Sam Devotta


Sam spends her days talking about kids' books, and her nights writing about pop-punk. In between, she thinks a lot about a band called The Maine.

147 posts by Sam Devotta

Editorial Features

11 YA Authors to Read During AAPI Month and Beyond

May 26, 2021 | By Sam Devotta

Here are my recommendations for the top 11 YA AAPI authors to read during AAPI Heritage Month.


XOXO: New Music From The Maine

March 19, 2021 | By Sam Devotta

2021 has been saved: The Maine just released a brand new song plus details on their upcoming eighth album. “Sticky”, the first single from XOXO: From Love and Anxiety in Real Time, is a summertime bop with an unbelievably catchy chorus and the type of melody that gets your feet tapping and your head bopping […]

Editorial Features

Beauty in Death and Chase Atlantic’s New Era

March 4, 2021 | By Sam Devotta

For a band on the verge of releasing a new album during a global pandemic, Chase Atlantic is surprisingly chill.


Take a Look at the Cover for the New Nicola Yoon Book ‘Instructions for Dancing’

January 27, 2021 | By Sam Devotta

Nicola Yoon just announced the details of her latest book over on Entertainment Weekly and we are screaming!

Editorial Features

idobi’s Wifi World Tour: Toronto, ON

September 16, 2020 | By Sam Devotta

Hello and welcome to our virtual stop in Toronto! Home of Drake, the Raptors, and the CN Tower. Let’s dive into some of the must-sees, eh? A famous food (+ recipe): Poutine The nice thing about living in a city as multicultural as Toronto is the amount of food options at your fingertips, even if […]


The Maine Invites You to Join Pillar

May 21, 2020 | By Sam Devotta

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that when The Maine releases something new, we want to be first in line to try it. So when we were offered a trial run of their new fansite, Pillar, we eagerly signed up.


Melancholic Euphoria and the American Dream: A Conversation with Circa Waves

March 13, 2020 | By Sam Devotta

There’s something inherently off-putting about clowns—the creepy over-exaggerated smiles, the unnatural make-up—but they’re generally supposed to be a sign of fun and happiness. Which is why indie band Circa Waves decided clowns would be the perfect symbol for their upcoming release Sad Happy. “A clown was always an image we thought represented [the album] quite […]


Smells Like Sandalwood: YA Tropes and How to Treat Them

January 27, 2020 | By Sam Devotta

We here at idobi Radio and Geek Girl Riot are big fans of Young Adult novels (YA) but even we gotta admit: We don’t know why certain wacky tropes pop up over and over again. Here are a few we’ve noticed—and what we wish authors would do instead.


Mayday Parade’s Derek Sanders Releases a New Cover

January 20, 2020 | By Sam Devotta

Calling all Mayday Parade fans! Frontman Derek Sanders is releasing his first solo EP on Valentine’s Day and we’re already in love after hearing one song.  We all know that Mayday Parade loves a good cover song—they recently finished an entire tour built around covers—so it’s not surprising that Sanders chose to reimagine some of […]

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On Being Kind and Forever Emo: A Conversation with Mayday Parade

December 13, 2019 | By Sam Devotta

A lot can change in ten years: personalities, tastes, relationships. For Mayday Parade the last ten years have been a chance to grow as a band, explore new ways to entertain, and to connect with their fans. Which is why—almost exactly a decade after seeing them live for the first time—I’m sitting on a tour […]