Read this book.

Okay, so I’m one week late with the next ARC Giveaway. In Debra-time, that’s impressively close to the target date, so we’ll roll with it.

I’m typing this up at the total last minute while my 3-yr-old pretends I’m a jungle gym, so please excuse me for brevity. Or mistakes. Or when you see OUCH! pop up in random spots.

Where She Went is Gayle Forman’s eagerly awaited follow-up to If I Stay, and I have to say, I think I loved it even more than the first one.  This book is from Adam’s perspective, and Adam is broken. And there’s nothing I like better than a broken male character.

Wow, that makes me sound like a crazy, warped man-hater. When really I’m just warped.

Anyway, it’s written in the author’s powerful prose, and like her first one, alternates between real time and flashbacks, with just a touch of magical realism.  Plus, it’s full of angry break-up songs, which made me think of Alanis Morisette’s Jagged Little Pill album, and that’s always a good thing.

Angst angst angst

Okay, now I just need a contest.  How about…in the comments, tell me you at least went and READ Maureen Johnson’s The Last Little Shelterbox fundraising post about helping disaster victims in New Zealand.  I won’t ask if you donated or not but if you do, well, know that you are awesome and entitled to be addressed as Mr. or Ms. Awesomesauce for the remainder of the week.

Contest will close Tuesday at noon, PST.

And because it amuses me, here are a few keyword searches that led people to my blog recently:

“BREAST RASH PHOTOS”—Because nothing says Quality Writer’s Blog like a few solid posts on breast rash.  Hmmmm.

“BRI SUE FIRST NAKED”—Obviously someone with ADD who got distracted from legal matters by more pressing needs

“BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER FUR COAT”—Anytime I get a Buffy search, I’m stoked. Even if I’m now picturing a black fur coat with a massive picture of Buffy wielding a giant stake painted on it. In blood. Remeber that warped part?

“MY ASS BEAUTY”—For those in search of total body sparkle.

“PENIS”—Nice. Simple. I like it.

“ SAHM PICTURE OF A NASTY HOUSE”—Finally, a legit reason to come to my blog!

Anyway, GO!  COMMENT!  WIN!  And…try not to search “my ass beauty.”  Please.

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31 Responses to “(sort-of) Weekly ARC Giveaway: Where She Went by Gayle Forman”

  1. Lindsay Currie Says:

    Oooh, I’d love to win this ARC. Heading over to the fundraising post right now:) Oh and FYI, someone once found my blog by searching “horrifying rollercoaster death”. Whaaa?
    Lindsay Currie recently posted..Almost There!!!

  2. FloeticFlo Says:

    I just downloaded If I Stay this week! Can’t wait to read it!

  3. Shannan Harrington Says:

    Yes!! Thanks for the contest!
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  4. Tiffani Diggs Says:

    I cannot wait for this book…I loved If I Stay. It was heartbreaking and wonderful and happy, all at the same time.

  5. Nely Says:

    I am dying to read this.


  6. Tracey Neithercott Says:

    This is the book? This is even better than just an ARC giveaway. I loved If I Stay so I can’t wait to read this!

    Also, I did read Maureen Johnson’s post. It’s amazing how much the YA community has chipped in so the fund-raiser can be extended. Wonderful cause.

  7. Shveta Thakrar Says:

    I read it, and I am thrilled so many people wanted to help. :)

  8. Sam Harrington Says:

    I can’t wait for Where She Went. If I Stay was awesome. And I just read Maureen Johnson’s post, and that is so inspiring. I love seeing how passionate people get about fighting for a good cause. Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Jennifer Says:

    This is awesome!! And yes, I read her blog…it’s amazing what she’s raised so far!!

  10. Daisy U Says:

    AHHHH! Can’t wait to read this and, yes, I read Maureen Johnson’s The Last Little Shelterbox Fundraising Post! Wish I could help, but I don’t have a credit or debit card :( Wonder if I could mail the money…
    P.S Thanks for the Giveaway!

  11. mrsheisefpms Says:

    I think what Maureen is doing to raise money for those mobile shelters is fantastic. What a great idea to have boxes ready to go with all of the emergency supplies needed to help victims of natural disasters.

    and I’d love to win Where She Went!

  12. Vivien Says:

    I just visited her post. I think she’s doing a wonderful thing. It’s time to raise more awareness. Great opportunity :)
    Loved If I Stay

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  13. Ishrat Akhter Says:

    Woo! What a great giveaway! I’ve read ‘If I Stay’ and loved that book! I cannot wait to read ‘Where She Went’. I’m so excited to read this book from Adam’s POV. He rocks. ;D

    Yes, I’ve read Maureen Johnson’s The Last Little Shelterbox Fundraising Post! I follow her on twitter so it’s not hard to miss all these tweets. It was truly amazing what she has raised so far. It was nice to see all the people and authors coming together to donate money, however much they can give, all in the name of charity and because of that so many people would have a warm shelter. :)

  14. Judit Says:

    Are you making this giveaway international? If yes, please count me in. I know everybody is dying to read Where She Went, because If I Stay was such an awesome masterpiece but I’m literally tormented by waiting for the book to come out :D
    I hope 12 is a lucky number this time (and nobody is going to outspeed me while I’m writing this comment because then I’d be no.13 and that’s just not good).
    Oh, and of course I wisited Maureen’s site and read her amazing article. She has such a great heart, can I donate even if I’m not from US or UK?

  15. Rachele Alpine Says:

    I checked it out yesterday….I think it’s incredible that she thought she’d just be able to buy one shelter, but because people are so incredible…she’s raised enough money for numerous shelters! Yay!

    Thanks so much for giving away your copy…I’d love to get my hands on this early!

    I’m also giving away an ARC of DIVERGENT if you want to check it out on my blog. I was lucky enough to win it, so I wanted to pay it forward.


  16. aleeza Says:

    i <3 maureen SO MUCH for doing this. seriously. so much that i decided to mention it here.
    LOVE this giveaway. im dying to read this book. :D
    aleeza recently posted..Contemporary DEPRESSING! I Think Not!

  17. Becca Says:

    I looked at the article yesterday and what Maureen is doing is amazing. Just raising awareness is hard enough but getting results is even greater.

    I love If I Stay and I am dying to read the sequel! Count Me IN!!!!

  18. Elizabeth Says:

    I looked at the article this morning (thanks to YAHighway) and I’m so proud of Maureen. But I’m also super proud of the people she has surrounded herself with. The ones who are rallying together to bring prizes, publicity and finally–donations to the cause.

  19. ashelynn sanford Says:

    I freaking love Maureen Johnson. She’s so inspiring, and I’m shocked she raised enough money for sixteen shelter boxes. Seriously, don’t doubt the power that is MJ.

    Also, this book? I’ve been dying to get my hands on it since I read IF I STAY, sometime last year like September, October, whatever month it was. Seriously cannot wait for WHERE SHE WENT.


  20. Yahong Chi Says:

    Alanis Morissette! Wheeeee, she’s great.
    Maureen Johnson’s post IS great. I’m super impressed by the generosity of her readers.

  21. April X Says:

    Maureen Johnson is so so so cool. Read her post, I think it’s great how she does stuff like this :) Thanks for the giveaway :)

  22. Lola Sharp Says:

    Yeah, I donated to the cause through other means (Husband is excellent about donating and we’re fortunate to be able to afford giving fairly generously to causes throughout the year).

    I love If I Stay, so I’m thrilled to hear you like this book even more. (I like an angsty male too.) So please sign me up. Thanks.

    Also, I don’t care who makes fun of me (dudes, mostly) I STILL LOVE Jagged Little Pill and often write to it (and Amy Lee’s Evanescence..which even my beloved Gilmore Girls mock ruthlessly.) But I don’t care. I love angsty, badass rocker chicks as much as I love angsty male characters.

    Lola Sharp recently posted..With a Heavy Heart

  23. ShootingStarsMag Says:

    This would be great. I loved If I Stay. :-) I checked out the post. That’s an amazing idea. I love fundraisers, which is why I run my own auctions to raise money for First Book.
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  24. stephanie Says:

    What an interesting post. I had no idea 950 dollars could do so much for someone. Thanks for spreading awareness.
    thegirlinfire27 at gmail dot com

  25. Jenn Nunes Says:

    I think the last little shelterbox fundraiser is amazing! It makes me love this wonderful little world of writters and readers even more!

    And I can’t wait to read Where She Went!

    fjnunes (at) hotmail (dot) come

  26. Alexis Salcido Says:

    I would absolutely love to win Where She Went!!!!!!
    AHhh, thank you so much for this giveaway!

  27. Rachel Says:

    What an amazing this to do.
    TheOneRing111 at gmail dot com

  28. MaryBeth Says:

    I am always amazed at what Maureen can accomplish with social networking. It’s awesome how much they have raised! and good on you for using this to help promote her and the cause as well :)

    Have you ever read 3 cups of tea? It’s incredible what your change can buy for others around the world.
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  29. Jamad Artan Says:

    Ive been dying for this book for ages now >.< really want to read it! and ive been following Maureen's tweets about the shelterboxes last week – wow it was so amazing and i'm soo thrilled about the amount they were able to collect. There are alot of Mr. and Mrs. Awesomesauces out there :)

  30. Minas Says:

    I’ve read the post, and I think it’s an amazing thing to do!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  31. Bri Says:

    I realize the contest is over, just stopping by to say that I gave you an award for being awesome over at my blog :)
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