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About Katrina Hedeen and Rachel L. Smith

Katrina Hedeen is assistant editor of The Horn Book Guide. Rachel L. Smith, former marketing and circulation manager for The Horn Book, Inc., is editor for an educational publisher and holds a master’s degree in library and information science from Simmons College.

The Fault in Our Stars movie review

Last year, we teamed up to write “What Makes a Good YA Love Story?”, and much of our answer to that question was based on the epically beloved, critically acclaimed 2012 novel, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. What we both loved so much about this damn-near perfect teen love story is that, […]

What Makes a Good YA Love Story?

It’s a simple formula. Boy meets girl (or, more often, girl meets boy. Or, less frequently, boy meets boy or girl meets girl). Boy and girl fall in love. One loses the other, or some other conflict arises. Then comes the happy ending. This plot, or some variation of it, is one we’ve read over […]