Book Passage in Corte Madera, CA, I had the absolute pleasure of attending a book signing with two fabulous authors, Jenny Han and Morgan Matson. People, if you get the chance to see them, especially together, take it! These two are a blast to meet, they are both so outgoing with their audience. They actually interviewed one another, which felt much like sitting in on a conversation between old friends---which they are! These two have known each since college!
From the crowd, they got some really great questions. They each read from their books, then talked about their writing processes, writing the YA voice, and shared stories about seeing each other succeed after being in the same writing courses in college. Morgan spoke about her own best friendship that inspired Since You’ve Been Gone and also talked a little about writing under her pen name, Katie Finn. Jenny let us in on how she doesn’t write the scenes of her books in order, a scene here, a scene there(!! Fascinating!!). She also talked a little about parallels of her own experience growing up Korean in comparison to her main character, Lara Jean in To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, and how making that part of Jean’s experience has caused some negative comments from readers. This led to a great discussion on why we read, and how reading should make us more open to other life experiences and cultures, not the opposite. It was great food for thought. She also gave us a little insider info on the next book in the To All The Boys duology and who it will be about!
They gave out some fun prizes, one of which was a very cool pink pen and journal set embossed with the To All the Boys title (which we won!). They signed lots of books and graciously posed for pictures. Best part was Jenny declaring that my daughter was her character come to life! She said her look and outfit (you can't see them but she wore this dress with cute knee high socks and vintage-y shoes) was exactly how she pictures Lara Jean!
Such a fun night!
On to the giveaway! :D
Ok, this is an odd one, people. I'm giving away signed ARC of both books BUT in full disclosure I want to mention that:
A- The To All the Boys ARC is a bound manuscript with a picture of the cover on a white background and has what looks like a staple ding on the page edges. It came from the publisher that way. BUT the cool thing is---Jenny signed it ON THE COVER :D.
And B-The Since You've Been Gone ARC is signed... but it's signed to me LOL. Bit of a mix up on my part oopsie!
SO if you don't mind all that, enter away! :D
Ends June 12th, 2014
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