But, of course, one day of celebration isn’t enough for such a momentous event. We think a book launch deserves at least a whole week of hooplah!
I’ve been telling all my non-pixelated (you know the kind–those strangely “solid” people who are a part of our non-internet existence) friends what a wonderful book it is, because, yanno, it IS. And now I’m telling you, too.
If you’re a young adult, or have ever been a young adult, this book should be in your TBR (To Be Read) pile.
Seriously, y’all—it’s a compelling read. It really kept me turning the pages, not only because I wanted to find out what happened, but also because I became so engrossed in the characters. I just had to learn what made Paige–and the others–tick. Good stuff.
And never let it be said that Deb Linda isn’t doing her part for the launch celebration! Why, every evening this week I’ve lifted one of these in honor of the release:
Because that’s just the kind of friend I am. Cheers to PRINCESSES!
My question for Molly:
I love that Paige spent time in Paris as an au pair before coming home to reassemble her high school life after the accident. I especially liked your take on her time there–definitely not sunshine and roses. Did you draw on a real life experience for Paige’s Paris sojourn? (If so, I hope you had a better time in the City of Lights than Paige did!)
I did spend time in Paris when I was 17, actually! Unlike Paige, I was only there for a few days, I wasn’t working or babysitting, wasn’t there against my will, & in fact had a lovely time. I was there with my parents, who were nice enough (or sick enough of me) to let me wander off on my own a bit, so I spent quite a bit of time in the Jardin du Luxembourg writing in my journal, watching people do tai chi in the woods, and explaining to a man that just because I was from the United States did not mean I drove a Cadillac. (Actually, I drove a Renault, which he flat-out refused to accept.)
I also spent quite a bit of time at the amazing Shakespeare & Co bookstore, dreaming about the day when I’d run away to Paris and live in the bookstore. I bought myself a copy of Van Gogh’s letters, which contain some of the most beautiful meditations on art and becoming an artist that I’ve ever read.
Nevertheless, I think we’ve all experienced the weirdness of reuniting with friends after a long separation to find that they’ve changed, or you’ve changed, and somehow your friendship isn’t clicking like it used to. And I’m sure we’ve all had trips that didn’t quite match up to the brochure version, too!
Absolutely, Molly. The biggest shock to me after my semester abroad in Stockholm was the culture shock I felt upon my return to the States. I hadn’t anticipated that. Glad you turned your time in Paris into such a great part of your book.
And don’t forget! Deb Molly will be giving away a signed copy of THE PRINCESSES OF IOWA to one lucky commenter this week so be sure to leave your thoughts any day this week to be entered to win!