Sunday, December 22, 2013

How in the hell do I title this post?


Short version: "Holy shit."
Shorter version: "Wow."
Even shorter version: "Um."

TODAY REALITY BOY GOT REVIEWED IN THE NEW YORK TIMES BY JOHN GREEN AND HE SAID STUFF LIKE THIS:

"A.S. King is one of the best Y.A. writers working today. She captures the disorientation of adolescence brilliantly. . . “Reality Boy” is very smart in the way it goes about capturing the reality of teenage life, “when everything is possible and yet nothing ever happens.”"

Or stuff like this:


"...it’s nice to see someone subtly parody the over-the-top young adult adventure stories that dominate so-called contemporary realistic Y.A. “Reality Boy” is obsessed with real reality, and shows us — for example — what happens when you actually run away with the circus."

Or stuff like this:


"“Reality Boy” is much more than a simple indictment of reality TV. Yes, production companies (and parents) exploit the King Curtises of the world. And yes, we are all complicit in that exploitation. But “Reality Boy” is finally a novel about whether you are fated to the life the world expects you to have. . . .  In short, it’s real."

I am not sure what else to say.
I started writing novels nearly 20 years ago in a damp flat in Dublin. I am presently (coincidentally) writing my 20th book. I never thought this kind of thing would happen to me. I tend to fly under the radar and slip in and out of schools to talk real-life with students and then come home to my family and then write more books. Repeat. Etc.

I'm trying to stop today and really appreciate this.

Hey Mom! I'm in the New York Times!

11 comments:

The Magic Violinist said...

That's awesome!!! :D I'd be flipping out if John Green reviewed something of mine (even if he totally hated it). Great title. ;)

Shari Green said...

Holy shit, indeed. Congrats, Amy!

simmone said...

Enjoy! I think it's wonderful and well-deserved and I hope it biggens your readership. I love your books. They're smart and challenging and original. so. Yay!

ringothecat said...

"I tend to fly under the radar and slip in and out of schools to talk real-life with students and then come home to my family and then write more books. Repeat. Etc."

1) That radar reaches really far! All the way over here ...:::big wave:::
And I for one think that quality will be recognized no matter where or by whom. It's really great that a big name with lots of reach has great things to say about what you do. I mean, seriously: this *will* have an influence. It makes my work a bit easier too now. Ha! I have a lot of students who're like "Do you have this or that book?" And they come by that book because they know (of) John Green by ways of the internet, have loved The Fault in our Stars (because that is the book they tend to know) or there's a booktuber/nerdfighter they follow on YouTube who's been gushing about e.g. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl or Eleanor and Park... and then I'm like "Sure, here it is, but you know, I also have this book right here" and I give them Vera or Ants, "which I am sure you will also like because so and so..." And that works, because they *always* come back for more...so easier work for me now, so that I can now start to handsell Andrew Smith's books ;-)

That being said, and not wanting to kill the buzz or belittle this in any way (because holy shit, yes it's John Green and I totally love his books to bits - my favorite is probably Paper Towns - and he's one of the most intelligent, well-spoken and endearing (he is nice "in real life") people around (and he signed my reading list and my books! All of them! -- sorry that's the fangirl in me ;-) ), but it's one person's voice, and there are so so many other voices out there advocating (not just) your books, and it's cool there are people out there who try to find quality and don't wait until mainstream decides what's cool and what is quality. But again: awesome!!

2) slipping in and out of school to talk real-life with students = why you rock, not just as a writer but as an educator and human being

3) write more books --> HELL YES!

Em from OR said...

What a cool review!
I agree with him!
Not to bring up the negative but I think it's interesting that he criticized the thing in your book that his books don't usually have. I like John Green and his books are good but I never feel like they are real like your books are.

I hope you ate tacos! Will you be in the PNW again in 2014?

unpub said...

Now, when all your future books get reviewed in the NY Times, you won't be as surprised. It's a very cool first, though! Hope you and yours are having a wonderful Christmas.

A.S. King said...

Thank you for all the nice words! I appreciate it. It's been just a week since we knew and I'm still pretty gobsmacked that it happened.

Ringo, I get what you're saying. It's just one person's view and you're right. I also respect John to bits and Paper Towns is still my favorite of his. It was just such a surprise to see a book of mine in the NYTBR and then to have John write the review was pretty darn cool. <---understatement, but still short on proper adjectives.

Em! I totally HOPE to see you in 2014. My traveling will be reduced because 2013 was nuts, but I still hope to get out to see my niece there. If I do, I will try to set up something at Powell's or the B&N out there that I missed last time and we can see each other and hug! (And eat tacos if you want.)

Unpub, Christmas was great. I now have to finish a book, write a lecture for a January residency, and then pack. Can you send me the recipe for cloning?

Joe Lunievicz said...

Congrats, Amy! Wonderful news.

Joe Lunievicz said...

Congrats, Amy! Wonderful news.

Stacy said...

What an amazing review! The book sounds incredibly fascinating and I look forward to reading it - just added to my list! A big congrats - this is a long overdue article about a wonderful author!

Steve said...

I've been watching you for 20 yrs too and it's great to see you reach these goals. You were always focused. I never had a doubt you would succeed. Alot of us liked your books long before now, you know. ;)
Congrats and we hope to see you and the family in 2014