Last week I went to the biggest young adult book festival in the United States. It is called YALLFest and it is in Charleston, South Carolina. The best part is that the festival is only two hours away from me! I met so many of my favorite authors and they were all amazing!
The first author I met was Michelle Hodkin and I waited two and a half hours but I was so worth it because Mara Dyer is one of my most favorite book series EVER. (BTW RETRIBUTION WAS AMAZING REVIEW TO COME)
I went to a more intimate signing at the Charleston Public Library where I met a hilarious Jennifer L. Armentrout and a kind Laini Taylor.
I went to the festival last year as well so some of the authors that I saw were a repeat from last year. I saw Lauren Oliver again to get Panic signed, and she was great again.
I saw Kiera Cass in June so I didn’t wait in line for her again but my friends and I did catch her walking around and got this photo!
My friends and I got in line for the opening keynote at 7:30 so we got a good choice of seating and so we sat directly behind the authors! I was sitting right behind Stephanie Perkins and got a blurry selfie (I also waited in her line for two hours to get Isla signed).
I was also right near Sarah J. Maas at the Keynote and the ending Smackdown. Tragically, I missed her signing. Which only means that if she comes next year I will be first in line!
James Dashner. His personality was most surprising to me. I did not expect him to be funny, which he was! I made a comment about being a fan of The Maze Runner before it was popular (Four years ago) I know, I know, hipster please, but whatever. I love The Maze Runner so much and I was ecstatic to finally meet him.
I also got to see E. Lockhart and Jennifer E. Smith. They were both great and I love their books so I loved them!
I went to one panel with many popular authors. I didn’t get to see ever author I wanted to or go to ever panel, but I am very happy with my experience. I want to go again for sure!
One of my favorite things at YALLFest is meeting people in line and bonding over shared interests. There were three girls that I saw in almost every line and talking to them was so fun because of the feeling of rapport that formed between us. Everyone in line is very kind because we are all happily meeting our equivalent of rockstars.
YALLFest is chaotic and sometimes a little edgy but I love how it is in downtown Charleston and how kind and hilarious the authors are. I would say every YA fan should try to go because it is once in a lifetime experience.
Who is your favorite author that I met? Did you go to YALLFest or do you want to go? Tell me in the comments below!
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Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us”