“I won’t tell anyone, Echo. I promise.”Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins? His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms.“You didn’t do that—did you? It was done to you?”No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked. ~Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

I first read PUSHING THE LIMITS a couple months after I first became a Teen Librarian and Katie was very kind and drove up to my library one evening in December to visit my Teen Writer’s Group. She brought hardcover copies for the teens and personalized them. She talked about her journey to becoming a published author, and how it’s changed her life. She really connected with those teen girls who were really in love with writing, and that was so important. 

Since then I’ve read and loved every single one of Katie’s books. She’s made me cry more than once, with her books and with a talk she gave at a library conference a couple of months ago. Katie is a force to be reckoned with, let me tell you. Her books are real, they are emotional and they tell the real stories of real teens living out real, difficult, shitty lives in Kentucky. And that makes them really important. All school libraries and public libraries should have her books, especially the ones in Kentucky. Her books are award winners, they are books that teens can relate to, and they are awesome.

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Monday Memories is an original feature/weekly meme created and hosted by Miss Print and the Book Bandit. We created Monday Memories because we both love and collect books and wanted to talk about them. We hope you’ll want to share too.

mondaymemoriesAnyone can join. But please, if you join in the fun, link back to Miss Print and/or the Book Bandit on your own Monday Memories post AND add your name to the Link list included with our posts every week so that everyone can check out other posts! If you don’t have a blog, you can post your thoughts as a comment. And, of course, have fun!
Now that you know how it works, here’s what it is: Monday Memories is super simple. Just take a photo of a book from your personal library (or a library book that’s significant to you, etc.) and talk about why it matters. Is it your first ever signed book? The first book you reviewed on your blog? Whatever it is, write it up in a Monday Memories post and share it. 

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