There are so many great books out today--Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks, Strange Angels, Death by Denim, Academy 7....
And, of course, Waiting for You.
Waiting for You is written by Susane Colasanti. It's her third book, and one of the things I love most about her books is how real and down to earth her characters are, and her practical, confident voice. In celebreation of the release of Waiting for You, Susane has revealed 10 high school myths. Here's the final one:
Myth #10: All of this matters.
Only if you want it to. If you want to walk away on graduation day and never look back, that’s your prerogative. You can stay in touch with your friends or not. And the kids who were mean to you? You never have to see them again. I’ve totally forgotten the names of most people I went to high school with. The day you can permanently walk away from the worst years of your life is a celebration of freedom. Rock on with your fine self. You deserve to be even happier than you can imagine.
Three summer related questions with Susane (because summer is almost here!):
TCR: What's your favorite summer vacation spot?
SC: It’s fun to go somewhere cool in the summer and warm in the winter. I’ve been to places like Miami Beach and Southern California during the winter, both of which I loved. It was so fun to wear flip-flops in the warm breeze while it was 23 degrees back in New York. I’m into European vacations, but I’ve always taken them during the summer when it was just as hot there. Here’s a tip: Do not visit Rome in August. You will spend the entire time dunking your head under fountains. I was a camp counselor in Maine one summer when I was in college. Whenever it reached 80 degrees, we would shut down all activities and have free swim. So Maine might be nice.
TCR: What three books are on your summer reading list?
SC: Well, we have Sarah Dessen’s Along for the Ride coming out in June, which I will of course be reading. I’m looking forward to the release of E. Lockhart’s The Treasure Map of Boys this summer. The first two books in this series were awesome! And the cover could not be cuter. This third one will be more difficult to accomplish. In 1961, Louise Fitzhugh and Sandra Scoppettone, two of my earliest writing influences, teamed up to write this book called Suzuki Beane. It’s about a beatnik girl who lives in New York. I just found out about its existence recently, but it’s out of print. If I can track down a copy, I’ll be crossing it off my Must Read list this summer.
TCR: What's your favorite beach read?
SC: I don’t really have one particular fave beach read. I tend to like books that are fun and extremely hard to put down as beach reads, since it takes my mind off the hot sun. The same kinds of books work best for me in airports. When I’m traveling, I only read books that have my complete attention. Waiting around for delayed flights is hardly annoying when you’re into a good book.
Thanks so much, Susane!
Now, go check out all three of her books, Waiting for You, When it Happens, and Take Me There (hint: they make fabulous beach reads and travel books!), or if you're still unsure, check out the sampler below for first three chapters of each book!
Susane Colasanti Sampler
ALSO! One lucky commenter will get a signed, finished copy of Waiting for You! Winner will be announced Monday! Good luck!