May 22, 2015

Blog Tour: Kissing in America by Margo Rabb #Giveaway #BookReview @MargoRabb

Hello and welcome to my stop on the Kissing in America blog tour. I'm so excited about this tour! I also have a wonderful giveaway, so make sure you read all the way down!

Kissing in America
by Margo Rabb
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release: May 19, 2015

In the two years since her father died, sixteen-year-old Eva has found comfort in reading romance novels—118 of them, to be exact—to dull the pain of her loss that’s still so present. Her romantic fantasies become a reality when she meets Will, who seems to truly understand Eva’s grief. Unfortunately, after Eva falls head-over-heels for him, he picks up and moves to California without any warning. Not wanting to lose the only person who has been able to pull her out of sadness—and, perhaps, her shot at real love—Eva and her best friend, Annie, concoct a plan to travel to the west coast to see Will again. As they road trip across America, Eva and Annie confront the complex truth about love. 

In this honest and emotional journey that National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr calls “gorgeous, funny, and joyous,” readers will experience the highs of infatuation and the lows of heartache as Eva contends with love in all of its forms.

“In this indelible coming-of-age story, Rabb seamlessly weaves together multiple narratives. Sprinkled with the poetry Eva reads and writes, this story makes for a hilarious, thought-provoking, wrenching, and joyful quest.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Humor and depth . . . Often entertainingly snarky” — The Horn Book

“A wonderful novel about friendship, love, travel, life, hope, poetry, intelligence and the inner lives of girls. Margo Rabb writes with compassion and clarity about lives that are worth telling, journeys that need to be taken, peace that needs to be reached. I loved it.” — Elizabeth Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray Love

Before I started to read this, I honestly thought that I was going to get some sappy romance/contemporary book. That really wasn't what I got at all. This is a more of a coming to terms with your self and learning about life book, that is what I'm leaving the pages of this book with.

You are pretty much taken on this journey with Eva Roth. She has experienced loss of a loved one, feeling alienated by her mother, has only one true friend, falls in love, goes on a very long road trip and gets her heartbroken and finds truth to everything she thought she knew the answers to, all in the course of one book.

I really didn't care for her mom, she was overbearing, controlling and wouldn't let her daughter experience things for herself. I could understand that she only wanted to protect her daughter, but you need to let teens learn on their own. And her Aunt Janet, I could only picture my own Aunt when reading her. I could have lived without the romance book references though.

To me this was a really thought out book, I'm glad that I read it, and I'm glad it wasn't some mushy gushy romance book like I anticipated it to be.

Margo Rabb's stories have been published in The Atlantic Monthly, Zoetrope: All Story, Seventeen, Best New American Voices, New Stories from the South, New England Review, One Story, and elsewhere, and have been broadcast on National Public Radio. She received grand prize in the Zoetrope short story contest, first prize in The Atlantic Monthly fiction contest, first prize in the American Fiction contest, and a PEN Syndicated Fiction Project Award. She grew up in Queens, New York, and now lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and two children. A complete list of her published work can be found here.

Find Margo: Website | Goodreads | Blog | Twitter

One (1) winner will receive the following:

One (1) Digital Audio edition of Kissing in America Estimated value of prize: $21.99

One (1) hardcover edition of Kissing in America Estimated value of prize: $17.99

One (1) I Heart NY Mug

Estimated value of prize: $7.00
One (1) Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Drumstick Pen Estimated value of prize: $5.99
One (1) “Elvis Fans Only” parking sign
Estimated value of prize: $18.99
One (1) Brass cowgirl locket
Estimated value of prize: $35.00
One (1) pair cactus socks
Estimated value of prize: $7.50
One (1) Movie clapper board
Estimated value of prize: $5.00
One (1) travel journal
Estimated value of prize: $20.00
One (1) Skull Candy Crusher headphones
Estimated value of prize: $90

One (1) Epic Reads tote bag Estimated value of prize: $15 

Estimated value of all prizes: $244.46 

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