I am pretty sure Tuesday was the holy grail or something for some people judging by my observations, you see this was the day the Javits exhibition floor for BEA opened. Being too cool for school, Shanyn and I skipped the massive line to get in and waited behind 10 people at the escalator by registration to get in. And yes, I was wearing my smug face.
Like every other BEA I have been to (grand total: 1) there were insane people. I just have to ask, why you running? It’s not like they are passing out copies of Clockwork Prince. Ya’ll I was so proud of myself. This year I left books from series I hadn’t read on the floor. I skipped picking up things like Shelter by Harlan Coban, because obviously that isn’t appealing to me AT ALL. AND GET THIS I never cut a single line.
Highlights of my first day on the floor:
- Meeting Sarah Dessen – she’s so nice!
- Free pie – from the Sarah Dessen pie truck
- Also, scoring Bloodlines.
After the insanity, I met up with the other coolest kids in school namely Shanyn, Jamie, Carla, and Kristi for a freakin delicious meal at TGIFridays. Yo, I don’t have a TGIFridays within a 10 mile radius, so this was exciting for me. Also, our food was fantastic. And the conversation even better.
AKA BEA Exhibition Day 2 which was very lax for me. I wandered around and accidentally wound up in line to meet Mindy Kaling, SCORE. OH OH and I saw Flavor Flav outside which was like thirty five different kinds of win, but I didn’t want to be all CAN I HAZ AUTOGRAPH, I don’t know your music but I love your reality tv!
This was the day I gave up on the Javits early, like 1:30. We took a journey down the street to the post office.
FYI anyone who says to ship from the Javits is a blithering idiot. Let me explain maths. It cost me $52 to ship a box from the shipping area. Now, lugging these books up the street to the post office is like a 15 minute walk and only cost me $8 to ship. That’s over $40 difference which could be spent at… COCKTAIL PANEL instead.
Yeah, so there was a cocktail panel moderated by the superstars of Forever Young Adult. Topics included drinks and books and sexytimes in books.
In that time there was also a trip to Good Burger, which is REAL.
OH and there was the Harper Collins reception – free Stellas. the.end.
AND THEN we went to Pinkberry and met this dude named Rafi who enjoys romance novels.
The last day of the exhibits being open at BEA. I wish I could be full of the sads, but alas, I was not.
The first line I waited in was for Steve Brezenoff’s Brooklyn Burning. FYI the cover is SHINY!
I saw Jane Lynch from a distance. She was sadly not in a track suit.
And finally, I got Ten Thing We Did And Probably Shouldn’t Have by Sarah Mylinowski because the main character has my name, giving up on BEA thereafter.
Right behind the Javits is this awesome pier where there are ducks and water and benches, making it a great place to decompress from the crazy of the show floor.
OH and the highlight of my entire BEA adventure happened on day 5 as well!
THE THIS IS TEEN VIP PARTY.
Yo, you are living large when you are invited to a Scholastic VIP Event. Although their drinks had zero alcoholic content, they were yummy. Also, as far as free food goes, this was the cream of the crop, with awesome mini-hamburgers and cupcakes. PLUS PLUS there were CELEBRITIES! Meg Cabot, Maggie Stiefvater and Libba Bray were all there and mingling. I am pretty sure my brain exploded from the massive amounts of awesome contained in one room.
Oh, and Scholastic is not cheap with the swag, no cheap stickers here. The tote is characteristic scholastic red and acceptable for use in public. AND there were finished copies inside of: Beauty Queens, Abandon, Shiver, and Strings Attached as well as ARCs of Forever and Pretty Bad Things.
Pretty much this was the GREATEST.EVENT.EVER.