July 15, 2016
Welcome to our Tour Stop for
Life After Juliet by Shannon Lee Alexander!
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Becca Hanson was never able to make sense of the real world. When her best friend Charlotte died, she gave up on it altogether. Fortunately, Becca can count on her books to escape—to other times, other places, other people…
Until she meets Max Herrera. He’s experienced loss, too, and his gorgeous, dark eyes see Becca the way no one else in school can.
As it turns out, kissing is a lot better in real life than on a page. But love and life are a lot more complicated in the real world…and happy endings aren’t always guaranteed.
The companion novel to Love and Other Unknown Variables is an exploration of loss and regret, of kissing and love, and most importantly, a celebration of hope and discovering a life worth living again.
Book Title: Life After Juliet
Author: Shannon Lee Alexander
Release Date: July 5, 2016
Genre: Contemporary YA
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Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)
Booknerd problem 64: Looking up from your book to discover you’ve been cast as Juliet in the school play. #LifeafterJuliet
What was your inspiration for writing this book? Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?
LIFE AFTER JULIET was inspired by a question posed to me by my editor. She’d asked if I’d ever considered writing a sequel to LOVE AND OTHER UNKNOWN VARIABLES, to which I laughed maniacally because NO! Writing LAOUV was an amazing and necessary experience for me to help deal with my own initial shock at losing someone I loved, but I wanted distance from that pain now that I’d finished LAOUV. But then, my editor said, “Well, it’s just that some of us were wondering…What happens to Becca?”
Immediately, I began wondering the same thing. And the more I thought about Becca—bookish, shy, Becca, who had let her guard down and made a most wonderful friend—Becca, who was now alone again with her brother gone off to college—yes, Becca, what would happen to Becca? I knew I had to write her story. And as it turns out, it was exactly what I needed to help myself again as time and distance were taking me further on my own grief journey after losing my friend Em.
Tell us about the main character(s).
Becca Hanson has never really had friends. She’s always preferred to spend her time lost in the pages of her books. But last year, she made one friend, the greatest friend, who had shown Becca that there is life and fun to be had outside of books. Now that Charlotte is gone, Becca is lost. She wants to bury herself in her books like before, but Charlotte has changed her and suddenly it isn’t enough to just read about other peoples’ lives.
Max Herrera is a talented artist and production designer for the Sandstone High drama club. He has a penchant for quirky T-shirts and an adorably crooked smile. And he’s no stranger to grief, either. He’s always been fascinated by Becca’s ability to block out the world, but what he’d really like is for her to let him in.
Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?
There’s a scene where Becca helps Max set up and try out the new mics for the theater. It’s her first time standing on a stage, and I was so excited for her to feel the power that comes from being in command of the stage. Max asks her to speak into the new mic system and she opens up and tells him about Charlotte. She says one of my favorite lines.
“I was just an outline of a girl when Charlotte arrived. She filled in all the lines with color and life and, I don’t know, good stuff….Now that she’s gone, I feel unmade again.”
Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing? If so, why?
Early in the drafting process, I wrote many scenes in which Becca was trying out different coping mechanisms. Some of these were especially terrible for me to write. Thankfully, they weren’t right for Becca’s character, and they were all cut. I probably should have known something was off when I was writing them from the troubled feeling in my gut.
What sort of projects do you have going on right now. Any new books coming out?
I’m working on a new project that I’m very excited about. It isn’t finished yet. It’s very different from my other stories—darker. Even the humor is darker. It’s set in a dying mountain town and deals with secrets, old mountain ghost stories, and redemption.
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