Monday, February 27, 2012

WHAT HAPPENED TO HANNAH by Mary Kay McComas

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Joelle!
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OK, I’m back and I’ve got another book for you! This one is called What Happened to Hannah by Mary Kay McComas and it’s gotten some great reviews. I’ve zipped through the first part and already the characters are so real and I have the feeling that I need to dive in and get to know them and Hannah’s mysterious story. If only I could sit and read all day every day!

Nora Roberts said of What Happened to Hannah: “Blending poignancy with humor, crafting characters as real and recognizable as your next-door neighbors, Mary Kay McComas weaves stories that brightens the heart.”

Here’s the back-of-the-book blurb:

As a teenager, Hannah Benson ran away from home in order to save herself. Now, twenty years later, the past comes calling and delivers life-changing news: her mother and sister have passed away, leaving Hannah the guardian of her fifteen-year-old niece. 

Returning home to bitter memories and devastating secrets, Hannah must overcome her painful past to pave a future with her niece, the last best chance at a family for both of them. She begins to create a new, happier life with her niece and rekindles a relationship with Grady Steadman, one of the few people she’s ever called a friend. 


But she can’t forget what she cannot forgive, or lay to rest those ghosts that will not die. Will love and trust—and the truth—give her the strength to stand her ground and fight for what she deserves?

This has nothing to do with the book, other than the fact there is a teenager in the book, and that Hannah left home when she was a teenager. To enter to win a copy of this book, tell me something really dumb you did as a teenager? Here’s an example of something I did – I had to do a report on Athens, Greece. Instead of making copies of the photos in the encyclopedia, I cut the photos out of the book and used them instead. And I was in HIGH SCHOOL! Now, tell me something stupid you did for a chance to win What Happened to Hannah.

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75 comments:

Joelle said...

Better question is what DIDN'T I do that was stupid. The thing that comes to mind was letting my non-licensed (at the time) best friend drive my car. Yeah, I was 17, he was 15 (almost 16). Not the smartest thing in the world but did we know better?!?! lol

Katie said...

I did not do much wrong in high school becuase everyone in town knew me but when I went to college I did everything that I was not supposed to!

susieqlaw said...

At track practice, we did distance training at the park. We would run halfway, and hide under the arch. At the end of practice, we would run back to the park.

Ready To Be A Momma said...

I was really stupid when I was in high school. One thing that comes to mind is getting drunk one night, still being drunk the next day, but deciding to drive to the mall because I wanted to get my pictures developed from the night before. Remember when you actually had to get film developed?!?!
Qweska8402

Anonymous said...

I decided to drink for the first time. It was the day before I had to dress up as the Easter Bunny for the annual hunt in the park. Needless to say I was in pain when I had to deal with all those lovely little children.

sslinsky

Krystal said...

The day I was supposed to get my license, my friend picked me up for school. We stopped at the gas station before we went to school. While she was backing out, she hit another car. Well, me friend didn't have her license yet, either, only her permit. Needless to say....my parents didn't take me that day. They made me wait.
kndyer

Megan said...

SO dumb, but I grabbed live wires in my parent's garage and was thrown to the ground by the shock. Never doing that again.
Eloisepeaches

Dani In Chicago said...

When I was 14, my friend Jason found a credit card and we went to the mall to go shopping with it. He bought a CD player, a cassette tape, and some clothes at the Gap, including a jean jacket for me, before he was caught and the cops were called. He didn't rat me out though.

Melissa said...

I walked (with a friend) to Ben and Jerry's from the mall in a winter storm because I was craving Cookie Dough ice cream. I ended up with a cold from doing that. LOL!

Melissa A from CLC

Mom'sLove said...

One of the first times I drank, had to pee. I climbed up a hill and pulled my jeans down, swatted.... And slid down the in the dirt in my bare butt.. oh good times...
Amanda of Mom's Love
byacourt at g mail dot com

Jessica said...

I didn't really do anything stupid in high school. If I did I've forgotten about it by now. I guess wasting my money on hair extensions was pretty stupid.

Thanks!
-Jessica M
walkingcorpse11@hotmail.com

Margaret said...

I once told a friend that I went to a Duran Duran concert that I didn't actually go to. My brother promised me he would take me on their next tour. Well they split after that so there was no next tour and the lie to the one friend ended up spreading through the whole school. What was I thinking?!


Margaret(singitm)

Bev V said...

Getting drunk (with my Mom, yeah, we did things like that in the 70's!) and she made me go to school with a whopper of a hang over the next day!!

Bev V
shaggy552(a)gmail(com)

Crystal said...

I wanted to have my name go down in history...you know: make it into the history books?

So what did I do? I wrote my name, or some sort of thing related to me (i.e. *NSYNC 4 eva) on EVERY page of our science textbook.

smart cookie, huh?

crystal717

Melissa said...

I would drive my parents car around town without a license. Melissa Rem

Lizett34 said...

The stupidest thing I have ever done was steal from a store. I was purchasing other things but for some reason decided that I would steal this one item. I had the money to pay for it, but for whatever reason, I stole it. I didn't get away with it!

lizett34@yahoo.com

Kristi said...

I did so many stupid things as a teenager it's hard to pick one. I would have to say the worst was hitchhiking. We thought we were invinsible and nothing would ever happen to us. This was back in the early 1980's when people would actually pick you up.

Kim W. said...
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Kim W. said...

Where do I begin? Pretty much everything I did between 13-19 was stupid!!! Besides drinking underage and driving without a license (NOT at the same time!!), the most stupid thing I did was my friends and I hitchhiked with a group of guys (strangers) in the back of their pickup truck to a "bush-party" (bush party = middle of nowhere). Not only was that completely dumb & dangerous, but we got stranded out there and I had to call my brother to pick us up. Oh! Also, once I got caught with open alcohol, under age, in a park, and when he asked for my contact info to write up the ticket, I gave the police officer my EX-friend's name, address, and number (that taught her not to mess around with my boyfriend!).

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

I was pretty good until college...When I came back home to visit the first time, I decided to do laundry and strip off my clothes I was wearing and wash them too. The problem was my 16 year old sister decided to lock me in the garage buck naked which I remained until my parents came home an hour later. Not good!

Karen said...

Oh, lots of dumb stuff...let someone underage sideswipe a Ferrari (only minor, but still...the paint was $147 in 1979 when the minimum wage was something like $3.35) and a lot more that I can't bring up because I laid those days to rest years ago! ktmixon315

ludy2288 said...

I drove my mom's new suv in a ditch & told her it must have been scratched because I had parked by some bushes in the driveway.

Kimberly Pearlman said...

Man, I was such a good kid all through high school. The dumbest thing I ever did was get stupid drunk the day before my senior year registration. Hangover ID pic!! Awesome memories! :)

Ally said...

shaving my head!

karenk said...

i don't recall anything stupid that i did in high school...but i'm sure that there were a few bloopers.

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

TaraUB said...

So many dumb things as a teenager. Getting a minor consumption, totaling a truck (two separate incidents). just other general teenager stuff that at the time didn't seem bad, but now that I have nieces and nephews doing the same stupid stuff, I go all postal on them.

betsy_blixt said...

When I turned 18 I decided I could drive faster. Not the fact that I could finally buy my own smokes. No, I seriously though it was legal for me to go above the speed limit. That didn't last to long. haha

Carie Casey said...

when i was 16 my best friend and I decided to sneak to St Louis (5 hours away) to see our boyfriends. We got caught.

Carie

Bonnie Y. said...

Sounds like another great book to add to my list.

sunnydaysrule AT hotmail DOT com

Joani 15 said...

My best friend and another friend went to look at colleges for a weekend. We were supposed to take the train from NJ to Mass. We decided to keep the train money and hitch to Boston. We were picked up by many strange but nice people. The funniest were these 2 hippie bus drivers in Conn. who picked us up and drove us to the border of Conn. and Mass. with all the people on their local bus screaming at them the whole way. I hope they didn't get fired. It was pretty stupid of us, but back in the 70's it was common to hitchhike.

Amy R said...

I lived in a college town so during our senior year of high school we got acclimated to the college lifestyle a bit early by hanging out with college guys and partying with them. We would lie to our parents and say we were spending the night at a girlfrienf's house who lived near campus. Wow that's pretty stupid and dangerous now that I think about it...

Carly said...

I was a pretty good kid in high school and I never got caught for this but I remember sneaking the guy that I was dating in for sleepovers. Nothing crazy happened because I was a good kid, like I said, but I can't imagine what my Dad would have done upon finding a guy in my bed.

Carly H

Kelleyc said...

Oh so many stupid things! Many in high school, but one that we did in college sticks out in my mind! At the top of the list was the time that my friends andi just HAD to drive to Cleveland (from Pittsburgh) to get fake IDs. Well, we got stuck in a blizzard, car got hit, highway closed down, had to spend the night there....trying to explain to our parents exactly where we were when they had told us not to go....! Lol. They didn't even have to punish us! (And now, as my oldest gets closer to being a teenager, I cringe....!!)

Christina said...

Hmmm, where do I even start? Everything coming to mind starts with "We were drinking..." so I don't think I should say much more than that :)

ChristinaL

Terri said...

I can't think of anything specific, because being stupid pretty much sums me up!

Terri M.

Ncsuloges said...

I ran in to the garage, a parked car and a mailbox.

Emma S. said...

I learned to not make the same mistakes my older sisters made, so I was pretty good in high school...until college. But my one older sister lied to my parents about the after-prom party being busted by the cops. She figured they would never find out, but my dad who is a teacher at the high school we all attended, heard about the bust in the faculty lounge the next day. I learned to never cover up lies!

Emily said...

I'm sure I could run out of room describing all the stupid stuff I did as a teenager...but...one thing I specifically remember is when I was a junior in high school...we had to read Huck Finn, and I just never got around to it, so when it came time for the quiz on the book, I copied off my friend who was sitting next to me. We both got a score of 45. He hadn't read it, either!

Emily116

jdstec said...

While I did a lot of dumb things as a teenager, the only thing coming to mind right now is Sun-IN.

Juliet Farmer said...

i used hydrogen peroxide to highlight my BROWN hair. i had orange streaks for months.

buttah said...

I accidentally set my window sill on fire!! I lived across the road from a cemetary (yes creepy, I know) and a friend was spending the night with me. These two guys that we were dating went and hid out in the cemetary waiting for my Mom to go to bed so they could come over and talk to us. Well it was my bright idea to light a birthday candle and cover it with a STYROFOAM cup! I took the end off, like a lamp shade, but yeah, well...it still burned and caught the wood on fire. Needless to say, my Mom was pissed and said, "why didn't you just ask if they could come over??" DUH!!!

Leah B said...

I did way too many dumb things as a teenager to even start listing. Late nights out and bad choices ... not a good combo!

accidentalgypsy said...

freshman year of college, my best friend came home with me for the weekend, we went to the local amusement park and met some random guy that worked there. Went back home and told my parents that I was gonna drive around and show my friend the town. Nope, we ended up meeting up with that guy and his friend, had a drink or two and then drove home. Not sure what was stupider, going to a random person's house without anyone knowing where we were, or drinking and driving.

BrendaL71 said...

Man, I know I wasn't that good. I mostly got in trouble for not doing well in school. I didn't like to do my homework and tested bad. It's sort of sad that I can't think if anything off the top of my head but I never did the drinking, driving without a license or even experiment with my hair. I was always too afraid of the repercussions.

Lindsay Elizabeth said...

Oooh something really dumb, so many choices. BUT the worst must be when my parents left me home alone my senior year for a weekend. I had a party got really drunk and ended up leaving the water running in my upstairs bathroom sink on (I spilled orange soda+ Bacardi O on my white shirt and stuck my shirt in the sink and left the water running when I went to change... never went back to turn it off.... ). Needless to say water started coming through the light fixture/door jam/smoke detector.... it was bad. very very bad.

Autumn said...

I went parking one time with this guy in my moms car. It was almost summer (and in Arizona) so we left the a/c on the whole time. Of course when we went to leave the battery was dead. We had to call someone to come jump us. So embarrassing! Of course that is just one of many stupid things I did as a teenager. :)

apganes@msn.com

cindy r said...

So many to pick from, many of which would probably get you in big trouble or worse. My friends and I would put all our money together and I'd stand in front of the liquor store and ask "adults" to buy us beer. I never had a problem. I can't imagine buying some kid liquor today.
writeoncindy(at)yahoo(dot)com

Twins + 1 said...

I changed a grade on my report card...a D to a B. Sooo stupid!!
Brannanflooring@aol.com

DaphneSFL said...

There are probably too many to name. One in particular involved plagiarizing a poem from what i thought was a totally obscure calendar..not the case. My literature teacher knew it. Busted.

Denise said...

This is so typical, but when my parents were out of town I used to have friends over, and we stupidly took pictures. Our freshman year of college, my mom was down in DC and went to visit my best friend who was going to school down there, and noticed on her photo wall pictures from some of those parties, recognizing her own house in the pictures. That was an interesting moment for Katie.

Denise F.

Carol5814 said...

Many dumb things my friends and I did were fueled by Boone's Farm Strawberry Hill...

Bernadette7 said...

I used to hide under the bleachers during gym and smoke cigarettes...probably not the best for growing lungs.

Kimmi said...

When I was 13, I lied to my mother and went somewhere forbidden(nothing salacious happened, but my 13 yr old self, thought I was being rebellious). The stupid part comes in when I confessed at 16. She then informed me that I couldn't be trusted and I basically had to live like a hermit for a year.

Leslie said...

Just before I was 16, I threw a party when my parents went out of town. I lied to my married sister that I was spending the weekend with my BF, needless to say, lots of alcohol, kids I didn't even know, huge messes including vomit, and a 25 yo neighbor who camped on her porch watching over us without my knowing - best neighbor ever! Totally got busted, my mom said she knew the moment she came in house...too clean and the lingering scent of Lysol. LeslieGC

Dawn in CA said...

Probably the stupidest thing I did in high school was to drive before I had my license! I can't even believe I got away with (and survived!) driving to San Francisco at age 15 in my mom's car...without her knowing! I guess payback really is a bitch because my almost-16 yo son is turning my hair gray with his driving!

equinn726 said...

When I was a Sr. in H.S., my cousin and I told our parents that we were staying over at each other's houses, then we went over to an older friend's house and got really drunk. Anyhow, our parents found out about it, came to get us (to add to the embarrassment), and in addition to the wicked hangover we ended up with the next day, we were both grounded for a looooong time! Really stupid!

Jenn3128 said...

When I was 17 I got pulled over for having a busted headlight, bad things happen if you happen to have an "over 21" hand stamp, a fake ID and a little baggie of weed in your car all at the same time! DUMB!

Lesley Davis, esq said...

Probably the stupidest thing I did was smoke. Or maybe staying up until 4 am drinking the night before SATs. Oops!

Erin G said...

I did a little minor shoplifting in high school - nail polishes and such. Then later I got a job at the same store.

Becki***** said...

In high school, was pretty much perfect. College too. But my daughter pretty much did almost everything stupid one can do during her years .. .

By the way - I have a REALLY hard time with your anti robot detector. It's the worst I come across . very very very blurry

robynn78 said...

Told my Art History Professor that I had a thing for him before I traveled to Europe with a friend... I was 19, he was 38... yea, that was the gutsy, yet not my best idea ever :o)

EBrowning said...

When I think back on some of my driving experiences I cringe! My mom would have probably had a heart attack if she knew all that her car went through and all the near misses it had. I was young and stupid for sure!

your invisible pixie said...

oI ditched school to do a play (!!) and didn't tell my parents I was doing it...but then I really wanted them to come see me so I called them while I was there. SO DUMB. I got my car taken away :(

Kristi said...

I'm sure I did stupid things but nothing specific comes to mind. When I was in college, though, I was home one weekend and my sister came home from a friend's house high as a kite. It was obvious to me that she'd been smoking pot. My mom, however, didn't have a clue and kept asking my sister what was wrong and why she was acting so weird. My sister ended up going back out with some different friends and DROVE HERSELF! Looking back now, I wish I would have said something because she was obviously in no shape to be driving. Fortunately, nothing happened to her.

aggiekristi04

Anonymous said...

My friend and I went downtown to an underage club. We couldn't find where we parked our car afterwards. We wandering around a bad neighborhood looking for it. We finally found it and made it out safe but I regret going down there at all.

-Donna W.

Susan @ The Book Bag said...

Really dumb things? Well as teenagers growing up in small town USA, what could we do but drink, drink, drink? I would kill my kids if they did what I did in high school. Oh wait, maybe they did. Ummmm, I don't want to know!

Thanks for the great giveaway!

Melissa said...

Ahh so much stupid...I guess the biggest thing I did that was stupid was play games during dating. Why did I think that would make things better???
-tmd636

Anonymous said...

While traveling home on the ski club bus, I threw up
(because we were drinking) in my friends ski boot! Not my own, maybe that was pretty smart ! Michelle m!

keltban said...

I didn't do a lot of stupid things in high school, but college was a different story. One of my finest moments (not) was when I kept pursuring a boy that was in a significant releationship. And the girl he was with was friends of a good friend of mine. I didn't seem to know when to stop goinging after him. Just Dumb!

Kelly said...

Probably start smoking

Amelia said...

I was sober and allowed a drunk person to drive me home

Dolly said...

When I was a teenager, I hitchhiked to Florida (from Indiana)

jcsites2002 at hotmail dot com

Christina said...

Oh boy...so many things. The first thing that comes to mind is I kissed the boy my friend had a huge crush on and never told her about it. What a bad friend I was.

ChristinaL

lucy872 said...

I don't really remember a stupid thing in high school, but in my freshman year of college I was still a teen (19) and I remember drinking too much and my roomate and I were walking down the hall of our dorm and we fell into each other and then hit the wall. The next day I actually had a bruised face and couldn't remember what had happened. My older sister came for a visit that day and I was very embarrassed. Luckily she found it amusing!

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