Kelly Jensen

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Kelly Jensen is a former teen librarian who worked in several public libraries before pursuing a full-time career in writing and editing. Her current position is with Book Riot, the largest independent book website in North America, where she focuses on talking about young adult literature in all of its manifestations. Before becoming a fully-fledged adult-like person, she worked in the swanky Texas Legislative Library entering data into a computer while surrounded by important politicians, scooped gelato for hungry college students, and spent hours reading, annotating, and scanning small-town Texas newspapers into a giant searchable database.

Kelly lives in the Chicago area with her husband, her rabbit, and three needy-but-awesome cats. In
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An exciting announcement about an upcoming short form podcast I’m doing — every other week this summer, tune in for talk about Norma Klein and her legacy in YA lit.

 



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Second read, this time for Hey YA: Extra Credit. I'm...blown away how manipulative all of the adults are in this book.

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I think the comp to The Vegetarian is wrong. This isn't like that one. But it is VERY much like One Bloody Thing After Another and other Joey Comeau writing meets Heathers. It's dark and bloody and weird and makes little sense except it also makes co ...more
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Nah. It's definitely straight historical fantasy.

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“But here’s the thing: other people’s opinions are not the truth. We live in a world that puts us into boxes and labels them with Sharpies, yet those boxes are lies. They flatten us; they limit who we really are. Feminism”
Kelly Jensen, Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World

“I define “depression,” but depression does not define me because you cannot define a person. Not with a single word, not with an entire book. Human beings defy definition. Yet the stigma surrounding mental illness makes some believe we can use it to define others, and it often deceives us into believing we must use it to define ourselves.”
Kelly Jensen, (Don't) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation about Mental Health

“Maybe my “meddling” words did little to change the teacher’s private view, but at least I identified myself as an advocate for the student.”
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Kelly Anna wrote: "OK, but when is your book going to pop up on Goodreads?! xoxoxo"

BOOM: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2... :)


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Anna OK, but when is your book going to pop up on Goodreads?! xoxoxo


Sandra Thank you for friending me! :)


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Catie Here you go (taken from this article on Turner Classic Movies):

"Even though Breakfast at Tiffany's was a success and nominated for five Academy Awards, the one person who was not happy with the film was author Truman Capote. He was outspoken in his disapproval of what had been done with his book. He was unhappy with everything: the tone, the casting, the director. He felt betrayed by Paramount. "I had lots of offers for that book, from practically everybody," he said, "and I sold it to this group at Paramount because they promised things, they made a list of everything, and they didn't keep a single one." Capote was unhappy with the casting. "It was the most miscast film I've ever seen," he said. "Holly Golightly was real-a tough character, not an Audrey Hepburn type at all. The film became a mawkish valentine to New York City and Holly, and, as a result, was thin and pretty, whereas it should have been rich and ugly. It bore as much resemblance to my work as the Rockettes do to Ulanova."

After the release of the film version of Breakfast at Tiffany's, author Truman Capote was very vocal about his disdain for the film, and especially the casting of Audrey Hepburn as Holly, a role that he hoped would go to his friend, Marilyn Monroe.

Truman Capote later said that he considered actress Jodie Foster the perfect person to play Holly Golightly as he originally wrote her."



Tiffany how do you ever write so many reviews?


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