Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Best Reads of 2011

I love reading everyone's best reads of 2011, so I wanted to post my own.

I know I am going to forget some books from this list, but I am so bad at writing down what I read. However, my Goodreads account is helping me a bit with that now, so I plan to keep count of my reading in 2012. I don't even know how many books I devour in a year!

NOTHING by Martin Aitken
This was a terrifying read, but is one of those books I'm still thinking about.

STOLEN by Lucy Christopher
I was able to get a class set of this book and plan to read it with my students. It is so creepy and amazing how Lucy Christopher gets you to fall in love with the antagonist of the story.

THE THINGS A BROTHER KNOWS by Dana Reinherdt
This is another book I got a class set of, and my students love and can relate to the brothers in this book. Many of them have siblings that are serving in the military right now and this book speaks to them.

THE BELL JAR by Slyvia Plath
I don't know why I've never read this book before. I had to read it for one of my MFA classes and adored Plath's writing and language.

A MOVEABLE FEAST by Ernest Hemingway
This was another MFA read. Who can't help but be envious of Hemingway's life writing in Paris?

I'm a huge fan of Egan and can't think of a book more worth of winning the Pulitzer.

THE HELP by Kathryn Stockett
I (and probably most of America!) adored this book! I loved, loved, loved it!

WHERE SHE WENT by Gayle Forman
This was a honeymoon read, and I loved getting the next part of the story through Adam's perspective.

ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins
This was such a cute book and one of my top recommendations to my female students looking for a romance story.

This is one of my female students' favorite books...they were all fighting for my copy of it when I finished. This was a sweet happy ending to the series.

CLEAN by Amy Reed
This book rocks! I went into it thinking it would be like all the other addiction/rehab stories I've read, but Amy Reed managed to make it new, unique and awesome!

LIKE MANDARIN by Kirsten Hubbard
Oh, how I love this book. Kirsten Hubbard's writing is beautiful just like the story.

And my FAVORITE book of the year (which shouldn't come as a surprise, since I find every chance I can to gush about it!) is...

IMAGINARY GIRLS by Nova Ren Suma
I love me some magical realism, and I found myself slowing down because I didn't want it to end. Gah! I could go on and on about this for hours!

What about you? What were your top reads? What books am I missing from this list?

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

You've Got Mail


Whoooooooooooosh!

Did you hear that noise?

It was the sound of my CANARY edits being sent to my editor!

One month and four days early!

You can't argue that I don't have a Type A personality!

Woo hoo...hot diggity dog!

Now to relax and enjoy the last days of my break....I have a huge stack of books just calling my name!

What fun have you been having this holiday?

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmustache!


Jason and I wanted to send out a wedding picture this year, but we didn't want to do a traditional one. So this is what we came up with...


Here's a clearer image of the picture of on the card...our wedding had lots and lots of fake mustaches (I'm kind of obessed with them!).


Hope your holidays are full of family, laughs, love and good books under the tree.

Now, I really must stache (uhm...dash!) and get ready for Christmas Eve mass!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

We Love You Gatsby, Oh Yes We Do


This week has been the week of Gatsby.

I don't think it's a secret that I'm a bit obsessed with the book, and this week my honor's class finished reading it and I transferred the Gatsby love to a lot of them.


Tonight my husband and I watched Midnight in Paris (it is awesome btw), which seems only fitting because today is the anniversary of Fitzgerald's death.

He died in 1940 and was only 44. Crazy, right? It's so tragic to think about what else could have been written if he had lived longer.

His grave is inscribed with one of my favorite quotes from Gatsby, and someday I want to go and visit it in Maryland (I guess it's right by a major highway and apartments. How weird what it be to have Fitzgerald's grave in your back yard?).

You death was a loss, Old Sport.

IF I LIE Cover Reveal


I've been following Corrine Jackson's road to publication for a long time, and I cannot wait to read her debut novel IF I LIE. When she asked for help revealing the cover, I jumped at the chance.

First, here's the summary...

A powerful debut novel about the gray space between truth and perception.

Quinn’s done the unthinkable: she kissed a guy who is not Carey, her boyfriend. And she got caught. Being branded a cheater would be bad enough, but Quinn is deemed a traitor, and shunned by all of her friends. Because Carey’s not just any guy—he’s serving in Afghanistan and revered by everyone in their small, military town.

Quinn could clear her name, but that would mean revealing secrets that she’s vowed to keep—secrets that aren’t hers to share. And when Carey goes MIA, Quinn must decide how far she’ll go to protect her boyfriend…and her promise.

Sounds awesome, right?

And Corrine's hangouts in case you want to follow here journey...

And....the cover!!!
The book doesn't come out until September 2012, so you'll just have to settle for gazing at this beautiful cover for now.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Love for FLAT OUT LOVE and a Contest!


About two months ago, Amazon recommended a book for me to read. I buy a lot of books through Amazon's recommendations, so when Jessica Park's FLAT OUT LOVE came up, I snatched it up.

I'm glad I did. The book was cute, funny and something I know my students would love (which is why I bought three paperback copies for my classroom). There's another reason why I liked this book...I'm a HUGE (and I mean HUGE) Gilmore Girls fan, and the dialogue in this book reminded me so much of a conversation between Rory and Lorelia. Seriously, what could be better than that?

I reached out to FOL's author, Jessica Park, and she agreed to let my interview her and give the book some love.

First...the plot summary...

Something is seriously off in the Watkins home. And Julie Seagle, college freshman, small-town Ohio transplant, and the newest resident of this Boston house, is determined to get to the bottom of it. When Julie's off-campus housing falls through, her mother's old college roommate, Erin Watkins, invites her to move in. The parents, Erin and Roger, are welcoming, but emotionally distant and academically driven to eccentric extremes. The middle child, Matt, is an MIT tech geek with a sweet side ... and the social skills of a spool of USB cable. The youngest, Celeste, is a frighteningly bright but freakishly fastidious 13-year-old who hauls around a life-sized cardboard cutout of her oldest brother almost everywhere she goes.

And there's that oldest brother, Finn: funny, gorgeous, smart, sensitive, almost emotionally available. Geographically? Definitely unavailable. That's because Finn is traveling the world and surfacing only for random Facebook chats, e-mails, and status updates. Before long, through late-night exchanges of disembodied text, he begins to stir something tender and silly and maybe even a little bit sexy in Julie's suddenly lonesome soul.

To Julie, the emotionally scrambled members of the Watkins family add up to something that ... well ... doesn't quite add up. Not until she forces a buried secret to the surface, eliciting a dramatic confrontation that threatens to tear the fragile Watkins family apart, does she get her answer.

The main character of FOL, Julie, is obsessed with Dunkin Doughnut Coolatta. What drink are you obsessed with?

Salted caramel lattes from Starbucks. We had a four-day power outage in November, and I holed up in our local Barnes and Noble, which conveniently has a Starbucks! I very quickly got addicted, and now I make my own version at home.

And what about food? What is a must to munch on while you write?

Chips, salsa, and guacamole. If I’m really in a writing groove, I can’t be bothered to stop and fix any kind of real meal, so… Besides, it’s a good excuse to inhale guac.

The daughter in the family that Julie is staying with has a cardboard cutout of her brother. What celebrity would you like to carry a life-sized cutout of?

Currently, Matt Nathanson. And I would attach an iPod and little speakers to it so that he could sing to me.

The book is told in a mixture of prose, instant messages and Facebook status updates. What is your most current Facebook status?

“This day and I are no longer friends. One of these days, Author Jamie McGuire and I will rule the world, and there will be no tolerance for idiocy.”

I went to school in Boston and am obsessed with the city. Why did you decide to set your story in Boston? What's your favorite part of the city?

I grew up just outside Boston and absolutely love it and the surrounding areas. Cambridge, in particular, is so perfect for Flat-Out Love. Not only is it an extremely academic city, but Harvard Square is the sort of place where absolutely anyone can fit it. Putting Matt and Julie there, for instance, gets them on equal footing. I have spent so much time in Harvard Square over the years and will never tire of its amazing energy.

What have you done lately that would get you coal in your stocking?

Moi? I can’t think of a thing….

What is on your Christmas list?

I want an Anakin Skywalker sound effects light saber. For real.

Who would win in a fight? Frosty or Rudolph?


Rudolph. He’s got those crazy hooves. Plus, I’m pretty sure that his red nose shoots out pepper spray.

Where is the strangest place you've ever written?

I’m pretty boring. I almost always write sitting propped up on my bed with the laptop, but sometimes I’ll even venture to the kitchen table. I like routine.

What book are you currently reading?

Halfway through Mockingjay.

Any New Year's resolutions?
Write a book!

What are you working on now?

I’m still working on some material for an enhanced edition app version of Flat-Out Love, but I’ve got an outline ready to go for a new book, so that’s up next!

Who are your favorite writers?

Just to name a few: Elinor Lipman, Pat Conroy, Brendan Dubois, Jamie McGuire, and Craig Lancaster.

Sound good? Here's where you can find the book:

And here's where you can learn more about Jessica:
Facebook: jumby24
Twitter: JessicaPark24

And as a special Christmas treat, I'm giving away an electronic copy of the book the one lucky winner. You'll have until midnight on December 22 to enter and all you have to do is fill out this form...

Monday, December 19, 2011

The Book Seer


Did you just finish a great book?

Are you sad because you don't know what to read next?

Ask The Book Seer...he's pretty darn awesome!


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Books Are Always Better!


I watched THE HELP this weekend and while I thought it was good, I also felt the book was a million times better.

The same with WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, another movie I just saw.

That's why I totally love this saying...

What about you? Are there any movies that you've seen that did the book justice?

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Comfy Cozy Winter Break

I only have five more days of work until winter break! Yee-haw! Hot diggity dog!

I plan to spend lots of time with my family, friends, puppy and laptop.

I can't wait to start the days with a big cup of coffee and my coziest clothes.

I think J Crew knew exactly what I was thinking when they revealed this specific ad campaign.


And I can totally understand why this model feels it's necessary to be comfy cozy in her pearls. What girl doesn't write in her pearls?!?

(This picture was taken two winters ago when I was working on a draft of CANARY. This break I will be working on my edits! If only my former self would have known that one day that book would find a home!).

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Ryan Gosling Reading Young Adult!


I just about died laughing reading these! Seriously, best thing ever...and of course Ryan Gosling would like YA; he's perfect!

Check them all out...in the meantime, here's some of my favorites!







Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Time For Some Honesty


I probably should admit a little something....

I had a big old NaNoWriMo fail.

My count stand still at 9,284.

Uhm...yeah.

But for what it's worth, it was all words for my WIP and now that's done and out to beta readers.

Yipee!

Did any of you win NaNo?

Monday, December 12, 2011

A wise wise list


I stumbled on this list the other day and fell in love with it. Just click it to make it bigger.

I plan to write it out and hang it in my office. It's words to live by!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Get GETTING SIDEWAYS!


One of my good writing friends, Lisa Nowak, has her second book coming out tomorrow. She writes about racing and both her books are the perfect gift idea for the holidays. Happy launch day, Lisa!


Getting Sideways: Book 2 in the Full Throttle Series

Getting shipped off to live with his uncle Race was the best thing that ever happened to fifteen-year-old Cody. Then a wreck at the speedway nearly ruined everything. Cody’s making every effort to get his life back on track—writing for the school paper, searching for the perfect girlfriend, and counting the days until he gets his drivers’ license—but there’s no escaping the nightmares that haunt him.

A chance to build his own car seems like the perfect distraction. Until Cody realizes he’ll have to live up to Race’s legendary status. But that’s the least of his worries, considering he doesn’t have his dad’s permission. All he has to do is the impossible: keep Race from discovering his lie until he can convince his dad that racing’s safe.

Yeah, sure. That’ll be easy.Haven't read the first book? Running Wide Open is on sale now for 99 cents.



Running Wide Open: Book 1 in the Full Throttle Series

Cody Everett has a temper as hot as the flashpoint of racing fuel, and it's landed him at his uncle's trailer, a last-chance home before military school. But how can he take the guy seriously when he calls himself Race, eats Twinkies for breakfast, and pals around with rednecks who drive in circles every Saturday night?

What Cody doesn't expect is for the arrangement to work. Or for Race to become the friend and mentor he's been looking for all his life. But just as Cody begins to settle in and get a handle on his supercharged temper, a crisis sends his life spinning out of control. Everything he's come to care about is threatened, and he has to choose between falling back on his old, familiar anger or stepping up to prove his loyalty to the only person he's ever dared to trust.

Praise for Running Wide Open:

"It doesn’t matter if you are a racing fan or not, Running Wide Open will captivate you and capture your heart." – Cari J, Amazon reviewer

“The roar of engines practically explodes off the page in this compelling, heart-thumping debut. Cody Everett is a straight-shooter with attitude, smarts, and whip-cracking wit; he doesn’t pull any punches, and neither does author Lisa Nowak. The collision of Cody and the world of stock car racing makes for a great story, one of the best I’ve read in a long time. Running Wide Open is a book not to be missed.” - Christine Fletcher, author of Tallulah Falls and Ten Cents a Dance

"The racing is easy to understand and does not get in the way of a rattling good story. I still couldn’t put it down on a re-read." – Elisabeth Miles, Amazon reviewer

"We race stock cars during the summer and even though this is a recommended read for Young Adults, we are seniors and enjoyed every page. We can hardly wait for the sequel to come out. MUST READING!" – Maxci Jermann, Barnes and Noble reviewer

"I say read this book, it’s fun, it’s beautiful, it’s a very cool read that will give you a feel-good state of mind. Awesome read." - L.E.Olteano, Butterfly-o-meter Books

Author Bio:

In addition to being a YA author, Lisa Nowak is a retired amateur stock car racer, an accomplished cat whisperer, and a professional smartass. She writes coming-of-age books about kids in hard luck situations who learn to appreciate their own value after finding mentors who love them for who they are. She enjoys dark chocolate and stout beer and constantly works toward employing wei wu wei in her life, all the while realizing that the struggle itself is an oxymoron.

Lisa has no spare time, but if she did she’d use it to tend to her expansive perennial garden, watch medical dramas, take long walks after dark, and teach her cats to play poker. For those of you who might be wondering, she is not, and has never been, a diaper-wearing astronaut. She lives in Milwaukie, Oregon, with her husband, four feline companions, and two giant sequoias.

Connect with Lisa online:

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Monday, December 5, 2011

The Client List

I've made the client list!

No, no, no....not the one that Jennifer Love Hewitt finds herself a part of in the so awful, you have to keep watching Lifetime movie by the same name. Yes, I admit that I watched it!


John Rudolph's client list!

The Literary Ramble did a spotlight post on my stellar agent, John Rudolph. You can check the whole interview out here.

The Perfect Guy


Loving this quote....
And my perfect guy...

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Editing Advent 2011

Are you looking for some writing, query, synopsis feedback? This month Cassandra is giving away a different editing service a day!

Check it out...what a great deal!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Moving Pictures


For some reason I'm totally crushing on these pictures. I don't know why, but they are so mesmerizing. I feel like I've been to these places (okay, I've been to the Eiffel Tower, but not when it looked like that)...it's like a strange sense of deja vu. Weird, right?

I keep coming back to them and staring at each one.

Look at each one separate. Now perhaps I will mesmerize you too with them!

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

I...Like...Use The Word "Like"...Like...ALOT!


I got my first round of edits from my editor...woo hoo...and have been working through them. My heart didn't stop and they seem manageable (mind you, I haven't gotten my line edits yet, these are more big ideas and their style guide).

One of the things the style guide draws attention to are "Preferred Usage of Words." One of those preferred usages is the word "as" or "as if" being used instead of "like."

It didn't seem like a big deal to me until I started to search for the word.

I discovered I used the word "like" CONSTANTLY.

Oh my gosh...it's all over the place!

Now I'm afraid my manuscript sounds like a valley girl!

Like....oh my gosh!

What about you? Do you have certain words that you use way too much?

Monday, November 28, 2011

Breaking Bones...err...Breaking Dawn

What do two English teachers do on their first day of Thanksgiving vacation?

See Breaking Dawn, of course!

I went with my coworker and let's just say the movie was..uhm....about as good as I expected it to be.

Which wasn't that good.

I saw the first one in the theater and wanted to see this one on the big screen too, because come on, who doesn't want to see that vampire baby born in mega-size.

I quickly learned after watching that scene....me.

Really....did we need to have the surround sound of Bella's bones breaking? No really. That was MESSED UP! Cringe worthy, throw-up, sick.

And apparently Edward eats through the placenta to get the baby out.

Yeah, I didn't know that because I didn't see it. I was too busy sitting with my hands over my eyes cringing from Bella's stomach being ripped open and bones cracking like twigs in a fire.

Gah!

Also...I thought the first half was slooooooooow....I kept wanting things to move faster, or at least for Bella to talk. Stop biting your lip, girl!

Oh, and did I mention the bones crack o'lacking?

My coworker said her daughter had nightmares after seeing it. I told her it might have been because of the gruesome pile-up of dead bodies at the start of the movie. Nothing like the entire wedding party and guests in white...then adorned with red blood dripping down the mountain of corpses. Delightful.

And don't forget Bella's bones snapping left and right!

I was also equally creeped out by Jacob imprinting on Renesme. Really. Creepy. My students tried to tell me that it wasn't romantic, he was imprinting in a big brother way. No. It. Was. Creepy.

But at least we got to see a shirtless Jacob within the first 30 seconds of the movie. I'm joking, folks.

The soundtrack actually seemed like it might be decent. Maybe I should pick buy it, turn it up and try to drown out the memories of the breaking bones.

ARGH!

Did you see it? What did you think????

Thursday, November 24, 2011

With This Ring

How could you not say yes to this????

Happy Thanksgiving!

I have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. This was the year of new things...a new husband, an extended family, a new puppy and a book contract. If you combine that with the great family, friends and job that I already have, I'd say this year wasn't too shabby!

We're having Thanksgiving at our place, and my husband claims he knows how to make a turkey. Let's hope that's true!

I hope your day is as full of thanks as mine will be...Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Don't Worry...Be Happy


This week we had a scare.

My pup, Radley, had been getting sick off and on for about a week and Wednesday night, she threw up a huge ball of string. We rushed her to the vet because they were afraid that she might have it wrapped around her intestines. Needless to say, I was beside myself.

The technician brought me into the examination room after the vet had taken x-rays and I waited for him to return with the news. The x-ray was already on the screen, and I maybe kind of sort of freaked out.

This is what it looked like...


I sat for about ten minutes thinking everything on the right (under the R) was her stomach full of string. I sent a frantic text to my husband, I tried to keep back tears and I wanted to rip the plug out of the computer screen so I didn't have to look at it.

The vet walked in just as I was about to have a nervous breakdown, and guess what?

The middle section isn't even her stomach! The small bean-like thing on the uppper left hand side is. I had worked myself up over nothing.

While they did monitor her overnight to make sure there wasn't any blockage, all turned out well and she is now back home. Sleeping upside down in comfort!

Why am I writing about this?

Because this is often how I get about life and my writing. I worry about things. I stress about things. I feel like I'm not going to get everything done or am not devoting enough time to something that's important to me.

But you know what? It usually ends up not being as bad at it first seemed. I often look back and wonder why I made such a big deal out of nothing.

So step back this weekend. Try to spend some time just enjoying things and not worrying. Spend an extra minute laughing with someone, eat a sweet treat or allow yourself time to just sit and relax. Celebrate all the things that do go right in your life and maybe those other little problems that you fret over will seem just that...little.

Monday, November 14, 2011

The Hunger Games Trailer


Just in case you missed it today....here's the link to the trailer for The Hunger Games!

It looks so awesome (and I loved the end when they shoot up into the arena.

Now, if only we would get a sneak peek at Katnis' dress of fire! Something tells me that they're saving that image for the movie.


Sunday, November 13, 2011

The 13th Day

I blogged over at The Lucky 13s (the 2013 debut author group). I'll have a monthly feature that is on the 13th of every month.

This month we all described our books in 13 words. No more, no less!

Here's mine...
Kate has a choice: stay silent or expose her school’s corrupt basketball stars.

If you want to check out everyone else's blubs, head on over to The Lucky 13s. Which book sounds good to you?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Hey, Hey, Toast and Orange Juice...or....Oxford Comma Fail


I couldn't help but laugh at this explanation posted by The Grammar Police (which is a fantastic Facebook page...btw...). Especially since I DON'T use the Oxford comma. Whoops!


What about you? Do you use the Oxford Comma.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Good Thing She's So Cute

You've all heard me gush about my puppy, Radley. She's named after a character in my favorite book in the world, To Kill a Mockingbird. Well, I'm teaching the book right now so I've been rereading it along with my students.

The other night I left it lying on my bedroom floor and tragedy struck.


Radley found the book and chewed it up!

She's never chewed a book before. Sure, she's chewed some shoes, my knitting needles, even a section of our staircase (grrrrr....), but a book!

A book that she's named after!

Now this is getting personal!

It's a good thing she's so darn cute!

In order to make amends for showing you a picture of a ruined book (gasp!), I will remind you of how cute my pup really is and how easy it is to forgive her...









*I promise our bedroom floor isn't dirty...it's just the way hipstamatic shaded the picture when I used my iphone! Crawling half under the bed is Radley's new hobby...it's pretty funny to walk into the room and just see her back paws sticking out!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Hunger Games' Cast in Vanity Fair

Have you seen the sneak peek at Vanity Fair's photo shoot with The Hunger Games' cast?

These people look too beautiful and innocent to be in an arena killing each other!


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

NaNoWriMo....The Beginning

The craziness has started....NaNoWriMo (or National Write a Novel in a Month for those nonwriters who haven't heard of the frenzy that descends on the writing world in November) is here!

This is my first year and I'm cheating a bit.

I'm using the event as a way to complete/flesh out my novel. Right now, it's at 47,000 words, and I still plan to write the 50,000 words it takes to win NaNo. I figure if I write without editing and reach my goal, I'll have a pretty solid novel to cut back on and revise.

That's allowed, right?

I have to admit that I was jealous of everyone who got an early start today. I had to write until I got home from work, but I was able to get 1,015 words done, which is a little bit below the 1,600 words a day you should average, but I'm hopeful.

What about you? Are you doing NaNo? Any tips for a newbie? If you want to buddy up, my name is Kantner and you can find me here. I'd love to have more people kick my butt into gear when my word count sits stagnant.

Good luck to everyone who is NaNo-ing this month! Woo-wee...let the craziness begin!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

I've loved loved LOVEd Halloween ever since I was little and my mom threw the best spooky parites in our basement (complete with ghost stories, tons of candy treats and body parts made out of things like grapes and pasta that we touched in the dark).

We had a lot of Halloween traditions growing up. My favorites were the big pot of chili my grandpa would make before we went trick-or-treating, a warm pumpkin pie and the Garfield Halloween special.

Seriously. It's the best. Have you ever seen it?

I loved this show and watched it over and over again on a VHS tape.

You can watch it in it's entirity on Youtube. Trust me, it's worth it!



What Halloween traditions do you have?

Sunday, October 30, 2011

How I Feel About Writing

I found this picture on Pinetrest. I don't know who the source is, but the kid is so cute and I want to tell him I totally agree about his enthusiasm. His face pretty much sums up how I feel about writing.

Especially on a Sunday morning in my pajamas with a cup of pumpkin spice coffee.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Winning and Blogging

The winner of the Hot Diggity Dog Contract Contest is....







Wait for it...








Wait longer....








Still waiting????







EMILIA P!!!!

Woo hoo!!! I'll be contacting you, Emilia! Thanks to everyone else who entered and who follow my blog. I knit up writing gloves all the time, so I'll make sure to give away another pair in the next few months. They're the best ever for writing.

If you have a minute, hope over to The Lucky 13s blog...I posted today about how writing is a lot like Gothic Literature.

Hope you have a spooky weekend full of lots of sugary candy treat!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

John Green Fan Girl Scream!

I might have been stalking a certain page on Amazon.

But my creepy stalking has paid off...it's here!!!

The cover!


The synopsis!

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

The Blurb!

“An electric portrait of young people who learn to live life with one foot in the grave. Filled with staccato bursts of humor and tragedy, The Fault in Our Stars takes a spin on universal themes--Will I be loved? Will I be remembered? Will I leave a mark on this world?--by dramatically raising the stakes for the characters who are asking.”

--Jodi Picoult, author of My Sister’s Keeper and Sing You Home

The release date!

January 10, 2012

Okay, please excuse as I go explode from excitement!