Tina Kakadelis
YA Author


Burn Before Reading: A Carly Allen Story

Quote of the Day: 04.23.2017

It's World Book Day. Which, and I'm just assuming here, is a day to celebrate books. Because I am not the most self-centered person alive, I didn't choose a quote from my own book to go on the chalkboard today. I know, I know, that basically makes me a martyr.

The quote today comes from one of my absolute favorite books, Code Name Verity. I recommend this book to everybody at my BIG CHAIN BOOKSTORE job and nobody buys it. I just wanna yell at them and say, Look at this Hawaiian shirt I'm wearing, clearly I have taste!

Anyway, this book's about a pilot and a spy. Both ladies. They are fictional, but the author, Elizabeth Wein, did extensive research so that every action in the book could have actually happened. Maddie and Julie as the book knows them aren't real, but there very likely could be a real-life Maddie and Julie team that history forgot. The book takes place during World War II and is a heartfelt thriller. I cried on a plane. Do you know how embarrassing that is? The top three worst places to cry are:

  1. Parking lot
  2. Plane
  3. School bus

Those are just the facts. It's so good though that I didn't even care that everyone was looking at me like I had lost my mind. Yeah, I did lose my mind because it's genuinely incredible. BuyitBuyitBuyit.

BUT since I'm clearly still pretty self-centered, I'm gonna leave you with a quote from my book that I really like:

"Life has to be full of fairy tales and dragons and knights with really good hair because I have really good hair and it shouldn't go to waste just because I got a little lost along the way."

Somebody get me my Pulitzer, am I right? (Or at the very least, please buy my book.)