Author: Kat Helgeson


Review: Say No to the Bro by Kat Helgeson

April 17, 2017 Diversity 2, Reviews 0 ★★

Review: Say No to the Bro by Kat HelgesonSay No to the Bro by Kat Helgeson
Published by Simon and Schuster BFYR on May 2, 2017
Genres: YA, YA Contemporary
Pages: 272
Format: eARC
Source: eARC via Edelweiss
Ava’s plan for surviving senior year at her new school is simple: fly under the radar until graduation. No boys. No attachments. No drama. But all that goes out the window when she gets drafted into the Prom Bowl—a long-standing tradition where senior girls compete in challenges and are auctioned off as prom dates to the highest bidder.

Ava joins forces with star quarterback Mark Palmer to try and get herself out of the competition, but their best laid schemes lead to self-sabotage more than anything else. And to make matters worse, they both begin to realize that the Prom Bowl isn’t all fun and games. When one event spirals dangerously out of control, Ava and Mark must decide whether shutting down the Prom Bowl once and for all is worth the price of sacrificing their futures.

Diversity Rating: 2 – It’s a Start!

Racial-Ethnic: 2 (minor character Kylie is black)
QUILTBAG: 1 (another minor character named Denise is dating a girl)
Disability: 0
Intersectionality: 2 (Ava is a fat girl and losing weight is never part of the equation)





BIGGEST TRIGGER WARNING IN HISTORY HERE: if you’re highly sensitive to sexism and sexual assault, this book is not for you and I will open the window for you to escape Scott Pilgrim-style before I dig into this quagmire of a book.

Okay, everyone out that wants to be out? Let’s get started. You’re gonna be here for a while.

I hope that bright book cover didn’t make you think this book was going to be a light read because it’s a fury-inducer the likes of which almost led to me giving the book no rating at all. There’s a lot of messed up stuff in here. It’s meant to be messed up, but then there are unintentionally messed up things going on too. Also, most of the book only happens because the two narrators refuse to communicate with one another.

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Waiting on Wednesday (23)

March 23, 2016 Waiting on Wednesday 1

Waiting on Wednesday (23)Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz, Kat Helgeson
Published by Chronicle Books on May 17, 2016
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover
The story follows the unlikely friendship of two young women forged via fan fiction and message boards, and is told entirely in texts, chats, and blog posts.

Gena (short for Genevieve) and Finn (short for Stephanie) have little in common. Book-smart Gena is preparing to leave her posh boarding school for college; down-to-earth Finn is a twenty-something struggling to make ends meet in the big city. Gena’s romantic life is a series of reluctant one-night-stands; Finn is making a go of it with long-term boyfriend Charlie. But they share a passion for Up Below, a buddy cop TV show with a cult fan following. Gena is a darling of the fangirl scene, keeping a popular blog and writing fan fiction. Finn’s online life is a secret, even from Charlie. The pair spark an unlikely online friendship that deepens quickly (so quickly it scares them both), and as their individual “real” lives begin to fall apart, they increasingly seek shelter online, and with each other.

Can I be real a second? For just a millisecond? Let down my guard and tell the people how I feel a second?


Okay, now I’ll actually be real instead of quoting Hamilton lyrics. I only have and only need two reasons to want this book:

  1. Hannah Moskowitz. I loved Teeth and Not Otherwise Specified. I was so excited for A History of Glitter and Blood, her most recent release, that my enthusiasm infected the BEA crew I was in and I ended up snatching about 10 ARCs of the book from the Chronicle booth because everyone asked me to go pick up one for them while they were trapped in line. I was the only one not in line for something at the time and I had to spread the gospel of Moskowitz. Sorry, Chronicle people. I know I looked awful ducking into the booth two or three times and taking a few copies each trip. IT WAS FOR A GOOD CAUSE.
  2. FANDOOOOOOOOOOM. I’ve been reading fanfiction since I was 14 and wrote it ages 14-18. I still read fanfic nightly before I go to sleep because I love letting new interpretations of characters and worlds I already love seeing me off to sleep.