Author Love: Trish Doller

Author Love

I’m very excited to feature Trish Doller in today’s Author Love post!

Trish Doller

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Reasons I love Trish Doller…

  • She writes about important/tough issues without writing “issue” or preachy books.
  • Her characters drive the stories. It’s been over a year since I’ve read Something Like Normal and months since I’ve read Where the Stars Still Shine, yet I am still thinking about Travis and Callie.
  • Even though Travis and Callie are struggling with conflicts that many of my students aren’t struggling with, my students are pulled into their stories and end up truly caring about Travis and Callie. Whenever they finish one of the books they return it and ask if there’s going to be a sequel to either Something Like Normal or Where the Stars Still Shine. They don’t want to leave the characters.
  • Trish Doller creates beautiful settings and engaging minor characters. I saw everything and everyone perfectly when I read each book. It’s one of the reasons I’m so involved in the stories. And just like with Travis and Callie, I still think about and picture Harper and Alex and each characters’ family.

My question for Trish (and all Author Love authors): “Why do you love writing for teens?”

“I love writing for teens because I think teenagers are so interesting. Their inner lives are so much richer than we give them credit for. They feel all the things adults feel, but they’re still learning to process them and I think young adult fiction lets them know that they’re not alone.”

Trish Doller’s Books:

Something Like NormalTitle: Something Like Normal (My review)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Release Date: June 19th, 2012 (available in paperback)
Summary (From Goodreads):

When Travis returns home from a stint in Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother’s stolen his girlfriend and his car, and he’s haunted by nightmares of his best friend’s death. It’s not until Travis runs into Harper, a girl he’s had a rocky relationship with since middle school, that life actually starts looking up. And as he and Harper see more of each other, he begins to pick his way through the minefield of family problems and post-traumatic stress to the possibility of a life that might resemble normal again. Travis’s dry sense of humor, and incredible sense of honor, make him an irresistible and eminently lovable hero.

 

Where the Stars Still ShineTitle: Where the Stars Still Shine (My review)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Chidlrens
Release Date: September 24th, 2013
Summary (From Goodreads):

Stolen as a child from her large and loving family, and on the run with her mom for more than ten years, Callie has only the barest idea of what normal life might be like. She’s never had a home, never gone to school, and has gotten most of her meals from laundromat vending machines. Her dreams are haunted by memories she’d like to forget completely. But when Callie’s mom is finally arrested for kidnapping her, and Callie’s real dad whisks her back to what would have been her life, in a small town in Florida, Callie must find a way to leave the past behind. She must learn to be part of a family. And she must believe that love–even with someone who seems an improbable choice–is more than just a possibility.

Trish Doller writes incredibly real teens, and this searing story of love, betrayal, and how not to lose your mind will resonate with readers who want their stories gritty and utterly true.

News about Trish’s upcoming book:

“My next project is coming from Bloomsbury in April 2015 and is currently called Arcadia Falls, but that title will be changed. It’s the story of Arcadia “Cadie” Wells, a teenage girl who lives in northern Florida whose life since her mother died, has been nothing but school, working in her family’s market, and raising her little brother. Cadie longs to see the world, but feels trapped. So when she goes to a campfire party at the local state park and a couple of good-looking guys ask her if she wants to road trip with them, she impulsively says yes. Except one of the boys is not what he seems and the trip goes tragically wrong.”

To read about more fabulous authors, check out Jillian’s Author Spotlight on… feature on her blog, Heise Reads & Recommends.

Review: The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle

The Infinite Moment of Us official coverTitle: The Infinite Moment of Us

Author: Lauren Myracle

Publisher: Amulet Books

Release Date: August 27th, 2013

Interest: Author / Contemp

Source: NetGalley

Summary (From Goodreads):

For as long as she can remember, Wren Gray’s goal has been to please her parents. But as high school graduation nears, so does an uncomfortable realization: Pleasing her parents once overlapped with pleasing herself, but now… not so much. Wren needs to honor her own desires, but how can she if she doesn’t even know what they are?

Charlie Parker, on the other hand, is painfully aware of his heart’s desire. A gentle boy with a troubled past, Charlie has loved Wren since the day he first saw her. But a girl like Wren would never fall for a guy like Charlie—at least not the sort of guy Charlie believes himself to be.

And yet certain things are written in the stars. And in the summer after high school, Wren and Charlie’s souls will collide. But souls are complicated, as are the bodies that house them…

Sexy, romantic, and oh-so-true to life, this is an unforgettable look at first love from one of young adult fiction’s greatest writers.

The Infinite Moment of Us is a beautiful, real love story.  But really, Lauren Myracle has written more than a love story. She’s written a story about finding yourself and allowing others to care.  It’s a story of discoveries: life, love, and self.

I’m really picky about third person point of view, but the third person in this really worked.  Lauren Myracle wrote this from both Wren’s and Charlie’s points of view so we can get a full picture of their story.  I finished reading The Infinite Moment of Us feeling like I knew both characters really well. I knew all the ins and outs of the story.  Even the ending, which I know will probably upset some readers, left me feeling happy because I still had an idea about what the “real” ending is.

The Infinite Moment of Us is sexually mature and not one I would hand to middle school readers.  The sexuality is handled well though.  It’s steamy, but it’s also authentic.  It didn’t strike me as being sexy to be titillating.  It does take up a large part of the story, but like I said earlier, the story is more than about sex.  And let’s be honest, these are high school seniors; they’re hormonally driven.  I have seniors this year and have already pre-ordered a copy of this to share with my students because I love it so much. If I had freshman I would still share this with them, but with the warning about its mature content.

This is a relatively short review, but it’s difficult to put my love for this into words.  I read Forever by Judy Blume when I first discovered YA and am so excited to have read a sort of updated version of it.  I’m really looking forward to discussing this with my seniors this year.

Book Pairings: Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller, Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, Forever by Judy Blume

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