Introducing Fiona Bevan…

Cool voice, cool music, cool hair. There aren’t many artists who can truly be called unique these days, but Fiona Bevan is truly unique. The British singer-songwriter only recently released her debut album, Talk to Strangers, but chances are you’ve already heard her music. Fiona co-wrote the One Direction hit “Little Things” with Ed Sheeran and the 5 Seconds of Summer single “Voodoo Doll.” Her own recordings are even more interesting, such as the London riot-inspired single “Rebel Without a Cause.” You can watch the official video below along with a live performance of “The Machine.” And a free, legal mp3 of the track “Slo Mo Tiger Glo” is available for download at Amazon.

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Rainbow Rowell: Fangirl

I just finished reading Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl and it’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed a work of contemporary fiction so much.

Much like Rowell’s widely beloved previous novel, Eleanor & Park, Fangirl is an easy but well written and extraordinarily empathetic YA book. Fangirl tells a lighter story than the emotionally wrought Eleanor & Park, which made for a happier albeit less captivating read. But the strength of both books is their authentic, relatable characters.

Fangirl is a love letter to fanfiction writers, replete with excerpts from its own Harry Potter-inspired fic and frequent Twilight references. Yet more endearing are protagonist Cath’s geeky angst, her dysfunctional family (comprised of a rebellious twin sister, absent mother and bipolar father) and her Felicity-like freshman year of college.

I appreciate that Rowell’s heroines remain uncompromisingly independent despite their glaring insecurities and only fall for good guys who treat them with kindness and respect – a far cry from the unhealthy and often dangerous relationships portrayed in other popular YA series.

Rainbow Rowell’s novels expertly capture the awkwardness and blatantly emotional sincerity of teens in a heartfelt, deceptively simple way reminiscent of John Hughes movies. I hope Hollywood starts making movies based on her books, the world needs more of her kind of fiction.

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