Book Tours for a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

Alli and Brandon live in a small midwest town as high school seniors. They are falling in young love and are quickly becoming a perfect cou" Read more of this review »
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Really enjoyed this book and how it came together in end was mostly expected and also tied up the loose strings..I think the book could have been a bit shorter...the internal dialogue could have been tightened...but a very engaging read in the end.
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"High school is a time when many students dive into the world of politics. Political tension among teenagers is common in the real world, but not a common central topic in books. I admire how Weiss recognized this problem and discussed two opposing pe" Read more of this review »
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I was so excited to read this book since my new novel, Crossing Lines, is also contemporary YA and in has a similar social action theme and my book also came out just recently. There was a lot I appreciated and liked about this book. This book does w ...more
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I think if I am going to spend hours reading a book I should come away from that time learning something new, having my mind expanded or at least be 100 percent entertained and captivated. None of that happened here. This is a meet cute but not much ...more
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The Assignment is a book that does what all good books should. It makes you think. The Assignment frames the evil of Hitler's Germany w a unique but contemporary lens, and you put the book down at the end having learned and twisted your brain in new ...more
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