Kelly Approves is a new feature I’ll be doing every two weeks or so where I’ll either recommend a book I absolutely loved and convince you guys to read it or introduce you guys to a book I’m really looking forward to reading and explain why. There will be giveaways and even some author interviews to help get to know the authors behind their books included in this feature!
Today, I’m introducing a book I’m really looking forward to reading, THE TRUTH ABOUT ALICE along with an interview with Jennifer Mathieu! Make sure to enter the giveaway for an ARC of THE TRUTH ABOUT ALICE, courtesy of Macmillan!
Why I Approve:
It’s no secret that I am in love with books that deals with secrets and the truth. The synopsis of The Truth About Alice leaves me wondering why does everyone want to bring Alice down? Is she a horrible person or is there a darker, more sinister reason why? I can go on and on with all my questions, guessing about what’s going on like crazy.
Add a gorgeous cover into the mix and I am sold on the book.
Interview with Jennifer Mathieu:
1. Tell us something we don’t know about you, something we won’t discover from a simple Google search.
Okay, here is a fun/weird fact. I’ve been claustrophobic most of my life, and in my early twenties I went for about two years without riding an elevator alone. It was a huge hassle and embarrassing, too. I was able to ride them with another person although it still made me nervous, but I couldn’t ride the elevator alone because I was too terrified I would get stuck in there by myself. I got over it through breathing exercises and practice. Over the years I’ve learned a lot of people struggle with this. I’m pleased to say I can now ride elevators with few issues, but I still don’t enjoy closed in spaces!
2. Did you have to do any research for The Truth About Alice and if yes, what was the creepiest/weirdest/most gross thing you had to research about?
I didn’t really have to do much research unless you count observing and listening to high school students as research! I teach high school English and just being around teenagers offers great insight into getting the high school experience to seem authentic on the page. Or at least I hope it sounds authentic. For my current project, I am doing a lot more research, but for The Truth About Alice my research basically consisted of doing a lot of observing of the teenagers I know as well as reflecting back on my own teenage years.
3. What part of The Truth About Alice did you struggle to write?
Without giving too much away, there is a critical scene at the very end of the book told from Josh’s point of view. It involves Josh and Brandon. That’s a scene I rewrote many, many times. I struggled with getting the plot points right, but I also struggled to get Josh’s voice and emotions right in that scene as well. I’m very pleased with how it turned out, but it took a lot of work and a lot of guidance from my editors Nancy Mercado and Kate Jacobs.
4. What’s your favorite line in The Truth About Alice? Why is it your favorite line?
My favorite line comes at the end of the book, and it’s part of Alice’s only chapter. Alice says, “There’s one thing I’ve learned about people: they don’t get that mean and nasty overnight. But if you give people enough time, eventually they’ll do the most heartbreaking stuff in the world.” It came to me very easily when I wrote it, and it stayed that way through all the revisions and edits. I think it’s my favorite line because it sums up so much of what I wanted to say in the book – that we are all capable of hurting one another if we aren’t careful. We can break the hearts of others if we aren’t sensitive.
5. I’m sure many people are wondering (well, at least I’m wondering), is there a love triangle in The Truth About Alice?
There is no love triangle in this book, but I promise you there is quite a lot of conflict!
My favorite things include chocolate, pepperoni pizza, and this super hilarious 1980s sitcom about four retired women called The Golden Girls. I can basically quote every episode.
I live with my husband, son, one rescue dog, one fat cat, and another cat that is even fatter than the fat cat.
When it comes to what I read, I love realistic young adult fiction (duh), creative nonfiction, super scandalous tell-all memoirs and unauthorized biographies, and basically anything that hooks me on the first page.
Terms & Conditions:
- This contest is open INTERNATIONALLY.
- The giveaway will run until May 6, 2014.
- You must be 18 years or older, or have parents’ permission to enter.
- All your entries will be disqualified if you pickup entries for something you haven’t done. (I had to do this for so many of my last giveaways, please don’t make me do this again.)
- If you only use ONE account to do all these tasks and enter under different names, they will still only constitute as ONE entry.
- If the winner does not respond to my e-mail within 48 hours, I will have to choose another winner.
- I am not responsible for any items lost in the mail.