Saturday, September 19, 2015

Falling For The Wrong Guy Book Review + Interview

Falling For The Wrong Guy
Sara Hantz

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 12, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Crush

ISBN: 978-1-6337-539-3

Pages: 266
Goodreads Rating: 4.10
My Rating: 5.0

Book Description:

She had no right to want him. And no way to resist…

Ruby Davis has a crush on her brother’s best friend. At least, he was his bestie until the big betrayal. Now Drew is off limits to everyone, especially Ruby. She can’t stand the way people treat him, or the way he feels about himself. It isn’t right. And those deep green eyes are calling to her.

Drew is scarred and damaged, and he has no business even looking at Ruby. But he can’t help himself. She’s beautiful, but he does his best to stay away. When they are assigned a school project, they become reluctant friends – even though they want so much more.

She’s torn between her feelings for Drew and loyalty to her brother. There’s no way they can ever be together…but love just might find a way.

My Take:

Did you love this Entangled Teen Crush novel?

That was the question asked at the of the story... and I'm not ashamed to admit that I squealed a resounding 'yes' like a little girl.

This book has all the components to a good romance and that is exactly what we are given as readers.

Each character is strongly developed, both individually and interactively with others. The romance is typical of what you would expect in high school but different in so many ways. I really love that this book focuses on some serious problems. And if I were to sit here and list them all and may seem a tad overwhelming, but the execution was almost flawless. I never felt like there was too much information or too little. There was always this healthy balance between story and backstory.
5 Quills

It's an absolutely beautiful coming of age story with a heartwarming romance. I sincerely recommend this book for anybody looking for a relatively quick but moving story with a beautiful romance that will move you. If it doesn't move you, then your heart is made of icy stone.

Interview with The Author
Q. Where did you get the idea for this story?
 I was watching the news one day and saw a story about a young guy who’d been burned badly in a fire and it got me wondering how he’d cope with life from that moment on.
Q. What do you love about these characters? What do you hate/dislike about them?
 Oh my goodness…. You can’t ask me what I hate/dislike about them…. They’re like my children hahahahaha. Seriously, I love them both despite their faults. I love that Ruby is so warm and caring. As for Drew. He’s just Drew. He’s in such a bad place, but he makes it out of there in the end.
Q. What is it about writing that calls to you? 
I love reading and story ideas often stem from something I’ve read. Especially when it’s something bad that’s happened to someone. I always want to know how they’ve coped psychologically.
Q. What inspires you to write? 
 I get inspired to write after reading books that I can’t put down. Or when I meet readers who tell me how much my books mean to them.
Q. Can you explain your writing process?  
 Because I work full-time my time is precious, so I plan in detail. First, I do a beat sheet, and from that I do a story-board. After that I begin to write the book.
Q. What was the hardest part about writing this particular story and these characters? 
 It’s hard when you have a character like Drew who is so damaged. Without Ruby he would’ve remained in the awful situation he found himself in.
Q. What are some of the books and authors that made you feel something and want to become a writer?  
 Elizabeth Scott inspired me, especially her book Living Dead Girl. It gave me the courage to write my book In The Blood, which is a very dark story featuring a guy who has to deal with the consequences of his dad being found guilty of the murder and abuse of 5 young boys.

Q. What was it about those books and authors that drew you in? (pun not intended).
Because they dealt with issues that people don’t like to think about, but that are very real to a lot of people.
Q. What advice would you give people who wanted to be a writer?  
 Join a writers group because that’s where you will learn so much and meet like-minded people. Romance Writers of America has a Young Adult chapter and is     great.  Also, get your butt in the chair and start, there’s no time like the present!
Bonus Question: What can a person expect to find on your desk? 
 A big mess. Paper, pens, post-its, books. Very little space for me. I try to be tidy but it just doesn’t happen, or if it does, then not for long.
About The Author

Sara Hantz is an international published author of young adult and adult fiction. She has also written non-fiction as Sally Rigby. A graduate of both Manchester University and Leicester University in the UK, fourteen years ago she crossed the globe with her partner and two children to live in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand and the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Sara lectured for many years before deciding to devote more time to her writing. She has been listed on the New York Public Library’s ‘Books for the Teen Age’. She has presented many writing workshops with her partner-in-crime Amanda Ashby.

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