July 7, 2013

Giveaway: A Really Awesome Mess by Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin

Hey book lovers!  We are so excited to be able to bring to you another
awesome giveaway, thanks to the awesome people at
Media Masters Publicity!

Just complete the Rafflecopter at the end of the post for a chance
to win a hardcover copy of A Really Awesome Mess
by Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin!

Review coming soon!


A hint of Recovery Road, a sample of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and a cut of Juno. A Really Awesome Mess is a laugh-out-loud, gut-wrenching/heart-warming story of two teenagers struggling to find love and themselves.

Two teenagers. Two very bumpy roads taken that lead to Heartland Academy.
Justin was just having fun, but when his dad walked in on him with a girl in a very compromising position, Justin’s summer took a quick turn for the worse. His parents’ divorce put Justin on rocky mental ground, and after a handful of Tylenol lands him in the hospital, he has really hit rock bottom.

Emmy never felt like part of her family. She was adopted from China. Her parents and sister tower over her and look like they came out of a Ralph Lauren catalog– and Emmy definitely doesn’t. After a scandalous photo of Emmy leads to vicious rumors around school, she threatens the boy who started it all on Facebook.

Justin and Emmy arrive at Heartland Academy, a reform school that will force them to deal with their issues, damaged souls with little patience for authority. But along the way they will find a ragtag group of teens who are just as broken, stubborn, and full of sarcasm as themselves. In the end, they might even call each other friends.
A funny, sad, and remarkable story, A Really Awesome Mess is a journey of friendship and self-discovery that teen readers will surely sign up for.

add to goodreadsA Really Awesome Mess
by Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin
Publication Date:  July 23, 2013
Publisher:  EgmontUSA

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Trish Cook

Trish is the author of four YA novels: So Lyrical, Overnight Sensation, Notes from the Blender, and A Really Awesome Mess. She also writes women’s fiction aimed at “teenagers trapped in a mom’s body.” Her personal essays have appeared in Graze Literary Magazine and Spittoon, and she is currently completing her memoir, tentatively titled Bret Michaels at the Symphony.

When she’s not writing, Trish is a runner, rower, music and pop culture fanatic. She has run two full and four half marathons, rows with a master’s crew, sees live music at every chance, writes songs, plays guitar and sings with her own basement-bound band, and dreams of being on The Amazing Race. You can visit Trish at

Connect with the Author:  Website | Twitter | Facebook

Brendan Halpin

I grew up in Cincinnati, went to college in Philadelphia, and also lived in Taipei and Edinburgh along the way. I’ve lived in Boston since 1991.

I became a professional writer in 2000, writing about my late wife Kirsten’s breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Kirsten died in 2003, leaving me and our daughter Rowen. I married Suzanne in 2005 and got her kids Casey and Kylie in the deal too. Bargain! Suzanne and I live with our three kids and dog in the shadow of Franklin Park in Jamaica Plain, best neighborhood on earth.

Connect with the Author:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads


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  1. Christina K.

    Because I love it when it’s a different storyline with amazing characters and I’ve heard lots of awesome things about both authors:)

    Thank you:)

  2. Tammy

    Sounds like a fun read. Laugh out loud teenage love story, right up my alley.

  3. Hazel

    Awesome giveaway! Too bad, I’ve already finished this one. In fact, I’ve already reviewed this one so if you’re interested to check it out, I’ve posted about it here:

    It’s a really good book! Good luck to you guys! :)

  4. Shannon Thackrah

    Thanks so much for the give-away! I want to read this book because:
    1) The cover is so beautiful and interesting
    2) I love the premise and plot. It makes it sound like it could be one of those books were everything is so detailed you almost feel like you can see the movie in your head
    3) I think the romance is going to be great in this
    4) I’ve heard great things about the Authors other YA books.


  5. Veronica Vasquez

    I want to read this book because it sounds amazing!!

  6. John Leutz

    I love your site/blog and love the giveaways.
    I think this books description makes me want to read it.

  7. Christine

    I love stories that are humorous with a lot of heart–and I also love reading about damaged characters (because really, aren’t we all damaged in some way?) working through their issues :)

  8. I would like to read this book because it has just captured my attention & I think it will be a great read!

  9. Lisa Vazquezanzua

    I want to read this because I love to read a book that makes me laugh out loud while reading. And it just sounds really good!! Thank you so much for another awesome giveaway!!

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