Monthly Archives: November 2012

Miss Fortune Cookie in the wild

At the Smithsonian with The Chinese Zodiac by Ai Weiwei

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Ultimate YA rocks!

This November The Ultimate YA Reading Group featured Miss Fortune Cookie on Tumblr. The interview questions they wrote for me were some of the best I’ve answered in a long time!

Ultimate YA describes themselves as an organization that promotes young adult (YA) literature and reading. But they are so much more than that. Between book posts, they post hilarious, inspirational, and touching videos, photos, and quotes about writing.

Like this one. It totally cracks me up.

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Spotlight on Perfect Escape by Jennifer Brown

 Kendra has always felt overshadowed by her older brother, Grayson, whose OCD forces him to live a life of carefully coordinated routines. The only way Kendra can stand out next to Grayson is to be perfect, and she has perfection down to an art — until a cheating scandal threatens her flawless reputation.

Behind the wheel of her car, with Grayson asleep beside her, Kendra decides to drive away from it all — with enough distance, maybe she’ll be able to figure everything out. But even in the midst of the road trip’s flat tires, gas-station food stops, and detours to quirky roadside attractions, eventually Kendra must stop running and come to terms with herself, her brother, and her past.

With undeniable grace and humor, acclaimed author Jennifer Brown explores OCD, the pressure for perfection, and the emotional highs and lows of a complex sibling relationship.

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 Jennifer Brown continues to amaze me. She takes on difficult topics–school shootings, abuse, and now mental illness–with grace and beauty. Her characters are deep and believable in a way that pulls you in and turns the pages. If you haven’t read anything by her yet, you are missing out!
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Miss Fortune Cookies goes to Washington

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Miss Fortune Cookie is in the building!

A new book is as sweet as a newborn baby. I talk to mine in a funny voice and pat its soft head.

Every morning.

 It rarely cries. It already sleeps through the night.

Best of all is its innocence.

It has never thrown a tantrum, told me it hates me, or left its socks on the floor.

I know that day will come, of course. Until then, I will sing lullabies.

 You can win a copy through Goodreads. The giveaway ends the 15th at midnight.

You can also enter at Jelly Loves Books. Win a copy of the book plus some cool swag.  Entries will close on November 20.

For a peek at the first page, plus one more chance to win a copy, visit First Page Panda.

If you don’t win (sad face) , buy a copy, borrow it from your library, or steal one (from you best friend, not a bookstore).

Then curl up under the covers and enjoy.

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Following advice vs. falling in love

Jelly Loves Books is hosting a giveaway of Miss Fortune Cookie plus some cool swag.

Go here to enter!

You can also read my guest post about how falling in love and following advice don’t mix.

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Dad asks too many questions

Dear Miss Fortune Cookie,

My dad is driving me crazy. Whenever I bring a boy over, he asks a ton of embarrassing questions. Can you do your own laundry? When was the last time you changed the oil in your car? What’s your gpa? How fast can you run a mile? And if he doesn’t like the answers, he says we can’t go out. What should I do to keep myself from strangling him?

Sneaking Around

Dear Sneaking Around,

Miss Fortune Cookie says: A girl with one chopstick will go hungry.

Think of you and your dad as a team. He’s looking out for you, making sure you don’t end up with a loser—a slob that will expect you to do his laundry.

Start a conversation with your dad about what to look for in a partner. And—if you don’t care about how fast your boyfriend can run—share your feelings on the matter.

Good luck!
Miss Fortune Cookie

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