Author: Anna Tschetter

Grit by Gillian French [Review]

Grit Gillian French HarperTeen May 16, 2017 I love a small town story. I grew up in various small towns around the Midwest so I can really appreciate when an author can capture the sense of claustrophobia that sometimes comes with that life. Gillian French’s Grit explores those themes but never quite gets there for me. Despite this, I found this YA debut to be a sign of good things to come. Darcy Prentiss just wants to get through the summer picking blueberries, getting drunk, and surviving her senior year in her small, rural Maine town. She wants to...

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Makers of Tampon Run Tell It like It Is: A Girl Code Review

There’s a good chance that you’ve heard of the endless runner web and phone game Tampon Run. If you haven’t seen it, go play the cute and strangely addictive game where you throw tampons at bullies and try to combat the menstruation taboo. The game became an internet sensation when it debuted in 2014 for its cheeky subject matter and the fact that it was made by two teenage girls at a free summer program called Girls Who Code. Girls Who Code is a free, international organization that teaches middle and high school girls computer programming and coding. Reshma...

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Dice Vice Takes Acid Trip through Irish Mythology with Inis

Art is one of the most crucial factors for me in game design. Obviously, the way a game plays is important, too.  But If I’m going to be spending a few hours staring at a game, the art better be something I like. Inis Designer Christian Martinez Artist Dimitri Bielak, Jim Fitzpatrick Publisher Matagot, Pegasus Spiele, Portal Games 2016 Inis gets it right in the art department. I love the Celtic-art-does-acid affect. It’s beautiful and weird and yeah sometimes the ladies have big balloon boobs but I don’t care. Look at these beautiful cards! I think the art is beautiful...

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Dogears: Inverting Tropes in Storytelling

Becoming Unbecoming Una Arsenal Pulp Press December 1, 2015 Una simultaneously explores the terror of living through her own sexual abuses and the entirely-too-geographically-close Yorkshire Ripper’s serial killings in 1977 Northern England. There is an amazing amount of thoughtful material about abuser’s tactics, survivor’s coping mechanisms, the commonplace attitudes that breed violence against women, and the widespread fascination/exaltation of male serial killers and abusers. Additionally, the mostly black and white art combines simple line drawing, sketches, and dreamy landscapes as a powerful mirror to the trauma Una survives and witnesses. Becoming Unbecoming is a painfully beautiful and thought-provoking addition...

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Dogears: My Best Friend’s Exorcism and Diabolic Angels

My Best Friend’s Exorcism Grady Hendrix Quirk Books May 16, 2016 The power of Diet Coke compels you! My Best Friend’s Exorcism is a nostalgic, sweet, and disgusting story about friendship, high school, and demons. There are a few tiny gaps in the narrative and plot, but I enjoyed this book more than I expected. Best book to read while wearing a swatch and leg warmers, but can’t stop vomiting up maggots! —Jennie Law The Diabolic S.J. Kincaid Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers November 1, 2016 In an intergalactic society, humanity has developed Diabolics. They are artificially...

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