Friday, April 29, 2016

A Totally Awkward Love Story Blog Tour

“An engaging and endearing story of what it is to find your place in the world and a person to share it with.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Raunchy, irreverent slapstick in the vein of Louise Rennison’s Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging.—Booklist

“A fun romantic comedy.” —School Library Journal

Working with teenagers always keeps me in the loop with what's going on in their daily lives, and while a lot has changed with the selfie generation, one thing remains the same: teens are still awkward.

Hannah and Sam are the main characters and deal with realistic drama. Hannah is intent on losing her virginity at a party. Before starting college in the Fall, she wants to feel mature and ready to experience the college life. Sam is the stereotypical guy who likes to hook up with girls. Neither one is expecting to meet each other at the same party, and neither one is expecting to fall head over heels with each other. But distance is an issue as they attend different schools and reconnecting is difficult, but not impossible.

I am always a fan of a story told from two different perspectives, especially with both genders, because the reader is able to see two very different points of view. Both characters are perfectly written and resemble so many students that I encounter daily. They are genuine replicas of teens today, which, as an adult reader, sometimes I want to leave behind when I leave at 3:30. But for young readers, they will find small bits of their identities in these characters. 

What works the best is that the love story truly is awkward. Like every relationship, especially one that requires time to grow, making it work is one of the most difficult trials to overcome. Not everything in the book is perfect, and Hannah and Sam don't hide behind pretenses. Hannah, especially, goes through many different stages in growing up, including her friendships. 

This is one of those books that truly fits on the bookshelf in my classroom. It will be a hit with my students because they will be able to relate on a personal level. Nobody knows teen awkwardness more than a fifteen year old girl, or boy. 

A Delacorte Press hardcover / On sale May 3, 2016

ISBN 978-0- 553-53732- 1 / 320 pages / $17.99 / $23.99 Can. / Ages 14 & up / eBook ISBN 978-0- 553-53733- 8 / $10.99

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