Welcome to my Author’s Page

Apr 22

Welcome to my Author’s Page

Biography YuMin Ye is a freelance writer with a B.A. in Writing Seminars from Johns Hopkins University. Her short story “Team Bonding” won Honorable Mention in the 2007 Seventeen Magazine Fiction Contest, and she won a Finalist Award from the St. Louis Publishers Association for her manuscript, Oil in the Wok. She is the Columbia Young Adult Fiction Examiner for Examiner.com. The information comes from:...

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I finally finished the next YA…

Feb 15

I finally finished the next YA…

I know, I know. It’s been forever. And a day! There’s been a lot going on, but I’ll spare you the details. (It’s been so long I don’t remember how I do these. I could go back and reread old entries, but that would spoil the fun now wouldn’t it?) I picked up Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley because it was a recommendation from Bethany Mota and the author went to Mizzou. Turns out the plot moves slowly, but the language is witty and funny so it makes up for the little action. The story is simple: rich girl is living a charmed life until her parents send her away from her New York City life to a middle-of-nowhere place in Texas where she’s originally from due to a recession. As I’m reading I know parts of it will be so predictable it gets boring, but there’s something about Corrinne, our heroine, that keeps me turning the pages. Corrinne is spoiled, yes, so much it’s beyond most girls’ comprehension, and childish as to be expected, but the whole time I wanted her to adapt to life in Texas and grow into a young lady who respects her elders. She accomplishes this in the end as predicted, of course, but what I didn’t expect is how bold and free she is. She’s not afraid to be herself the whole time, despite how out of place she felt. I always admire that quality in a person, especially in girls. Things predictable: -Tripp, Corrinne’s younger brother, writes an essay all about how she’s his hero -Corrinne falls for a guy who turns out to be a jerk only using her to get ahead in his music career and she ends up with the guy who crushes on her, but she doesn’t like back at first -Corrinne hates Texas at first, but ends up not wanting to leave by the end of the book -Corrinne gets into a fight with her old best friend Waverly because she’s changed so much after moving, but they make...

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And here is the accompanying video…

Oct 10

And here is the accompanying video…

I read and reviewed Fangirl a while ago, but I just made the video talking about it: I’d like to think my awkwardness talking about the novel pays tribute to the awkwardness of Cath. Oh, also I tried to do my hair like her, though it’s kind of hard to...

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I finally finished Catching Fire

Jul 03

I finally finished Catching Fire

So I started The Hunger Games a way while back and I just finished Catching Fire. I cheated though, and saw the movie first a few months back before finishing the written version. So while I finished reading, I couldn’t help but let images from the movie sprinkle on. The movie seemed a lot more violent, but I know all that violence was described in the book. I’m a visual learner, so I guess why the movie is usually more intense for me. I thought the book spent too much time at the beginning of the story and then rushed throught the middle and the end so the book seemed more about getting ready for the Quarter Quell instead of the Quarter Quell itself. I really, really did not like what happened to Cinna! Also, the part when Maggie kisses Finnick good-bye and bascially votes herself off the island. That gets to me. It got to me when I saw the movie, and then it got me again as I read about it. :'( I like the lead into Book Three, but it makes me nervous. I’m imagining corporeal punishments from the...

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to all the boys I’ve loved before

Jan 03

to all the boys I’ve loved before

One day I’m going to write a love letter to Jenny Han, but until then the above video will have to do. 😀

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This is more of a college book…

Dec 16

This is more of a college book…

…yet the voice is very YA. I don’t want to yak too much about it, so here’s a video I made of my reflections on Sandy Hall’s A Little Something Different:  ...

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