I’m a part of the SST which is hosted by Nori over at ReadWriteLove28. Today’s book is Kissing in America by Margo Rabb. Before I forget there are two major giveaways happening. Links at the end of the blog.
Publisher: HarperCollins (May 26, 2015)
“Wise, inspiring, and ultimately uplifting—not to be missed.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“A hilarious, thought-provoking, wrenching, and joyful quest.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Authentic and complex…This is a smart teen’s novel.”—Booklist, starred review
Acclaimed writer Margo Rabb’s Kissing in America is “a wonderful novel about friendship, love, travel, life, hope, poetry, intelligence, and the inner lives of girls,” raves internationally bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love).
In the two years since her father died, sixteen-year-old Eva has found comfort in reading romance novels—118 of them, to be exact—to dull the pain of her loss that’s still so present. Her romantic fantasies become a reality when she meets Will, who seems to truly understand Eva’s grief. Unfortunately, after Eva falls head-over-heels for him, he picks up and moves to California without any warning. Not wanting to lose the only person who has been able to pull her out of sadness—and, perhaps, her shot at real love—Eva and her best friend, Annie, concoct a plan to travel to the west coast to see Will again. As they road trip across America, Eva and Annie confront the complex truth about love.
In this honest and emotional journey that National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr calls “gorgeous, funny, and joyous,” readers will experience the highs of infatuation and the lows of heartache as Eva contends with love in all of its forms.
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Here are some of my favorite quotes from Kissing in America.
That happiness comes from romantic love is the biggest myth of our society…They’re selling you a fantasy version of love. It’s dishonest. Misleading. And Untrue. Real love is a mess. Complicated. Not like this.
We’ve got plenty of time for all that crap in college.
Depression and grief can make you physically ill…If you push those feelings away, they’re going to come back and bite you in the ass. Or the stomach.
About the Author:
Margo Rabb is the author of the novels Kissing in America and Cures for Heartbreak. Her essays, journalism, book reviews, and short stories have been published in The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, The Atlantic, Slate, The Rumpus, Zoetrope: All-Story, Seventeen, Best New American Voices, New Stories from the South, One Story, and elsewhere, and have been broadcast on NPR. She received the grand prize in the Zoetrope short story contest, first prize in the Atlantic fiction contest, first prize in the American Fiction contest, and a PEN Syndicated Fiction Project Award. Margo grew up in Queens, New York, and has lived in Texas, Arizona, and the Midwest; she now lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband and children.
One (1) winner will receive the following:
One (1) Digital Audio edition of Kissing in America Estimated value of prize: $21.99
One (1) hardcover edition of Kissing in America Estimated value of prize: $17.99
One (1) I Heart NY Mug
Estimated value of prize: $7.00
One (1) Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Drumstick Pen Estimated value of prize: $5.99
One (1) “Elvis Fans Only” parking sign
Estimated value of prize: $18.99
One (1) Brass cowgirl locket
Estimated value of prize: $35.00
One (1) pair cactus socks
Estimated value of prize: $7.50
One (1) Movie clapper board
Estimated value of prize: $5.00
One (1) travel journal
Estimated value of prize: $20.00
One (1) Skull Candy Crusher headphones
Estimated value of prize: $90