Young Adult Fiction

Step Aside Alice: 6 YA Fantasy Book Alternatives to Wonderland

Christine Stock | Posted 06.15.2015 | Canada Living
Christine Stock

Maybe it's the shape-shifting cake in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, or the weird knight, or that damn cat. I just can't say. But here's what I do know: I've read numerous fantasy books that, in my humble opinion, are far more enjoyable than slogging through innocent Alice's "amazing" adventures.

Great Book Gift Ideas for Your Teenager

Christine Stock | Posted 02.18.2015 | Canada Living
Christine Stock

As a blogger of Young Adult literature and a professional book reviewer, I read a lot. There are tons of great books out there if you are looking to purchase your teen a gift of the literary sort (and of reasonable cost). The following are my top picks for 2014, based on quality and overall likeability.

How To Get Your Teenager To Read For Pleasure

Christine Stock | Posted 02.13.2015 | Canada Living
Christine Stock

So what's so great about Young Adult Literature? Books like The Fault in Our Stars and The Hunger Games and Harry Potter have proven that teens will read for pleasure when paired with the right book. Yes, parents: they'll read it and they'll like it. Teens need to feel a connection to a book; it needs to engage or provoke them in some way.

The Reality of Reality Television Is That Nothing Is Real

Christine Stock | Posted 04.10.2014 | Canada TV
Christine Stock

I continue to be struck by the phrase "Reality Television." I mean, give me a break. In the day and age of Photoshop, voice-overs, and numerous editing tools, who can seriously believe that anything on TV is real?

Does Proxy Argue for the Affluenza Defense?

Christine Stock | Posted 02.12.2014 | Canada
Christine Stock

Alex London had it right: money and privilege is an excellent excuse when called to defend deplorable actions. Consider Ethan Couch, the Texas teen wh...

Grown Women Loving Teen Vampires is Just Plain Wrong

Yummy Mummy Club | Posted 01.19.2013 | Canada Living
Yummy Mummy Club

In case you are living under a rock, the final instalment of the film version of the Twilight series was released in theatres last week. Am I being overly sensitive about the idea of grown women fantasizing about teenaged boys? Why does our culture have this strange double standard? If 35-year-old fathers were lining up at movie premieres to get their photos taken with Dakota Fanning, we'd scream bloody murder.