Thu, May 16, 2013

Golden by Jessi Kirby Excerpt & Giveaway

Hi, friends! As you might remember, I was raving about Golden by Jessi Kirby just a little bit ago. (You can read my review here.) I’m so thrilled to be a part of the blog tour this week and to share the excerpt below. Plus, you can enter to win copies of Golden and all of Kirby’s books! Love it!

Jessi KirbyGolden by Jessi Kirby book cover

About Golden:

Published by: Simon & Schuster
To be released on: May 14th, 2013
Purchase it from: Simon & Schuster | IndieBound | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Add it to Goodreads

Love, tragedy, and mystery converge in this compelling novel from “an author to watch” (Booklist).

Seventeen-year-old Parker Frost has never taken the road less traveled. Valedictorian and quintessential good girl, she’s about to graduate high school without ever having kissed her crush or broken the rules. So when fate drops a clue in her lap—one that might be the key to unraveling a town mystery—she decides to take a chance.

Julianna Farnetti and Shane Cruz are remembered as the golden couple of Summit Lakes High—perfect in every way, meant to be together forever. But Julianna’s journal tells a different story—one of doubts about Shane and a forbidden romance with an older, artistic guy. These are the secrets that were swept away with her the night that Shane’s jeep plunged into an icy river, leaving behind a grieving town and no bodies to bury.

Reading Julianna’s journal gives Parker the courage to start to really live—and it also gives her reasons to question what really happened the night of the accident. Armed with clues from the past, Parker enlists the help of her best friend, Kat, and Trevor, her longtime crush, to track down some leads. The mystery ends up taking Parker places that she never could have imagined. And she soon finds that taking the road less traveled makes all the difference.


Excerpt:


I haven’t completely made up my mind not to tell her about the journal yet, but I’m not sure she’ll understand at this point. I couldn’t fall asleep last night until I’d decided to go find Shane and Julianna’s tree. It doesn’t totally make sense to me, why I need to see it so much, but I can’t ignore it. Especially now that I need to see it so much, but I can’t ignore it Especially now that I know the story behind the carving. It’s more evidence that love like theirs actually happens beyond books and movies, in real life. Life that’s close to home.

As silly as it seems, it makes me feel like I somehow have a connection to it. To them. I want to see their tree the same way people want to see things that once were connected to famous people[especially once they’re gone. Little slivers of their personal pasts, like photos no one has ever seen, or letters that surface years after their deaths. Or journals. Maybe because they are the things that somehow make them more real to us. Or maybe because all of them add to the myth of the person. It’s hard to say which, but I need to find that tree. even if it takes me all week.

When I round the corner to Senior Hall, it’s empty except for one person. Trevor Collins. Of course. My newfound boldness wavers the tiniest bit when I pass him and catch the mix of laundry detergent and the cologne he always wears thatI always want to ask about so I can buy if for my future boyfriend. It’s clean and sexy with a little bit of spice to it, which is how I imagine him to be. The future boyfriend, not Trevor. I know him well enough to know better than to imagine him that way. I don’t say anything when I pass, but go straight to my locker, set the box of journals down, and spin the dial like I don’t notice him there. That’s when I feel him turn and look me over.

“Morning, Frost.” He says it like he knows I’m pretending not to see him, which I’m sure he does.


About Jessi:

Jessi Kirby is the author of Golden, which will be released in May of 2013, Moonglass, In Honor. She is also a former English teacher and librarian, wife, mom, beach lover, runner, and lover of Contemporary YA, strong coffee, and dark chocolate. In that order.

The giveaway:

Win a Jessi Kirby prize pack featuring Golden and each of her books!

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Mon, April 15, 2013

Golden by Jessi Kirby Review

Golden book cover

Golden book cover

Golden
By Jessi Kirby
Publication date: May 14, 2013
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 288 pages
Source: Borrowed from my friend Jillian

Seventeen-year-old Parker Frost may be a distant relative of Robert Frost, but she has never taken the road less traveled. Valedictorian and quintessential good girl, she’s about to graduate high school without ever having kissed her crush or broken the rules. So when fate drops a mystery in her lap—one that might be the key to uncovering the truth behind a town tragedy, she decides to take a chance.

— Goodreads.com description

I finished Golden by Jessi Kirby on the day I posted my Top 10 Books of 2012. My first thought at the end of the book was “Aww, geez! I SOOOO would have included it!” This is the sort of book you finish and IMMEDIATELY know it’s going to be among your all-time favorites. Well, it worked out that way for me, anyway.

My heart ached from start to finish while reading this beautiful book. I was swept away in the story of Golden, the mystery, the romance, the writing…beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

Golden was a moving and inspirational story that really touched me. That’s so rare for me that I have very little to say beyond gushing profusely. I guessed a few plot points involving the mystery a bit too far in advance, but that didn’t even matter. I’m not even going to tell you anything else because I don’t want to risk giving you any clues that will help you figure it out too.

Anyway, if you couldn’t tell, I think you should read this book. IT IS SO GOOD. The end.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

PS: Bonus points go to Kirby for using one of favorite quotes ever from Mary Oliver as a running thread throughout the story. I look at this quote every morning as I get ready, so it really resonated.

Mary Oliver Quote

Posted by: Anna   •   In: jessi kirby, mystery, romance
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Wed, December 5, 2012

Waiting on Golden by Jessi Kirby

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine to shine a spotlight on upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Golden book cover

Golden
By Jessi Kirby
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 256 pages
To be released May 14, 2013

Seventeen-year-old Parker Frost may be a distant relative of Robert Frost, but she has never taken the road less traveled. Valedictorian and quintessential good girl, she’s about to graduate high school without ever having kissed her crush or broken the rules. So when fate drops a mystery in her lap—one that might be the key to uncovering the truth behind a town tragedy, she decides to take a chance.

— Goodreads.com description

Eee! My friend Tara is reading this right now now and I’m super jealous. I loved Jessi Kirby’s Moonglass and In Honor and am pumped to read more from this very talented author.

Bonus: Sarah Ockler said, “You guys are going to love this one! 1 part mystery, 2 parts love story, 10 parts awesome.”

Anna Reads young adult book blog

Posted by: Anna   •   In: jessi kirby, wow
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Wed, April 25, 2012

In Honor by Jessi Kirby Book Review

In Honor by Jessi Kirby book cover

In Honor
By Jessi Kirby
Publication date: May 8, 2012
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, 240 pages
Source: Borrowed from Ginger

A devastating loss leads to an unexpected road trip in this novel from the author of Moonglass, whose voice Sarah Dessen says “is fresh and wise, all at once.”

Hours after her brother’s military funeral, Honor opens the last letter Finn ever sent. In her grief, she interprets his note as a final request and spontaneously decides to go to California to fulfill it.

Honor gets as far as the driveway before running into Rusty, Finn’s best friend since third grade and his polar opposite. She hasn’t seen Rusty in ages, but it’s obvious he is as arrogant and stubborn as ever—not to mention drop-dead gorgeous. Despite Honor’s better judgment, the two set off together on a voyage from Texas to California. Along the way, they find small and sometimes surprising ways to ease their shared loss and honor Finn’s memory—but when shocking truths are revealed at the end of the road, will either of them be able to cope with the consequences?

— Goodreads.com description

Such a cute read! In Honor by Jessi Kirby is the perfect book to bring along on summer road trips.

I mean it: This book made me want to put on my cowboy boots (or “shit-kickers” as my husband so affectionately refers to them) and go for a drive. It made me want to go drinking and dancing too.

The vibe of In Honor is definitely Friday Night Lights-esque, and if I’m to believe everything on the interwebs, that may have been part of the inspiration. And how great is that?! Who doesn’t love FNL?*

Part of that comparison means there’s some definite grittiness, lightheartedness and heartfelt moments, all mixed together perfectly. I said it’s a cute read – and it is – but much of In Honor is about grief. It’s equal parts sweet and sad.

My only complaint might be that it went too fast! At the end, I sort of felt unsettled, like I needed MORE. But, I suppose that means I really loved the characters and wanted to spend more time with them.

There’s some truly beautiful scenes that took my breath away. Contemporary fans, you’ll eat this one up.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

*If you don’t, you should. Clear eye full hearts can’t lose! I love Matt Saracen. I could do multiple additional posts so I’ll stop myself here.

Posted by: Anna   •   In: death, jessi kirby, romance, Uncategorized
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Mon, June 6, 2011

Bring on the Summer Books + Giveaway


Hey, see that gorgeous view of my city? You know what it means, right? IT’S BEACH SEASON, BABY! We’ve got some great ones in Chicago, and I plan on spending some quality time there this summer with a good book.

Whether you’ve got a beach near you, a lake, a pond, a pool or even a backyard with a lawn chair, check out my Top 10 list of summer reads for ideas on what would make the perfect beachy read.

Right now, I’m reading Moonglass by Jessi Kirby, and it’s all beaches, waves and lifeguards. Perfect! 

Clearly I’m in the summer mood, and it’s about time you are too — so enter below to win your own copy of Moonglass and a copy of We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han (which made it onto my list of summer faves), all in a cute beach tote.


Not familiar with the Summer series? HELLO. You should be. Check out my post on it here, and watch the trailer below. 

For those who have read it — are you a Jeremiah fan or a Conrad fan? It’s Conrad for me, 100%. The Conrad vs. Jeremiah Quiz even backed me up on that.

CONTEST RULES
- To enter, please fill out the form here
- One entry per person
- Must be 13 years old or older
- Deadline is 12 p.m. CST on Friday, June 10
- Please see my contest policy here

Anna Reads young adult book blog

Many thanks to Simon & Schuster and Big Honcho Media!

Posted by: Anna   •   In: giveaway, jenny han, jessi kirby
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