Welcome back to the Girlfriend's Cyber Circuit! My next guest, Lauren Strasnick, is also a new member of GCC, she's one of my Simon Pulse Sisters, AND we share the same fabulous editor. If you haven't read NOTHING LIKE YOU, put it on your TBR list right now - trust me. But I'm here today to tell you about her much-anticipated next novel, one I'm REALLY excited to get my hands on!
First love, broken friendships, and heartache all play a part in this evocative, voice-driven novel about Alex, a girl whose world is ripped apart when her father’s affair splits her family in two. Alex moves with her mess of a mother to a new town, where she is befriended by hot, enigmatic Fred–and alternately flirted with and cold-shouldered by Fred’s twin sister, Adina. Others warn Alex to steer clear of the twins, whose sibling relationship is considered abnormal at best, but there’s just something about Fred–and something about Adina–that draws Alex to them and makes her want to be part of their crazy world, no matter the consequences.
“Strasnick’s slim second offering packs a lot into its short chapters: divorce, broken friendships, crushes, the lines between love and sex and more. Characterization, scenes, dialogue and setting are seamlessly distilled into so few sharp, image-rich phrases that the novel reads almost as if it were written in verse. Less is definitely more here, and readers are plunged into Alex’s physical and emotional world within three to four words. Although the plot moves swiftly, the author’s ability to capture Alex’s inner world in so few words give the novel depth and balance. Complex and thought-provoking.” –Kirkus
I had the opportunity to meet Lauren last year in L.A. (she's super-nice!) and more recently I asked her a few quick questions:
Welcome, Lauren! Can you tell me about your book in seven words or less.
Broken friendship! Thwarted love! Twincest!
Other than your main character, who's a favorite character of yours in your novel and why?
Adina Bishop, the girl twin. She’s manipulative, crazy controlling, anorexic, a drunk, super stylish, and a little in love with her brother.
What's one piece of writing advice you would give to aspiring authors?
What did you write when you were a teen? Did you journal? Write poetry? Write overly literary or emotional stories? Or avoid writing altogether?
I wrote a bunch of plays and short stories about vampires. So very ahead of my time. ;)
What's the last book you read that you really loved?
Last book that found an immediate spot on my Favorites list? THE BASIC EIGHT by Daniel Handler.
Thanks so much for stopping by, Lauren! If you'd like to find out more about Lauren Strasnick or her books, you can find it all on her website at www.laurenstrasnick.com
And if you'd like to win yourself a copy of HER AND ME AND YOU, leave a comment below telling me about one of your broken friendships...and if it was ever fixed.
Simon Pulse is generously donating the copy for this giveaway. It's open to US residents only, ages 13 and older. Good luck!!