Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #3: Change Places with Me by Lois Metzger

Publisher: Balzar and Bray
Publish Date: June 14th 2016
Page Amount: 224 pages
Price: $17.99 Hardback
ISBN: 0062385534 (ISBN13: 9780062385536)

"From Lois Metzger, acclaimed author of A Trick of the Light, comes a work of speculative fiction set in the near future about a teen girl who finds a new, mysterious perspective on her life.

Rose has changed. She still lives in the same neighborhood with her stepmother and goes to the same high school with the same group of kids, but when she woke up today, something was just a little different than it was before. The dogs who live upstairs are no longer a terror. Her hair and her clothes all feel brand-new. She wants to throw a party—this from a girl who hardly ever spoke to her classmates before. There is no more sadness in her life; she is bursting with happiness.

But something still feels wrong to Rose. Because, until very recently, Rose was an entirely different person—a person who is still there inside her, just beneath the thinnest layer of skin.

A bold and original work of speculative fiction set in a familiar future, Lois Metzger’s latest novel is a profoundly authentic and heartbreaking tale of the things we keep locked away inside us, even from ourselves."

Is there anything special about this book that you are looking forward to? 
I am looking forward to so many things, about this book and beyond the story of the book itself. For the sake of my gigantic blog tour post that will be coming in March, I do not want to say TOO much about what I am looking forward to or what I am planning for the tour, at least not yet.

I CAN say however, that I am very excited to see mental illness represented (and the "focus") of the story. Stories with mental illness involved and represented well are very, very rare, and it is sad that I even have to say this. But, I am extremely happy that mental illness and the stigma against it is being brought into the spotlight.

How did you hear of this book? From a Goodreads Search, Blogger Buddies, Twitter, etc.?
I heard of this through Irish Banana's Blog Tours! At the time when I was first writing this post, I had applied to be a part of a very large and very special blog tour, hoping that I would be selected to promote this book! I am so excited to say that as part of  the Harper Summer 2016 tour, I will be spotlighting and promoting this story! I am very, very happy to be doing so! :)

I am kind of shocked that I had not heard of this book through other mediums. From what I know about the author, her works seem to be very, very popular! However, I am so excited that I stumbled upon this upcoming release of hers! I am hoping to go to my local bookstore soon and see if I can find her other works as well.

You can definitely expect that my blog tour post (or even, "posts" afterward) will include elements of ALL of this. You'll just have to wait and see what I have been planning. :)

Have you read any of the author's works before?
I have not read any of the author's works before! It seems like 2016 will be a great year for me in terms of reading "new-to-me" authors!

What do you think about the cover? What about the title?
Personally, I love the cover and the title. I think the title brings a lot of questions to the story based on what I know from the synopsis. Why would she want someone to change places with her if she is bursting with happiness? Is it because she is not familiar with those feelings? Is Rose the one that made this title? Which "side" - happy or depressed - does this title refer to? Which "side" is saying this, if it even really is Rose? Depending on how you interpret the title, there are tons of different answers that can be reached.

I also love the cover of the book. A white cover (at least on my bookshelf) is not very common on my bookshelf, so I will be very happy to add this to my rainbow of books. I also think it is very interesting to have two roses on the cover. While Rose is the name of the main character, the synopsis along with the cover itself remind me of the phrase "Every rose has a thorn". I think this embodies Rose herself, because she is now confronted with two very different sides to herself and her personality emotionally. It is up to her to decide which side is the rose, and which one is the thorn. While it may seem obvious to us, it might not be so obvious to Rose.

When is the release date for this book? Do you think you can wait that long to read it? 
The release date for this book is on June 14th, 2016. I definitely cannot wait that long to read this book, but thanks to my participation in the blog tour, I do not have to! :)

However, in this scenario, any wait is too long of a wait to read this kind of book. There should be amble amounts of YA books that focus on mental illness (that are relatively current, too) that I can choose from. I shouldn't have to wait at all to see representation.

I am very excited to read Rose's story and to step into her shoes, and even happier to be planning something that could very well change the way that you see mental illness.

That being said (shameless self-promotion here), if you or someone you know has a mental illness or deals with the effect of it, and would not mind writing something for a blog post, can you email/tweet me? Even if you don't have a mental illness, or you just want the stigma against it to end, you can participate as well. I can send additional information if you would like and you would be credited (and linked, if you have a blog) for your words!

If you are interested or want more information, here is how you can contact me:

Twitter: @iamabookjunkie


What book are you anxiously awaiting for? If you could pick ONE book that is not yet released that could be instantly in your hands, what book would you pick? Answer this in the comments section below (and link me to your Waiting on Wednesday Posts!)


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