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A Reader of Fictions: Why I Love Courtney Summers' Books + Giveaway

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Why I Love Courtney Summers' Books + Giveaway

Just yesterday, a bind-up of two of Courtney Summers' novels, What Goes Around, released. I am positively thrilled to be able to share the beauty of Summers' writing with one of my readers, as St. Martin's Griffin has generously offered a giveaway copy for one of my readers living in the US or Canada. If you want, skip down to the bottom of the post and enter now.

However, though this is in essence purely a promotional post, I don't want to just stick up a post with a giveaway. I want to tell you why I'm willing to put up a promo post for this omnibus, even though I've not actually yet read either book within it and even though I do not, as a rule, put up any purely promotional posts. The short answer is that I'm really impressed with Courtney Summers' novels.

Flashback a couple of years and my reading tastes were a bit different, narrower. I really thought that I hated contemporary fiction, with the odd exception for some light-hearted, humorous romances. Dark, depressing books could gtfo. Why be depressed by fiction when real life is often disheartening enough? One of the books that helped me discover that I actually really do love a good contemporary, particularly one that will break my heart, is This Is Not a Test. Now, I can hear you all right now: "But, Christina, that's not a contemporary!" Yeah, yeah. It's a zombie book and zombies aren't real. However, TINAT is not really about the zombies. It's about a girl in a zombie apocalypse who sees the zombies as salvation because dying would help her escape from her horrible life. This book broke me a little bit. If you look at my review, you'll actually see that I rated it 4 stars, because my body basically was not ready. That was a 4.5 or 5 star book, but I needed more time to process it. I thought about that book pretty much daily for months afterward. That is NOT a normal thing for me, because a) I read a lot and b) my memory for books is not great in the long term.

Since, I've read Fall for Anything, which I did enjoy, though it did not stick with me the way that TINAT did. Reading a second novel of hers, though, really solidified to me that she is an author whose books I will stalk. She writes dark, unflinching contemporaries of just the sort that I love. If you like these sorts of books, you WANT What Goes Around. You can bet that I will be getting started on these as soon as I have the time, which will hopefully be toward the end of the month.

Join me in being a huge Courtney Summers fan, if you're not already. If you'd like to check out samples of the novels, the first three chapters of each are up HERE.

What Goes Around
Cracked Up to Be / Some Girls Are

Author: Courtney Summers (Facebook|Goodreads)
Pages: 480
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Description from Goodreads:
Courtney Summers fans are in for a treat! Two of her most critically acclaimed titles bound together for the price of one. In Cracked Up To Be, Perfect Parker Fadley isn’t so perfect anymore. She’s quit the cheerleading squad, she’s dumped her perfect boyfriend, and she’s failing school. Her parents are on a constant suicide watch and her counselors think she’s playing games…but what they don’t know, the real reason for this whole mess, is that a horrible thing has happened and it just might be her fault. In Some Girls Are, climbing to the top of the social ladder is hard--falling from it is even harder. Regina Afton used to be a member of the Fearsome Fivesome. And just like the other members of this all girl clique, she was both feared and revered by the students of Hallowell High... that is until vicious rumors about her and her best friend's boyfriend start going around.

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Blogger Angie said...

I have yet to read one of her books, but I really want to! Thanks for the chance to win them! :D

September 4, 2013 at 8:41 AM  
Blogger fakesteph said...

She's been on my radar forever. I have some of her books on my kindle and I NEED to get to them. I have a special place in my heart for books that will break me.

September 4, 2013 at 12:24 PM  
Blogger Tammy said...

It's funny you did this post when my next read is This Is Not A Test. Can't wait to start it!

September 4, 2013 at 3:03 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I loved the two books in this bind-up so much I'm considering buying it, even though I've already bought them separately! That way I'd have a copy to lend people and keep mine precious. Hm..

I wasn't a huge fan of Fall for Anything, though, it was my least favourite of her books, but it was still really good. She's become an author that I automatically buy now.

September 5, 2013 at 7:45 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

They're so great! Time to change that, Angie!

September 5, 2013 at 10:03 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Ahhhhh, This Is Not a Test is super heartbreaking. Like, Speak level of OUCH MY FEELS, THEY BURRNNNNNN.

September 5, 2013 at 10:09 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Oh, sweet! Hope you love it!

September 5, 2013 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Hahaha, now that is love! Sometimes I do hesitate to loan out my faves though, so there IS a logic there if you're overburdened with shelf space.

I have the feeling FFA may be my least favorite, but I have to try the other two to know for sure.

September 5, 2013 at 10:34 AM  
Blogger GillyB said...

I NEED to read her books. I found a copy of This is Not a Test a few months ago, and it's just sitting there begging to be read. I've heard nothing but tremendous things about her.

September 5, 2013 at 4:51 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Thank you for the awesome giveaway of two books by my favourite author!

September 7, 2013 at 5:11 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway! Like you, I've been a contemporary skeptic for much of my YA reading career. But lately, I've found some authors that are winning me over, and Courtney Summers has always been highly praised everywhere I've looked. Needless to say, I'll be getting her books into my possession soon one way or another. Thanks for the extra boost of love her direction- push me right over that fence!

September 7, 2013 at 10:31 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks for the giveaway, chica! I read and LOVED the heck out of TINAT.

September 7, 2013 at 11:20 PM  

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