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  9781402293528_p0_v2_s300xThis review is for the second edition which comes out October 1st, and was provided to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

So, you want to be the next J.K. Rowling, or Suzanne Collins? This book is not the magic wand you probably wish you had. Instead it’s a solid, helpful guide for beginning writers like me. It not only helps you with the mechanics of writing such as punctuation ( my personal weakness ), and the proper use of adjectives and adverbs, but it also includes more general areas such as plot, character, and theme development. Ms Brooks, who is a literary agent, even provides writing exercises to assist your imagination to take flight. Once your novel is finished there’s advice on literary agents, publishing houses, etc… The book is incredibly easy to read and you feel like you’re actually talking with the author. Should Writing Great Books For Young Adults be the only book you read on this topic? No. But it’s a good addition for your shelf of other writing books.