"The Judy Blume books went in my older sister's room; the Hardy Boys books went into mine."

Image via Harwell's website.

Image via Harwell's website.

Andrew Harwell's excellent (and personal) response to Shannon Hale's recent post about gender and book recommendations:

My point is that when I read a story like Shannon Hale's, it reminds me how lucky I was to find the books I needed in my life. It reminds me of how panicked I truly felt to hand something like a Hardy Boys-Nancy Drew crossover to my mom to buy, knowing that if she started reading it, she would instantly know it was a romance book, not for boys. It reminds me that I probably wouldn't have been brave enough to stick around and ask Shannon Hale for a copy of The Princess in Black, knowing that even my teachers and coaches would have been judging that decision. It reminds me of how grateful I am to the classmate who sneaked me Daughters of the Moon without judgment.