Published April 21st 2015 by Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
YA > Contemporary | Mystery | Road Trip
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An evocative and compelling story of two sisters who would do anything for each other–perfect for fans of Thirteen Reasons Why and Speak. Joy Preble’s stirring new novel explores the lengths to which sisters go to protect each other, and the winding road that brings two strangers into each other’s lives.
Sisters Leo and Paris Hollings have only ever had each other to rely on. They can’t trust their mother, who hops from city to city and from guy to guy, or their gambler stepfather, who’s moved them all to Las Vegas. It’s just the two of them: Paris, who’s always been the dreamer, and Leo, who has a real future in mind–going to Stanford, becoming a doctor, falling in love. But Leo isn’t going anywhere right now, except driving around Vegas all night with her sister.
Until Paris ditches Leo at the Heartbreak Hotel Diner, where moments before they had been talking with physics student Max Sullivan. Outside, Leo finds a cryptic note from Paris–a clue. Is it some kind of game? Where is Paris, and why has she disappeared? When Leo reluctantly accepts Max’s offer of help, the two find themselves following a string of clues through Vegas and beyond. But the search for the truth is not a straight line. And neither is the path to secrets Leo and Max hold inside.
Welcome to my stop for the Finding Paris Blog Tour! Making a playlist for Finding Paris is kinda hard because this book has so many emotions. With only 8 tracks, I tried to find songs that will help the readers feel the rawness of this book. Again, I tried. I hope you guys like it.
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Let Me In – Grouplove
Go For It – CRUISR
Don’t Stop – Foster the People
Break the Distance – Ashton Edminster
You Never Need Nobody – The Lone Bellow
Make You Feel My Love – Adele
Stay Just A Little – Kina Grannis
Finding Paris might be one of the most poignant books I’ve ever read. Not only was it raw and totally captivating, but it was also real and full of love. Leo and Max and Paris are not perfect characters. Which make them real and more relatable. Joy Preble’s writing is plain beautiful. It’s amazing how she just write these words and it hit us right in the chest and goes through inside our heart and soul. Leo and Max’s journey to find Paris was so far from easy. Both of them are full of hurts and they have a lot of things that they’re keeping inside that really needs to be let out. Some may disagree with Paris’s actions, but me, I thank her. Not only she helped her sister, she also helped Max. The ending was.. I don’t want to give anything away so just read it. Seriously, do yourself a favor and read it.
Joy Preble is a Texas girl who was born and raised in Chicago and a former high school teacher who now writes full time, which means she gets paid for making up stuff. She earned an English degree from Northwestern University and speaks and teaches widely on writing and literacy at libraries and schools, as well as SCBWI, NCTE, AWP, and other conferences.
Joy is the author of THE SWEET DEAD LIFE and its sequel, THE A WORD (May 2014), both from Soho Press. Kirkus hailed THE SWEET DEAD LIFE with “Hallelujah! A paranormal tale of angels…that breaks the mold.”
She is also the author of the DREAMING ANASTASIA series (Sourcebooks) that combines paranormal romance with Russian folklore. DREAMING ANASTASIA was nominated for a Cybil Award in the Teen Sci-Fi/Fantasy Category in 2009. It was named an ABC Best Book for Children, Teen Category in 2009, and was featured in Justine Magazine.
Joy also has a contemporary mystery/romance on the way: FINDING PARIS will be out April 21, 2015 from Balzer and Bray/Harper Collins. Another paranormal mystery/romance, IT WASN’T ALWAYS LIKE THIS, pitched as Tuck Everlasting meets Veronica Mars, arrives from Soho Press in Spring 2016.
In no particular order, Joy loves guacamole, pizza, banana bread, red wine, books, boots of all shapes and sizes, TV, movies, and crazy road trips so she can see the world. She is also fond her family and her dog, in case you were wondering.
Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter
A signed set of DREAMING ANASTASIA trilogy. (domestic US only)
A $10 Starbucks gift card.
An exclusive FINDING PARIS necklace.
A signed set of THE SWEET DEAD LIFE series. (domestic US only)
Signed bookmarks and postcards.