I'm a little slow on the uptake. I didn't realize that new books were released each week on Tuesdays until I had been book blogging for over a year. As I said: slow. But now that I do know that, I look forward to Tuesdays with a sort of unholy glee. And every now and then I am actually 'together' enough to do something about a Tuesday release date. Like today. Lucky you!
Julie Halpern's newest novel, Don't Stop Now, is out today from Macmillan. I'll post my review of it later in the week. Her last release, Into the Wild Nerd Yonder, was one of my favorite books of 2010 (I really really liked it). True story: I want you to read Julie's books. They're funny, quirky and genuine. To facilitate that, I'm hosting a giveaway for one hardcover of Don't Stop Now. Entering is super easy - just fill out the FORM! Giveaway is open internationally (book will ship via the Book Depository), and ends on 6/21 at 11:59pm EST. Good luck!
On the first day of Lillian’s summer-before-college, she gets a message on her cell from her sort-of friend, Penny. Not only has Penny faked her own kidnapping, but Lil is the only one who figures it out. She knows that Penny’s home life has been rough, and that her boyfriend may be abusive. Soon, Penny’s family, the local police, and even the FBI are grilling Lil, and she decides to head out to Oregon, where Penny has mentioned an acquaintance. And who better to road-trip across the country with than Lil’s BFF, Josh. But here’s the thing: Lil loves Josh. And Josh doesn’t want to “ruin” their amazing friendship.
Josh has a car and his dad’s credit card. Lil has her cellphone and a hunch about where Penny is hiding. There’s something else she needs to find: Are she and Josh meant to be together?