Tuesday, 30 April 2013
My husband Jouni works for the British council, and teaches English at different levels. Turns out some of his students and Korean, and he received a brown paper bag filled with these snacks and instant coffees from one of them last week. We spent a long time thinking about what we could send back: since I had just returned from England and was well stocked in the snack department, we sent some different English chocolate bars and a postcard from London.
This culture of giving and receiving gift for no reason will be an exciting part of our lives very soon!
Monday, 29 April 2013
SOOOO. that means I will have a couple of weeks to prepare my classroom and stalk K-Pop bands. I have a lot to do but mostly learning Korean: I'm reluctant to start because I sort of want to use my language learning efforts to consolidate my Swahili before leaving. But I'm pretty excited to learn the writing part!
Saturday, 27 April 2013
Friday, 26 April 2013
I've thought a lot about why I never outgrew teen fiction and I've come to the conclusion that most of the time, a 35 year old will write as a 15 year old. The resulting fiction will read like a 25 year old has written it. And maybe that's why I like it. Or maybe it's just that I'm a writer (I've written two books for non-adult people). Anyway. Here is a list of my ten favourite teen angst books and why I like them.
10. Why We Broke Up- Daniel Handler
9. How To Keep a Boy as a Pet- Diane Messidoro
8. Gingerbread- Rachel Cohn
7. Rookie Yearbook One- Tavi Gevinson
rookie mag website, which is great, but I prefer reading the long, long articles in print format.
6. Looking for Alaska- John Green
5. Stargirl- Jerry Spinelli
4. The Lover's Dictionary- David Levithan
3. Rose of No Man's Land- Michelle Tea
Rose of No Man's Land is about a girl who is doomed in an almost Shakespearean way. Not many novels write about poor white people: most novelists are middle class. Rose lives under depressing circumstances: her mother doesn't leave the house, her mother's boyfriend steals stuff. They are super poor. Her sister, the 'normal' one, gets her a job at the mall. Within a few hours it becomes hopelessly apparent that Rose cannot fit in. She goes on this whirlwind adventure, where things get worse and worse as the night progresses. And then she goes back home.
2. Love Lessons- Jacqueline Wilson
1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower- Stephen Chbosky
Thursday, 25 April 2013
The experience made me question why we don't have more spaces like this in the world, and why more people don't use them.