We are so excited to be a part of the#NovelSecrets blog tour. When Liza told me about a tour where authors reveal secrets related to their books we knew we had to be a part of it! Then we found out that Liza matched us up with Dahlia Adler and our day was made!
How about some info on the book:Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler
(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Published by Spencer Hill Press on November 17th 2015
Genres: Friendship, Girls & Women, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Reagan Forrester wants out - out of her trailer park, out of reach of her freeloading mother, and out of the shadow of the relationship that made her the pariah of Charytan, Kansas. Victoria Reyes wants in - in to a fashion design program and a sorority, in to the arms of a cute guy who doesn't go to Charytan High, and in to a city where she won't stand out for being Mexican. One thing the polar-opposite best friends do agree on is that wherever they go, they're going together. But when they set off on a series of college visits at the start of their senior year, they quickly see that the future doesn't look quite like they expected. After two years of near-solitude following the betrayal of the ex-boyfriend who broke her heart, Reagan falls hard and fast for a Battlestar Galactica-loving, brilliant smile-sporting pre-med prospective... only to learn she's set herself up for heartbreak all over again. Meanwhile, Victoria realizes everything she's looking for might be in the very place they've sworn to leave. As both Reagan and Victoria struggle to learn who they are and what they want in the present, they discover just how much they don't know about each other's pasts. And when each learns what the other's been hiding, they'll have to decide whether their friendship has a future.
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Just Visiting is set in Kansas, which is a somewhat unusual choice, since I’ve never been there. But the setting has its roots in a friend I made when I was frequenting Gawker, and one of its offshoot websites, Wordsmoker. She was a really lovely woman I bonded with in large part over Judaism, despite our very different experiences – I was born into it, in one of the cities with the biggest Jewish populations in the world, and she and her husband are both converts living in Kansas, which is significantly less populated with Jewish people. I loved hearing about what living there was like for her, and she was a huge help when I was crafting the setting of the book.
My favorite thing in the book inspired by her, though, is the character of Jamie, who’s the first Jewish character I’ve ever written into a YA, and is also an adoptee from China. Because her daughter was – yup! – an adoptee from China, She used to send me pictures of her daughter in these beautiful Chinese outfits at synagogue, and I loved them so much, I knew I wanted to character of the same background. (Though Jamie is kind of a jerk in the book, and I’m sure her daughter is totally lovely.)
We’re not in touch anymore, but I hope to find a way to get this book to her someday and tell her how much she influenced it. I hope she’d love to know that as much as I do.
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