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A Day in the Life (3)

a day in the life

Hey y'all!For those of you who haven't seen this feature before, I started A Day in the Life just to give y'all updates on what I'm reading, thinking, and what's going on in the bookish world! I hope y'all enjoy! A LOT has been going on with me recently and I'm reading three books at once so I have a lot to say! Here goes:The Books:

Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan - I'm reading this one at the moment and my feelings are kind of mixed. On one hand, I love the idea of the story and I ADORE stories that take place in New York City. But it's taking forever to get really started with any kind of action and it's just gotten kind of boring. Honestly, I want to be HOOKED. Hopefully, this improved. Andrea Cremer tends to use a lot of world-building and while that's excellent in fast-paced books and extravagant books such as Nightshade, it doesn't really work that well when combined with a slower plot. I'll finish reading it this weekend and let y'all know what I thought!The Life:Chorus and friends are honestly taking over my life right now. My chorus teacher has this crazy idea that chorus should be the number one priority in our lives and I've had rehearsal so much. Last week, we had Madrigals, a Renaissance-style musical/concert that involved us dressing up as peasants. (See the Twitter picture if you don't believe me.) Friends are being confusing but there's not really that much I can do about that but try to be supportive while wishing that I could be curled up in the corner with a book. I also have a ton of writing things going on (see "The News" below). The problem is that I don't really want to get that involved with my school because there's a chance that I might leave it and at this point, I want to. I enjoy it enough but I really don't like certain parts of it and Interlochen sounds like a fantastic opportunity for me.The Posts:I recently wrote a post Silver Linings: Writing that basically covered all of the writing things that are going on right now for me. It explains what I think about my writing, Interlochen, NaNoWriMo, and more.Last Friday, I revealed the cover for Fanged Princess on the blog. Check out this gorgeous and gothic cover!The News:Today, I won my school's Poetry Jam with my poem "Wallflowers". It's not quite the version that I uploaded on my blog a few weeks ago, but it's close. This means that not only was I lugging around my 1st-place trophy all day, but I'm going to be my school's representative in the District competition. Like I said above, I'm a little hesitant about getting too involved in my school now, and also, I don't want to focus on poetry and whatnot. One of the strengths of Interlochen as opposed to just entering local writing contests is that I feel like that makes me more limited. I do want to focus on novel-writing but frankly, the arts programs down here aren't amazing. They're enough, but I feel like it's just a much better community for me if I attempt to go to Interlochen.The other news: I'm applying for an Interlochen scholarship. Interlochen is an incredible performing arts boarding school filled with passionate young artists. They're currently running a scholarship contest (The Virginia B. Ball Scholarship Contest) and it's one of the only chances that I have to actually get my parents to look at the school.I don't really know. Also, I want to also focus on editing and publishing instead of devoting ALL MY TIME to writing. While writing short stories and poetry is awesome, the publishing business for YA books and whatnot is what I want my life to be devoted to instead of that other writing scene. There's a difference. I'm entering the Interlochen competition and if I'm a finalist, I'm going to figure out what to do from there so that I can get the best of both words.I've also been editing a TON recently. There's an amazing editing opportunity for me coming up in January (that I'm unsure whether I can disclose or not) so I've been critiquing a lot more than I usually do for practice. I definitely want to keep immersed in editing as well as blogging and writing. I love writing, but I want publishing and that world to take precedence over that.I'm saving up to go to BookExpo America (because there may be an opportunity for me to take exams early and be able to go!), as well as normal camp and Interlochen camp. I want to go to all three, which is really expensive obviously. I think I'll be able to because I really only have to pay for BEA, but I'm still basically not going to be buying much in the spring (ahh! book budget!).Other:

Riffle is so unbelievably awesome. It's like Wanelo, but with books! You can create lists of books, recommend books, be "interested" in books, or "finish" books. It's like a mixture of Pinterest and Goodreads! Social media for book nerds - I think yes! I'm a beta user right now and I'm absolutely in love with it. You definitely know what I'll be doing this weekend!That's it for A Day in the Life this week! Thanks so much for reading! I hope y'all enjoyed!Grace

Desire to Acquire (1)

Hey y'all!It's Grace and this week I'm introducing a new feature on the blog. It's basically Waiting on Wednesday with a title specifically for my blog. All credit goes to Breaking the Spine; the only difference is that I won't just be posting on Wednesdays and I'll have a few more books up there. It's where I talk about which books I'm dying to read in the next few months. I've been really busy with WRITING of all things and I've been away for the weekend, so I apologize for the lack of posts. I'm working on a writing portfolio for a huge writing contest and a couple others that are coming up, as well as participating in NaNoWriMo. I'm looking to spotlight five or so titles each time I do one of these. I hope y'all enjoy! I'd love to hear what you think! You can tweet me or leave a comment below.Let's get started, shall we?

Prophecy by Ellen Oh

Prophecy (The Dragon King Chronicles, #1)

The greatest warrior in all of the Seven Kingdoms... is a girl with yellow eyes.

Kira’s the only female in the king’s army, and the prince’s bodyguard. She’s a demon slayer and an outcast, hated by nearly everyone in her home city of Hansong. And, she’s their only hope...Murdered kings and discovered traitors point to a demon invasion, sending Kira on the run with the young prince. He may be the savior predicted in the Dragon King Prophecy, but the missing treasure of myth may be the true key. With only the guidance of the cryptic prophecy, Kira must battle demon soldiers, evil shaman, and the Demon Lord himself to find what was once lost and raise a prince into a king.Intrigue and mystery, ancient lore and action-packed fantasy come together in this heart-stopping first book in a trilogy.

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: January 2, 2013

Why I Want It: The synopsis reminds me of a few favorites and with the Graceling series over, I have a fantasy void to fill. Kira sounds absolutely awesome. Action, fantasy, and demons? Count me in.

Reminds Me of: Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George; Graceling by Kristin Cashore; Slayers by C.J. Hill; Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook

Nobody But Us

Bonnie and Clyde meets IF I STAY in this addictively heart-wrenching story of two desperate teenagers on the run from their pasts.

They’re young. They’re in love. They’re on the run.Zoe wants to save Will as much as Will wants to save Zoe. When Will turns eighteen, they decide to run away together. But they never expected their escape to be so fraught with danger....When the whole world is after you, sometimes it seems like you can’t run fast enough.Nobody But Us, told in alternating perspectives from Will and Zoe, is an unflinching novel, in turns heartbreaking and hopeful, about survival, choices, and love...and how having love doesn’t always mean that you get a happy ending. Described as “beautiful, heartbreaking, and exhilarating” by Kody Keplinger, author of The DUFF, Nobody But Us will prove irresistible to fans of Nina Lacour, Jenny Han, and Sara Zarr.

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: January 29, 2013

Why I Want It: It looks edgy and sad and inspiring all at once. I completely love a romance that might be screwed up but both people believe wholeheartedly in it. It's something that you don't often see in YA and it seems pretty interesting.

Reminds Me of: Don't Breathe a Word by Holly Cupala; Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Teeth by Hannah Moscowitz

Teeth

A gritty, romantic modern fairy tale from the author of Break and Gone, Gone, Gone.Be careful what you believe in.

Rudy’s life is flipped upside-down when his family moves to a remote island in a last attempt to save his sick younger brother. With nothing to do but worry, Rudy sinks deeper and deeper into loneliness and lies awake at night listening to the screams of the ocean beneath his family’s rickety house.Then he meets Diana, who makes him wonder what he even knows about love, and Teeth, who makes him question what he knows about anything. Rudy can’t remember the last time he felt so connected to someone, but being friends with Teeth is more than a little bit complicated. He soon learns that Teeth has terrible secrets. Violent secrets. Secrets that will force Rudy to choose between his own happiness and his brother’s life.

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Release Date: January 1, 2013

Why I Want It: The first book by Hannah Moscowitz that I read was Invincible Summer, but the first book of hers that I really fell in love with was Break. Her quirky writing makes her books stand out and the synopsis of this one is really intriguing to me. "A gritty, romantic modern fairytale"? I love it, and I can't wait for this one.

Reminds Me of: Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers; Nevermore by Kelly Creagh; After by Amy Efaw

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, #2)

Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother and the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own.As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Release Date: February 5, 2013

Why I Want It: I have a serious love for fairy-tale retellings. I've gotten used to dark paranormal versions. A science-fiction version of those retellings? I took a chance with Cinder and it HIGHLY paid off. I was glued to it and read it under my desk during class because I literally could not part with it. It has this absorbing quality that just pulls you in. Incredible writing, plot twists that will turn your world upside down, and a unique take on lovable fairytales made Cinder incredible. I need Scarlet NOW.

Reminds Me Of: Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakly-Cartwright; Eve and Adam by Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant

Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Nobody

There are people in this world who are Nobody. No one sees them. No one notices them. They live their lives under the radar, forgotten as soon as you turn away. That’s why they make the perfect assassins.The Institute finds these people when they’re young and takes them away for training. But an untrained Nobody is a threat to their organization. And threats must be eliminated.Sixteen-year-old Claire has been invisible her whole life, missed by the Institute’s monitoring. But now they’ve ID’ed her and send seventeen-year-old Nix to remove her. Yet the moment he lays eyes on her, he can’t make the hit. It’s as if Claire and Nix are the only people in the world for each other. And they are—because no one else ever notices them.

Publisher: EgmontUSA

Release Date: January 22, 2013

Why I Want It: Jennifer Lynn Barnes is such a versatile author. From her hilarious laugh-until-you-cry spy novel The Squad: Perfect Cover to the darkly electric Raised by Wolves, her books are consistently amazing. I love the concept and I love her writing. What more is there to say? I'm lusting for this book so much.

Reminds Me of: Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan; Legend by Marie Lu

That concludes my first Desire to Acquire post! I hope y'all enjoyed! Leave me a comment below or tweet me with your thoughts. What books are y'all desiring? 

Jay Asher Recap

Hey y'all!So on Tuesday night I went to my second signing ever in Tampa. Jay Asher, the author of Thirteen Reasons Why and co-author of The Future of Us, spoke and signed at Tampa Prep.Thirteen Reasons Why

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.

On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list.Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.

The Future of Us

It's 1996, and Josh and Emma have been neighbors their whole lives. They've been best friends almost as long - at least, up until last November, when Josh did something that changed everything. Things have been weird between them ever since, but when Josh's family gets a free AOL CD in the mail,his mom makes him bring it over so that Emma can install it on her new computer. When they sign on, they're automatically logged onto their Facebook pages. But Facebook hasn't been invented yet. And they're looking at themselves fifteen years in the future.By refreshing their pages, they learn that making different decisions now will affect the outcome of their lives later. And as they grapple with the ups and downs of what their futures hold, they're forced to confront what they're doing right - and wrong - in the present.

Before the Event:

I've had a really stressful week so I was really excited to go to the signing. Jay had messaged me on Facebook a few days before and that's actually how I found out about the event. I got all dressed up and took my battered copy of Thirteen Reasons Why and a couple business cards. One of my friends is actually OBSESSED with this book but she had softball so she couldn't go. Jay Asher is absolutely incredible so I was so excited.

I got to Tampa Prep a few minutes late but the signing still hadn't started, which was a relief. The lovely folks at Inkwood  were there so I was really excited. I hadn't seen them since the Mara Dyer signing. I bought a copy of The Future of Us from them and settled in my chair. The entire time I was peeking around. I recognized Jay from his author picture but I always have to double check just in case, since it's a little different in person.

The entire time, I tweeted at @jayasherguy, telling him how excited I was and (basically) proving how big of a stalker I was. The principal of Tampa Prep got up to talk and he did a very good introduction of Jay Asher, calling him an "author, blogger, and Twitter-er". Then Jay started to speak

During the Event:

Wow. Jay is a FANTASTIC speaker. He's both incredibly informative about the writing process and completely hilarious. He manages to make it feel personal and was just so so amazing. I continued to stalker-tweet at him throughout the event and also wrote down some of the things that he said so that I could share them with y'all. After hearing him, I am so jealous of all the Tampa Prep students who got to work with him throughout the day.

He started off by talking about how he became a writer and shared a humorous story about Vanilla Ice. Apparently, he used to write funny children's books that weren't very good, including Stop Easter Bunny, You Forgot Something! (That might not be exactly the title, but it sounds right). He seemed very grateful that they were never published.

He split the inspiration for the book between two sources. While he was in Vegas, he went on an audio tour and really loved that element. He wanted to use that in one of his projects but tucked it away for the future. The second part was that he had a relative about Hannah's age who tried to commit suicide and was extremely influenced by that. He said that he got into fascinating but incredibly painful conversations with her about what happened to make her feel like nobody cared. It was with those two sources that he crafted Hannah's story and Thirteen Reasons Why was born.

He told us about how he learned to write suspense, comparing it to his beloved children's book, The Monster at the End of this BookHe talked about great writing techniques and included information about critique partners. He compared his rejection letters to the ways a girl breaks up with a guy, including "It's not you, it's me" and "I'm seeing someone else." He shared his fantastic publishing story, including a picture of telling his wife and his mom. He told his wife at the same spot that they got married! He discussed word choice and buying his book only to return it.

One of my favorite parts of the night was seeing the emails that Jay put up on the screen. He showed us four emails that touched him, that he received several months after his book was out. They were from teens talking about suicide, Thirteen Reasons Why, and how the book changed people. What I thought was absolutely amazing and really shows the power of books was that somebody recognized Hannah in somebody else at her school. That night after reading it, she called that girl and talked for four hours. The girl told her everything and about her suicide plans. Thirteen Reasons Why led to somebody preventing a suicide. Is that not AMAZING?

After talking about Thirteen Reasons Why, Jay discussed co-writing The Future of Us, his son, and the movie. He showed us a picture of him and Selena Gomez and talked about interest for the movie. Personally, I would kill to see that movie if there is a Thirteen Reasons Why movie but he also talked about his concerns for authenticity and getting the message across. Really, he was excellent.

He talked about some more and joked a lot more. I was laughing and inspired and absolutely fell in love with his speaking. I would love to hear him speak again. I asked a question about voice and then we had some Q&A. After the Q&A session, it was time for the signing.

I got in line and got my books signed. There were some Tampa Prep students behind me but I didn't recognize anybody. I got to talk to Jay for a few minutes. It's always nerve-wracking meeting an author you've idolized for so long and you always want to have them remember you. I don't know if he did, but I loved talking to him. I got a picture with him (below!) although it's not the best quality and it's pretty small.

I really loved the signing and was so happy to finally meet Jay Asher. I loved it. I hope y'all enjoyed my recap! If you haven't read Thirteen Reasons Why or The Future of Us, I highly recommend them.Love y'all!Grace

Top Ten Books That Keep Me Sane

Hey y'all!Today is a freebie topic for Top Ten Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. I thought of this topic because recently, it's been feeling like books are the only thing that keep me together when I'm falling apart. Books are my friends and within the chaos and confusion of freshman year, I take comfort in them more than ever. Friendships are hard to navigate and sometimes I feel like I'm losing my grip on who I want to be and who I am at the moment.1. Revolution by Jennifer DonnellyIf y'all are new to the blog, you might not know this, but Revolution is my favorite book. I've read a lot of absolutely incredible books but reading Revolution for the first time was like nothing I've ever felt before. I got so into this book. I felt so connected to it and the meshing of genres kept me glued to the pages. I reread this book every couple of months, it feels like, and each time, it gets better and better.2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen ChboskyLike Revolution, this is a book that gets better with each read. I keep noticing lines and descriptions that I had glossed over before or never appreciated fully. As I age and experience more things, I can relate to more and more of what Charlie is saying. This book is life-changing and it continues to change me. I actually reread this last week because I needed some of Charlie's observations about life and experiences to keep me sane. I've been so stressed out and this was the perfect book to cure my anxiety.3. The Christmas Doll by Elvira WoodruffWe used to read this every year at Christmas. I don't really know what happened but we stopped reading it. My mom would read it to us before bed. My sisters and I would gather in one bed and listen to my mom read pages out loud, every night up until Christmas. Soon, it just became my twin sister and I and we kept trailing off every year. Sometimes, I still drag out our copy and remember what it was like when things were simpler.4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. RowlingI've reread this book so many times. I don't think that there will be another series that will affect me this way for a while. How do you even begin to describe Harry Potter? And then, it's so large that I reserve a section of my year to rereading the series. It takes me back in time and I gain new perspective with each read. It's become more of a tradition than anything else. Sometimes I just need to put down the review books and the homework and ignore everything for a day while I read about Harry and Hogwarts.5. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny HanThis is such a poignant coming-of-age novel. Thoughtful reflections on life are interwoven with the bittersweet experiences of growing up and first love. It's both entertaining and reflective, which I really just need sometimes. The soothing beach environment reminds me of summer and calm. I get so caught up in the chaos of it all that sometimes I just need to go to the beach with Belly and remember that other people are going through the same things that I am.6. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann BrasharesThis was one of the first YA series that I ever read. I remember curling up with the books (after seeing the movie, I'm ashamed to admit!) in fourth or fifth grade and becoming completely absorbed. Their friendships fell apart and endured in the long run and each of the girls went through momentous events that I anticipated myself facing during high school. It's very realistic in its portrayal of teenagers and I related to so much of the book. I love this series and the actual books themselves have been read so many times that the spines are falling apart and the covers are scratched up.7. Dawn Rochelle by Lurlene McDanielSometimes, I just need to grieve. I don't exactly know what I'm grieving for sometimes - lost time, simplicity, etc,.- but I just need to sit down and lose myself in my emotions. This is that book. This is the book that absolutely makes me surrender myself to my emotions. If I don't know how to express myself or I'm just confused and helpless, I read this book and I cry. A lot. I first read it in fourth grade. I cry at all the same parts and find myself affected by different parts as well. I got so involved with the characters and the novels.8. All-American Girl by Meg CabotWhen I need humor or a bit of a pick-me-up, I read All-American Girl. Sam's humor is contagious and her spirit saturates the entire book. Between hilarious top ten lists and characters that melt me, I fall in love with this book each time that I read it. In fact, this was my favorite book up until seventh grade (when I read Revolution.) I used to check out the same copy from my school library (actually one of the only YA books that they ever had) and still associate my copy strongly with the taste of lemon drops from earning Sunshine State prizes. I have so many memories and emotions associated with this one.9. Lovely, Dark, and Deep by Amy McNamaraI haven't actually reread this book before. I read it for the first time the other week. When I was reading it, the most unusual sense of melancholy calm settled over me. It was a feeling that I haven't experienced in an extremely long time, and I want to capture that. It felt like time slowed down when I was reading it because it impacted me so much. When I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it. I need that feeling again. That calm will definitely be useful when I have my next mental breakdown (haha).10. Impossible by Nancy WerlinA textured and enthralling read, Impossible completely stunned me when I first read it. The haunting lyrics of Scarborough Fair were adapted in this incredible read to form a completely unique story. With beautiful writing, sinister characters, and mood that completely floored me, I love to reread this one. This is a book that I read to remind me why I read YA and why I do this. It paints a picture of a mood and story that I can only get through reading.I hope y'all enjoyed! What books do y'all read to keep yourselves sane? Love y'all!Grace

Winter White Guest Post

Hey y'all!

Today I have a great treat for y'all. Jen Calonita, author of the Secrets of My Hollywood Life and Belles series, as well as one of my favorite books, Sleepaway Girlsis here to talk about her dance experience. In Winter White, the sequel to Belles, the girls take on cotillion. Winter White is in stores now!

It's no secret how Jen Calonita knows the inside scoop on young Hollywood. A former Senior Entertainment Editor at Teen People, Jen has interviewed everyone from Reese Witherspoon to Zac Efron. An entertainment journalist for the past ten years, Jen has written for TV Guide, Glamour and Marie Claire.When the self-professed entertainment junkie is not working, she can be found doing one of three things: scrapbooking, watching Glee, or going to the movies. Jen resides in Merrick, New York with her husband Mike, sons Tyler and Dylan, and their Chihuahua, Captain Jack Sparrow.Check out Jen's video interviews at the website for her publisher, Hachette Book Group: LB Teens. She talks about growing up and being a writer as well as Secrets of My Hollywood Life: Family Affairs.Still have questions? Check out her FAQ!

Winter White (Belles, #2)

Why I Wish I Had Gone to Cotillion

By Jen Calonita

In “Winter White,” my latest BELLES novel, Mira and Izzie take different approaches to dealing with cotillion, a Southern tradition that usually involves a formal ball where women are presented to society. Mira’s been planning her debut since she could practically walk while Izzie is dragged into the experience kicking and screaming.

I know many parts of the country have cotillions, but growing up on Long Island, we didn’t have anything like this tradition. The closest I ever came to wearing white before my wedding was when I needed to don the color for my communion dress (which I loved picking out, by the way). Etiquette lessons, dance classes with boys, making my debut—that sort of stuff was foreign territory to me. But the more I researched cotillion for “Winter White,” the more envious I got of girls who got to participate in this coming-of-age party.

Now I know there will be a portion of you who are reading this and saying: “Jen, I did cotillion and I hated it!” and to you, I apologize. I can’t help myself. I’m fascinated by cotillion and here’s why:

I wonder if I had had cotillion training if I would have had the confidence to find a date to my school dances rather than wait for someone to ask me (which never happened). All those dance classes girls in cotillion take. The etiquette lessons, knowing the proper way to conduct an interview, how to make eye contact—I would have killed for this type of girl power training! Instead, I approached every school dance with dread. I blame this fear all on the well intentions of my best friend in seventh grade. Back then dances were a non-date affair. You showed up and hovered near one wall while the guys stuck like glue to the other. The boy I had crushed on since the sixth grade was there and I would have given anything for him to even just say hello to me. Instead, I wasn’t sure if he even knew I was alive. Getting him to ask me to dance was a pipe dream. Or so I thought. My best friend thought she was doing me a favor by asking him to dance with me. But when he turned her down flat, and she told me what happened, I was crushed.

By the time I got to ninth grade and people started bringing dates to dances, I was petrified of facing that kind of rejection again. The first year we all went to a dance, I somehow convinced most of my friends to attend solo, so I got off kind of easy. But by sophomore year, people were pairing off. My solution? Go with a guy friend, and that worked for the most part. Of course it took a little negotiation—more like a peace treaty—my friends put out feelers to see if he would go with me as friends, then he wanted to make sure I knew we really were just friends, then his friend wanted a date too—by the end I was so exhausted I wondered if it was even worth going at all.The fun wasn’t having a date. At least not for me. Those painful slow songs were just reminders that the guy I was with was just not that into me in that way. The fun, it turned out, was just being with my friends, getting dressed up in some amazingly awkward dress (why did I always pick pink or teal?), and knowing I was part of a group. In the end, I wish I had realized I didn’t need a guy on my arm to survive a school dance. All I really needed was to learn all the things that cotillion training teaches a girl (well, in my opinion, at least)—how to be comfortable in my own skin. It took me a little while, but by college, I finally got there. When the first freshman formal came up, I didn’t even bother looking for a date. I got the cutest dress I could find (I graduated to wearing navy) and danced the night away on my own with my single friends around me. And you know what? It was probably the most fun at a dance I ever had.Thanks so much, Jen! I hope y'all enjoyed and keep an eye out for my review of Winter White on the blog this week!Grace