Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda: Exclusive Cover Reveal + giveaway

June 16, 2014 2014, cover reveal, food in books, giveaway, lgbtq, realistic fiction, Wendy 141

Sometimes all you need to hear are 10 words to know that you desperately want a book. A few months ago, these were the words I saw on Twitter to describe Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli:

You’ve Got Mail starring gay teenage boys with good grammar.

Doesn’t that sound intriguing? That short description speaks to a certain playfulness, attention to detail, and romantic nature that I find so appealing. Not to mention the fact that it’s a LGBTQ story, which we need to see more of in YA fiction.

Today, we’re so pleased to host the exclusive cover reveal for this highly anticipated book. It’ll be out from Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins on April 7th, 2015, and here’s your very first look!

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

 

Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

Becky AlbertalliAbout the Author

Becky Albertalli is a clinical psychologist who has had the privilege of conducting therapy with dozens of smart, weird, irresistible teenagers. She also served for seven years as co-leader of a support group for gender nonconforming children in Washington, DC. These days, she lives in Atlanta with her husband and son, and writes very nerdy contemporary young adult fiction. 

Becky’s debut novel, SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA, releases from Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins on April 7th, 2015. Visit her website, find her on Goodreads, or send her a tweet.

Feel free to grab and share the cover art!

We have the author with us today to tell us a little more about the book, along with a guest from the publisher’s art department to talk about how the story was conceptualized for the cover. Um, how many people have R.E.M.’s art director design the cover for their books? Simon, you’re a lucky bastard.

 

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Five Things You Should Probably Know About Simon Spier
by Becky Albertalli

1. He likes Oreos.
No, but seriously. He REALLY likes Oreos. He would literally eat Oreo products every day, for every meal, exclusively, if he could get away with it. Oreo is not a cookie. It’s a food group. It’s a lifestyle.

2. He’s never kissed a boy.
But he strongly suspects that it’s awesome. Probably more awesome than Reese’s cups. Maybe even more awesome than Oreos. Maybe.

3. His family is a freaking handful.
Simon’s dad fancies himself a hipster. His mom is way too curious about Simon’s personal life. His older sister is the queen of political correctness, and his younger sister just wants to fly under the radar. Also, his dog is basically Justin Bieber in Animagus form.

4. He’s sort of falling in love.
Over email. If that’s even possible. Because there’s this boy. He’s weird, funny, mysterious, and grammatical. He likes superheroes and secret identities – and he gets it. He gets why Elliott Smith is the greatest singer/songwriter who ever lived. He gets how you can know someone so completely, without really knowing him at all. He gets Simon.

The only problem is, you can’t kiss a boy through an email.

5. He would absolutely, 100% adore this cover.
Speaking of people who get Simon: Alison Klapthor and Chris Bilheimer TOTALLY nailed it. This cover, with its band poster vibe, is Simon to the core – and it’s exactly how Simon would want you to see him. And for a book about a boy falling in love anonymously over email: what could be more perfect than a speech bubble for a face?

Basically, what I’m trying to say is that I won’t judge you if you want to make out with this cover. I want to. I may or may not have already tried.

So, since this cover basically turns me into a gushing, inarticulate fangirl, I’m going to pass the mic to Alison and let her talk about her design process (SPOILER: She is cooler than me. She is cooler than everyone).

 

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Note from Alison Klapthor (Associate Art Director at HarperCollins):

I love Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda for so many reasons. The setting resonated with me in particular — I went to college in Athens, Georgia, and my friends and I would always go to Atlanta and hit Little Five Points, the Varsity, etc. – so many of the cool places referenced in the novel. I also really liked that music is such a big part of the book, and so important to Simon himself. Athens is very much a music lovers’ town; several great indie bands came out of there, most notably R.E.M. and the B-52s. (I like to think that Simon would have gone on to undergrad there.) I completely connected with Simon’s music nerdiness, which inspired my concept for the cover.

Immediately I thought the cover should look like a band t-shirt, or the kind of poster for a show you’d see on every corner in Athens. And this of course made me think of my friend Chris Bilheimer, whom I met when I was in school. He had the dreamiest job of being R.E.M.’s art director, and did much of their packaging and promos for years. He’s since gone on to design for other big bands and movies. Chris has an enviable portfolio of iconic work and is an excellent conceptual thinker. I contacted him to do something like he would do for a band, but for our book. To my delight, he was interested and totally nailed the themes in the story in a very rock-and-roll way. We all loved it from the start, and were thrilled that Becky was so happy with it too.

 

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Win an autographed Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda ARC + cookies!

Thanks to our lovely friends at Balzer + Bray, our readers have the chance to win an autographed advance copy of this book + a box of Oreos. (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda won’t be out for another 10 months, but winners will receive ARCs as soon as they roll off the press.) Wait, did I say Oreos? I did. Since they play a significant role in this book, winners will get a box of cookies along with their books! SIMON COOKIE GRAMS. The author will even personalize the autographed books to the winners’ liking.

oreosHarper is being super generous with this giveaway, so there will be
6 Simon ARC package winners that we will choose from each of the following platforms:

The Midnight Garden (You’re already here! Rafflecopter + comment will enter you.)
Pinterest (pin + use hashtag #tmgsimon)
Instagram (share + use hashtag #tmgsimon)
Tumblr (share + use hashtag #tmgsimon)
Facebook (share from The Midnight Garden’s official post)
Twitter (tweet using hashtag #tmgsimon in your own words, or copy the suggested text from the Rafflecopter form)

Just fill out the Rafflecopter form and leave a thoughtful comment below telling us why you are jonesin’ for this book. For additional opportunities to win, share this contest on one of the platforms above as directed. For each share, remember to copy the URL for your share into Rafflecopter as well.

This is the only place you’ll be able to win this book for some time, so be sure to enter if you’re interested! Open to U.S. and Canadian residents and 18 and up, or 13 and up with parental permission. See entry form for complete details.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway copies and prizes are provided by the publisher and author. Our thanks to Becky Albertalli and Alison Klapthor for visiting the blog!

Cookie image courtesy of Evan Amos.

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So what do you think, friends? Are you as excited about this book as I am? I’ll leave you with a few words from Brooks Sherman, the author’s agent…

“I might be biased, but this is one of the most compelling YA manuscripts I’ve yet read. It’s one hell of an addictive read, a coming-out story that embraces but also transcends the sexual identity definition of the term.”

…along with Winger author Andrew Smith, who wrote the blurb for the cover jacket.

“I think this book will be a life raft for some kids.”

Sounds like a winner to me.

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141 Responses to “Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda: Exclusive Cover Reveal + giveaway”

  1. Mynxy Davies

    I do wish that our school stocked books like this – when it comes out I’ll have to write to our librarian demanding that she get it – it sounds so brilliant for educating teenagers..

  2. Aleah

    The description made me smile and I can’t wait to read it!

  3. Trix

    I’m heavily into m/m in general, and have started reading more YA titles in that vein. It sounds like Simon and I have very similar musical tastes, too!

  4. Katherine

    Sounds amazing and THAT COVER! Can’t wait to read it.

  5. JBea Young

    Fabulous cover and topic. I can’t wait to pick this one up!

  6. solarsister

    I’d love a copy of the ARC for this book! I’m a teen librarian at a public library, and while I’ve always tried to maintain a diverse collection of YA lit, I am trying to beef up my GLBT collection a little. I’ve recently experienced a couple of my teen regulars coming out to me and I want them to have access to books they can see themselves in!

  7. Michelle R

    I would love this ARC. I’m a school librarian and the GSA sponsor at my hs, so I make an effort to get as many lbgtq books in my library as I can find.

  8. Laura Gokey

    I’m looking forward to this book because I had a friend in high school who was gay, but didn’t want anyone to know. It was hard for him to hide his true self and eventually just let it all out. He felt much better afterwards!

  9. Nikki Robinson

    Why am I excited to read this book? First, an author that is a psychologist? AWESOME. A character that shamelessly loves cookies? DOUBLE AWESOME. His parents sound like mine- a dad that tries really hard to be cool, a mom that is kind of overbearing. I really like books about the LGBTQ community; it’s awesome to see the trend of diversity in YA.

  10. Jessica Collins

    I CANNOT wait to read this book! *grabby raccoon hands*

  11. komal

    The cover is so pretty and I like the title and summary too. Looks like a very good read.

  12. Moira

    I was looking for some new books on Goodreads today and thought that this sounded like something I would enjoy. And who doesn’t love Oreos?

  13. Amanda

    If this book is half as hilarious or creative as Becky herself, we’re all going to be peeing our pants while simultaneously being blow away by her sensitivity and literary style.

  14. Diane

    Becky is awesome. (This is a known fact). Everytime I read something about her book, it makes me smile! ^_^ Can’t wait for the official release. Love the cover art too!

  15. Blair Thornburgh

    Gosh, there are ENDLESS reasons I’m excited to read this.

    1. Becky is amazing and funny and the book will be too.
    2. That COVER. I mean, I know we’re not supposed to judge books by them, but COME ON.
    3. I love stories that involve You’ve Got Mail-esque settings, gay boys, and good grammar.
    4. Oreos
    5-infinity. IT’S GOING TO BE SO GOOD

  16. Marjorie S

    I just know this is going to be an amazing book because Becky wrote it. She is hilarious and sweet. Can’t wait to read it!

  17. Serenity

    I can’t wait to read this book! His family sounds amazing and who doesn’t like reading about falling in love?

  18. Sarah K.

    I’m excited to read this book because of the cover. PLEASE DON’T KILL ME. But I love how the head is missing and it’s a thought bubble. In the description it says that Simon is hiding so the head is gone. Also he is emailing another person back and forth, so if you think of iPhones a though bubble appears when you’re talking to someone. I think that the cover matches the description amazingly. Also why wouldn’t you want to read a book when Oreos play a big part? :)

  19. Christine T

    I’m always excited for new LGBT themed YA books and this sounds great!

  20. Andy

    I really like the sound of this synopsis and its such a fresh new story!

  21. Jamie

    This books sounds so interesting! I always love reading about LGBTQ themes in YA literature, and I can’t wait to see how that’s addressed in this interesting premise…why does it only come out in a year!! :'(
    Jamie recently posted…I PUBLISHED A BOOK!!!

  22. Max Baker

    I’m so excited for this book. I love YA books with LGBT characters in it!

  23. Rachel

    I love grammar, so good grammar makes me happy…I love You’ve Got Mail…I met my husband online, so I love that premise in books/movies…I love Oreos…this book sounds right up my alley!
    Rachel recently posted…Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

  24. Katie F

    That blurb at the top of this post immediately caught my interest in this book!

  25. Larissa

    I haven’t honestly read a lot of LGBTQ books, and this one seems like a great place to improve. Really, the humor involved (the facts the author gave made me laugh hard) sounds sweet, as does the romance. Even with the humor I feel like this one will still be quite emotional.

    Thanks for the giveaway, I’ll be most definitely be entering. Even if I don’t win I have this one high on my TBR. It honestly has so much promise and I’m glad that it’s representing the LGBTQ community in YA, which is frankly quite underrepresented. PLUS OREOS! Omg.

    • Larissa

      Waaaait. I’m confused, is this book open for Canadians and Americans? Lol above the rafflecopter giveaway it says that it’s open to both, but when I click ‘enter to win’ the text says open to residents of the USA only???

      • Wendy Darling

        Oh, Larissa–I’m so sorry1 The contest IS open to Canadians. The Rafflecopter was a mistake, because I duplicated the wrong contest.

        But yeah, doesn’t this sound great? Totally agree about LGBTQ being underrepresented…everywhere, but especially in YA.

        Also, I may have jumped the gun on dismantling a widget that one person was complaining led her to download a virus, and now I think it’s affected the IDs on the comments for some reason? What is going on.

  26. Patrice

    LOVE this cover. I’ve been excited for this book since reading the PW announcement & wow, this cover is so good. Love the band feeling. LOL I feel like a fangirl…I think I want to make out with this cover, haha.

  27. Cam

    I’m always on the lookout for young adult books that cover difficult themes like these, and it’s always a joy whenever I see a lot of sensitivity and empathy in the writing.

  28. ashley

    I love the cover, the title and the premise. Can’t wait to read this! Sounds awesome.

    • Wendy Darling

      That title–I didn’t even talk about how great that title is! So unusual and cool, and definitely memorable. So much greatness in one package.

  29. Sara

    Um….obviously all the reasons – You’ve Got Mail, the great characters, Oreos. What’s not to love? Also, as a high school teacher, I feel this one has some important stuff to say to my audience and thus, to me.

    • Wendy Darling

      as a high school teacher, I feel this one has some important stuff to say to my audience and thus, to me.

      I love that you care so much, Sara. <3 Fingers crossed for your entry! Please don't by shy about earning extra points by sharing it on Instagram, tweeting daily, etc. We have six total winners, and it sounds like something you're really going to enjoy.

  30. Johnny B

    This book sounds unique and different. Plus Andrew Smith gave it some praise so it must be good.

    • Wendy Darling

      Andrew Smith’s blurb, and his words about the book on Twitter, are so great. I hope they’ll catch readers’ attention and help them want to pick up the book.

  31. jaime

    This sounds like such a unique and different premise and I agree! We need more well-written LGBTQ stories and that cover is amazing!

    thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

    xo
    jaime

    • Wendy Darling

      Yes! It sounds like a fresh POV, and one with so much potential to be funny and moving. Glad you entered the contest, Jaime.

  32. Jessica @ Rabid Reads

    I have to admit that I was immediately intrigued by those 10 words, BUT . . . a shared love of Elliott Smith? How could I NOT want this book. Thanks for sharing! This sounds like it might be the same sort of book as Will Grayson, Will Grayson, and I LOVED that, so yeah, onto the wishlist it goes ;)
    Jessica @ Rabid Reads recently posted…Review: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

    • Wendy Darling

      You’re the second person to mention WG, WG. I haven’t read any John Green yet, but I do like David Levithan, so I might have to check that one out sometime. And yeah, I think the music thing is going to make this book very appealing to a lot of readers!

      • Jessica @ Rabid Reads

        Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of John Green. *gasp* BUT this reads VERY differently from the several books of his that I’ve read, and I’ve always assumed it was more reflective of Levithan’s work (even though the only other Levithan book I’ve read is Nick and Nora, which is also co-written). Anyway, WG,WG is much more hopeful and sweet than Green’s work. It really captures that odd combination of naive, teenage innocence and hesitant cynicism. LOVED it.
        Jessica @ Rabid Reads recently posted…Review: Chasers of the Wind by Alexey Pehov

    • Wendy Darling

      April 2015 seems so far away, doesn’t it? Because it IS so far away. *sigh* But I’m pretty sure it’ll be worth the wait!

  33. Thomas

    Dang, The Midnight Garden’s praise of this book combined with its intriguing concept/lauds from so many other sources makes it a must-read. I’m curious about how Albertalli’s protagonist will transcend the typical coming-of-age plot line. I’m also inclined to read this because Albertalli is a licensed clinical psychologist – even if that has little relevance with the book itself, I’d love to read a book by someone with a similar interest.
    Thomas recently posted…Gives Light by Rose Christo

    • Wendy Darling

      You know, when the author sent me her guest post, I was going to shoot her an email saying, hey, do you want to address why you wanted to write this story? But then I read her bio, and I thought–this answers both that question, as well as how she’s qualified to have a sense of what boys have experienced. I’m so excited to read this book–not only because it sounds fantastic, but because I have a lot of faith in her agent’s taste.

  34. Carissa

    This book sounds extremely intriguing to me. I love the fact that LGBTQ is making it’s way into YA novels. I think it’s something that needs to be talked about more. Plus, Simon sounds like a really fun, witty, relatable character.

    • Wendy Darling

      Yeah, we’re definitely seeing more lgbtq YA books than we used to, and I’m glad. And Simon DOES sound like a cool kid to hang out with! I like him already.

    • Wendy Darling

      Well, if you’re dying for a copy, be sure to earn those extra entries by tweeting daily, pinning on Pinterest, sharing on Tumblr, etc, etc! Chances are SUPER good since we plan on choosing a winner from each of those places.

  35. Sarah J.

    This sounds pretty cool! I, too, love Oreos. I heard somewhere that Oreos have an ingredient in i that makes them more addictive than crack. I guess it may true. Plus the cover and that title are definitely eye-catching!
    Sarah J. recently posted…Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting

    • Wendy Darling

      Whoa, really? I have never heard of this! It sounds like an urban legend. Maybe that ingredient is sugar, they always say sugar is the most addictive substance there is. Though “magic” would probably also explain it.

    • Wendy Darling

      Just regular Oreos for me. OH OH OH. I do like the peppermint ones that I think they make around the holidays, though.

      Grammar is important, and if this book was partly sold based on its presence in the book, I know it’s gonna be an agreeable read.

  36. Peyton

    This looks amazing! There really isn’t enough LGBT YA out there, particularly the non-angsty kind (which I feel like this is). I would love to read this and eat oreos. Because I love oreos.
    Peyton recently posted…My Top 5 Bookish Pet Peeves!

    • Wendy Darling

      Totally agree with all of these, especially the non-angsty lgbt YA thing. And also, the Oreos. It’s been years since I had one, and all this talk makes me reaaally want one.

  37. Dahlia Adler

    I can’t even come with a reason NOT to die for this book. That synopsis! That blurb! That cover! LGBT! Oh, and the author is 51 shades of awesome, too ;) I’ve been dying for this book pretttty much since announcement day.
    Dahlia Adler recently posted…Author Spotlight: Trish Doller

  38. Paulina

    This book sounds amazing! I can’t wait to read this, and hello, Oreos. I’m excited that it is a gay love story but is also funny. I’ve never read that anything like that before.

    • Wendy Darling

      I LOVE books that have humor in them, and this one sounds like it’s going to be pretty funny. It’s not that we don’t need coming out stories that are serious, but man, it’s nice to have ones that are more light-hearted, too. I think it sort of reflects the gradual shift we’ve been making to becoming more educated/open to non-nucleur families.

  39. Julia

    Sounds fantastic! Andrew Smith wrote a blurb on the front too so it’s bound to be amazing. :D

  40. Denisa

    I wish this was international! The book sounds great and wow I just absolutely love that cover! I can’t wait to read it when it comes out! :)

    • Wendy Darling

      Blog contests are always restricted because of publishers’ regional restrictions, or because the bloggers are paying for the international shipping themselves. I promise you, all of us would be opening these if we could. But I’m glad you are interested in the book! Hope it arrives in your country around the same time as the U.S.

    • Wendy Darling

      Diverse reads are so important, and it’s so great that your kids have a teacher who’s building a classroom library for them! We have a cover reveal for a book on Monday that features diverse characters as well, though that one is for middle grade readers.

  41. Rebecca

    This sounds really great! Thanks for the post and the giveaway – this is a book that probably would’ve flown right under my radar if I hadn’t read about it here. I’ll definitely be looking out for it now.

  42. Jessamyn

    I know several teens that will love this book and I cannot wait to get this into their hands!

  43. Melissa

    This book sounds interesting and witty! I look forward to reading from the POV of a guy, too.

  44. Nikki

    This book sounds wonderfully refreshing. It really sucks that it doesn’t come out till next year! Guess I’ll have to hope I win a copy :)

    • Wendy Darling

      Hah! That’s the thing about reading blogs, you’re always getting excited about books that don’t come out for aaaages. But yes, fingers crossed that you’ll win a copy. Don’t forget that we’re picking winners from each of the listed social media platforms, so your chances are VERY good if you tweet, Facebook, Pin, Instagram, etc.

    • Wendy Darling

      I know, when I was looking for that cookie graphic, I was daydreaming about how great it would be to have an Oreo right then and there. Or two. Or four.

  45. Louise

    Why am I excited to read this book? You had me at “_You’ve Got Mail_ starring gay teenage boys with good grammer.” Also, Oreos. I may pass the ARC along to my teen group to review but those Oreos will be MINE.

    • Wendy Darling

      Sounds like a. you were sold on the same things I was and b. you are a generous woman but c. your love of Oreos is legion.

  46. Katie

    I think my high school students would really like this book. My students love Will Grayson, Will Grayson and I think this book would also resonate with students who are marginalized.

    • Wendy Darling

      I keep hearing people talk about WG, WG, I need to flip through it sometime. And yes, it sounds like a book that would be relatable to a lot of readers, not limited to just one specific group. I hope your students get a chance to read it eventually next year.

  47. Esther Saavedra

    I’m excited to read it because it seems like the sweetest thing and I look forward to meeting simon.

    • Wendy Darling

      It does look like it’s going to be super cute, doesn’t it?! I can’t wait, I can’t wait, I can’t wait. :)

  48. Brenda

    I really must read this if not just for the reference to my favorite movie, You’ve Got Mail, but it also sounds like a story filled with humor and lots of heart. The cover looks gorgeous, love the design and the speech bubble versus putting a face to the person, wonderful!

    • Wendy Darling

      This would make such a great book manicure! The little pop of blue is one of my favorite parts, so I hope that makes it in. :)

  49. Faye D'Social Potato (@kawaiileena)

    Awwww, like Cait, I can’t join the giveaway due to my blasted geographical destination, but that won’t stop me from commenting! I’m definitely intrigued now… The LGBT community is still too underrepresented in this widely-read market, so I appreciate books like this, especially since it’s a notch more realistic considering it has technology in the mix! There are so many friendships, relationships, and romance blossoming thanks to the Internet, and an LGBT story centering on that while also finding his own place in the world sounds insanely perfect. I really hope this book will have the praise and attention it deserves!
    Faye D’Social Potato (@kawaiileena) recently posted…ARC Review: How to Meet Boys by Catherine Clark

    • Wendy Darling

      Yes! Good point re: technology. I’ve always loved the idea of letter writing seducing lovers, so along with the huge boom in people meeting/becoming involved via the internet, this really is a timely update on that. I hope it’s as funny as it sounds!

    • Wendy Darling

      Yeah, that’s one of those log lines that seemed extremely promising to me–so much promise and in just a handful of words. Can’t wait to see if the book lives up to it!

  50. Megan (Adrift on Vulcan)

    Love both the sound and cover of this book! It sounds like a fun and deep story at the same time, and actually original, though I’m not exactly an expert in LGBT books. Out of all things, I’m particularly curious about this Justin Bieber-esque dog. Because who can say no to a dog like that?

    And squee!!! ANIMAGUS. HARRY POTTER. This author just keeps getting more awesome. Thanks for sharing about this, Wendy!
    Megan (Adrift on Vulcan) recently posted…TL;DR: Sorrow’s Knot by Erin Bow & Poison Dance by Livia Blackburne

    • Wendy Darling

      fun and deep at the same time

      This is exactly what I’m hoping for! We need more humor injected into YA in general, but I think it’s particularly cool to see more coming out stories that aren’t quite so serious. I mean, we need those, too, but sometimes you can get a little oversaturated with the drama.

      The author’s been REALLY great to chat with for this reveal, so I’m betting that’ll translate to her writing style.

    • Wendy Darling

      Oh, I didn’t know that you were on a school committee, Jessica–this one sounds like it’d be a good pick, with lots of good discussion points. I can’t wait to read it either!

  51. Ami Allen-Vath

    I’ve been dying to read this book since I read the blurb…it sounds so, so good. Now that I’ve seen the cover, I NEEEEED it! April 2015 is SOOOOO FAR AWAY!!

    • Wendy Darling

      Oh, I know–I’m sorry we couldn’t open this up internationally! I know it’s hard to get some of our realistic fiction overseas. But you know, territory rights and all that. AND now you know how we feel about your hoarding all the Aussie books on Fishpond and at Dymocks.

      I hope you get your hands on it next year anyway! It sounds like a book you’d love, Cait.

    • Wendy Darling

      Yeah, I really like the red and white and black, and that splash of blue. The graphic/almost graffit-like design is really cool, and appropriate for a male POV. It’s so cool that they were able to get the R.E.M. art director to do it, too!