Joey made her dad a deathbed promise that she would become a doctor, and dedicate herself to fighting the very cancer that took his life. There’s just one problem -three years into her pre-med classes, she's struggling to stay on top of the curve, let alone prove she's dazzling enough to earn a spot in an Ivy League medical school. In a Hail Mary move, she throws a basic Business 101 class into her semester schedule, banking on a perfect score to boost her GPA.
That is, until she’s paired for a final project with Hawk, the bartending, motorbike-riding, gorgeously bedheaded loser who falls asleep in class and communicates in one-word sentences.
Hawk does whatever he wants, whenever he wants, which sets Joey on edge – in every possible way. As they get to know each other, her urge to scream at him is curbed only by her fantasies of tearing his clothes off. Soon those fantasies become reality, and Joey realizes Hawk makes her feel more fully herself than any of the rich boys her mother and sorority sisters approve of.
But the promise to her father hangs over her head, and the harder Joey tries to succeed in her chosen career, the faster everything falls into a hopeless tailspin of bad grades, broken promises and guilt. It doesn't help to have Hawk sitting like a devil on her shoulder, insisting she should be free to live however she wants to live - like he does.
The only thing Joey knows is that her neatly organized life is crushing her - and Hawk's bad attitude might be the only thing that can save her.
Hiiiii Ashley! Thank you so much for having me over today!
So, you asked me a really cool, unique guest post question (which makes me soooo happy, thank you!!!): Since I write books about real-life problems, what have *I* learned from writing my books?
You’re absolutely right – I *do* write books about real-life problems. Since it’s the New Adult genre, about characters dealing with being away from home from the first time or in college, and really coming into their own as independent adults, I think it’s important to write about issues that affect lots of people when I can. I’ve had a lot of experience with college students, from being one myself to working with them through grad school and beyond, and I know that the subject matter of Picture Perfect (body image issues) and Subject to Change (struggling with career choice) are two HUGE issues for people from ages 18-26, in particular.
So, what have I learned from writing books about Big Issues? Well, simply put: Big Issues bring Big Controversy from misunderstandings in a Big Way. I don’t have a ton of reviews for Subject to Change yet, since it just came out, but I know that Picture Perfect is a clear example of this. It was a book about a girl feeling bad about herself for being a size 12, since just a year before, she had been a size 2. I wanted to communicate that bodily changes are especially tough for girls to handle, especially in a culture that emphasizes appearance.
Unfortunately, what a lot of people thought I was trying to say is that size 12 is fat. (Which, being a size 14 myself, I hope not!)
What it taught me is that anything you’re passionate about, especially when you communicate it creatively, has a high potential to be misunderstood. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go ahead and do it! For every person who MISunderstood the message of my book, there were three more who totally understood it and passed the word on to others. That makes it all worth it.
Thanks again Ashley for the incredible question! Such an honor to be on your blog today!!! <3
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