I am here, I am here, I am here, and I'm really sorry to have been gone for so long, and there's too much to say about what's been going on, so let me just not even go into it but let me bring you an amazing book to start off the New Year for you on Booking with Manic!
We all love Jen Lancaster don't we??
I hear you all squealing! Well, this time it's not a memoir, it's fiction, and I'm just going to put it out there for you to die over.
HERE I GO AGAIN is her absolute, best, most amazing, incredible book EVER written!
There. I said it.
Yes, we all know that Jen is a fabulous memoirist who has cracked us up over her witty tell-all true stories. But could we have ever expected that she is a MASTERMIND of fiction?
Truly! A MASTERMIND!
In Here I Go Again, we meet Lissy Rider, who is the girl we all love to hate in high school. I mean, she has EVERYTHING. The perfect pink car, the perfect hot boyfriend, the perfect crew of friends who do anything and everything she says, the perfect parents who dote on her.
The girl we can't stand! And in the beginning of Here I Go Again, you really HATE her. Like you want her to fail in every possible way! And things do start looking bad for poor Lissy Ryder. And then, by some magical elixir, she finds a way to go back in time, to try to save herself from a horrible future.
And then she keeps bee-bopping back and forth in time, and IT'S AWESOME! I'm amazed at how fluidly Jen Lancaster can transform Lissy Ryder back and forth and in such a way that it's believably done!
I think someone said it or maybe it's on the back of the book, but this is truly Mean Girls meets Back to the Future. It's Lindsay Lohan vs. Michael Keaton in the best possible way. You'll tear through these pages to see what happens and even though you'll loathe Lissy Ryder at page one, you'll cheer from the sidelines at the end and want her to be so happy at the end!
Supporting characters and very fun '80s nods add so much to the book, plus the fact that there are so many mentions to places where I used to hang out when *I* was in high school -- Oak Brook Mall, Hinsdale, Lyons Township was one of our rival high schools… it was so cool to think I might have been a part of Lissy's hate club back in the day (she never would have deemed ME cool enough to hang with her!) the book is so much fun to read!
If you'd like to win a copy of HERE I GO AGAIN here's what you have to do… since Whitesnake music is such a big part of the book, tell me three songs/CDs/cassettes/albums/8-tracks/MP-3s that played a big part of your high school existence.
Here are 3 of mine that for no other reason, they come to me at the top of my head right now:
Midnight Blue by Lou Graham
Anything by Boston
And I just had to look up Howard Jones because we played that cassette tape all the time in my Pontiac J200 -- that was my car that I drove in high school--and I had two bumper stickers -- FLORIDA NATIVE and PARTY ANIMAL on the back!
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