I'm especially excited for Tina because today's book was featured on Amazon's Great Gifts for Teens list as well as YALSA's Best Books for Young Adults list! Welcome, Tina!
When I first started taking about my third Random House novel, The ABC’s of Kissing Boys, I really wasn’t sure what to say. The plot sounded ridiculous, even to my own ear: in order to get promoted to varsity soccer with the rest of her team, 16 year-old Parker has to learn to kiss the socks off last year’s prom king. And she finds help in the unlikeliest of places: the freshman guy across the street.
I mean, say what?
But thankfully, reviewers provided cleverer and more succinct versions.
Here’s YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association), when nominating it for Best YA Book of 2009: "Learning to kiss from her father's archenemy's son (a freshman) can lead to consequences Parker never imagined. A funny, poignant, and sweet Romeo and Juliet.”
Booklist calls it: “...a mashup of Bend It Like Beckham, Mean Girls, and Can’t Buy Me Love, and will find a happy audience in fans of the same.”
So at the risk of appearing unoriginal with my own original project--what they said!
How did you come up with the idea for the do-or-die kiss scenario?
For me, it was a crash-boom-bam of ideas.
- I had been thinking about a girl who doesn’t make varsity with her teammates, and how awful it would be to get left behind.
- I loved the idea of a title that started “The ABC’s of...”
- I thought it would be fun to research kissing.
Read the rest (plus there's a giveaway from Tina!)