Sunday, August 21, 2011

YA Literary Trip (BOS/UCK/NYC)

I LOVE reading all of the time, but this summer has definitely been the summer of reading. A while ago I read My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares and absolutely loved it. Of course, I am still impatiently waiting for its sequel, but that's another post. Since then my booktwin, Mary and I have been on the hunt for YA books. More recently, it all started with The Hunger Game Series by Suzanne Collins, The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, then we read Delirium by Lauren Oliver, and Divergent by Veronica Roth. Peeta, Katniss, Jace, Clary, Alex, Len, Four, Tris, and many others became household names. However, it wasn't until we came across Starcrossed by Josie Angelini, it was then that i think we both fell in love with Mr. Lucas Delos. It was nonstop Starcrossed, reading, thinking and in some cases dreaming about it.

Mary and I kept talking about how beautiful Nantucket was described in the book and the more we thought about it the more it seemed like the right thing for us to do was go visit it. This was the truth, our East Coast trip was inspired by the epic YA novel, Starcrossed and I couldn't be happier. The inexpensive Virgin America flights didn't hurt either.

So while we were at it, we thought, why not tour a little of Boston and New York? Based on TV, Movies and Books we loved, we decided to visit some of the YA inspired places, if you will. This Friday night we leave for Boston, and then we're headed to Nantucket for the day, and then returning to Boston for another day and a half, followed by a flight to New York for the rest of the week. We are so excited! We've been taking notes from books we've read and some other sources and below is a list of places and eateries we plan on visiting. 
  • Boston - Freedom Trail, Little Italy/Hanover Street, Mike's Pastries, Barking Crab, Duck Tours, Bell in Hand and Neptune's Oyster
  • Nantucket  - Bike Tour, Lighthouse, Beach, Nantucket Bookworks Bookstore, downtown on Broad Street, Cousin's Beach (I wish! The Summer I turned Pretty by Jenny Han)
  • New York - Serendipity, Gray's Papaya, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Empire State Building, Central Park, Shakespeare's Park (The Tempest by Julie Cross), Times Square, Greenwich Village, Bryant Park, Soho, Gershwin Theatre, Strawberry Field, Carnegie Hall, Staten Island Ferry (Where She Went, Gayle Forman), Little Italy, Chinatwon, Bethseda Fountain, Dean & Deluca (Felicity), Tiffany's, Coney Island, Scholastic Store, J. Crew, Dylan's Candy, Brooklyn Bridge, Ippudo, Shake Shack, Halal carts, Cafe Habana, Lambordi's, Artichoke, Veselka's (closest thing to Taki's TMI/Cassie Clare),The Met and the New York Library.

If you have any ideas or suggestions, we'd be happy to hear them!  :) 

If all goes well with our trip, we might be headed to Redwood National Park (Wildefire by Karsten Knight) too. 


  1. Omg!! I love that you guys are heading east to "see" these YA books come to life! I actually finished the first several drafts of TEMPEST before even going to NYC for the first time.

    It really brought the story to life for me after visiting. I even added a few things to book one and even more to book two (which wasn't even 25% done at that point). There is a statue of THE TEMPEST in Shakespeare's Garden...also, take a little journey to the Upper East or stand in front of one of the apartment buildings surrounding Central Park and you'll probably do exactly what I did, point at the guy in uniform in front of the door and say, "Look! It's Henry the doorman!"

    And you must, MUST check out the Flatiron building! that's where my editor is and he is part of the brains behind TEMPEST. It's such an amazing building housing all of Macmillan books. And across the street is the famous Shake Shack.

    And if you guys happen to be wandering the NYU campus and spot a door that looks like Jackson could live there, let me know because I need to pick a dorm for him and just can't decide.

  2. Thanks for the tips Julie! We will definitely check them out and post pics when we come back, and maybe "tag" you in a few too :) I will check out the Flatiron building...I love all things publishing!


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