Wednesday, October 26, 2016
HEY, HEY, BOOK GIVEAWAY!!!
I haven't run a book giveaway contest in quite a while, and given what this book is about, the timing seems right. So read on! A free book awaits you!
Have I ever mentioned that my husband's hobby is entering contests? He doesn't just do it for himself, either. He enters contests to win tickets to events in Washington, D.C., where our son lives; tickets to events in New York, where our daughter lives; and, for me, he tries to win books he thinks might interest me, particularly young adult novels. And I speak with authority when I say that if someone spends A LOT of time entering contests, they have a pretty fair shot at winning some of them. A couple of weeks ago we went to a movie for free, as a matter of fact. And now that you know about my husband's contest-entering fetish, it brings me to the subject of THIS contest.
Through no action of my own, I am now the proud owner of a pristine copy of a newly-published YA novel entitled WRECKED, by Maria Padian (Algonquin Books, 2016). To me, the timing seems right to run a giveaway of this book because the subject is an allegation of sexual assault between two students on a college campus. A bookish freshman goes to a party one night, gets drunk, passes out, and wakes up to find herself being raped ... or does she? The novel examines a range of divergent people and their viewpoints: Jenny, the alleged victim; Haley, her roommate; Jordan, the accused; Richard, a housemate of Jordan's; Jenny's controlling parents; the college dean assigned to investigate the incident; and a number of other students, including Carrie, a volunteer for the school's sexual assault response team, and someone who starts an anonymous online conversation thread about Jenny called "Lying Bitch." According to the book's jacket flap, reading it "will leave you thinking about how memory, identity, and who sits in judgment shape what we all decide to believe about the truth."
I flipped through the book but didn't read it, so I can't personally provide a recommendation. But you can learn about the author here and look at reviews of the book here and here. You can also read a Q & A with the author on the publisher's website, AlgonquinYoungReaders.com. And honestly - it's a giveaway! As my husband might say: the price is right!! So now that you're convinced that you want to enter this contest, let's proceed to the rules, shall we?
The Rules: the contest will begin as soon as I publish this post, and will continue until next Wednesday, November 2nd, at midnight, U.S. eastern time. In order to enter you have to do two things: (1) become a follower of this blog (or let me know in a way I can verify that you're already a follower), and (2) leave a comment on this post. That's it. How much simpler could it get? I'll choose my favorite comment and send the book to that person.
Let the games begin! And may the odds be ever in your favor.