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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Cover Stories: Are U 4 Real? by Sara Kadefors

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I really enjoyed Are U 4 Real? by Sara Kadefors. Sara lives in Stockholm, Sweden, where this book was an award-winning bestseller. To be honest, I thought the meeting-online premise sounded a little stale (it came out in Sweden in 2001, and just this year in the US), but the story really drew me in. It's about Kyla, a beautiful and popular LA socialite with an absent father and a deeply depressed mother, and Alex, a shy ballet dancer from outside San Francisco who tries to avoid bullies and has trouble talking to girls. They meet in a chat room and share their deepest feelings of isolation. It was a really sweet and romantic read with genuine angst and realistic situations, I thought.

Anyway, I'm rambling. Here's Sara, talking about the US cover and the Swedish cover:

"The only thing I thought about my cover was that I wanted it to be modern. The first cover was something new in Sweden, it looked almost like a comic with a young girl throwing a glass with something inside..."

Read Sara's full Cover Story at melissacwalker.com.

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