Serena Takes YALLWEST!Yesterday I had the opportunity to go to YALLWEST with one of my BFFs. YALLWEST is the sister festival to South Carolina's YALLFEST, and this is its first year. Day One was apparently really chaotic and unorganized, but I didn't see that in Day Two, and I had a great time.
Let's take a look at my YALLWEST journey, shall we? Like my Ontario TBF post, this will be mostly photos because I only went to one panel. PSA: You'll probably be a little sick of my face by the time this post is over.
We got to the event at around 10:30ish and were let into the venue a few minutes later. It took us a bit to get our bearings when we first walked in, but once we figured stuff out, we made a mad dash for Lauren Oliver's signing line.
There was still lots of time before we got to the front of her line, so I went and grabbed our tickets for the Leigh Bardugo and Marissa Meyer Kickoff Conversation at will call. Somewhere in between, I met Margot of Epic Reads and we selfied. It was awesome.
|I don't know what kind of face I'm making, but here's me and Margot!|
|Heck yeah, that's Lauren Oliver.|
Then it was time for the Kickoff Conversation. I didn't take notes like I normally do at events because I forgot (oops!), but I did learn that Marissa Meyer and Leigh Bardugo are HILARIOUS. They talked about writing, plotting, and things they'd tell their teen selves, among other things.
|So awesome seeing Leigh and Marissa on stage together!|
|Taking this picture was a struggle. BUT I LOVE IT. And Leigh.|
|Pictures can't do this awesome grilled cheese justice. I think I'm in love.|
I was super excited to meet Jessi Kirby because 1) I got her newest release a week early and 2) She was the first YA author I ever met, way back when I was in the seventh grade when she was promoting her debut. I can't explain how excited I am to dive into Things We Know By Heart!
|Jessi was super sweet.|
|(I'm not looking at the camera, but oh well!) I almost cried meeting Jennifer. So many feels.|
Our very last signing of the day was Morgan Matson, who I love dearly. My buddy Becca and I were so lucky she got in line early because Morgan's line got super long. Morgan was awesome, as per usual. I made her a little bookmark with lyrics from New Romantics by Taylor Swift on it, and she loved it which made my day.
|Becca and I with Morgan! Photo creds to a really funny girl we met in line.|
|You can't really tell, but this is probably the closest I'll ever be to Veronica Roth.|
|The beauties I got signed.|
|The cool free stuff I was given. ARC courtesy of Epic Reads/ Harper Collins. :)|