Thanks to Entangled Publishing, we are hosting an ebook giveaway of Pretty Amy, by Lisa Burstein. You can find out more about Lisa Burstein at her website.
Let’s start out with some icebreakers:
If you could have any super power what would it be and why? Invisiblity, so i could pull pranks on people undetected.
Favorite cereal? Cinnamon toast crunch
Favorite television show? Seinfeld
What was your least favorite subject in school? Math
Jacob or Edward? Jacob
Now let’s get down to business:
Is there any part of Pretty Amy that relates to your own life? I write YA because I felt like I still had all these things to say from when I was a teenager that I never got a chance to say. I also feel like teens need books in a way adults don’t. At least I know I did, I looked to books to help me make sense of what I was feeling. I guess I hope teens will use PRETTY AMY in the same way. In terms of a book that influenced in the writing of PRETTY AMY, I would have to say Catcher in the Rye. Not that I would even compare PRETTY AMY to the masterpiece that is Catcher in the Rye, but I wanted to write a book about a girl that *might* be a modern, funnier Holden Caufield.
You said that your parents are “nothing like the ones who appear in this book.” Have you met parent’s like Amy’s or did you just create them based off of your imagination? Hmmm, I don’t want to answer this question ;). If you’ve read the book you know why.
I have to ask, what happened to poor Mrs. Mortar? She was resuscitated. 🙂
Imagine that Amy and her mother finally had the chance to sit down and hash out all their problems. How do you think that conversation would go? I think it would need to happen much later in life, when Amy had a better understanding why her mother did the things she did. I personally don’t think Amy’s mother is a bad person. I think she was someone at the end of her rope who didn’t know what else to do to help her daughter. I think Amy would need to be a lot more mature to understand that.
What was the main message that you wanted to get across to your fans? I am hoping to let teen girls know they are not alone. That a lot of people feel what they feel: the desire to belong, to fit in, to have people who understand them. I was a lot like Amy. Just like her I had such a desire to belong, to fit in, to have people who understood me. I wanted that so badly and I guess I never felt like adults understood that. It was most of the reason I wrote PRETTY AMY. If I’d had it when I was in high school I feel like I would have been able to understand my feelings better. I wouldn’t have felt so alone. That feeling was something I never admitted to anyone, not even my friends and I wanted to let teens know it’s okay to feel lonely even surrounded by friends and family.
What will you be working on next? Is Amy’s story finished?A companion novel to PRETTY AMY, titled DEAR CASSIE about the aftermath of the girls’ arrest and its effect told through diary entries of Amy’s best friend Cassie. I’m about 1/5 of the way through and what I can say is, if you liked the humor and edge in PRETTY AMY, you will love Cassie’s story. Well there is a bit more of Amy’s story told in DEAR CASSIE.
Just curious, what did happen to Lila? Unsure, she may get a chance to tell her story though.
What is currently in your To-Be-Read pile? Too long to comment on 😉
Amy is fine living in the shadows of beautiful Lila and uber-cool Cassie, because at least she’s somewhat beautiful and uber-cool by association. But when their dates stand them up for prom, and the girls take matters into their own hands—earning them a night in jail outfitted in satin, stilettos, and Spanx—Amy discovers even a prom spent in handcuffs might be better than the humiliating “rehabilitation techniques” now filling up her summer. Worse, with Lila and Cassie parentally banned, Amy feels like she has nothing—like she is nothing.
Navigating unlikely alliances with her new coworker, two very different boys, and possibly even her parents, Amy struggles to decide if it’s worth being a best friend when it makes you a public enemy. Bringing readers along on an often hilarious and heartwarming journey, Amy finds that maybe getting a life only happens once you think your life is over.
The Nitty Gritty:
Must be a US resident
Giveaway runs from May 17, 2012 to June 1, 2012