Hi Everyone! It’s Becky, again. I am a huge fan of Ally Carter’s books. I love them for the smart female characters and the fast paced adventure. I will basically read anything she writes however even I was a little hesitant when I read her new book was non-fiction. I normally avoid this genre but I decided I had to read the book because of the author. I was happily surprised by this book an not disappointed at all.
Summary: New York Times Bestselling author, Ally Carter, gives tips and advice for young writers. The book covers everything from character development to editing to trying to find an agent.
Review: This book may be my favorite surprise books of 2019. I thought I was going to be reading a simple book about how to write a novel but instead found a fascinating book about writing that was filled with glimpse into the world of YA lit. Carter gives you tips on how to develop characters, how to build a plot, and just what it means to be a writer. The book does what the title promises which is tell you how to write a book in a fun and teen friendly voice that is only encouraging and never condescending. Yet, the best part of the book, for me, was the insights provided by Carter’s fellow YA writers. People like Julie Murphy, Maggie Stiefvater, and David Levithan share the best writing advice they received as well as give a tiny peek into their writing processes. In that way the book moved beyond a simple how-to and became like the best author talk and made the book a must read for fans of the YA genre.
Bottom line: Ally Carter uses her trademark wit and storytelling to create a “How To” guide for young writers that will appeal to adult aspiring writers as well as readers of YA.
Final Rating: 5 out of 5