Dylan is Belle’s true love-maybe even her soulmate. Until one day when Dylan drops the ultimate bomb: he’s gay. Where, Belle wonders, does that leave her? And how will the rest of their small town deal with an openly gay Homecoming King? This beautifully written debut explores what happens when you are suddenly forced to see someone in a new light, and what that can teach you about yourself.
“Provocative . . . The author’s poetic prose ably captures her heroine’s emotional upheavals.” –Publishers Weekly
“It’s good to have [Carrie Jones’] talent in the field.” –KLIATT
“Jones offers an atypical perspective of the coming-out story by legitimizing the love that is not lost, but changed, when young people grow up and apart.” –School Library Journal
“From the first sentence of Carrie Jones’ novel I could tell that here was a bright new writer who was going to set the world of young adult letters af lame.” -Kathi Appelt, award-winning poet and author
how Tips came about
Liliana Faltin’s mother has a new man coming to see her. He brings a lot of need with him, a lot of need for booze, a lot of need to expose secrets about Lili’s family that she might not want exposed. And it’s not like Lili doesn’t have enough to deal with. Her truck driving father has started to wear blue nylons and has put a rainbow sticker on his little Ford Escort. Her best friend has started worrying more about being popular than being real. And her sister’s husband seems to be getting a little too handy with his fists. All this and it’s her first year of high school. So, Lili writes letters. Yeah, they’re to John Wayne, a dead movie star, but whatever. At least she knows what to expect from him.
how girl, hero came about
I think John Wayne is kind of sexy. Yeah, he’s old. Yeah, he’s dead. . . but opposites can attract, right? Plus, obviously, I have father issues and John Wayne is sort of this old-time vision of what a father is supposed to be… strong, silent, rugged, always there.
This book allowed me to watch a lot of John Wayne movies. There are a MILLION TRILLION John Wayne movies. This can affect your brain. It made me think a lot about what it is to be a hero, what it is to have true grit.
People look grittier in black and white.
So, I wanted to write a book about a girl who has had a lot of crud happen to her but still found her way to be a hero, not a super big movie hero, not an over-the-top black lycra-wearing, kick-Vampire-butt hero, but a hero to herself. I wanted to write a book about a girl who was tired of being a victim.
Lili’s life is not easy. Her mom has an alcoholic boyfriend who is just a freak. Her sister has a husband who hits her occasionally. Her dad is slowly becoming a cross-dresser. That’s a lot to deal with. But she deals with it. She takes control. I really like Lili. I like that she wants to be a hero.
“carrie jones uses the cold hard truth, raw teenage emotions, loyal friendships, and a lot of terrific humor to make this a must-read. teens will love the colorful and easy-to-relate-to characters. this is fiction that is fun and also rings true in today’s teen world.” — reading junky, teen reads too
“from the first sentence of carrie jones’s novel i could tell that here was a bright new writer who was going to set the world of young adult letters aflame.” – kathi appelt
Although they’ve only just met, Aimee and Alan have a history together. They’ve been in each other’s dreams. They’re bound by something they can’t quite name. Something that rattles the windows, haunts the waters . . . and threatens to tear them apart before they get a chance to find out what their connection means.
how after obsession happened
So, Steven Wedel, a writer of adult paranormal books is awesome.
I like awesome people.
So we decided to write a book together.
here’s what the book is about:
Aimee and Alan have unusual pasts and secrets they prefer to keep hidden. Aimee’s deceased mother struggled with mental illness and hallucinations, and Aimee thinks it could be hereditary. After all, she sees a shadowy river man where there isn’t one. And then there was that time she and her best friend Courtney tried to conjure a spirit with a Ouija board . . .
Alan is Courtney’s cousin. His family moved to Maine when Courtney’s father went missing. It’s not just Alan’s dark good looks that make him attractive. He is also totally working through understanding his unknown father’s Native American heritage. And it’s not long before Aimee has broken up with her boyfriend . . .
But it’s not Aimee or Alan who is truly haunted – it’s Courtney. In a desperate plea to find her father, Courtney invites a demonic presence into her life. Together, Aimee and Alan must exorcise the ghost, before it devours Courtney – and everything around her.
Steve and I are publishing another book together, this time with Tor. It’s tentatively titled SUMMER HOWL and should appear in 2018!
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