I’m thrilled to be touring Lauren Strasnick and her book Her and Me and You. which is published by Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster. I’m hanging out to read it.
Here’s what it’s about:
First love, broken friendships, and heartache all play a part in this evocative, voice-driven novel about Alex, a girl whose world is ripped apart when her father’s affair splits her family in two.
Alex moves with her mess of a mother to a new town, where she is befriended by hot, enigmatic Fred–and alternately flirted with and cold-shouldered by Fred’s twin sister, Adina. Others warn Alex to steer clear of the twins, whose sibling relationship is considered abnormal at best, but there’s just something about Fred–and something about Adina–that draws Alex to them and makes her want to be part of their crazy world, no matter the consequences.
Now for the usual questions:
What inspired the plot for your book?
Twins, Connecticut winters, indoor pools, obsessive relationships, friend breakups, & kittens.
Why did you decide to write in this genre?
YA? I’m not sure it was much of a choice. I’ve always read and written teen.
What is your writing process like?
Before I start a project I sort of obsess about it for weeks or sometimes months – I’ll read and watch movies and listen to a particular type of music, all in an effort to brainwash myself into believing in the book. Then I outline, I write, I rewrite.
What are you working on now?
Another book for Simon Pulse, DAKOTA WEBB IS MISSING, slated for spring 2012. Mystery! Rock bands! Messy relationships!
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I cook things, eat things, watch sick amounts of television, read, dance around the apartment, play with the kitty, dress up, grocery shop, thrift shop, see my friends.
What do you like to read?
All sorts of stuff. Well, all sorts of stuff about teens and young adults. Well, all sorts of realistic fiction about teens and young adults. I have very varied tastes, clearly.
Check out Lauren on her website & blog: www.laurenstrasnick.com
“Strasnick’s slim second offering packs a lot into its short chapters: divorce, broken friendships, crushes, the lines between love and sex and more. Characterization, scenes, dialogue and setting are seamlessly distilled into so few sharp, image-rich phrases that the novel reads almost as if it were written in verse. Less is definitely more here, and readers are plunged into Alex’s physical and emotional world within three to four words. Although the plot moves swiftly, the author’s ability to capture Alex’s inner world in so few words give the novel depth and balance. Complex and thought-provoking.” –Kirkus