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Rachel Cohn
The great wish of my adolescence was to be diagnosed with scoliosis. Then I would be like Deenie. I LOVED the book "Deenie" by Judy Blume. I wanted to look like Deenie; I wanted her disease; I even wanted to live in Deenie's town, Elizabeth, New Jersey, a short hop from my dream destination, New... show more
The great wish of my adolescence was to be diagnosed with scoliosis. Then I would be like Deenie. I LOVED the book "Deenie" by Judy Blume. I wanted to look like Deenie; I wanted her disease; I even wanted to live in Deenie's town, Elizabeth, New Jersey, a short hop from my dream destination, New York City. Although now that I live in Manhattan as an adult (with a fairly normal spine, I'm told), Elizabeth, New Jersey is more known to me as the place with the long lines at IKEA instead of as the hometown of Deenie.

Like Deenie, my priorities eventually shifted.I never did get that scoliosis diagnosis, but from my favorite childhood authors such as Judy Blume, E.L. Konigsburg and Ellen Conford, I did get inspiration for another goal: to write. I can't remember a time when I wasn't trying to create stories. When I started seriously writing fiction, I didn't set out to write specifically for young adults, but as my writing matured, it became clear that when I got stuck writing in teen voices, it was a good place to be stuck.

The author question I get asked most often now is how I am able to write from the perspective of a teenager, as if I were in that character's head. The honest answer is, I don't know. I try not to think about it too much, for fear of ruining it. But I do feel like I can readily channel my own teenage self and tap into those feelings, and that's something I try to convey through the written word.


Image credit: Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 4.0.
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Birth date: 1968-12-14
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Mirkat Always Reading
Mirkat Always Reading rated it 4 months ago
Nick and Norah are both 18, high-school seniors from New Jersey navigating break-ups and the lower-Manhattan alternative-music scene. Nick is the bassist in a band of ever-shifting names, reeling after being dumped by girlfriend Tris. Norah has broken up with boyfriend Tal, who dropped out of Colu...
theatreloverslittlebooknook
theatreloverslittlebooknook rated it 2 years ago
The only book by Rachel that I can't get into. maybe some other day if I ever reread it I will enjoy it more
theatreloverslittlebooknook
theatreloverslittlebooknook rated it 2 years ago
The only book by Rachel that I can't get into. maybe some other day if I ever reread it I will enjoy it more
Obsidian Blue
Obsidian Blue rated it 3 years ago
Please note that I did not give this book any stars. I rounded up to one star on Goodreads.I read this for Romance Book Bingo 2017: Insta-love square. This is going to be a bit ranty so I apologize in advance. I loathed this book. From beginning to end. I can't believe that a movie that I enjoyed sp...
Folding Paper & Spilling Ink
Folding Paper & Spilling Ink rated it 3 years ago
Dash & Lily's Book of Dares: I've yet to read something by David Levithan that didn't charm me and touch my heart. With that in mind it shouldn't be a surprise that all of Dash's sections were my favorite parts of this book. While Rachel Cohn is a good author I just didn't connect with Lily the same...
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