Monday, April 21, 2014

A Sunny Day In Boston and If I Stay

What a beautiful weekend we've had here in Beantown. Sunny, cool breeze, a hint of warmth. It's been pretty perfect. Today is Marathon Monday and as usual I avoided downtown. So instead, Molly and I went to Art Bar in Cambridge, a hidden gem of a restaurant, and then walked along the Charles on the Cambridge side and it was absolutely gorgeous. My pale skin saw the sun for the first time in a long time.

Then we popped into Porter Square Books for a few things and we spotted my book, "I Want To Hold Your Hand" in the YA section in breathing room of "The Fault In Our Stars".  And as if that wasn't enough to make me happy, I checked twitter and saw that Cary Cheyenne of The Writing Wonderland had posted her review of my book. We stood in line for ice cream and I read the entire review aloud to Molly. You can read the wonderful review here. (Reading that made me so amazingly happy.)

When I got home I had a package from Amazon waiting for me. New books! And Saturday I had stopped into the Harvard Coop for some more books (as if I didn't have any to read...). So now I have "Fangirl" (Rainbow Rowell), "The Sky Is Everywhere" (Jandy Nelson), "Every Day" (David Leviathan), and "If I Stay" (Gayle Gorman).

Here's the thing about "If I Stay"... I saw it about a year ago while I was perusing books to buy and after reading the inside cover I panicked and thought, Oh no, we wrote the same book! On the surface "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "If I Stay" have similar plots - car accident with a dire outcome. And so I was terrified to read it. But then last week the movie trailer came out and I cried while watching it. Though I do have to wonder if "Say Something" hadn't been used as the soundtrack whether I'd have had the same reaction, but that's besides the point. I had an emotional reaction and thought, Shoot, I better read this book before the movie is out. And then a friend wrote on Facebook about how much he'd loved the book and was looking forward to the movie and I thought, Ok, well I guess I better suck it up and see if our books are twins. Phew! They are not. There are similarities sure, but they are also incredibly different. I haven't finished "If I Stay", about thirty pages to go, but I'm really loving the flashbacks and the beautiful family that has been painted so clearly for me. And I can appreciate even more now how beautiful the trailer is and how much I'm looking forward to the movie.

And now time for a little self-promotion... If you loved Cary's review of "I Want To Hold Your Hand" then check it out in ebook and paperback forms below:

Happy Reading!


1 comment

  1. What is it about that song that always make us cry?!
    I still can't get over your book right next to John Green's. Major moment.


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