Author Jennifer Castle

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Jennifer Castle

Jennifer Castle's first novel, The Beginning of After, was named an American Library Association Best Fiction for Young Adults selection and a Chicago Public Library "Best of the Best" Book. Her new novel, You Look Different in Real Life, was published in June 2013. She wrote many unproduced movie and TV scripts before returning to her first love, fiction ... but she's still hooked on film and the way we can find and tell our stories with images. She lives with her family in New York's Hudson Valley.

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Chronic Illness and the Friend Factor

I’ve never written fiction about living with Crohn’s, and to be honest, I’ve never wanted to. Perhaps because I still feel what I felt for years growing up: that nobody wants to hear about my annoying, humiliating misery. Yet I know, intellectually, that this is a shame, because there should be more characters in YA literature who live with chronic illnesses like IBD.