iBookstore Book of the Week–I’m Not Her by Janet Gurtler

Janet Gurtler is a wonderful  YA contemporary author, and Sourcebooks Fire is excited to announce that Janet’s book, I’m Not Her, has been chosen as the iBookstore Book of the Week! (Click the link to get to the book.)  This means that I’m Not Her is FREE to readers right now through the iBookstore.  You can’t be free, right?!  To help promote this exciting event, I have 10 fun facts to share about Janet Gurtler’s book.  Feel free to spread the love by tweeting this post with the hashtag #BookoftheWeek 🙂

I'm Not Here cover

10 Fun Facts About I’m Not Her by Janet Gurtler

  1. In a hospital scene in I’m Not Her one of the nurses is named Tracey and she takes Kristina’s flowers home to her daughter, Carly.  Tracey is the name of my sister, Carly is her daughter in real life.
  1. Every single one of my books has a character named Carly in it. This is a tribute to my niece, Carly. The characters are not based on her per se, but there has to be a Carly in my books. Like a superstition or good luck charm or something.
  1. This book is dedicated to my sister Tracey.  I was able to keep it a secret until Final Page Proofs came in.
  1. My niece Ciara plays volleyball and her nickname is CEE. She got recruited by a university in the States and is playing there. None of the volleyball players in the book were based on her though. She is a cool like a rock star.
  1. I thought Clark Trent was a funny name because of Superman’s secret identity. The Superman cape Clark wears in a scene cracked me up.
  1. I named a couple of the teachers in I’m Not Her after dogs I’ve had.  Peppsy (Mr. Pepson) and Meeko (Mr. Meekers)
  1. In a scene Tess listens to Hedly on her iPod. I LOVE Jacob, the lead singer for the band. He was on the only season of Canadian Idol I watched.
  1. I named the golf course that Nick works at and Tess’s Dad plays at after my husband. Largurt (Larry Gurtler)
  1. I’m Not Her was originally called The Weight of Bones, but when I first started writing it I titled it Dance Big Sister.
  1. Tess’s love of the Discovery Channel and Myth Busters were inspired by my son

If you didn’t already know, Janet Gurtler’s newest novel, How I Lost You (Goodreads), was just published this month.  She has a fantastic interview with Entertainment Weekly’s Shelf Life blog: http://shelf-life.ew.com/2013/05/05/how-i-lost-you-janet-gurtler/ .   Janet is also hosting a month-long  “YA Authors Talk BFFs” celebration on her blog where she’s posting interviews with other YA authors about their relationships with their best friends from their teen years to today.  It’s actually really fascinating: http://janetgurtler.blogspot.com/


  1. Thanks for the heads-up on the iBook! We definitely have some Janet Gurtler fans at our school.

  2. Thank you for sharing the book of the week. I have several students who will want to know about this.

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