In Which I Dress 5 Of My Favorite YA Couples For Halloween

I’m taking part in a fun blog event hosted by Great Imaginations today — their annual Blogger Trick or Treat! Prizes, Halloween fun and visiting new blogs — what’s not to love?


I LOVED Halloween as a kid. I loved the costumes but mostly I LOVED THE CANDY. My neighborhood had a lot of people who would give the king sized candy bars (JACKPOT) and I was always trading kids in my neighborhood for my FAVORITE non-candy bar candy — MILK DUDS. Anyone else love Milk Duds?? I always hated how they got stuck in my teeth but they were so worth it.

Now as an adult I just really love coming up with costumes. And every Halloween I try and get Will to dress up in a couples costume and every year he refuses me. So I decided, since my persuasive powers haven’t worked yet on Will, that I would create couples costumes for some of my favorite YA couples. (I’ve also come up with costumes based on books I’ve read!)






Allyson & Willem met in London and, in a moment of spontaneity, have 24 hours together in Paris. The story of two lost people who desperately needed to find themselves (and each other) is a personal favorite of mine.


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I picked silent film stars for Allyson & Willem! If you’ve read Just One Day you know that the first REAL conversation they ever have, after he insults her breakfast on the train, is about who she looks like which ends up becoming her alter ego of sorts that gives her the courage to be someone else for the day which is the catalyst for EVERYTHING that happens next.

“You know who you look like? Louise Brooks.”
I stare at him blankly.
“You don’t know her? The silent film star?”
I shake my head. I never did get into silent films.
“She was a huge star in the nineteen twenties. American. Amazing actress.

And then a few lines later:

“You look so much like her. I should just call you Louise.”
Louise. I like that.
“No, not Louise. Lulu. That was her nickname.”
Lulu. I like that even better.
He reaches out his hand. “Hi, Lulu, I’m Willem.”

And then a little bit later as she embarks on her adventure:

“And this is the truth, because I may only be eighteen, but it already seems pretty obvious that the world is divided into two groups: the doers and the watchers. The people things happen to and the rest of us, who just sort of plod on with things. The Lulus and the Allysons. It never occurred to me that by pretending to be Lulu, I might slip into that other column, even for just a day.”





In Wanderlove Bria and Rowan meet traveling in Central America and Bria drops her tour group to see the world a different way with Rowan and his sister.


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I thought the cliched tacky tourists would be an ironic costume considering Rowan’s view on traveling and also because they met traveling and Bria was TOTALLY in a group like this before she meets him.



Eleanor & Park meet on the school bus, share some tunes which leads to MORE and pretty much just made my heart ACHE.



Okay I know. Why would I not go the music route considering this book? Because one of the lines I love SO MUCH relates to this. I kiiind of want it to be gender-swapped. Little inside joke between them?

“He pulled one of his arms out from under her and traced her outline against the couch. He could spend all day like this, running his hand down her ribs, into her waist, out to her hips and back again. If he had all day, he would. If she weren’t made of so many other miracles.

“You know?” he repeated. She smiled, so he kissed her. “You’re not the Han Solo in this relationship, you know.”

“I’m totally the Han Solo,” she whispered. It was good to hear her. It was good to remember it was Eleanor under all this new flesh.

“Well, I’m not the Princess Leia,” he said.

“Don’t get so hung up on gender roles,” Eleanor said.”

The actual end of that conversation ends like this so I guess maybe Boba Fett could work too:

“You can be Han Solo,” he said, kissing her throat. “And I’ll be Boba Fett. I’ll cross the sky for you.”




These two get thrown together being pretty much strangers and take a cross country road trip. What better way to get to know someone than some good tunes and the open road in front of you. Oh & Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour just exacerbated my own wanderlust/love.



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Okay, I’m sorry but they met because of a cross country road trip and they absolutely have to be Google Maps because, besides good tunes, a map of some sort is essential.





 Anna and St. Clair meet at their boarding school in Paris and made our hearts melt as they fell in love in Anna and the French Kiss.


*WARNING: Spoiler for Isla and the Happily Ever After*

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The costume I picked for Anna & St. Clair, because obviously France & the pastries tie them together, is a French chef & a croquembouche. I had always seen pictures of these tiered desserts and never knew what they were. But apparently a lot of couples in France have one of these instead of a regular cake. Spoiler: And given the fact that at the end of Isla they get engaged SOMEBODY WILL BE NEEDING ONE OF THESE! 🙂

Tell me some of your favorite literary couples and what Halloween costumes you would dress them up in!


Other reading:

* My Halloween TBR List
* Halloween costumes inspired by books
* 10 Halloween Reads
* A Very Fall Post

Some Friday Fun!!

The summer has always been a hard time for me as a blogger. I hate being inside. I want to be outside doing things and enjoying the weather because it’s my favorite kind of weather and summer always has great activities to take part in! I feel so unmotivated to sit and blog when I could be hiking or at an outside flea market or laying by the pool. Not only that but I came off a really big, weird blogging slump where I got so discouraged with how serious everything was becoming that I feel like I’m JUST getting back into the groove and I’m feeling like I want to get back to the basics of what I love about all of this: the fun of it all!

So I decided for the next few Fridays I just want to have some fun and just talk about books in non-serious ways and let you guys get to know me a little better! Feel free to join me(and link back) if you are feeling like you want to let down your metaphorical blogging hair and do something silly to relieve some pressure off your blogging shoulders as summer starts to wind down.

You all know I love surveys since I’ve hosted the annual End of Year Book Survey for the past 3 years and plan to again this year. BUT back in the day I was a Xanga and Myspace addict and I used to do ALL OF THE SURVEYS. A popular one was the A to Z survey with questions corresponding every letter of the alphabet about things like your age and the last person you talked on the phone with. I decided I wanted to to a bookish A to Z so I decided to create one myself!


Author you’ve read the most books from:

Judy Blume (Want an easy way to figure this out if you have Goodreads and keep good track of your stuff? Go to your account, hit “my books”and on the left hand side under your shelves you will see “most read authors”)

Best Sequel Ever:

Though The Ever Night by Veronica Rossi. I LIKED UTNS but TTEN blew me away.

Currently Reading:

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead (FINALLY..ok people??)

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Tea! I really like all sorts of green and white teas and always down for recommendations of new teas to try!

E-reader or Physical Book?

I’m definitely a physical book girl but love my Kindle for the gym, review copies and for vacation so I can have lots of options with me.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

Cricket from Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. I definitely went for the nice, kind-of-into-dorky-things boys in high school. Also I had a thing with MY boy next door that never blossomed.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Hidden Gem Book:

Bunheads by Sophie Flack

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

Discovering Goodreads. Without Goodreads I would have never started reading again. I was a huge reader but then fell off the map in high school/some of college. Goodreads led me to book blogs and here we are!

Just Finished:

Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy  McGinnis

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

I’m trying to get better about shutting myself off to some genres (you can help me!) without trying them but I’m certain I won’t ever read any erotica. It’s just not my thing. I don’t mind smutty but not super explicit.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb (897 pages)

** easy way to find this out. Go to your Goodreads “read” list, don’t scroll down but where you are on the screen there will be this little tab on the bottom that lets you choose how you want to scroll or how many books you want display. There is also a sort option with a drop down and you can sort by page.

Major book hangover because of:

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

Number of Bookcases You Own:

4. Two are really tall and then the other two are smaller. I’m out of room so I have piles here PLUS I stored some books on bookshelves at my stepdad’s house.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

The Giver by Lois Lowry — definitely the book I re-read the most ever. I don’t reread often but when I do it’s been just one re-read. The Giver I just kept re-reading over and over again as a kid.

Preferred Place To Read:

In the tub. It really is my favorite place to relax and read. Also, in bed!

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

“Or maybe it’s not a miracle. Maybe this is just life. When you open yourself up to it. When you put yourself in the path of it. When you say yes.” — Just One Day by Gayle Forman. That book actually kind of changed my life and made me say YES to things I had been thinking about.

Reading Regret:

I regret not having read Harry Potter when it came out. I WANT TO BE A PART OF THAT CLUB WHO GREW UP WITH IT! You did see my secret project, yes? I was going to list a book I regretted reading but NOT reading this was a bigger regret.

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):

I have many but I’d say Jessica Darling series. SHOCKING I haven’t finished it considering how much I love it, huh? I’ve read the first three books but just can’t bear to finish it!!

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

The Book Thief by Markus Zusack, Just One Day by Gayle Forman, Pride & Prejudice

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Trish Doller. Her debut, Something Like Normal, is pretty popular in the book blogosphere and one of my favorite contemporaries but Trish deserves so much more praise and I will shout it to everyone who will listen!!

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. PLEASE GET IN MY HANDS, book!

Worst Bookish Habit:

Tricky! What I deem as my worst bookish habit or what you all would? haha. I already laid out my book crimes and you guys cringed so I’ll just go with what I deem it to be…overdue library books! ALWAYS. I can never get it there on time!

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

John Belushi Is Dead by Kathy Charles

Your latest book purchase:

Crown of Embers by Rae Carson. I loved The Girl of Fire of Thorns and got book three for review and then I saw this one was on sale!

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

The Program by Suzanne Young. I was going to put it down before bed but was like “what’s one more chapter?” and then uh oh…it’s 3am.

Ahh now I’m going to go put on some Dashboard Confessional and write my most emo post I can that is so perfectly pointed and my meaning is thinly veiled. Oh wait, I’m here…not actually in 2004. Doing a survey just TOOK ME BACK.

I’d love to see yours if you do it too — link back to me and then leave your link in the comments so I can come visit yours!

Happy Friday, loves!! Do something fun tonight!

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