13 February 2012

Guest Post and Giveaway: Girl Meets Boy edited by Kelly Milner Halls

I'm so excited to be part of the fabulous blog tour for Kelly Milner Halls's edited collection Girl Meets Boy. What I have on tap today is a fun collective guest post and an amazingly awesome giveaway.

First take a look at the publisher's summary:

What do guys and girls really think? Twelve of the most dynamic and engaging YA authors writing today team up for this one-of-a-kind collection of “he said/she said” stories—he tells it from the guy’s point of view, she tells it from the girl’s. These are stories of love and heartbreak. There’s the good-looking jock who falls for a dangerous girl, and the flipside, the toxic girl who never learned to be loved; the basketball star and the artistic (and shorter) boy she never knew she wanted; the gay boy looking for love online and the girl who could help make it happen. Each story in this unforgettable collection teaches us that relationships are complicated—because there are two sides to every story.
Doesn't that sound great? Here's a bit more from the publisher about the paired stories found in this collection:
Chris Crutcher and Kelly Milner Halls explore how a dangerous girl named Wanda could turn a handsome guy named John’s world upside down. Joseph Bruchac and Cynthia Leitich Smith introduced basketball warrior Nancy Whitepath and the shy boy, Bobby Wildcat who secretly loves her. Ellen Wittlinger and James Howe captured a boy named Cal’s yearning for love and his puzzling meeting with a girl named Alex. Terry Davis and Rebecca Fjelland Davis proved love can be tough for a Muslim boy and a Christian farm girl. Sara Ryan and Randy Powell proved things aren’t always what they seem with Gavin and Steph.
As part of this tour, the authors featured in Girl Meets Boy were asked to provide some additional insight about their characters. To give them a starting point, the publisher asked the authors following question.

What would your character save if a fire threatened to consume his or her bedroom?
  • Chris Crutcher: John. His girlfriend, and he'd want to get her out of there under a blanket so when his parents came out the front door, they wouldn't see her.
  • Kelly Milner Halls: Wanda. Her dog and the keys to her beat up car; escape, for Wanda, is everything.
  • Joseph Bruchac: Bobby. His karate belt, which he keeps wrapped around the book The Tao of Jeet Kune Do by Bruce Lee.
  • Cynthia Leitich Smith: Nancy. Her parents' wedding photo.
  • Ellen Wittlinger: Alex. The copy of Franny and Zooey her brother, Cal gave her for her birthday.
  • Terry Davis: Rafi. He would save his dear Muttski, of course. How dare you even ask!
  • Rebecca Fjelland Davis: Kerry. The picture of her and Rafi at prom and her first-place ribbon from the county fair.
  • Randy Powell: Gavin. His laptop
  • Sara Ryan: Stephanie. If it's the room at her parents' house, absolutely nothing. If it's where she is staying now, everything essential is in the backpack next to the futon.
Great answers! Now you have some hints about the characters' personalities. For more about this short story collection, watch the book trailer:

The Giveaway:
Okay, here is the part that I'm particularly excited about. I can offer one of my readers a copy of Girl Meets Boy signed by all twelve of the contributors. Yep, you got that right, each and every one of the authors signed a copy. To enter to win, just fill out the form.

Here's a few particulars: You must have a U.S. or Canada mailing address. I'll pick a winner on February 20 using a random number generator and the publisher will mail you your book. Easy as that. Good luck!

Don't miss the final Blog Tour Stop at Chronicle Books tomorrow.

Girl Meets Boy is available at an Indie, at Powell's, and at Book Depository. (These links lead to affiliate programs.)
Published by Chronicle Books, 2012
ISBN-13: 9781452102641
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Beth Hoffman 2/13/12, 10:57 AM  

This sounds like a positively wonderful collection! I am totally hooked. (Enjoyed the video too).

Thanks for offering the giveaway.

Daryl 2/13/12, 11:02 AM  

Sounds like a good read ..

Zibilee 2/13/12, 4:10 PM  

I hadn't heard of this one yet, but I like that it brings so many authors together with so many different perspectives. This sounds like something that I would appreciate.

bermudaonion 2/13/12, 6:54 PM  

I love stories told from multiple points of view. This sounds like so much fun!

Unknown 2/13/12, 7:56 PM  

I just read something about this somewhere else....so wild, and I think it sounds wonderful.

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