Blog Tour: The Edge of Falling by Rebecca Serle Read Alikes

I’m happy to be part of Rebecca Serle’s blog tour for her sophomore release, The Edge of Falling. I love a good contemp and love it even more that Rebecca agreed to compile a list of read alikes for her newest book. I’m halfway through her book right now and I’m already thinking of students who will enjoy this.

The Edge of Falling by Rebecca Serle releases on March 18th and is published by Simon Pulse. I’m including the summary so you can learn a little more about it before reading  Rebecca’s list of read alikes.

The Edge of FallingSummary (From Goodreads):

Growing up in privileged, Manhattan social circles, Caggie’s life should be perfect, and it almost was until the day that her younger sister drowned when Caggie was supposed to be watching her. Stricken by grief, Caggie pulls away from her friends and family, only to have everyone misinterpret a crucial moment when she supposedly saves a fellow classmate from suicide. Now she’s famous for something she didn’t do and everyone lauds her as a hero. But inside she still blames herself for the death of her sister and continues to pull away from everything in her life, best friend and perfect boyfriend included. Then Caggie meets Astor, the new boy at school, about whom rumours are swirling and known facts are few. In Astor she finds someone who just might understand her pain, because he has an inner pain of his own. But the more Caggie pulls away from her former life to be with Astor, the more she realises that his pain might be darker, and deeper, than anything she’s ever felt. His pain might be enough to end his life…and Caggie’s as well.

List of Comps for The Edge of Falling 

So, you’ve just finished reading The Edge of Falling, and you want to know what to read next? Or maybe you want to know what books are similar to The Edge of Falling so you’ll know if it’s your type of book? No worries, I’ve got you covered! Some of these books are in a similar genre, some deal with issues like grief or hidden secrets, and some actually inspired ME to write The Edge of Falling! So let’s jump in:

  1. Speak- Laurie Halse Anderson

Speak is a beautiful book about Melinda, a girl who is alienated from her friends and suffering the burden of a huge secret. Caggie still has her voice in The Edge of Falling, but her journey is similar to Melinda’s because she is plagued by the things she can’t say out loud: her grief about the role she played in her sister’s death; the separation she feels from her family; and the one big secret that, if revealed, would cause everyone to call her a liar instead of a hero. I highly recommend Speak if you’re looking for a book about family, grief, and overcoming silence.

2. Gossip Girl- Cecily Von Ziegar

Yep, you read right- the Gossip Girl books! These books (and the TV show, of course) inspired the world of The Edge of Falling. I wanted to write about the privileged elite of the Upper East Side, and their complex relationships with their finances and their feelings. Caggie comes from a privileged family as well, but sometimes instead of opening doors, privilege closes them: the doors of communication and intimacy, the doors of honesty and forgiveness. Caggie seeks these things from her family, but in their time of grief they depend more on material things than on each other. The characters in Gossip Girl go through their fair share of grieving as well, but beneath the lens of the paparazzi and the public eye, even their private suffering becomes public scandal.

3. This Song Will Save Your Life- Leila Sales

Ok, so, full disclosure: this next book was written by my BFF Leila Sales. But I am not remotely alone in thinking it is one of the best YA books not just of last year, but of all time. This Song Will Save Your Life tells the story of Elise, a girl who just wants to have friends, and feel loved, but who is bullied mercilessly in her school. After she self-harms and ends up in the hospital, Elise feels more trapped than ever: but now by uber-watchful parents who don’t trust her. Everything changes the night she discovers  START, an underground disco club, and ends up in the DJ booth. Elise finds her place making people dance—and meets a pretty cute boy along the way. Caggie and Elise come from two very different worlds, but they both discover that loving yourself gives all other kinds of love meaning. Plus Leila and I wrote This Song Will Save Your Life and The Edge of Falling sitting across from each other—true story!

4. We Were Liars-E Lockhart

Okay, I confess: this book hasn’t even come out yet. But I read it and loved it, so I’m putting it on my list! We Were Liars is the story of a girl who comes from a prestigious, wealthy family (like Caggie’s) and the life-changing events that happen to her on the private island where her family spends every summer. It’s a literary, dark, poetic book about first love, the bonds of family, and the fragility of secrets. I was told to lie about the ending, so…I will just keep quiet J

5. The Catcher in The Rye- JD Salinger

I’m closing out my list with this classic novel, because not only is Caggie descended from the Caulfield family, which JD Salinger famously fictionalized, but because Holden and Caggie have more in common than their last name. Holden’s journey in The Catcher in the Rye is a coming-of-age story: he is disillusioned by wealth, jaded by the inconsistent and seemingly false bonds of family, and feels uncomfortable in his own skin. He, like Caggie, lost a sibling, and spends time reflecting on the cruelty of his world changing and progressing so much over time, while his lost loved one never will.  The Catcher in the Rye is one of the books that inspired me to write The Edge of Falling and I would definitely recommend you read it, if not re-visit it after you read Edge.

Rebecca Serle has a fantastic blog tour set up (with some of my favorite blogs!), so make sure to check out these upcoming posts to learn more about Rebecca, The Edge of Falling, and much more!

March 11- Fangirlish
March 17- Forever YA
March 20- Cuddlebuggery

Blog Tour: Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally

I’m a big Miranda Kenneally fan, so I’m really excited to be part of this blog tour for Things I Can’t Forget (review).  I love how she creates realistic characters who face challenges teens can relate to.  Since I love the stories she writes, and since I spend five days a week with high school students, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share her list of things she’d change about her high school years.

Things I Can't Forget

Top Ten things Miranda Kenneally would change about her high school years if she could go back in time

1.      I would do my homework the night before school rather than 10 minutes before class.

2.      I would pull my pants up. Sagging was not cool then and it’s not cool now.

3.      I would not consider the daughter of the owner of the local car dealership a “celebrity.”

4.      I would not wear those two-inch long crocodile earrings. Really, Miranda, what were you thinking?

5.      I would accept the soccer captain’s invitation to come swim at his pool instead of wussing out.

6.      I would’ve waited for my first kiss. The guy I kissed first was not a good guy, and it wasn’t worth it just to say I’d kissed someone.

7.      I would confront the school guidance counselor, who told me I’d “fail” if I went to an out-of-state college. And if I got in trouble for telling her off? So be it.

8.      I would push harder for a role in Fiddler on the Roof instead of settling for stage manager again!

9.      That time me and some of the guys took my mom’s SUV mudding? Yeah, I would not do that again. Even 5 trips through the carwash didn’t get rid of the mud. What a nightmare.

10.  I would read more books instead of worrying about guys so much! :)

Summary (From Goodreads): Companion to Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker.

Kate has always been the good girl. Too good, according to some people at school—although they have no idea the guilty secret she carries. But this summer, everything is different…

This summer she’s a counselor at Cumberland Creek summer camp, and she wants to put the past behind her. This summer Matt is back as a counselor too. He’s the first guy she ever kissed, and he’s gone from a geeky songwriter who loved The Hardy Boys to a buff lifeguard who loves to flirt…with her.

Kate used to think the world was black and white, right and wrong. Turns out, life isn’t that easy…

Blog Tour & Review: Sirenz Back in Fashion by Charlotte Bennardo & Natalie Zaman

I love Greek mythology and I love cute, funny books which is why I agreed to be part of the Sirenz Back in Fashion blog tour.  Charlotte Bennardo & Natalie Zaman released their debut, Sirenz, last spring and just this month released the sequel, Sirenz Back in Fashion.  Both books are great, so I’m excited to help promote their recent release!

Title: Sirenz Back in Fashion

Authors: Charlotte Bennardo & Natalie Zaman

Publisher: Flux

Release Date: June 8th, 2012

Interest: Sequel / Blog Tour

Source: Finished copy received from the authors for review

Summary (From the authors):

In Sirenz, boarding school roomies Meg and Shar learned the hazards of making a deal with Hades, Lord of the Underworld. The wearing of a Tiffany’s diamond ring in Sirenz Back In Fashion reactivates their contract, they find themselves back in his employ as sirens. And things are a little different this time; Shar is whisked off to the Underworld to play hostess as the dark god attempts to win her affections, while Meg is stuck topside, obligated to send spoiled rich girl Paulina Swanson to the Underworld. Hot gods, mere mortals and the Underworld have their secrets. Will Meg and Shar ever ditch Hades, and keep their wardrobes and souls intact?

First of all, if you haven’t read Sirenz yet, I think you could read Sirenz Back in Fashion with little confusion.  The authors did a nice job referencing enough from the first book, without bogging the beginning with summary, that a reader could continue with the sequel and not be confused the entire time reading.  That being said, I still think you should read Sirenz first simply because it’s such a fun book!

Sequels are always tricky to review because it’s tough avoiding spoilers, so I’m going to try my best.  First, I love that we get both Shar and Meg’s points of view in Sirenz Back in Fashion.  Their voices are so distinct that it’s never confusing when the chapter changes and the character switches.  Even when I was reading Sirenz I kept trying to determine which character was my favorite, and I still don’t know.  Shar is hilarious the way she pines over great shoes and clothes, but she’s also smart enough to get herself through tough situations.  Meg isn’t as thrilled by fashion as Shar, but she’s coming around and trying to make herself stand out a little more.  I like Meg’s character because she’s loyal and witty, much like Shar as well, and quick on her feet.  Even though these two characters are drastically different in their appearance and style, they make a good team.  The way both characters work off each other really makes their dialogue and scenes together pop.

Another plus to Sirenz Back in Fashion is the way Charlotte Bennardo and Natalie Zaman tied in Greek mythology once again.  We really get to know Hades and Persephone in Sirenz, but in the sequel we get to interact with demi-gods and other gods like Eurydice.  The gods read like modern day people as opposed to how they’re often presented now in YA mythology novels.  I don’t mind when other novels keep the gods “in character” so to speak, but I like that the authors took what they know about the different gods and used that information to form their characters.  For instance, Hermes shows up looking like a runner and Hades, like in Sirenz, is dark and handsome and alluring.  He’d need to be if he’s going to lure people to the underworld and trick them into doing things they normally wouldn’t.  It’s just a fun twist on the mythology which I enjoyed immensely.

Sirenz Back in Fashion is a sequel to Sirenz, but it’s still it’s own book and story.  The girls are tricked yet again by Hades, but this time the story has a new twist.  If you’re looking for something light-hearted and fun to read this summer, I highly suggest reading both Sirenz and Sirenz Back in Fashion because they’re quick, enjoyable reads; perfect for summer!  Greek mythology is always a hit in my classroom, so I expect this sequel to be just as popular as the first book was.

Links and About the Authors!
Nat: When not playing with pointed objects, Natalie Zaman is usually writing. She lives in central New Jersey with her family and several fine looking chickens.

Char: Lover of sparkly things, Char doesn’t have as many shoes as she’d like, but wouldn’t have time to wear them anyway with her three boys, husband, cat with issues, demented squirrels and insistent characters all demanding her time. She is represented by Natalie Lakosil of the Bradford Literary Agency and is hoping to get all her characters into print just so they’ll be quiet.

Being Friends with Boys Blog Tour

Terra Elan McVoy is known for her cute contemporary YA novels, so I was excited when Shanyn from Literary Logistics invited me to be part of the blog tour for Terra Elan McVoy’s new book Being Friends with Boys.  Every day of the tour, McVoy has one of ten reasons why it’s good to be friends with boys, and today I have reason number six.  Make sure to check out the main tour page so you can get links to all of the blogs participating, Being Friends with Boys giveaways, and more reasons why it’s great being friends with boys!

Links!
My Review
Terra’s Website
Terra’s Twitter
Buy Being Friends with Boys from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Indiebound

Summary (From Goodreads): Charlotte and Oliver have been friends forever. She knows that he, Abe, and Trip consider her to be one of the guys, and she likes it that way. She likes being the friend who keeps them all together. Likes offering a girl’s perspective on their love lives. Likes being the behind-the-scenes wordsmith who writes all the lyrics for the boys’ band. Char has a house full of stepsisters and a past full of backstabbing (female) ex-best friends, so for her, being friends with boys is refreshingly drama-free…until it isn’t any more.

When a new boy enters the scene and makes Char feel like, well, a total girl…and two of her other friends have a falling out that may or may not be related to one of them deciding he possibly wants to be more than friends with Char…being friends with all these boys suddenly becomes a lot more complicated.

Differences Between Being Friends With Boys, and Being Friends with Girls

Terra Elan McVoy, author of Being Friends with Boys:

Ever since my novel, Being Friends With Boys was released, I’ve been asked a lot about friendships between guys and girls. Is it possible, for one thing (duh, yes), and how is being friends with boys different than being friends with girls. I happen to be very lucky to have had friendships with both guys and girls all through middle- and high school, and continue to have fantastic friendships with men (and women) to this day. Though I think the value and intensity of guy/girl friendships and girl/girl friendships are definitely equal, there certainly are some differences. Follow my blog tour to read a few of my thoughts on how being friends with boys isn’t quite the same as being friends with girls!

 6.   They understand how intense you get playing video games. I think one of the things I most appreciate about my guy friends is that they a) like to play video games, which I love —even just watching someone play them is awesome and b) they do not in any way think it is strange how into them I can get. No guy friend of mine (who is into video games) has ever once thought it strange to play a video game all day long, while some of my girlfriends can’t quite get their heads around even spending an hour that way. (But not all my girlfriends are anti-video game, which is also rad.)

I’m not much of a gamer myself, so when I found what topic I’d be featuring I brought this to my students and asked for their opinions.  This ended up being a hot topic with varied responses.  Here’s what a few of my freshmen think:

Daymon: “I love it when girls play video games.  This is for mainly two reasons.  First off, a lot of girls don’t exactly get video games but they’ll try.  When they do it’s hilarious.  The second reason is it’s cool when guys and girls hang out, and if she’ll give video games a try that’s really cool.”

Kylee: “I think girls playing video games is cool.  I don’t like to play, but I love to watch the boys play.  I just like to talk on the mic on X-Box Live, but sometimes I like to attempt to try so I think more girls should try it.”

Ana: “I think that playing video games is a lot of fun.  Sometimes me and one of my best guy friends get together and play Skyrim all day long.  Sometimes he forgets that he’s at my house.”

Alicia: “I actually do like playing video games.  I have a brother and a boyfriend who both play them so I will sometimes play with them.  They both think that it’s cool that I play with them even though I am extremely bad at some.  For me it’s a way that I can hang out/bond with my brother.  It’s sometimes kind of fun too.”

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