June 19, 2015

The Revenge Playbook Tour: Top Tens List + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Revenge Playbook! Today I have a fun Top Tens List by the author to share with you - and don't forget to enter the awesome giveaway! To follow the rest of the tour, click on the banner towards the end of the post.

The Revenge Playbook
Author: Rachael Allen
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: June 16, 2015
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance/Sports


Don’t get mad, get even! In this poignant and hilarious novel, Rachael Allen brilliantly explores the nuances of high school hierarchies, the traumas sustained on the path to finding true love, and the joy of discovering a friend where you least expect.

In the small town of Ranburne, high school football rules and the players are treated like kings. How they treat the girls they go to school with? That’s a completely different story. Liv, Peyton, Melanie Jane, and Ana each have their own reason for wanting to teach the team a lesson—but it’s only when circumstances bring them together that they come up with the plan to steal the one thing the boys hold sacred. All they have to do is beat them at their own game.

Brimming with sharp observations and pitch-perfect teen voices, fans of Jenny Han and Sarah Mlynowski are sure to fall head-over-heels for this sharp tale—by the author of 17 First Kisses—about the unexpected roads that can lead you to finding yourself.
My Top 12 Favorite Authors 

Okay, I was supposed to pick 10, but guess what! I couldn’t. This is going to be just like when I got married and I was supposed to narrow down the number of bridesmaids, but when you love people that much, you just can’t, so I may have had eight.

1. Meg Cabot
Meg Cabot’s Princess Diaries series were the very first YA books I ever read. They’re what got me into YA in the first place, and I will be forever grateful to her for that. Also, I got to meet her in person at BEA this year and tell her that, and she was every bit as gracious and amazing as you would hope. Also also, she’s the queen.

2. Stephanie Perkins
Stephanie Perkins writes girls I want to be BFFs with so badly, it makes me sad to remember it’s just a book. Also, she wrote Cricket Bell who is my book boyfriend forever and ever. The nerds, I heart them. 

3. Jandy Nelson
The only thing that could make Jandy Nelson’s prose better is if you wrote it out in dark chocolate on wax paper, so I could read it and then EAT it.

4. Sarah Ockler
Sarah Ockler writes stories that make me feel like a teenager again. And like my heart just grew three sizes. And like I desperately need to be on the receiving end of a blue frosting kiss. Also, she manages that rare combination of stellar prose AND stellar voice.

5. J.K. Rowling
Like, do I really need to say anything here? I’m pretty sure every last one of you shares the depth of my love. 

6. Laurie Halse Anderson
Laurie’s stories are raw and real, beautiful and devastating. Her writing is so pretty that I often have to read pages twice (once for content and once for pretty prose). Oh, and this one time, she once gave me authorly advice on a post-it, and it was the culmination of my being, so there’s that.

7. Rainbow Rowell
Rainbow Rowell makes holding hands more powerful/nervewracking/breathless than other people make kissing or sex or world domination. Plus, Eleanor and Park made me sob like a small child because poor kids deserve to see themselves in epic love stories too.

8. Laini Taylor
The fantastical worlds Laini Taylor’s books are so real, I feel like there are really are people trading teeth for wishes, and it’s only a matter of time until I catch one or notice a door marked with an X or see a girl that looks just like Karou. Oh, and also: THE PROSE. (You may be sensing a theme here re: the pretty prose.)

9. Lauren Myracle
The range of books this woman writes just blows my mind. Shine and TTYL and Kissing Kate are all SO different and I love them all dearly and differently. Also, LM is hilarious in person, so if you ever get a chance to hear her speak, you should jump on that.

10. E. Lockhart
The voices she gives these characters. Ruby Oliver is everything. And Frankie-Landau Banks is everything. So, it follows that I will read everything E. Lockhart ever writes.

11. Kody Keplinger
Kody’s books are so real, I feel like I’ve peeled back the wall on an actual, real high school, and I’m just watching someone’s life play out. Also, they’re so funny that reading them is like doing an ab workout (as if you needed any additional incentive).

12. Sarah Dessen
I love Sarah Dessen’s books so much as use them as a measuring stick for all other YA. Like, if it has all the feels and wonderfully complex characters, I’ll say a book is “So Sarah Dessen.” True story: I do this so much, my husband thought “saridescent” was an adjective that meant kind of the same thing as iridescent. 

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your top twelve favorite authors with us today Rachael!
On June 16, 2015, use the hashtag #BFFdraft to talk about who you’d want in your ultimate BFF group. You can pick YA characters, celebrities, girls who are doing cool stuff to make the world a better place, girls who are already your besties.

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Rachael Allen lives in Atlanta, GA where she's working furiously on her PhD in neuroscience. When she's not doing science or writing YA, you can find her chasing after her toddler and her two sled dogs. Her debut YA novel 17 FIRST KISSES, is forthcoming from Harper Teen. Rachael may or may not have had 17 first kisses...luckily she doesn't kiss and tell.

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