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Blogger Book Review: Kitty Kitty by Michele Jaffe

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on June 4, 2011

Welcome to the weekend, inkpoppers! On this first Saturday of June we bring you a review of a fun piece of fiction to kick off your summer the right way – Michele Jaffe’s Kitty Kitty from Sara of the blog The Hiding Spot.

Of herself Sara says, “I’m a college student and ex-aspiring novelist. Maybe someday I’ll write something, but for now I stick to reading and spreading the word about great books!” Visit The Hiding Spot to read more reviews from Sara; for now brace yourself for Kitty Kitty!

“Michele Jaffe’s books totally rock my socks off! I don’t know how she comes up with such great plot lines and hilarious dialogue, I just hope she never stops!

“‘Kitty Kitty’ is the the continuation of Jas’ story that began in Jaffe’s first YA novel, ‘Bad Kitty’. While readers will most likely be able to follow Jas’ story if they begin with ‘Kitty Kitty’, I recommend reading ‘Bad Kitty’ first. Not only will you have a better idea of who the characters are and how they came to be in Venice, you’ll also laugh your head off.

“One of my favorite things about reading Jaffe’s YA novels is the fact that when I’m reading, I constantly feel the need to find someone to read passages aloud to! These books are so funny that I ‘must’ share them!

“There isn’t a lot of YA mystery out there – which is another reason to pick up Jaffe’s books. She is a seasoned mystery author, as she writes adult romantic mysteries as well. I’ve read her adult novels and was pleasantly surprised to see that she wrote YA as well. The YA novels are completely different than the adult novels, but just as good: Jaffe’s diverse writing talent astounds me!

“Those of you who have read ‘Bad Kitty’ will be happy to see all your favorite characters return for ‘Kitty Kitty’. Those of you who haven’t read ‘Bad Kitty’… hurry up and read it: there are some characters you need to meet!”

Thank you to Sara of The Hiding Spot for sharing her thoughts regarding Kitty Kitty with us.

Over to you…have you read Kitty Kitty? If so, what did you think of it? If not, will you be picking this book up during your next trip to the bookstore and/or library?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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May 2011 Top Picks!

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on June 1, 2011

The official start of summer is almost upon us, inkpoppers! But before we can usher in a new season, we must usher out a handful of new projects – selected by YOU – which are already on their way to the desk of the HarperCollins Editorial Board for review!

So what five (5) projects were voted most popular for May 2011? Find out below!

inkpop May 2011 Top Picks:

Mercury Books by Ms.Marauder (Book – General Fiction / Humor / Romance)

Plastic Rings by Colleen Dorothy Marie O’Reilly (Book – General Fiction / Romance)

Silence by Hannah H (Book – Adventure / Science Fiction / Fantasy / Romance / Paranormal)

Windswept by wildgreenskittle (Book – Science Fiction / Fantasy / Romance)

The Wishing Well by MariellaHunt (Book – General Fiction / Romance / Paranormal / Mystery)

Congratulations to the May 2011 Top Pick authors! Once the Editorial Board has had the chance to review your project, you will receive a critique and feedback from a HarperCollins Editor.

In the meantime…five slots now stand empty. Does your project have what it takes to be a June 2011 Top Pick?

Speaking of Top Picks…what was your favorite May 2011 Top Pick? Did you fall under Cameron Quillen’s charming spell in Mercury Books? Were you inundated with dreams from your childhood after delving into the pages of Plastic Rings? Did Sage’s harrowing plight found within the pages of Silence leave you spellbound? Were you swept up in the beautiful prose found within Windswept? Did the mystery of The Wishing Well make you rethink your last wish?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpopper of the Week: A.K.A101

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on May 23, 2011

“Hi, everyone! My name is Rebecca, though most of you know me by my pen name Alexia or just good old A.K.A (or akajar). As you can tell by my screen name, I have a large amount of nicknames which range from ‘Moose’ to ‘Canada.’ I’m a sixteen year old high school student who lives nearby the city of Chicago.

“I’ve been writing on a regular basis since I was twelve, but I really have been doing it long before that. I just started posting on the web around half a year ago, and how far I’ve come never ceases to stun me. I still get ideas all the time which gives me another nickname ‘The girl of a thousand stories.’ I have a habit of spacing off during the most random of times in my own little world which drives my friend’s nuts.

“I’m a dabbler in all of the arts besides writing. Not great at any of them, but I love playing around with each. I’m a cartoonist, sketcher, singer, and most strangely of all a bassoon player (Which is like a combo of a tuba and an oboe. Look it up). I live and breathe off music; it’s a little unearthly.”

Another thing that’s a little unearthly? Rebecca’s (aka A.K.A101) imagination and ability to create plots, settings, and characters that are unique, quirky, and purely her own, as seen in her popular inkpop project When the Dead Walk, We Run.

Though your project When the Dead Walk, We Run is labeled as being a blend of adventure, horror, and humor, it comes with a warning from you stating *Not for the Faint of Heart*. Can you explain this warning to us – why was it put in place? Do you feel that this warning has served to draw more readers in – why or why not?

A.K.A101: Ah, the warning. I think the main reason I put it in place is because I just don’t want someone picking it up before bed and getting scared out of their wits. It’s not exactly a scary novel, but there are parts of intense gore and just like how some other inkies have warnings for intense content, I thought I should do the same. I don’t want to give anyone a panic attack. That being said, it really hasn’t affected much. Mostly, I think it draws in hard core horror fans who think it’s going to be too light and fluffy, and captures humor fans who want some spice.

When the Dead Walk, We Run is such an original, fun project in that it is full of zombies, quirky characters, and an irresistible MC. Do you feel that these qualities are responsible for When the Dead Walk, We Run’s popularity on inkpop?

A.K.A101: I think it really is. When the Dead Walk, We Run, is such an odd duck. It’s really a mix of lots of genres reaching out to anything you want. Even if that’s a love of gore, or just wanting to laugh. I really think the main thing that hooks people, though, is the characters. I always get comments on how people say if they ran into Morgan on the street she already seems so real that they wouldn’t be shocked. That kind of realism I think helps pull a reader in, and gives me some solid ground in a zombie novel.

In your profile you state “Next book up is ‘Brightening Darkness’ which is coming out this summer. Your clues are monsters, shadows and paranormal romance.” Aside from the clues already mentioned, is there anything else you can tell us about this project?

A.K.A101: Brightening Darkness is a bit strange itself. There’s a long winded story behind it, so I’ll try to just go short. I have a very large series called There Dark Days. It’s a fantasy novel, rather complex, but in around the third book there’s a side character introduced that’s just very complex. I tried writing a story for her before during the same time TDD takes place, but I found it was rather redundant. So then I considered what if her real story is years later, what if her story is in modern times. Brianna is that character. The novel is about shape shifting monsters called shadow demons that have problems with human emotions. Brianna’s closest friend Nathaniel taught her how to embrace her human side, and when he goes missing she does to anything to get him back. It’s a little odd for me, since it’s a beautiful, twisted, paranormal, romance with lots of back-story, but I pray I can pull it off.

Can you tell us a bit about the creative process for When the Dead Walk, We Run? Where did the ideas for this particular project stem from?

A.K.A101: This is going to sound really cheesy and tacky, but from a dream, really. I had been reading a zombie novel before I went to bed (in hindsight was not one of my greater ideas) and had a dream where I got eaten by zombies. That dream thrust me into the whole ‘how about I write a zombie novel’ idea. The humor was a given, since I was working on Chasing Jake at the time and wanted to do something light hearted. It really came together as a whole when I was doing character building and wondering why Morgan and Isaac didn’t get together at the end. I had a moment where I realized she was gay, then I just sat there for a moment thinking ‘I’m writing a humorous zombie adventure novel, staring a closeted lesbian sharpshooter, a nerd, and a dog named Fred. What have I gotten myself into?’ Still haven’t answered that question yet.

What makes your writing unique? What sets it apart from other inkpop projects and books that have already been published?

A.K.A101: I think it’s a combo of two things: characters and just quirkiness. My characters tend to be each their own person; each has their own back story and life which makes them seem almost real. As with the quirkiness, I like to do things that have never been done before, or do things that have been done before in a totally twisted way. I don’t like writing about normal things; there’s no such thing. Everywhere you look you have something odd; that oddness really can bring a story to life.

What do you feel influences your writing and why?

A.K.A101: Music. A single song can give me an idea sometimes and it’s amazing how it works. I find myself being swept away by something not real. That and life in general gives me a lot of ideas. I find that doing ‘what ifs’ on normal life can give you some of the most brilliant ideas. Like, what if my brother went missing? What would I do? I thought go after him and that’s what really inspired Chasing Jake.

What made you fall in love with writing?

A.K.A101: When I was a little girl I was shy and very anxious. I all so had an imagination the size of Russia. So whenever I got overly stressed I would escape into my own little world, making up the most complex stories to go with it. I’ve always loved making things, but nothing compares to the feeling of making a whole world under the palm of your hand. It was a lot of fun and as I got older unlike other kids my imagination never vanished. So I decided why not use my escape as a job. Thus here I am now. 🙂

In your opinion, are zombies the next big thing – why or why not?

A.K.A101: Truthfully, not at all. The thing today is that YA is centered on romance, lots of hot guys saving pretty girls. The thing about zombies is while they leave open so many options to create and explore it is very, very, difficult to make a zombie hot. When your male lead is a guy who wants to eat you who smells like rotting flesh, it isn’t very romantic. 😛

Pop, Pop, Pop! Rapid Fire Questions:

Favorite quote? “If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country.” ~ E. M. Forster
What’s on your iPod? Missing Persons 1 and 2 – One Republic; Vampire Money – My Chemical Romance; Born this Way – Lady Gaga.
Hidden talent? Bassoon playing.
Chocolate chip cookies or cupcakes? Cookies!
Best place to curl up with a good book? There’s this chair in my house that is great to read in. Best chair ever.

Over to you…who do you think should be the next inkpopper of the Week?

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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Blogger Book Review: The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on May 22, 2011

Happy, Happy Sunday, inkpoppers! On this sunny morning we bring you a review of Kimberly Derting’s The Body Finder straight from Cait of Escape Through the Pages. Read more reviews from Cait at Escape Through the Pages; at this very moment, however, lose yourself in The Body Finder.

“‘The Body Finder’ is absolutely amazing, I was so happy with it.

“Violet has always been able to feel the echoes that a dead animal/person leaves behind – not only on the murdered itself, but on the killer. Those who have been violently murdered leave behind such strong echoes that it almost draws her in when she comes across them. Her gift has never really been anything but a small annoyance until she uncovers the body of a girl who has been murdered – the start of a run of serial killings in the area. Violet is determined to use her gift to help solve the killings before more girls she knows go missing and end up dead. To do this, she enlists the help of her best friend Jay – a best friend she’s been feeling more than best friend feelings for.

“‘The Body Finder’ has a great mix of mystery/suspense and romance. Interspersed throughout the main story are chapters from the perspective of the killer; his sections are eerie, and gave me chills. They were written to be creepy and Kimberly Derting delivered. The reader is able to see briefly into the killer’s mind, but never really find out too much…and that’s good. The book is about Violet and her journey discovering that her gift can be used in a practicale manner – and her relationship with her best friend Jay.

“I was pleasently surprised with the romance in this book. For a moment in the beginning I was worried there was going to be yet another romance triangle in a YA book. The romance progression in ‘The Body Finder’ was great. Violet and Jay have been friends practically forever. Recently, she’s noticed that she feels more than just friendship for him but doesn’t want to say anything. As the book goes on, her friendship with Jay is tested and the reader wonders if the romance is actually a romance at all (I don’t want to spoil it either way)!

“I was impressed with Violet and Jay. Violet is comfortable in her family and her friendships, and she knows her ability can help people. She understands the need her family has to keep her protected, but Violet has the strength and will to help, and she’s going to. Jay is a great friend to Violet, and their relationship is believable – they argue, they make up, they hang out and go to school. Jay is incredibly protective of Violet and is a genuinely good guy. It’s quite refreshing, actually!

“Between good writing, plot, characters and ability to entertain, ‘The Body Finder’ is a great debut novel. I’m confident in recommending it to anyone age 12 and over (or even younger depending on the pre-teen).”

Thank you to Cait of Escape Through the Pages for chatting with us about The Body Finder.

Over to you…have you read The Body Finder? If so, what did you think of it? If not, will you be picking this book up during your next trip to the bookstore and/or library?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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Blogger Book Review: Die for Me by Amy Plum

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on May 21, 2011

Welcome to the weekend, inkpoppers! This morning we bring you a special treat from Rebecca of the blog Everything To Do With Books – a review of Amy Plum’s debut novel Die for Me. Amy visited us here on inkpop this past week for a Live Chat, which you can read here; for now, settle in with a book that is sure to make it to the top of your must-read list…Die for Me!

“I was really nervous about reading ‘Die for Me’ by Amy Plum. Mostly because I thought it might’ve been a really clichéd story line with a cliché love interest etc. It actually wasn’t.

“Amy Plum’s writing is fantastic, the flow of the book was nice and smooth and I really enjoyed reading through ‘Die for Me’.

“I have to say that when I started I thought ‘Die for Me’ was quite a dramatic title. Now that I’ve read the book I know a bit more about what it means and can say that it is actually quite a fitting title.

“Katie is a fantastic main character, she has her head screwed on and she can definitely think for herself. I found myself really able to relate to her which was great. She was in no way perfect and that made her all the more interesting and believable. Not to mention, the fantastic supporting cast. Both Katie and Vincent’s families were great and I just loved all of them as they all had their different characteristics and their own unique place in the book. I can’t wait to find out more about them.

“The book captured me and I just had to finish reading it as soon as I could. I remember there was one moment where something happened that upset the main character, Kate, I have to say that as I was reading it I could feel my own stomach twisting up in knots too. There were also parts that had me grinning like a fool. I just really felt like I could get into this book and I actually enjoyed it too.

“The paranormal part of the book was both similar but also different. This isn’t really a spoiler but if you’re a bit iffy about spoilers you might want to skip this paragraph but the fact that Vincent was an immortal made me roll my eyes a little, however, the way his immortality works is completely different to any other book I have ever read and I actually really enjoyed that part and I am curious to read more about it.

“Now, I am not a huge fan of romance in books however, the romance element in this book was quite sweet. It was there and it was nice. It wasn’t that whole, hot guy meets plain girl and they fall instantly in love. It was hot guy thinks girl is cute, hot guy talks to girl, girl talks to boy, they get to know each other and don’t make insanely large promises to be together forever. In other words, the romance element had me smiling and enjoying it rather than cringing and being angry with how lame it was.

“Set in Paris, was a hugely refreshing thing. I felt like it was a great change of scenery from a lot of the other books I read. I just really loved that the book was set in Paris. It kind of added to the romantic flavour of some parts of the book.

“Overall, would I say that ‘Die for Me’ is a good read? Well if you hadn’t already noticed from my extremely long and adoring review; yep, I sure would say it’s a good read. It wasn’t perfect, but the romance is really cute, the paranormal element is similar but also different in certain aspects, the writing is crisp and lovely and the cover is really pretty. If you’re a fan of paranormal romance then by all means add this one to your list. I know that I cannot wait for the next book.”

Thank you to Rebecca of Everything To Do With Books for stopping by to discuss Die for Me with us.

Over to you…have you read Die for Me? If so, what did you think of it? If not, will you be picking this book up during your next trip to the bookstore and/or library?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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From Books to Film and More: Inside the Mind of Alex Flinn

Posted by inkpopbecki on May 11, 2011

Ever wonder what it takes to go from book to film? Where were those writers before their books were movies? Join us for a live chat  with #1 New York Times bestselling author Alex Flinn to discuss this and other topics tonight at 5 p.m. EST in the inkpop forum events. In the meantime we caught up with Alex to ask her a few questions about her work.

How did you come up with the idea to adapt Beauty and the Beast into a modern day fairy tale?

I read a lot of fairy tales with my kids, and I became interested in the part of the story you don’t hear about as much – the Beast.  How did he become a beast?  Why was he all alone in the woods?  Where were his family?  I thought a lot about his loneliness and desperation, and that’s why I decided to write a book?

What was it like seeing your characters lifted from the page and brought to life on the screen? Were there things that the film did that you were unable to do in your book and conversely were there aspects of the book that were unable to translate to film?

Book and film are very different media.  I didn’t expect the movie to be exactly like my book.  What the movie does that a book can’t is, it provides a visual and also, music.  What the book did that the movie couldn’t was that it was longer and way more detailed.

Since Beastly you have created adapted another fairy tale into a modern retelling. What does it take to adeptly do these sort of reinterpretations? Are there limitations or things that you have to keep in mind when adapting these tales?

The hardest thing about adapting a fairy tale is deciding what the characters know about the existing fairy tale.  Has Kyle seen Beauty and the Beast on film, for example?  Also, do the characters believe in magic and, if not, do they come to believe in it based upon the circumstances of the story.  Since we are used to NOT believing in magic, this can be a hard transition.

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Your debut novel, Breathing Underwater, is now coming out in a new paperback edition. What have you learned since publishing Breathing Underwater in 2001?

What I’ve learned since publishing Breathing Underwater is more about being published than about writing.  The main thing I’ve learned is that not every reader is going to like every book.  Even with my own books, I have books that will appeal to different readers (The reader who likes A Kiss in Time is not necessarily going to be the same reader for Breathing Underwater).   When you first get published, you want everyone to love everything you write, but a book that appeals to all may not deeply touch many.  Now, I write each book for the reader who will like it.

Want to hear more? Join us tonight at 5 p.m. EST in the inkpop forum events for a live chat with author Alex Flinn

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Blogger Book Review: Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on May 8, 2011

Happy Sunday, inkpoppers! Today we bring you a review of Josephine Angelini’s debut novel Starcrossed straight from Sherry of Flipping Pages for All Ages!

“This is the second book with a Greek mythology twist that I have read in the past week. I was worried that reading two books with a similar concept that close together might have me comparing too much. I was glad that that wasn’t the case. While both books (‘Starcrossed’ & ‘The Goddess Test’) have themes of Greek mythology, the books are completely their own and I didn’t find myself comparing them to each other at all (phew!).

“At some point after I finish a book, I usually look on Goodreads to see where I rate a book compared to where others rate the book, to see the different opinions. I was surprised to see the ratings for this book range from 2 to 5 stars. For me, I’m with the 5 star crowd. While the book might have started out a tad bit slow, once it gets into it, there’s no turning back. I also saw some people saying there are too many comparisons to ‘Twilight’, and I honestly have to say I don’t see it. I mean, I can see things that are the same but it’s not like I’m reading and thinking, oh hey this is too similar to that book. It’s doesn’t read as it’s copying elements, it reads like it was ‘written well enough to be it’s own story’. Or maybe I just realize that all books will have similarites to some extent no matter what, if you look hard enough, you will find some.

“There are many details I will leave out, because a lot of them play into the bigger picture, and it’s no fun going into a book knowing how everything will turn out.

“Helen is an only child that lives with her father, her mother having left them long ago. She stays under the radar for the most part due to painful cramps that she gets when being the center of attention. A new family has just moved onto the island and talks of them spread through the halls of the high school quickly. The first one Helen has contact with is Lucas Delos, and the instant their eyes lock she heads straight towards him and attacks to kill. She doens’t know what is wrong with her, but the idea of her going crazy becomes more realistic everytime she is near one of the Delos’ and she sees the image of three women crying tears of blood. It isn’t until one night after a mystery person attacks Helen, that an encounter with Lucas will change everything she knows about herself and her future.

“I was enchanted by the relationship between Lucas and Helen, as well as the relationships between her and the other characters, such as her best friend Claire and the other Delos family members. A lot of the questions I was asking throughout the novel got answered as I went along, and some were left in the open. I CANNOT wait to continue this story in ‘Dreamless’ (Starcrossed #2). I have to know what happens and what direction Josephine will take the story. Oooo I’m giddy just thinking about it!
‘Starcrossed’ is the perfect blend of romance and action, that will have you hoping a family like that of the Delos’ move to a town near you. Fresh, exciting, and unputdownable, you will race to finish it and then wish you took your time since book two won’t be out for a while… =P

“Also, as far as the Greek mythology is concerned, I don’t have a degree in it. I certainly couldn’t tell you much about it. I enjoyed how it was written in this book. I can’t say how accurate it is or isn’t, but I probably won’t be wasting my time to research it. When it comes to fiction books, I really don’t mind if things are changed around or different, as long as I enjoy them when I read them, and I definitely did in ‘Starcrossed’.

“So, this may be one of those books that you either dislike or really love, I personally loved it. HarperCollins and Harperteen have some awesome books coming out this year, and this is just one more to add to the list!”

Thank you to Sherry of Flipping Pages for All Ages for stopping by to discuss Starcrossed with us.

Over to you…have you read Starcrossed? If so, what did you think of it? If not, will you be picking this book up during your next trip to the bookstore and/or library?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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April 2011 Top Picks!

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on May 1, 2011

We all know that “April showers bring May flowers,” inkpoppers; but they also bring five new projects – selected by YOU – to the desk of the HarperCollins Editorial Board for review!

So what five (5) projects were voted most popular for April 2011? Find out below!

inkpop April 2011 Top Picks:

A Passion Called Hate by Whyte.Rose (Book – Humor / General Fiction / Romance)

The Bride and Her Prince by mimi11052003 (Book – General Fiction / Romance / Humor)

Paradox by Seattlelover7 (Book – Paranormal / Romance / Mystery)

What Goes Up by morgan.sparr (Book – Adventure / Science Fiction / Fantasy / Romance / Humor)

Total Insanity by RosesXRed (Book – General Fiction / Romance / Humor)

Congratulations to the April 2011 Top Pick authors! Once the Editorial Board has had the chance to review your project, you will receive a critique and feedback from a HarperCollins Editor.

In the meantime…five slots now stand empty. Does your project have what it takes to be a May 2011 Top Pick?

Speaking of Top Picks…what was your favorite April 2011 Top Pick? Did you learn to love alongside Coralie in A Passion Called Hate? Did The Bride and Her Prince sweep you into a world of romance and happily-ever-afters? Did you find yourself unable to escape the clutches of Summer’s new existence in Paradox? Were you caught up in the adventure and intrigue found within What Goes Up? Was it impossible to keep your head when delving into the pages of Total Insanity?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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Blogger Book Review: Seth Baumgartner’s Love Manifesto by Eric Luper

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on April 30, 2011

Happy weekend, inkpoppers! On this final April morning we bring you a few chuckles courtesy of Eric Luper’s Seth Baumgartner’s Love Manifesto – reviewed by Jennifer McIntosh of GoddessLibrarian.

Jennifer worked as a YA librarian for seven years, and describes herself as a “Sporadic Blogger; Book Reader; New Runner; Proud Mama.” Visit Jennifer at GoddessLibrarian for more YA book reviews; at this very moment, tuck into Seth Baumgartner’s Love Manifesto.

“Seth Baumgartner is taking his lunch break at Applebees with his long-time girlfriend when she drops a bomb–she’s breaking up with him because she’s just too ‘comfortable’ with him. While reeling from that devastating blow he sees his father walk into the restaurant–with another woman! The cherry on top of his craptacular cone comes when he returns to work late and loses his job. The fourth one of the year. Seth is just not having a good day. Seth responds by creating a podcast–the Love Manifesto–questioning why people fall in love in the first place and if it ever stands a chance.

“This *could* be a really sad book with a whiny protagonist. Instead, it’s a funny, well-written, engaging story that will appeal to both boys and girls. There are tons of local Capital District references. Eric Luper mentions street names and community names, and refers to the time the mudslide happened on Delaware Ave (I remember that!!). It was a treat being able to recognize so many of the locations Seth frequented. Seth is a funny guy with a good cast of supporting characters. Even though Seth makes mistakes along the way, his journey is entertaining and enlightening and readers want him to succeed.

“The book is about ‘love’ but there are many other issues as well: friendship, family, identity. The cover is awesome and allows boys to pick it up without feeling self-conscious. There’s so much written about the lack of good books for boys and the ‘boy reading problem.’ If only there were more books like this one! Cool cover, funny protagonist, sports (golf), music, technology, and yet the main character is in touch with his feelings. Put this one on your Christmas list for that hard to buy for boy in your life.”

Thank you to Jennifer McIntosh of GoddessLibrarian for chatting with us about Seth Baumgartner’s Love Manifesto.

Over to you…have you read Seth Baumgartner’s Love Manifesto? If so, what did you think of it? If not, will you be picking this book up during your next trip to the bookstore and/or library?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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