Friday, April 20, 2007

GCC Tour - So Not the Drama by Paula Chase

Okay, so let's start with my apologies for being away so much, but I promise when I finish revisions for UNLUCKY (and that might happen around May 1), I'll be regular again....well, that doesn't sound entirely nice, but you know what I mean. :)

I'm capping off this week with a GCC tour book - So Not the Drama by Paula Chase.

I have to say, even though I don't write YA and don't have kids, I'm going to have to pick this one up. I am already in love with the title and when I heard about the writer's style, well, read below and you'll see.......

“I just realized, I’m the Seinfeld of YA lit,” author Paula Chase says. “Taking tiny teen crisis and turning them into an entire book is my ‘thing.’ In her debut, So Not The Drama, Chase takes her Seinfeldian-style and turns a high school sociology project into a catalyst for good old-fashioned, light-hearted teen angst.

So Not The Drama [Kensington Books/Dafina for Young Readers] introduces readers ages 11+ to bright-eyed, optimist Mina Mooney, a high school freshman with nothing more on her mind than climbing the popularity ladder, until a sociology experiment to rid the world – or at least Del Rio Bay High School – of prejudice backfires. The project causes a rift between Mina and her best friend, Lizzie and sends Mina on a journey of exploration that’s both funny and eye-opening.

So Not The Drama is about the transition from middle to high school and the impact it can have on friendship.

Set to burst on the scene with her self-proclaimed Hip Lit, Chase takes readers back to high school where cliques reign supreme and going to class…a place to be seen.

What The Critics Are Saying:

“Contemporary friendship story, which revels in rich diversity of race, color and class.” -Booklist
“Readers will like the genuine dialogue.” —Publishers Weekly

“A multi-layered story…contemporary and thoughtful.” —Little Willow of Bildungsroman

April Girls Life magazine Book Pick

April/May Crave selection, Right On! magazine

About The Author:

Author, Paula Chase has written for Girls Life, Sweet 16 and Baltimore Magazine, among others. In addition to her background in corporate communications and public relations, she founded the Committed Black Women, a youth mentoring program for 14-17 year old girls. Her Del Rio Bay Clique series helped launch Kensington Books YA line and joins a burgeoning number of YA books targeted to multi-culti suburbanite teens. Chase calls her brand of teen literature, Hip Lit, a nod to the diversity spawned by the MTV-watching, 106 & Park-ing, pop culture hungry hip hop generation. The author lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters. Learn more about the series and author at her website.

Here's one way to buy the book!


Tori Lennox said...

It does sound fun. I don't have kids either and am nowhere near YA age *g* but I do enjoy some YA books.

Wendy Roberts said...

This book sounds great! I'm going to go and pick it up for my teen daughter. Of course I'll have to read it first myself :)

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