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The Winner’s Kiss (The Winner’s Trilogy #3) by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Kiss

“No battle is won without a good gamble.”

Some kisses come at a price.

War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it with untrustworthy new allies and the empire as his enemy. Though he has convinced himself that he no longer loves Kestrel, Arin hasn’t forgotten her, or how she became exactly the kind of person he has always despised. She cared more for the empire than she did for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she did for him.

At least, that’s what he thinks.

In the frozen north, Kestrel is a prisoner in a brutal work camp. As she searches desperately for a way to escape, she wishes Arin could know what she sacrificed for him. She wishes she could make the empire pay for what they’ve done to her.

But no one gets what they want just by wishing.

As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover that the world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and they are caught in between. With so much to lose, can anybody really win?

Personal Thoughts:

To say that I am glad to be back in Kestrel and Arin’s world would be an understatement. I’ve been waiting for this final installment ever since I first finished reading The Winner’s Crime last year. I’ve been rereading the first two books countless times that sometimes I feel like I already build hundred versions of the Arin and Kestrel’s ending in my mind. But of course, I still want to know the real ending from the talented creator herself, Marie Rutkoski.

In this final installment, Marie Rutkoski not just pushed Arin and Kestrel’s story but also send to test both characters.

After being captive and sent to slavery, Kestrel lost part of her mind. She cannot remember a great deal about her past, about Arin, nor her father. While Arin is trying to understand what Kestrel did and struggling to win a war with alliance he isn’t completely sure but have no other choice.

As always, I am at awe with Marie Rutkoski’s writing. I spent much of The Winner’s Kiss astonished by her beautiful prose, and intricate passages. Words that are arranged meticulously to carry depth, emotions, and different meanings that can make readers pause, feel, think or have some reactions of one or two. Marie Rutkoski is truly a talented writer.

Beside with the superb writing, the intricate relationships of intriguingly complex characters is another best part of this book. Arin, Kestrel, and Roshar are all flawed but the connections between them are very palpable.

As I said from my previous review, Kestrel is one of the smartest character I have read in YA fictions. And to see her lost her wit and memory in this installment is just heartbreaking. She is still strong and smart but without her memory readers will see her struggle. Being a slave changed her both in the best and terrifying way. Her experienced at the mine makes her understand more the hardship of those who are not in power, while losing her memory makes her susceptible.

“Her memory was a gaming set where she could see the board and knew the rules of the game yet didn’t recognize all the pieces.”

Arin started with so much doubt and hatred for Kestrel. He thought he was betrayed and played. But eventually he realized what really happened, his own misgivings and all the misunderstandings. His love for Kestrel is immeasurable.

“I won’t play you because even when I win, I lose. It’s never been just a game between us.”

Arin and Kestrel are both broken not just by the war between their people but also with all things they’ve seen and done. But in-spite of all that happened these two fight to survive. They may not always agree with each other or share the same beliefs but when it matters they fought on the same side.

“He didn’t smile. He cupped her face with both hands. An emotion tugged at his expression, a dark awe, the kind saved for a wild storm that rends the sky but doesn’t ravage your existence, doesn’t destroy every thing you love. The one that lets you feel saved.”

Roshar is the most surprising character in this book. Though he was actually introduced from The Winner’s Crime, readers doesn’t know much about him until this final installment. His relationship with Arin is admiring and endearing. With his snarky comments and banter with the other characters, he balance the heaviness of war, and the drama and angst of others.

All in all, The Winner’s Kiss is a perfect end to this brilliant fantasy series of Marie Rutkoski. It’s smart, action packed, emotionally powerful, compelling, entertaining and satisfying. I am sad to see this whole series to end, but I’m beyond thrilled with how everything turned out. I’ll be rereading this whole series again and again as I love revisiting Kestrel and Arin’s world.

Kudos to Marie Rutkoski for delivering a fantastic series.

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100 Days of Cake by Shari Goldhagen (Author Interview)

So excited to have author Shari Goldhagen today on the blog for a quick interview about her newly released novel, 100 Days of Cake. Shari is nice enough to answer few questions for me about her writing experiences, inspirations and more. I hope you all enjoy the interview.

To know more about 100 Days of Cake and Shari Goldhagen, check the author’s bio and book’s description that follows after the interview, as well as links where to find Shari and where to order copies of 100 Days of Cake.

Interview with Shari Goldhagen

Suppose you met someone in the elevator and had only 30 seconds to describe your novel, 100 Days of Cake. What would you say?

Ahhh. . .the dreaded elevator pitch!
I’d say it’s about a girl who’s going through uh, stuff. Some of it’s typical teen territory—the freaking SATs, a friend who might be more than a friend, trying to get along a kid sister who is growing up and changing herself. And some of the stuff isn’t quite so typical—dealing with depression/anxiety, crushing on her shrink, a mom who’s convinced her kid is just one cake away from being cured. And Golden Girls re-runs, lots of Golden Girls.

Not every author grew up considering themselves as a writer. When and how did you discover your inner muse? Did you know what sort of stories you wanted to tell or did you just sort of feel your way?

I’m definitely that writer who always knew she wanted to be a writer. Even before I could write, I would dictate these stories to my mom about Batgirl and Batman–Super friends was my favorite show, and I was kind of an early adopter of fan fic.
That said, I’m not the kind of writer who writes because she loves words (I mean we’re really good friends and all, but love, eh); I’ve always just kind of made up stories and characters in my head and writing them down was a way for me to hold onto them longer. And then later on it was like, “oh, I can take creative writing classes instead of Calculus? Yes, please!”

How did the inspiration for 100 Days of Cake come?

It was a lot of different things really.
For a long time, I wanted to write a story about depression that wasn’t depressing (fingers crossed I succeeded). When I met my editor, Jessica, we started talking the ideas came out pretty quickly.
Also I was intrigued by the generational play of culture. I sometimes teach teen creative writing class, and one of the things I found amaze-a-crazy was that so many of my students loved the music and TV shows I grew up with. One dude asked me if I’d heard of Pearl Jam—and I was like, “for serious? Eddie Vedder was a god of my generation.” No one specifically had a thing for Golden Girls, but a couple girls were watching all ten seasons of Friends and another was into Family Ties. I definitely like the idea of Molly and Alex being into these things from their parents’ generation, even if they didn’t realize that it was a way to connect with their parents on some level.

What was one of the most surprising things you’ve learned in creating Molly Byrne?

I think I learned to trust myself to create a character not a disease. When I started writing 100 DOC, I admit I was kind of intimidated about how I showed Molly’s depression. My other novels have been aimed at adults, but this was the first time I was writing specifically for a teen audience, and I was pretty freaked out about telling younger people the “wrong” things about mental illness. In some of the early versions, the story was really weighted down by the specifics of various conditions.
But then I took a deep breath and said, screw it. I’m not a doctor and this isn’t a guidebook; it’s much more important to write a character who is fully developed than one who is a perfect case study for the DSM. It was really liberating . . .but I wouldn’t be shocked if there was a little hate mail.

If readers could take away one thing from having read 100 Days of Cake what would you hope it would be?
That just because you may not always understand the people in your life, it doesn’t mean that love isn’t real. And working on those relationship is almost always worth it, even if it’s hard.
Oh yeah, and that Golden Girls is a really good show.

Are you working on any project right now? What we should expect from you in the near future?

I really ended up enjoying writing YA, so I have a few ideas I’m kicking around on that front. One is something I’ve wanted to write since I was a kid, and I think maybe now that I’m really, really, really not a kid, I might finally be able to pull it off.
And then there is this adult novel I was working on between my first two books. I got about 200 pages in before I got completely stumped on a plot point and had to put it down. There were parts of it I absolutely loved, and I swear I will finish it one day . . .even if I’m 103.

And one last quick question, what’s your favorite cake?
Ironically I’m much more of a savory snack addict—like I’d be the one to try 100 Days of French Fries. That said I’m going to go with carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and a bit of a spice kick. It’s cool because you can somehow try to tell yourself that you’re eating a vegetable.

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Thank you so much Shari!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Shari GoldhagenShari Goldhagen is the author of the adult novels IN SOME OTHER WORLD, MAYBE (St. Martin’s Press, 2015) and FAMILY AND OTHER ACCIDENTS (Doubleday, 2006), and the YA novel 100 DAYS OF CAKE (Atheneum, 2016). A fellow at both Yaddo and MacDowell, Shari writes about pop culture, travel and relationships for publications including Salon, Cosmopolitan, Us Weekly, Life & Style Weekly, and DaySpa. She lives in NYC with her husband and daughter.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Book Details:
Title: 100 Days of Cake
Author: Shari Goldhagen
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 17, 2016
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover, eBooks

100 Days of CakeGet well soon isn’t going to cut it in this quirky and poignant debut novel about a girl, her depression, an aggressive amount of baked goods, and the struggle to simply stay afloat in an unpredictable, bittersweet life.

Every other senior at Cove High School might be mapping out every facet of their future, but Molly Bryne just wants to spend the rest of the summer (maybe the rest of her life) watching Golden Girls reruns and hanging out with her cute coworker at FishTopia. Some days, they are the only things that get her out of bed. You see, for the past year, Molly’s been struggling with depression, above and beyond industry-standard teen angst. Crushing on her therapist isn’t helping, and neither is her mom, who is convinced that baking the perfect cake will cure her—as if icing alone can magically make her rejoin the swim team or care about the SATs.

Ummm, no, not going to happen.

But when Molly finds out FishTopia is turning into a lame country diner, her already crummy life starts to fall even more out of her control, and soon she has to figure out what— if anything—is worth fighting for. 100 Days of Cake is a quirky and poignant story of a girl, her depression, an aggressive amount of baked goods, and the struggle to simply stay afloat in an unpredictable, bittersweet world.

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Book Signing Tour : Jennifer Niven in PH

Poster - Jennifer Niven

National Book Store brings New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Niven to the Philippines for book signing events on May 28, 2016 at 1 p.m. in the Northwing Atrium, SM City Cebu and on May 29, 2016 at 2 p.m. in Second Level Mega Atrium, SM Megamall.

Frequently Asked Questions

ONLY BOOKS PURCHASED FROM NATIONAL BOOK STORE, NATIONAL BOOK STORE EXPRESS OR POWERBOOKS WILL BE ACCOMMODATED.

When and where are the book signings?
May 28, 1:00 p.m., at the Northwing Atrium, SM City Cebu
May 29 6, 2:00 p.m., at the 2L (2nd Level) Mega Atrium, SM Megamall

Is there a registration fee?
No. There is no registration fee.

When will the registration be?
Registration opens at 10:00 a.m. on May 28 at the Northwing Atrium, SM City Cebu, and 10:00 a.m. on May 29 at the 2L Mega Atrium, SM Megamall. Each guest will be asked to fill out the registration form upon arrival. First come, first served. Guests must present their book to get a numbered Signing Pass. The book must have either of the following as proof of purchase: Price Tag or Official Receipt from National Book Store, National Book Store Express or Powerbooks.

How many books can I have signed? Is there a limit as to how many people can have their books signed?
Each guest is allowed one (1) copy of ‘All the Bright Places’ by Jennifer Niven to be signed. Although National Book Store will take every effort to get as many books signed as possible, depending on the number of attendees, we reserve the right to limit the number of copies per person or limit the number of people in line. First come, first served.

Can I bring old books or other editions of the books?
Yes, as long as the books were purchased from National Book Store, National Book Store Express or Powerbooks. The books must have either the price tag or official receipt.

Do I need to buy on-site?
No. You can buy books before or during the event.

Can I have other items signed?
No. Only books will be allowed to be signed by the author.

Can we have our photo taken with the author?
Yes. There will be an official photographer from NBS who will take your photo with the author. However, we strictly allow only one photo per person.

How much are the books?
All the Bright Places (Hardcover – P649)
All the Bright Places (Trade Paperback – P439)

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The Season of You & Me by Robin Constantine

The Season of You & Me

“Wishing was futile. Wishing was non action.”

Cassidy Emmerich is determined to make this summer—the last before her boyfriend heads off to college—unforgettable. What she doesn’t count on is her boyfriend breaking up with her. Now, instead of being poolside with him, Cass is over a hundred miles away, spending the summer with her estranged father and his family at their bed-and-breakfast at the Jersey Shore and working as the newest counselor at Camp Manatee.

Bryan Lakewood is sick of nevers. You’ll never walk. You’ll never surf. You’ll never slow dance with your date at prom. One miscalculated step and Bryan’s life changed forever—now he’s paralyzed and needs to use a wheelchair. This is the first summer he’s back at his former position at Camp Manatee and ready to reclaim some of his independence, in spite of those who question if he’s up for the job.

Cass is expecting two months dealing with heartbreak.

Bryan is expecting a summer of tough adjustments.

Neither of them is expecting to fall in love.

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Personal Thoughts:

The Season of You & Me is a quick and light hearted romance that is good for in-between-reads.

Coming from heavy fantasy reads, I thought The Season of You & Me is a welcome distraction. A breather of a kind which perfectly fit the bill. But as a good contemporary read, this book needs more than just romance.

Cassidy Emmerich is still reeling from her breakup with her boyfriend Gavin after he cheat on her. In order to move on she decided to spent her summer away with her father and his family. His father help her to enter a summer camp to work as one of the helper there. A distraction she really needs. At camp she meet new friends and one of them is Bryan Lakewood. Bryan is paralyzed from the waist down. He is a positive and cheery person in general but deep inside he has his own baggage that need to address.

Cassidy was introduced as the girl who run away with her problem but grew so much from there. She is clearly a good person who just wants a break. Her struggle is understandable and her way to cope up is realistic. But her story as a whole is just plain and simple.

With Bryan’s physical condition, I expect him to be the game changer here. I want him to pull some emotions from me or at least make me care about him. But like Cassidy, I feel like I won’t remember much about him in the future. If only Robin Constantine explored more Bryan’s condition by showing the repercussions of being paralyzed I think Bryan will be a more interesting character than just the nice boy that he is.

Cassidy and Bryan are both nice and good characters but I cannot say that I connected with them. Their story even well written is too simple for me. It’s a good feel story but cliché and predictable. And coming from great fantasy reads I can’t help but see the inferiority of this one in terms of the plot and story building. Not that I am looking for magics or great world building from a contemporary read, but I’m still hoping to feel something from the story and the characters.

If there’s something I like in the story I guess it’s Cassidy’s relationship with her half-brother Hunter and her friendship with Tory and Wade. At least those parts feel real and endearing.

All in all, The Season of You & Me though superficial is a sweet and light read. Robin Constantine written a well paced story making the three hundred plus pages a breezy read. If you are looking for a quick, romantic and fluffy read then this one is for you.

* This review is based on an advance readers copy I received courtesy of the publisher, HarperCollins International in exchange of honest opinion.

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Summer Days and Summer Nights Blog Tour : Author Interview with Stephanie Perkins

I am beyond thrilled to welcome author / editor Stephanie Perkins to the blog as part of the promotional tour for Summer Days and Summer Nights, a new anthology book with twelve new stories of hope and love that is perfect for summer read. I have met Stephanie before when she visited Philippines and she is really a sweetheart. Now that I have the opportunity to ask Stephanie a few questions about this new anthology before the release date, I can’t help but remember how lively she is when answering questions. I hope you guys enjoy the interview.

To know more about Stephanie and Summer Days and Summer Nights, check the author’s bio and book’s description that follows after the interview, as well as links where to find Stephanie and where to buy copies of this new anthology book.

Interview with Stephanie Perkins

What was it like working at this project compared to the first one, My True Love Gave To Me? Is it easier to do the editing and collaborations with other authors now that you have experience from the first one? 

This one was significantly harder. The first anthology felt like a fluke—something with my friends, just for fun! A lot more planning went into this one. I’d already been a critique partner to several of the authors in the holiday anthology, so they were used to working with me. I’d already earned their trust.

With the summer anthology, I reached out to a lot of authors whose work I admired, but I didn’t personally know them as well. Relationships had to be established. That takes time. But the work was great fun, and I loved getting to know them, and it was a tremendous honor for these incredibly talented authors to have trusted me with their work. I’m so, so grateful.

Why did you decide to bring these particular authors together for this anthology?

I reached out to authors who are writing stories that I love. All of them have strong voices and—whether or not they primarily write romance—a kind and romantic heart.

The crazy and fantastic thing is that there are literally dozens of other YA authors who also fit this description. There are so many talented, inspiring writers in this industry! I had to make some tough decisions, and a lot of it just came down to keeping a balance between the genres.

And if you could pick one from the anthology authors, who do you want to spend your summer with? What are the things you would probably do?

Oh, no! What a terrible question, ha! But I’ll answer it. I WILL.

I’m gonna say . . . Tim Federle, only because his new musical Tuck Everlasting just opened on Broadway. So I’m hoping he’ll score tickets for me and the other twenty-one authors.

Your contribution to this collection is a new story featuring Marigold and North (previously seen in My True Love Gave to Me). What was it like revisiting these characters? Did you always know that there would be more to their story? Will there be more in the future?

I’m not sure if I always knew a continuation of their story was worth telling, but I did know where their future was headed. In the early days, I was working under the assumption that I wouldn’t HAVE another chance write about them, so I was trying not to think about it too much. If that makes sense.

But . . . I have a hard time letting go of characters. I always have. So when the summer anthology came to fruition, I knew immediately that I would continue their story. Now, I’m happy with how I’ve left them. In the first story, North helped to heal Marigold. This time, she helped to heal him. They’re good.

If readers could take away one thing from having read Summer Days And Summer Nights what would you hope it would be?

It always sounds corny, but . . . hope is the hope. No matter what’s going on in your life right now—and as teenagers, so much of your life is out of your own control—it will get better. You’ll get more control, you’ll get to make more choices. Make good choices. Learn from your mistakes. I promise—with every single fiber of my heart—that life gets better. There is always hope.

What can we expect to see from you next? Are there any plans of releasing a new full-length novel soon? 

My next novel is a teen slasher, which hopefully (if I finish it on time!) will be published next year. I’m having such a blast writing in the horror genre. And it’s honestly not as big of a departure as it seems. There’s still an attractive boy, an intriguing setting, and quippy friends. It just also contains a lot of murder.

Thank you so much Stephanie for stopping by today and for answering all the questions above. I’m looking forward reading Teen Slasher next year.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR / EDITOR

Stephanie Perkins CREDIT Destinee BlauStephanie Perkins has always worked with books—first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist. She’s the author of the international bestsellers Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door, as well as Isla and the Happily Ever After. My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories is her first anthology. Stephanie and her husband live in the mountains of North Carolina.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Summer Days GIFBook Details:
Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories
Edited by Stephanie Perkins
St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication Date: May 17, 2016
Hardcover: 9781250079121 / $19.99 USD
eBook: 9781466891753 / $9.99 USD

Internationally bestselling author Stephanie Perkins brought together some of her closest friends and fellow bestselling young adult authors for the holiday anthology My True Love Gave to Me that a starred Publisher’s Weekly called “a rare holiday treat” and Romantic Times claimed “this is what all anthologies should aspire to be”. Now, she’s doing it again with SUMMER DAY AND SUMMER NIGHTS: Twelve Love Stories (St. Martin’s Griffin / On Sale: May 17, 2016), another anthology filled with twelve new stories from a superstar lineup of young adult authors. Already receiving rave reviews, this anthology is the perfect beach companion for those long, hazy summer days.

Featuring twelve brand new short stories from:
Stephanie Perkins (Anna and the French Kiss, My True Love Gave To Me)
Leigh Bardugo (Six of Crows, The Grisha Trilogy)
Francesca Lia Block (Love in the Time of Global Warming)
Veronica Roth (The Divergent Trilogy)
Lev Grossman (The Magicians Trilogy)
Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments Series)
Jennifer E. Smith (The Statistical Probability of Falling in Love, The Geography of You and Me)
Libba Bray (A Great and Terrible Beauty)
Tim Federle (The Great American Whatever)
Nina LaCour (Everything Leads to You, You Know Me Well)
Jon Skovron (Misfits, Man Made Boy)
Brandy Colbert (Pointe)

SUMMER DAY AND SUMMER NIGHTS, written by twelve bestselling young adult writers and edited by the international bestselling Stephanie Perkins, will have you dreaming of sunset strolls by the lake. So set out your beach chair and grab your sunglasses. You have twelve reasons this summer to soak up the sun and fall in love.

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The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You Blog Tour : Author Interview with Lily Anderson

So excited to have author Lily Anderson today on the blog for a quick interview as part of the promotional tour for her debut novel, The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You.

I had so much fun reading this book and I highly recommend it to contemporary readers. That’s why I was thrilled to have the opportunity to ask Lily a few questions about her debut novel, pop culture and  other stuffs. I hope you guys enjoy the interview and check the author’s bio and book’s description that follows after the interview.

Interview with Lily Anderson

Suppose you met someone in the elevator and had only 30 seconds to describe your novel, The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You. What would you say?

It’s a retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing set in a high school for geniuses. (Is that flashy enough? Um, NERDS FALL IN LOVE AND TALK ABOUT DOCTOR WHO!)

The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You is a fun read. The banter between Trixie and Ben are not just ridiculously fun but also smart. How much fun did you have in writing Trixie and Ben’s story?

I had a blast writing for Trixie and Ben! Their banter evolving from hurtful insults to coded flirtations was super fun. In Much Ado About Nothing, the second Beatrice and Benedick find out that the other has feelings for them, they do a total 180 and start being completely nice to each other. Because they’re seventeen and awkward, Trixie and Ben’s transition into friendship is slower. Even the change from Trixie referring to Ben by his first name instead of his last takes probably half of the story. I loved figuring out which moments would lead to one of them softening toward the other until they could finally meet in the middle.

I love the inclusions of pop culture references in The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You, how much does this reflect your own life? Are you a fan of Dr. Who yourself like Trixie? Do you feel like you are writing yourself or pieces of yourself in The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You?

I’m a pop culture junkie. The reference-heavy dialogue of TOTWTMIY is pretty true to my real life. I’m a fan of a lot of things referenced in the book—Doctor Who, Sherlock, Marvel comics, Brian K. Vaughan, Douglas Adams, Back To The Future, etc. But, for me, a character starts to feel real to me when they like things that I don’t (that I then have to research to understand why they would like it). For Trixie, the first difference of opinion was Spider-Man. She had Spider-Man pencils and notebooks and umbrellas. She was buying every Spider-Verse comic. And (other than my BELOVED Miles Morales), I straight up don’t care about Spider-Man. Her perfect man is Tony Stark. Mine is Deadpool (not Ryan Reynolds; Deadpool). She loves Game of Thrones. I could take it or leave it. I can’t look at Jared Padalecki without seeing Dean from Gilmore Girls, so Supernatural has never worked out for me.

But, to a certain extent, writing is always highlighting pieces of myself. I’m a snarky fangirl like Trixie and always looking for the worst thing to say like Ben and lawful good like Peter and pretentious like Harper and overly analytical like Meg and an overachiever like Cornell and generally sort of over it like Mary-Anne and the black sheep like Jack.

If readers could take away one thing from having read The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You what would you hope it would be?

Surround yourself with the best people. At the beginning TOTWTMIY, Trixie hasn’t made a new close friend since the third grade. By opening herself up and letting herself be sort of uncomfortable, she expands her social circle to include people she would never have thought to be friends with—class clowns, jocks, princesses (okay, now it just sounds like the cast of The Breakfast Club). I think it’s really easy, especially in high school, to stay safe with your same old crew, but some really spectacular things can happen when you interact with people who don’t know everything about you and don’t love the exact same things you do.

Are you working on any project right now? What we should expect from you in the near future?

Right now, I’m working on a small town mystery series and another book about nerdy geniuses. I can’t say much more than that!

Thank you so much Lily for stopping by today and for answering all the questions above. I’m looking forward reading another book from you so I hope you’ll write more for us and maybe drop by here again.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lily Anderson_CREDIT Sarah LambertLily Anderson is an elementary school librarian and Melvil Dewey fangirl with an ever-growing collection of musical theater tattoos and Harry Potter ephemera. She lives in Northern California. THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN ME IS YOU is her debut novel.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is YouBook Details:
THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN ME IS YOU: A Novel
By: Lily Anderson
St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication Date: May 17, 2016
Hardcover: 9781250079091 / $18.99 USD
eBook: 9781466891722 / $9.99 USD

Trixie Watson has two very important goals for senior year: to finally save enough to buy the set of Doctor Who figurines at the local comic books store, and to place third in her class and knock Ben West—and his horrendous new mustache that he spent all summer growing—down to number four.

Trixie will do anything to get her name ranked over Ben’s, including give up sleep and comic books—well, maybe not comic books—but definitely sleep. After all, the war of Watson v. West is as vicious as the Doctor v. Daleks and Browncoats v. Alliance combined, and it goes all the way back to the infamous monkey bars incident in the first grade. Over a decade later, it’s time to declare a champion once and for all.

The war is Trixie’s for the winning, until her best friend starts dating Ben’s best friend and the two are unceremoniously dumped together and told to play nice. Finding common ground is odious and tooth-pullingly-painful, but Trixie and Ben’s cautious truce slowly transforms into a fandom-based tentative friendship. When Trixie’s best friend gets expelled for cheating and Trixie cries foul play, however, they have to choose who to believe and which side they’re on—and they might not pick the same side.

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