My good friend works in marketing for a bookstore around here and she supplies me with the "advanced uncorrected reader copy" of many teen books. If you do not work in publishing and are anything like me, you probably did not know that advanced reader copies even existed, so let me enlighten you. (If you are reading this, "good friend" and I have gotten something incorrect, please correct me!) Publishers publish advanced reader copies and give them to marketing departments, bloggers and others who may potentially spread the word about how awesome a new book is, so that the book will sell well once it comes out. These books are not published on high quality papers or anything, and often have a few grammar mistakes, as they have not been though the final edit yet.
But anyway, on to the point of this post . . . my good friend and I both LOVE Sarah Dessen. She has written many a young adult fiction (8 actually) and her newest, Along for the Ride comes out in June of this year. However, thanks to her awesomeness, we did not have to wait that long because she snagged an advanced uncorrected reader copy! After reading it, she passed it on to me and I have just finished it. Oh, it is so good! There are so many good things about it, but I will not give anything away just yet. I just wanted to start some buzz about the book, which is the point of advanced reader copies, right?
Sarah Dessen is a fantastic writer, most of her books follow a fairly standard teen love story, but have many unique qualities. First, they are very ... ahem ... clean. You would be surprised how advanced some teen books are, kinda makes me feel like I was a prude in middle school. (Well, actually I was, but I mean, who writes fiction about it?) Okay, back to Sarah- Along for the Ride is especially clean- cleaner than Twilight, in my opinion. Another cool thing about her books is that after you read a few, you start to catch glimpses of other stories intertwined within the current one. Sarah includes passing references to trends, people or places that are highlighted in a different book. It is fun.
If you are interested in learning more, check out Ems Bookshelf, she does great reviews of teen books, including Sarah Dessen's books.
I love this new book by Sarah, but my favorite is still The Truth About Forever. While googling for a picture of the cover, I found this awesome utube video. It is a fake movie trailer for the book. It is great.
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