Sunday, September 29, 2019

Connecticut Author's Trail Finale Event

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The author for the finale of this year's author trail was Luanne Rice, who just came out with an amazing YA novel: Pretend She's Here.


Ten Facts:
She got her start writing short stories
She had stacks of envelopes of rejections
She sent the stories to popular magazines and literary journals
Her first publish piece was called On the Rocks
As payment, she earned 10 copies of the magazine.
She writes about three sisters
She has two sisters
She left college because her dad was sick
Her family has a house in Old Lyme.
She writes about the area but under a different name, but people recognize it frequently

About the Book:
Pretend She's HereEmily Lonergan's best friend died last year.

And Emily hasn't stopped grieving. Lizzie Porter was lively, loud, and fun -- Emily's better half. Emily can't accept that she's gone.

When Lizzie's parents and her sister come back to town to visit, Emily's heartened to see them. The Porters understand her pain. They miss Lizzie desperately, too.

Desperately enough to do something crazy.

Something unthinkable.

My Thoughts: I couldn't put this book down; it was so engaging. I had to find out what happened and how it was all going to work out. It was creepy, suspenseful, and heart wrenching. I felt terrible for Emily as she tried to save herself. I really liked her relationships with her new friends. I liked how it all turned out and the aftermath. A great read for any time of year, but especially October. I don't want to see any more without spoiling it, but this book is all about friendships, survival, and being true to yourself. 

About the Author:
Luanne RiceLuanne Rice is the New York Times bestselling author of thirty-three novels including CLOUD NINE, BEACH GIRLS, and THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF SISTER. LAST DAY will be out in February 2020. Five of her books have been made into movies and mini-series, many have been New York Times bestsellers and two of her pieces have been featured in off-Broadway theatre productions. She lives on the Connecticut shoreline.

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