Last week's return-of-the-blog contest celebrated June as the month of Contemporary YA novels, and with nearly 100 entries, I had the random number generator choose a winner of the four amazing titles featured... drumroll, please... The winner is: LiLi (ChicaReader)! Send me your address, L. This week, I'm giving away another fantastic Contemp: Crush: 26 Real-life Tales of First Love, edited by Andrea N. Richesin. Actually, it's technically non-fiction, and there are some fantastic authors in the mix, including yours truly, plus David Levithan, Lauren Oliver, Jon Skovron, Emily Franklin... I could go on and on.
Here's a little bit of the starred Booklist review (and yes, okay, I'm excerpting the part that mentions me): From the cringe-inducing juvenile crush to the passion and illusion of lust to the heartbreak of unrequited love, this buoyant, nostalgic anthology features 26 authors chronicling their experiences with that certain tugging of the heart and its impact on their lives... The charming “Love, Illustrated,” recollects Melissa Walker’s ninth-grade fantasy notebook. Other tales by David Levithan, Jon Skovron, and Tara Bray Smith round out a heartfelt collection.— Leah Strauss
So you see how you want to win this book? Plus, I'll get it signed tonight at the Books of Wonder Reading, which you should come to if you're in NYC!
Watch the trailer below, and to enter to win the book, leave a comment telling me when you felt your first crush! Mine was 3rd grade: Scott Dzierlenga. If you google his name, confessions of this crush will pop up on the first page. And I probably just added to that. Luckily, he has a good sense of humor about it.