Wednesday, April 17, 2019

BLOG TOUR: Starworld by Audrey Coulthurst and Paula Garner

Welcome to the Official Blog Tour for Audrey Coulthurst and Paula Garner's Starworld!!! Today, on our tour stop, we an en exclusive excerpt AND a tour-wide giveaway to share! So... Check it out and grab your copy now!!! Follow the tour, HERE!!!

Young Adult
Publish Date:
April 16, 2019
Candlewick Press

Sam Jones and Zoe Miller have one thing in common: they both want an escape from reality. Loner Sam flies under the radar at school and walks on eggshells at home to manage her mom’s obsessive-compulsive disorder, wondering how she can ever leave to pursue her dream of studying aerospace engineering. Popular, people-pleasing Zoe puts up walls so no one can see her true self: the girl who was abandoned as an infant, whose adoptive mother has cancer, and whose disabled brother is being sent away to live in a facility. When an unexpected encounter results in the girls’ exchanging phone numbers, they forge a connection through text messages that expands into a private universe they call Starworld. In Starworld, they find hilarious adventures, kindness and understanding, and the magic of being seen for who they really are. But when Sam’s feelings for Zoe turn into something more, will the universe they’ve built survive the inevitable explosion?

In a novel in two voices, a popular teen and an artistic loner forge an unlikely bond — and create an entire universe — via texts. But how long before the real world invades Starworld?


I pull out my phone and nearly drop it in surprise when I see who messaged.
Zoe: Still hoping you’ll change your mind about the painting . . .
Before I can even process the first text, a second one comes through.
It’s like it was made for this show! It evokes the main character’s longing for the home he can’t remember (another planet). Also, it’s incredibly professional-looking. You’re really talented.
My stomach does a weird little flip.
I put my phone down on my nightstand for a minute and then pick it up again. The words are still there. She’s given me the opening I spent all afternoon trying to figure out how to create. If Will can ask Kitty out without quacking it up, surely I can compose one text message.
Me: *opens databank and activates thinking.exe*
Microseconds after I hit send, I curse my stupidity. Zoe can’t possibly even know what I’m talking about. I’m babbling the kind of ridiculous gobbledygook only Will would make sense of, and he probably only understands me because of his obsessive interest in robotics and vintage computers. Attempting to be human is a waste of time. I should do my homework or think about how I’m going to respond to my dad—or if I should even bother. After all, if he wanted to see me, maybe he should have thought about that before he put an ocean between us.
Zoe’s response comes through faster than I expected.
*admires processing capacity*
Instead of fl ipping, this time it feels like my stomach is trying to exit through a random hole. She’s playing my game. I can’t resist responding.
Me: *completes processing; concludes that painting may be used*
Quack me.
My immunity to Zoe Miller has been compromised.
Copyright © 2019 by Audrey Coulthurst and Paula Garner

Praise for STARWORLD

An unlikely friendship blossoms between two high school seniors…in the deft hands of co-authors Coulthurst (Inkmistress, 2018, etc.) and Garner (Relative Strangers, 2018, etc.), the well-realized main characters and deeply insightful descriptions of complex emotions combine into an unusually thoughtful novel…Readers seeking characters facing challenges with honesty, bravery, and kindness will appreciate this book with its reminder that our outward lives often don’t reflect who we really are. ―Kirkus Reviews


**About the Authors**
Photo Credit: Evrim Icoz Photography
Paula Garner spends most of her time writing, reading, or making good things to eat and drink. She is the author of YA contemporary novels Starworld, Relative Strangers, and Phantom Limbs, which was a 2017 Illinois Reads selection for grades 9-12. Follow her on social media.

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Photo Credit: Evrim Icoz Photography
Audrey Coulthurst writes YA books that tend to involve magic, horses, and kissing the wrong people. When she’s not dreaming up new stories, she can usually be found painting, singing, or on the back of a horse.

Audrey has a Master’s in Writing from Portland State University and studied with Malinda Lo as a 2013 Lambda Literary Foundation Fellow. She lives in Santa Monica, California.

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