Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Interview with author Cat Patrick

Last week I got to interview lovely author Cat Patrick, debut writer of Forgotten.  Want to know more about her and her book? Read on...

Where did you get your inspiration for Forgotten?
I got the idea for Forgotten when my twins were about five months old. I was very tired as they weren't sleeping through the night, and one morning, I forgot what I was doing mid-activity. As I was trying to remember, I considered how awful it would be to have amnesia. But then I thought: But what if you could remember forward instead? Forgotten was born.

And, for people who haven't read the book, could you tell us more about it?
Forgotten is the story of a teen girl named London Lane who remembers the future instead of the past. She gets by with the help of reminder notes, her cell phone, her mom and her best friend, until she meets a guy who she wants to date...but who she doesn't remember. The book is about London's quest to navigate life with her condition, date a guy who shouldn't be in her future, and ultimately, solve the mystery of her past so that she can move forward with her life.

What was your journey to publication like?
I was very fortunate on my path to publication. It took me two and a half months to write the first draft of Forgotten. When I was nearly finished, I sent out one pitch letter to my dream agent and he wrote back in seven minutes, requesting the entire novel. Less than six months later, the book sold at auction in the US, and was subsequently purchased in 16 countries worldwide. I know that's rare, and I truly believe that I was lucky enough to have the right idea at the right time.

If you weren't an author, what do you think you would be doing instead?
I can't imagine not being an author! But if pressed, I'd probably take some classes and become an interior designer. I love looking for new items for my home on furniture sites and Etsy.

If you had to become one of your characters, who would you choose?
London! She's the type of strong, independent, mature teen I would have liked to have been.

If you could have a famous grandma (dead or alive) who would it be?
I was very close to both of my grandmothers: They were famous in my eyes. But if required to add to my family tree, I'd choose Betty White. She's smart as a whip and hilarious, and funniness is the best way to my heart.

What kind of snacks/drinks to you like to eat/drink when you're writing? 
I eat crunchy snacks like dry cereal a lot because they tend to keep me more alert. I'm always cold, so I usually have tea next to me, too.

Your favourite song?
Oh wow, that's tough. I love "Use Somebody" by Kings of Leon, as it will always remind me of London and Luke (it played a lot on the radio while I was writing). "Intervention" by Arcade Fire is another fave (or really anything by that band). I also love “Everlong” by Foo Fighters and “Romeo and Juliet” by Dire Straits.

Out of all the different covers that Forgotten has (UK, USA, Australian etc) which is your favourite?
That's like choosing which of my children I like best: I can't do it! I love them all for different reasons: the US version for its boldness (and the model's name is Cat, too!); the Australia version for its loveliness; the French version for being PURPLE! What I love about the UK version is the vibrant hair and the background, and the fact that the photographer is also the model.

Thanks, Cat!

Thank you Amber for interviewing me
Wednesday, 8 June 2011

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

Title: The Summer I Turned Pretty
Author: Jenny Han
Published by: Puffin
Publication date: 3rd June 2010
Pages: 288
Genres: Young Adult/Romance
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher.

Every year Isabel spends a perfect summer at her family friends' house.

There's the swimming pool at night, the private stretch of beach - and the two boys.

Conrad - unavailable, aloof - who she's been in love with forever.

Jeremiah - friendly, relaxed - the only one who's ever really paid her any attention.

But this year something is different. They seem to have noticed her for the first time. It's going to be an amazing summer...and one she'll never forget.

This is such a sweet, summery book. The kind of book you would read by the pool in the sun with sunglasses and a smoothie. One girl. Two boys. And the summer that changed everything.

Every year, Belly and her family stay at a woman called Samantha's house for the summer. Samantha just so happens to have two sons the same age as Belly (Belly is short for Isobel). This summer, Belly turns up at the house for the summer and suddenly the boy's seem to be noticing her for the first time. It's the summer she turned pretty.

I really loved this. The characters and the situations were realistic, and it all just seemed perfect. It was beautifully written, with amazing descriptions and you felt like you were actually there, living your life along with the characters.

You know Team Edward/Team Jacob (off Twilight?) Well there's a similar thing going on with these books, too.  Everyone is saying whether they're on Team Conrad or Team Jeremiah....if you're wondering, I'm on Team Jeremiah :)

The main character, Belly, seemed like a character most people can probably relate to, as she was unsure and confused and dealt with first love in quite a realistic way. 

Everyone should read The Summer I Turned Pretty (and it's sequel, which I'll be reviewing soon). Fantastic. 5/5!
Sunday, 5 June 2011

Girl, 15 Charming But Insane by Sue Limb

Title: Girl, 15: Charming But Insane
Author: Sue Limb
Published by: Bloomsbury
Publication date: 5th January 2012
Pages: 304
Genres: Young Adult/Contemporary/Romance/Comedy
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher.

The Jess Jordan story continues...with lonely hearts ads, bras and minestrone soup!

Jess wants to be devastatingly gorgeous, popular and intelligent. But her best friend Flora has beaten her to it.

Now Jess needs a new focus. Ben Jones seems the obvious choice. But can Ben focus on anything that takes longer than a free kick? Perhaps Fred, who's sweet and clever but really needs a haircut, will be able to help Jess through her teen-life crisis?

A brilliantly funny Sue Limb book featuring the crazy confessions of charming but insane Jess Jordan.

Jess Jordon is a charming but insane teenage girl with hilarious thoughts, soup-filled-bras and a murder-loving granny. Y'know....normal. It is the funniest, most hilarious book I have EVER read! It caused me to burst out laughing at random moments, receiving strange looks from my family.  The characters were so funny, and I just couldn't stop laughing!

My favourite character other than Jess was Fred. Fred is sweet, funny and clever...and he clearly likes Jess a bit more than a friend, but she doesn't even realise.

I really didn't want this book to end! This is definitely my favourite book of 2011 so far. Fabulous characters, hilarious plot, realistic and insanely amazing. Sue Limb did a wonderful job. Her writing is pure genius! I highly recommend this to'll laugh your socks off!

WOW. 5/5!