Today I'm over at Laura James' blog doing an interview about Hush Puppy and my writing habits. She asks some pretty entertaining questions, so you should check it out!
Hush Puppy has been receiving some of the most lovely kudos here lately. I just wanted to share a bit of a review on Amazon~
Hush Puppy starts out simple and sweet: a 17-year-old black girl in North Carolina meets a white boy her age and starts a friendship. Corrine's life is difficult, but it's not stereotypically tragic. It's something that many readers can relate to, as is Jamie's. Corrine handles it well, though. She tackles racism, poverty, absent parents, and peer pressure with admirable grace, usually taking the high road. She's not a Mary Sue character, though: she has moments when that decision is so hard to make. In the end, she serves as a role model for real girls.
Jamie isn't quite as strong as Corrine, taking his trials but blaming others for them. At this point, he doesn't have high hopes for the future. Jamie is right in the middle of the toughest part of his life, and he's well aware of it. There were a couple of moments in the book where I felt Jamie wasn't worth the trouble he caused, but apparently the heroine of the book had more faith in him than I did.
Hope you've gotten your copy and will review soon too! And if you haven't gotten a copy yet, I'll be signing print books at the Barnes and Noble in Twin Falls, Idaho, on October 19, 2013 starting at 11 am. I'll stay till they kick me out :) Come see me if you can!