Saturday, May 16, 2015

Book Spotlight and a Giveaway! The Grown Ups by Robin Antalek

I have sooooo many books! I have a ton of print books and probably even more e-books. The Book Spotlight feature that I post every Saturday is a way for me to clear my shelves and to share some of the books I have. There are a lot of different reasons that I might be letting some of my books go, the biggest one is that when we moved I discovered how many books I really do have. This feature is a way for my to cull my collection and to give someone else the opportunity to enjoy them.

The book that I am featuring this week is one that I read and reviewed in January. I am giving away the ARC that was given to me for the book tour so that someone else can enjoy it. You can read my thoughts about The Grown Ups here.

Good luck and be sure to stop back next week!

The Grown Ups

The Grown Ups by Robin Antalek 
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 27th 2015 by William Morrow Paperbacks

From the author of The Summer We Fell Apart, an evocative and emotionally resonant coming-of-age novel involving three friends that explores what it means to be happy, what it means to grow up, and how difficult it is to do both together

The summer he’s fifteen, Sam enjoys, for a few secret months, the unexpected attention of Suzie Epstein. For reasons Sam doesn’t entirely understand, he and Suzie keep their budding relationship hidden from their close knit group of friends. But as the summer ends, Sam’s world unexpectedly shatters twice: Suzie’s parents are moving to a new city to save their marriage, and his own mother has suddenly left the house, leaving Sam’s father alone to raise two sons.

Watching as her parents’ marital troubles escalate, Suzie takes on the responsibility of raising her two younger brothers and plans an early escape to college and independence. Though she thinks of Sam, she deeply misses her closest friend Bella, but makes no attempt to reconnect, embarrassed by the destructive wake of her parents as they left the only place Suzie called home. Years later, a chance meeting with Sam’s older brother will reunite her with both Sam and Bella - and force her to confront her past and her friends.

After losing Suzie, Bella finds her first real love in Sam. But Sam’s inability to commit to her or even his own future eventually drives them apart. In contrast, Bella’s old friend Suzie—and Sam’s older brother, Michael—seem to have worked it all out, leaving Bella to wonder where she went wrong.

Spanning over a decade, told in alternating voices, The Grown Ups explores the indelible bonds between friends and family and the challenges that threaten to divide them.

About the author

My second novel, The Grown Ups, will be published by William Morrow in January of 2015. It's the story of a group of friends over many years and what they mean to each other. It's about family, about love, about disappointment and heartache. It's about celebrating the small triumphs in life and hanging in there for those you love. It's about longing to be grown up - and then finding out what it really means to one.

The Summer We Fell Apart was published by Harper Collins in January of 2010. It was chosen as a Target Breakout Book.

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  1. Thank you for the chance! sounds like a great read!

  2. I have it on my Goodreads TBR list but I can't get the link from my phone :/ Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of the book!

    1. Ok nevermind I was able to get the link from my Goodreads :)

  3. Great giveaway -- I noticed this book among upcomiing releases and added it to my to-read list some time ago, but I haven't seen any book blog coverage yet. I hear good things about this author! Cheers and many thanks, Kara S

  4. I love book giveaways. I love to read!

    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

  5. So excited for this giveaway! xx <3

  6. I enjoy reading books about friends and family, and this one sound amazing. I am looking forward to reading it. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  7. I've heard wonderful things about this one.

  8. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  9. This sounds like an interesting story.

  10. Love the idea of doing giveaways to clear out shelves. The only thing better than a great book is sharing it 😊


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