The Great Simon Oreogasm (OREOOOOS + Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda GIVEAWAYS!)

Blog Tour - Oreogasm

Hi, lovelies! Welcome to my stop on the tour for Becky Albertalli’s incredible debut Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. In case you missed my review, you can check that out if you’re so inclined. (SPOILER: I LOVED IT). I’ve also been pretty much constantly tweeting about it or talking about how much I can’t wait to meet Becky on the 11th! If you haven’t seen these tweets, you obviously don’t follow me on Twitter. If you’re somehow unsure if you want to read this book, you can read the first 75 pages on the Epic Reads website!

Since I loved this book, I am super excited to be sharing how I eat Oreos and the THREE ways you could win a copy of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, which you really, really want to do.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens AgendaSimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Published: April 7, 2015 by Balzer + Bray

Find it on Goodreads.

Pre-order the book – B&N | Amazon | IndieBound

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

OREOGASM

I’m not going to lie, I love Oreos. Only crazy people don’t like Oreos, in my opinion. I like all Oreos (I don’t discriminate between fillings), BUT regular ol’ stuffing Milk’s Favorite Cookie are my favorite. I eat Oreos in a variety of ways, but since I’m putting this post together in the morning with a cup of coffee, we’re going to go with that.

Other ways I eat Oreos:
With Peter Pan Peanut Butter
Dunk them in milk
The traditional way – peel them apart, eat the filling from one cookie, eat that cookie, eat the filling from the other, eat that one. See visual below.
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I want to try eating them like Aimee at Deadly Darlings does, with marshmallows! Yummm.

THE AUTHOR

Becky AlbertalliBecky Albertalli is a clinical psychologist who has had the privilege of conducting therapy with dozens of smart, weird, irresistible teenagers; some of these experiences inspired her debut novel. She also served for seven years as co-leader of a support group for gender nonconforming children in Washington, DC. These days, she lives in Atlanta with her husband and two sons, and writes very nerdy contemporary young adult fiction.

Website | Goodreads | Instagram | Twitter (She’s pretty much the coolest, and you definitely want to follow her)

Simon giveaways

I have THREE ways for you to win a copy of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda!

Simon wants to know: how do YOU eat your Oreos? Starting March 31st, use the #SimonVs hashtag to:

  1. Describe how you like to eat your Oreos.

OR

  1. Show us a picture!

On April 6th, two Oreo lovers from the hashtag will be chosen at random to receive signed, personalized hardcovers of SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA (one from Twitter, and one from Instagram, open internationally).

And if we reach fifty entries on the hashtag? Epic Reads will unlock a never-before-seen email exchange between Simon and Blue!

For the third way to win, click on the picture below to head to Rafflecopter and enter to win a copy of the book and a package of Oreos!

Giveaway Enter Go forth and spread the Oreo love, friends! 

ARC Review: My Heart & Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

You guys said you wanted me to get a little more real and tell you more about myself. This review is as real as I’ve gotten. I hope you still love me. My Heart & Other Black Holes

Author:  Jasmine Warga

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Mental Health

Publisher: Balzer + Bray / HarperTeen

Publication Date: February 10, 2015

320 pages, Hardcover

Check out the synopsis on Goodreads.

I’m sitting here trying to start a review on a book that made me cry, made me smile, made me hurt, and that I loved with all of my black hole of a heart. I’m not sure if I can do it.  Alright, take a few breaths, Stefani. Here we go.

This book is beautiful, you guys. It deserves to be read, whether you are suffering from depression or not. I wholeheartedly believe that everyone can find something to relate to in My Heart & Other Black Holes. I really cared about these characters because they were me. I’m so glad that this book is out there, because it tells you that you aren’t alone. It tells you there’s hope and this doesn’t have to be the end. It’s something that is important and needs to be talked about.

The characters were real because of their feelings. You can feel Roman’s grief. Aysel’s depression was tangible and real. I loved this book, but I also hated how much I could understand both of them so well. Warga’s description of depression was spot on and I relished in it. This book felt so real, you guys. “Depression is like a heaviness (ARC 14)” and sometimes “It’s like your sadness is so deep and overwhelming that you’re worried it will drown everyone else in your life if you let them get too close to it (ARC 183).” Aysel thinks “He gets it” after Roman says that last part – I thought “Jasmine gets it” when I read that.

But I didn’t just love this book for the sad parts. I’m not giving anything away, but the ending was so realistic, and I really appreciated that. I’m just happy I got to spend time with these two characters, because I loved their journey together. I’ll end this review with my favorite quote:

I will be stronger than my sadness” (ARC 266).

The bottom line: My Heart & Other Black Holes is a beautiful, honest, heartbreaking, real, and sad book. It deserves to be read – not only by anyone that has suffered any kind of mental illness, but by everyone.

Rating: 10 – Perfection. One of the best books I’ve ever read (I think this is only the second 10 I’ve given) Thank you SO MUCH to Stacee aka Adventures of a Book Junkie for the giveaway that let me get my hands on this beautiful book.