Welcome to the official Blog Tour for Tiffany Pitcock's debut Young Adult novel, Just Friends! The tour will consist of various select posts from participating blogs. Today, we will close the tour with a guest post topic of the author's "Top 10 Books That Inspired Her Writing." Plus, we have a tour-wide giveaway to share with you, too! So... Check it out ant grab your copy today!
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August 1, 2017
A new spin on the classic smart-girl-and-bad-boy setup, this witty contemporary romance shows how easily a friendship – even one built on an elaborate lie – can become so much more.
Jenny meets Chance for the very first time when she is assigned as his partner in their Junior Oral Communications class. But after they rescue a doomed assignment with one clever lie, the whole school is suddenly convinced that Little-Miss-Really-Likes-Having-A’s and the most scandalous heartbreaker in school have been best friends forever. It’s amazing how quickly a lie can grow―especially when you really, really want it to be the truth.
With Jenny, Chance can live the normal life he’s always kind of wanted. And with Chance, Jenny can have the exciting teen experiences that TV shows and movies have always promised. Through it all, they hold on to the fact that they are “just friends.” But that might be the biggest lie of all.
Debut author Tiffany Pitcock delivers a spot-on depiction of first love and the high school rumor mill in Just Friends, chosen by readers like you for Macmillan's young adult imprint Swoon Reads.
I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was eight, so pretty much everything had shaped my writing in one way or the other. But there are ten books/series that have had a bigger effect than anything else.
1. The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot
If I had to point to one series, one writer, that made me want to be a writer it’s the Princess Diaries. It’s Meg Cabot. Mia Thermopolis was the first fictional character I ever extremely related to and the PD series had the balance of wit and pop culture that I wanted to capture in my own writing.
2. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
This book was my life in eighth grade. Reading it was an experience. I’d never read something that made me feel so much before. The writing moved me, and I wanted to be able to accomplish that with my own craft someday.
I know, I know, okay? I was fifteen and Twilight was huge and being into it is probably what solidified my resolve to work to finish something someday (and for wanting to write romance in general).
4. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
Full confession: Sarah Dessen’s writing taught me it’s okay to do page breaks (I think that’s what they’re called?). I was young and thought you had to describe every single action in the book, but Dessen often skips to a scene with action in it instead of telling us how to get there. My writing was a lot smoother after that.
5. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
This book, man, this book. Everyone is so well rounded! Anna has flashes of being unlikable but that don’t make her terrible and St. Clair isn’t one dimensional and it inspired my character building so much.
I don’t think I’ve ever made it through a Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants book without crying, even when it was happy. The emotional range of that series is phenomenal.
7. Peeps by Scott Westerfeld
Peeps was probably the first book that really scared me and had me on edge. The fact that someone could do that with their words was something new to me, something exciting.
I think this book is just so pure and uplifting.
9. Freeze Tag by Caroline B. Cooney
This book has stuck with me for years. I read it in elementary school and the premise still sticks with me.
This is another book I read in middle school that inspired young me a lot.