I'm excited to welcome another guest from the Girlfriends Cyber Circuit, Jessica Brody. Her latest release MY LIFE UNDECIDED is out this week, and if you haven't heard about this book yet, this is the place to be! Scroll down to see the fabulous trailer, the summary, and an interview with Jessica.
PLEASE READ THIS! MY LIFE DEPENDS ON IT!
Okay, maybe that was a bit melodramatic, but I’m sorry, I’m feeling a bit melodramatic at the moment.
Here’s the deal. My name is Brooklyn Pierce, I’m fifteen years old, and I am decisionally challenged. Seriously, I can’t remember the last good decision I made. I can remember plenty of crappy ones though. Including that party I threw when my parents were out of town that accidentally burned down a model home. Yeah, not my finest moment, for sure.
But see, that’s why I started a blog. To enlist readers to make my decisions for me. That’s right. I’m gave up. Threw in the towel. I let someone else be the one to decide which book I read for English. Or whether or not I accepted an invitation to join the debate team from that cute-in-a-dorky-sort-of-way guy who gave me the Heimlich Maneuver in the cafeteria. (Note to self: Chew the melon before swallowing it.) I even let them decide who I dated!
Well, it turns out there are some things in life you simply can’t choose or have chosen for you—like who you fall in love with. And now everything’s more screwed up than ever.
But don’t take my word for it, read the book and decide for yourself. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll scream in frustration. Or maybe that’s just me. After all, it’s my life.
"Brooklyn is a sympathetic protagonist with whom teens will identify. Her journey is fun to read, and decision-challenged readers will learn an important lesson about self-acceptance along the way."
--School Library Journal
"Brody taps into a universal human desire...An amusing coming-of-age story with many funny moments...[Brooklyn's] flustered, off-the-cuff narration should keep readers as invested in her actions as her blog followers are."
About the Author:
A few fun facts about Jessica Brody’s own life undecided:
• Jessica was born in Los Angeles, moved to Colorado when she was twelve, moved back to California after college and now indecisively splits her time between both states.
• Jessica graduated from Smith College in Massachusetts with majors in Economics and French because she was convinced she wanted to be an “important business woman.” After a brief stint as a strategic analyst for MGM Studios, she abandoned her business background to become a full-time writer. Now she uses her mad spreadsheet skills to build complicated outlines for her books.
• Appropriately, when writing this book, Jessica couldn’t decide on a title. So she polled 50 of her closest friends to finally come up with My Life Undecided.
1. Welcome, Jessica! Can you tell me about your book in seven words or less?
Girl lets blog readers run her life.
2. Other than your main character, who's a favorite character of yours in your novel and why?
Ooh, toughie! I think I’m going to have to say Mrs. Moody, the cranky old lady who lives at the nursing home where Brooklyn has to do her community service hours (a direct result of one of her notorious bad decisions). Mrs. Moody was really fun to write. She’s very true to her name!
3. What's one piece of writing advice you would give to aspiring authors?
Write every day. Writing takes practice, just like a sport or musical instrument. And the more you write, the better you’ll get.
4. What did you write when you were a teen? Did you journal? Write poetry? Write overly literary or emotional stories? Or avoid writing altogether?
Actually, I was a pretty big writer when I was a teen. I was just going through a box of old school work from high school and found this Shakespearean style sonnet I was assigned to write in one of my English classes. I read it and was like, “What the heck does that mean?” Apparently I was a little more poetic back then than I am now! Haha. Or I was just a really convincing poser. But I did like to write poetry and short stories. And I even tried my hand at a few novels but never got past page 30 or so.
5. What's the last book you read that you really loved?
I just recently read RUBY RED by Kerstin Gier which was just released. It’s the first in a series and I’m now TOTALLY hooked. I’m dying for the second one. The series was originally published in Germany and I’m about this close to buying the German edition and running it through Google Translate, just so I can find out what happens! Too bad I studied French!
Thanks Jessica! Visit her online at: www.JessicaBrody.com.
And coming soon: www.MyLifeUndecided.com, where you can post your own undecided questions, poll the community, and get some answers.