I'm just all full of author visits and contests this week. ;)
Today, along with Jennifer Banash, Alexa Young is visiting us. Alexa is the author of the Frememies series. The second book in this series, Faketastic, is released today. I can't wait to get my copy of it!
How FAKETASTIC Are You?
First, a big thank you to Hope for inviting me to be her guest-blogger on this, THE RELEASE DAY OF FAKETASTIC! Since the book comes out today, I figured I may as well talk a bit about what makes it such a phenomenal read. I mean, truly, if you DON’T read it, my guess is there will be a big, gaping hole in your life that no other book—nor anything else—can possibly fill. Or something. :-)
Okay, in all seriousness (!), I do want to talk about some of the deeper messages in this book because, well, let’s be honest: FRENEMIES (book one in the series) has gotten a bit of a reputation for being “light” and “fun” and “cute” (among other things). And while it IS all that, it’s so much more. For instance, in the first book, my fashion-obsessed eighth grade protagonists—Halley Brandon and Avalon Greene—struggle with the reality that they’re becoming different people who no longer have as much in common as they once did. As they grow apart, insecurities mount and that inevitably leads to all kinds of hurtful behavior.
Now, with FAKETASTIC, Halley and Avalon are friends again, but aren’t quite sure how to deal with some of the newer situations and opportunities coming up for them—opportunities that, if pursued, would most certainly hurt people close to them. It forces my girls to grapple with some pretty weighty questions: What kind of person lies to a friend? WHY do people lie to their friends? How do lies ultimately affect relationships?
I swear, the book doesn’t have some heavy moralistic message—that was definitely not the goal!—but getting my protagonists caught up in a web of deceit forced me to explore a lot of interesting ideas. Even as someone who considers herself to be honest to a FAULT, I’ve certainly been guilty of faking people out, sometimes successfully…and sometimes not so much. The interesting thing about Halley and Avalon—and me, and perhaps you, and most people—is that they tend to deceive the people closest to them with the best of intentions. They really feel like they’re doing the right thing—protecting people from the unbearable truth. And is that so wrong?
You tell me. And Hope. Just leave a comment telling us a few discrete details about a lie you’ve told, why you told it, and whether or not it backfired—and the one whose story we like best will receive a signed copy of FAKETASTIC. Of course, nobody’s going to stop you from making something up just to enter. ;-) The cutoff date for comments will be this Friday, January 9, at 9pm Pacific time. May the most FAKETASTIC person win!
Don't want to leave your contest entry in the comments? E-mail it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will make sure Alexa sees it too, as we'll be picking the contest winner together. :)
Thanks so much, Alexa!