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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

GCC Presents Lauren Strasnick and HER AND ME AND YOU!

Read to the end to find out about the fabulous GIVEAWAY of a copy of HER AND ME AND YOU!

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?
Read everything. 

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

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!!


  1. I've had little spats here and there with friends and they've always been patched up over time. One friendship was really broken and it's not really fixed even today.

  2. I lost a very good friend at the beginning of this year. The sad part was that we grew apart based on the control of a third party. It still hurts to think of a friendship lost, but I have gained new opportunities and friendships since then. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  3. Twincest? So that word was definitely glaring at me. A bit taboo, no? It does make me a bit more curious to read it now.

  4. Wow, what a great review! I loved NOTHING LIKE YOU, so I'm definitely looking forward to reading HER AND ME AND YOU.

  5. I was really good friends, practically sisters with an ex-boyfriends sister. She was/is still amazing. Mine & her brother's relationship fell apart because he turned out to be a total liar & total loser (and a drug dealer!!! OMG!!! EEEEEEEKKKKKKK!!!!). He stole my new laptop I'd bought for fall semester of college and pawned it!!! What a bone head!!! I turned him in for the drugs & the stolen computer. When he was arrested for it, his sister, who at this point was still my friend, ended our friendship with some very hurtful words. I forgive her & I love her, she can't help who her brother is and she really loves him & wants him to do better. We can't give up on the people who need us the most right? However, he isn't my brother and he totally blew it & is making his family suffer! Sorry this is so long!

  6. I will have to say I have had a couple broken friendships, and sadly they have been my fault. I tend to start to distance myself when people get to close, so when that happens I push the people away until there is no longer a friendship. I have been trying to fix it, but reading has become my outlet for it. Sorry this is long and probably makes no sense.

  7. This book sounds like a great read.

    Thanks for the chance to win. I am a new follower.

    I have had many friendships over the years. I have found that the best friendship is one that you can goes years without realy speaking a whole lot only to pick back up out of the blue like no time has passed. That is a true friend. Life and family sometimes causes you to go in different directions. When your paths cross again, it is nice knowing that the love and friendship is still there. Thanks!

  8. I'm really excited to read this book! The twincest makes me think of The Secret History by Donna Tartt, which is one of my favorites.

    I have a friendship that fell apart when I was in high school that I still mourn. (I'm in my 30s) I had best friends who happened to be twins (but no twincest there) and they started doing drugs and I didn't. They were my BEST friends and we just *poof* stopped talking, as if we were never close. I am still so sad about this.

    It wasn't a big fight, it wasn't a huge thing, it was just drugs. I still hate this.