August 11, 2015
Hello fellow readers, and welcome to our Tour Stop for
The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy!
We are so excited to have Alexandra stop by and talk about friendship
and about her novel, The Creeping.
There’s also an amazing giveaway, which you can find at the end of the post.
Romance, friendship, and dark, bone-chilling fear fill the pages of a summertime thriller in the spirit of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Twelve years ago Stella and Jeanie vanished while picking strawberries. Stella returned minutes later, with no memory of what happened. Jeanie was never seen or heard from again.
Now Stella is seventeen, and she’s over it. She’s the lucky one who survived, and sure, the case is still cloaked in mystery—and it’s her small town’s ugly legacy—but Stella is focused on the coming summer. She’s got a great best friend, a hookup with an irresistibly crooked smile, and two months of beach days stretching out before her. Then along comes a corpse, a little girl who washes up in an ancient cemetery after a mudslide, and who has red hair just like Jeanie did. Suddenly memories of that haunting day begin to return, and when Stella discovers that other red-headed girls have gone missing as well, she begins to suspect that something sinister is at work. And before the summer ends, Stella will learn the hard way that if you hunt for monsters, you will find them.
Girls Who Ride and Fight Together
When I was in the fourth grade, I had two best friends – let’s call them Emmy and Kate. We were an awesome posse of three until some drama ensued about a friendship necklace having only two halves, and BAM, Emmy decided she wanted to downgrade to a twosome. What was worse, she wanted Kate as her one-and-only. She presented Kate with a choice: either kick me to the curb or lose Emmy as a friend. I’ll forever be grateful to Kate’s mom, who told her daughter that a friend should never ask you to choose between people you care about. Kate chose me and Emmy kept both halves of her coveted friendship necklace.
While there isn’t much in my debut novel, The Creeping, that resembles my life, main character Stella faces a dilemma loosely inspired by Emmy’s long-ago ultimatum. It’s more nuanced, and I hope readers forgive the friend who asks another to choose and that they see the ultimatum for what it is, insecurity and fear. My point is, Emmy and Kate had a profound impact on me – so profound that even though I went to school with both girls for less than a year before my family moved, I think about Emmy and Kate often. I wonder what kind of friend Emmy grew into.
There’s often so much focus placed on crushes and romances in entertainment and fiction, and I think that friendships between girls leave profoundly lasting impressions, even when they’re not life-long or all that great. When I was setting out to write my first novel, including fully realized friendships was a must. The Creeping is as much a story about friendship and its challenges as it as the story of mystery and secrets.
Luckily my book isn’t alone in exploring what it means to be bonded and loyal. Here’s a few of my favorite friendships, the kind you bet your life on, in Young Adult fiction. These girls are the turn-around-and-fight-for-each-other type.
Aria, Emily, Spencer, and Hanna from Pretty Little Liars. Confession: I’ve watched PLL on TV but never read Sara Shepard’s books. Aria, Emily, Spencer, and Hanna keep me coming back even through the series’ sometimes outlandish twists. They have each other’s backs no matter what, and it’s so good watching these four very different girls stay bonded.
Lena’s and Hana’s friendship in Lauren Oliver’s Delirium trilogy survives revolution and war. This book is about so much more than romantic love or dystopian governments. At its core is this very believable friendship between two girls. Oliver begs the question, what is friendship without love?
I’m cheating by including Phee and Sky in Lee Kelly’s City of Savages. They aren’t just friends, they’re sisters. Phee feels like post-war Manhattan is a cage; Sky thinks of their Central Park POW camp as the only home she’d ever want. They’re polar opposites; but when the two are forced to flee the only safety they know, they need their bond more than ever.
Samantha and Annamae in Stacey Lee’s Under a Painted Sky are runaways and wanted fugitives in 1849. Both fear for their lives and are fleeing to the unknown of the west. These girls form a powerful friendship as they disguise themselves as boys on the Oregon Trail.
What are some of your favorite female friendships in YA? Tweet them to me!
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