The Stellar Series Book #1
By- Rebecca Clark
Publication Date- November 2nd
Alexa Jenkinson is a self-appointed class nerd with no friends. Lately her only excitement comes in the form of a tall, dark and handsome Greek like god, which visits her every night in her dreams. On top of the strange dreams she can’t help but think she’s leading the wrong life. She believes that her reality is the average teenager’s worst nightmare. When the popular boy at school begins to show interest in Alexa, she thinks her luck just might be changing. Until the unthinkable happens, the boy in her dream appears and everything changes. Now she must navigate through the lies and relationships she believed to be genuine in order to find the truth.
Mama’s quick thoughts- This fantasy story delves into much deeper subjects than your typical young adult fare. I found the profound prose to be rather engrossing and while tragic, there were absolutely shining moments of hope for Alexa, a gorgeous and thoughtful character. I’d recommend this for younger teens and up.
Special Guest post: The Walking Depressed: Writing about tough subjects with teens.
As an author, a mom and especially an educator, the topic of tough subjects to discuss with teens is near and dear to my heart. I have been a high school teacher for the past 9 years and the importance of communicating with teens about EVERYTHING that’s happening in their lives, big or small is super important. Writing about these subjects is a great way to communicate with teenagers. Sometimes talking isn’t effective or welcomed, so the ability for teenagers to see issues that are important in print is critical.
Writing can be a perfect medium to convey tough subjects that aren’t easily approached such as: drug use, teen pregnancy, depression and abuse. If a teenager is living through any of these tough scenarios, reading something that they can identify with may be educational, eye-opening and possibly life saving. Reading a fictional piece provides entertainment but it may also include an invaluable, hidden lesson that may be relatable to their own lives.
Furthermore, reading can be therapeutic and if the content is something a teenager can relate to, even better. I’m sure you remember the days of being a teen. It wasn’t easy, at least not for all. I can remember I used reading as an outlet and perhaps even for advice. I think the Young Adult genre is so important. It’s a genre that can help exercise an imagination, keep one grounded or offer comfort and education on a touchy subject, while being a safe place for one to escape.
About the Author-
Rebecca Clark is a mother, wife, and science teacher. When she can steal away some quiet time, you will find her reading or following her passion—writing. She enjoys writing young adult fantasy and paranormal romance. When she is not taking care of the family, working, reading, or writing, she enjoys traveling and being with her family and friends. This is the first book in the Stellar Series, and the second book—Disorder—will be out Summer 2016.