Saturday, May 31, 2014

May Author in the Spotlight Wrap up Post + Giveaway

May Author in the Spotlight Wrap up Post + Giveaway

School is coming to an end for the summer, so I have been super busy grading papers.  One of my students won State History Day and is moving on to the National competition in June.  My son turned 16 this month and he is taller than me and my husband now.  I signed up for a writing class at the Loft Literary Center where Carrie Mesrobian, May's Author in the Spotlight teaches.  My teacher is Brian Malloy and I can hardly wait to get started.

Two days ago, I fell down some steep stairs and sprained both my ankles.  So I am stuck with my feet up in the air on the couch all weekend, resting.  I am so glad they aren't broken but I am not happy about the pain and situation I'm in.  Trying to make the most out of a bad situation.

Please join me in saying goodbye to Carrie Mesrobian.  Enter to win her award winning book Sex & Violence.  Hurry because the giveaway ends tomorrow!

 Sex & Violence Giveaway

Check out my book review of Sex & Violence. Sex & Violence is an excellent novel for the mature teen.  It is gripping, honest, raw and a bit shocking.  Evan is a swearing, beer drinking, weed smoking, girl using, character you hate to love, he is multi-faceted and trying to become a better person.  Mesrobian has captured the male teenage voice perfectly.  Sex & Violence is a great first novel and Mesrobian is a writer I want to read more of.

Sex & Violence Book review

Check out my book review of Perfectly Good White Boy which will be released in October, 2014.  Carrie Mesrobian has written a book about the decisions that every teen must face.  The biggest decision being what to do after high school but their are many other decisions teens make, like to have sex or not, to drink underage or not and more.  She has created a cast of characters that are likable, flawed and struggling to find their place in the world.

Perfectly Good White Boy Book review

Please read Carrie's guest post on male teen narrators.  She will introduce you to some new YA authors with great male characters.  You seriously should read some of her suggestions.  I certainly plan to.

Carrie Mesrobian Guest Post

Please read the author interview with Carrie.  Find out what Carrie likes to read, get some writing advice and learn the back story behind her books.  You totally need to find out how Carrie's husband reacted at the Minnesota Book Award ceremony.  Super funny.

Carrie Mesrobian Author Interview

It has been my pleasure to work with Carrie Mesrobian this month and I would like to thank her for being the May Minnesota Author in the Spotlight.  I met Carrie when she introduced Laurie Halse Anderson at her author event and since then I have been running into her all over town.  Mostly, I see her at the Loft Literary center where she works.  Anyways, I am so glad I was able to feature Carrie and her books here on Book Snob.  You need to seriously check out her website and read her jaw-dropping books.

Now go read or something.