December 24, 2015
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What’s Broken Between Us by Alexis Bass!
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Alexis Bass’s heartbreakingly beautiful second novel is a tale of love, loss, and learning to forgive.
Look to the left, look to the right. We’re all going to die. But someone has to do it first. So who’s it going to be?
Tragedy struck Amanda Tart’s town a year and a half ago when a sophomore girl was killed in a car accident on graduation night.
Amanda’s brother, Jonathan, was behind the wheel and too drunk to drive. He’s spent the past year in prison and has cut off all ties. But now Jonathan is coming home. Just as Amanda’s trying to figure out what that means for her family and herself, she’s paired up for a school project with Henry Crane—a former crush, and brother of Jonathan’s ex-girlfriend, who survived the crash with horrible injuries.
Everyone is still incredibly damaged by the events of that night. Can Amanda and Henry finally begin to heal what’s broken and find some peace?
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Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)
A year and a half ago, Amanda Tart’s brother got behind the wheel drunk and killed his best friend. Today, he’s coming home from prison.
What was your inspiration for writing this book? Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?
I wanted to write a book about the fallout after someone causes an accident as horrific as the accident Jonathan’s in, and how the aftereffects reach many people—beyond the girl throwing the party, the boy who drove drunk the same night and got home fine, the people at the party who watched them leave, the others in the car.
Tell us about the main character(s).
Amanda is funny, she likes to joke, is a little sarcastic, likes to argue, but she still finds herself reverting shutting down and staying quiet, moving into safe spots, and accepting temporary happiness, because she’s a deep thinker and is having trouble wading through the aftermath of her brother’s accident.
Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?
I’ll share a few! This quote, from The Adults by Alison Espach, “Your childhood is always ending and your adult self is always beginning. You are always learning how to say good-bye to whoever you were at the dinner table the night before.”
This quote from The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, “We mistook violence for passion, indolence for leisure, and thought recklessness was freedom.”
And from Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: the last twenty pages and The Cool Girl monologue.
Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing? If so, why?
The initial scenes with Henry and Amanda were pretty tough to write because they were dealing with the fallout from the accident in such different ways, it was hard to figure out what they were going to say to each other at first. And everything Jonathan did, said, and thought was hard to write because he was in such a dark place of self-destruction.
What sort of projects do you have going on right now. Any new books coming out?
No books I can announce at this time, but I’m currently working a romance-heavy YA with a twist.
It was great having you on the blog today! We hope you’ll decide to stop by again someday, and we wish you much success in your writing future!!
This was great! Thank you for having me! xo
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