Thursday, November 12, 2015

Guest Post + Giveaway: How We Fall by Kate Brauning

Hello, readers! It's Kate here. I'm so happy to be here with Carmel and Kyla for my paperback release blog tour! I've got an international Goodreads giveaway and the first chapter you can read below, and then I'm talking about why I write (and read!) YA.

About the Book:

e Fall

Paperback, 304 pages
Published November 1st 2015 by Merit Press

GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:                                                         
Ever since Jackie moved to her uncle's sleepy farming town, she's been flirting way too much--and with her own cousin, Marcus.

Her friendship with him has turned into something she can't control, and he's the reason Jackie lost track of her best friend, Ellie, who left one knows where. Now Ellie has been missing for months, and the police, fearing the worst, are searching for her body. Swamped with guilt and the knowledge that acting on her love for Marcus would tear their families apart, Jackie pushes her cousin away. The plan is to fall out of love, and, just as she hoped he would, Marcus falls for the new girl in town. But something isn't right about this stranger, and Jackie's suspicions about the new girl's secrets only drive the wedge deeper between Jackie and Marcus--and deepens Jackie's despair.

Then Marcus is forced to pay the price for someone else's lies as the mystery around Ellie's disappearance starts to become horribly clear. Jackie has to face terrible choices. Can she leave her first love behind, and can she go on living with the fact that she failed her best friend?

Read Chapter 1!

I’ve always had fun writing stories, and I
wrote a novel all through high school. I loved it, but it just never occurred
to me that I could write for a career. I kept on loving it, though, and in
college I decided that I loved it too much to not try. Writing YA in particularly
has really grabbed me. As an author and editor, I write, read, and edit YA books of all genres. I think the reason YA is so compelling compelling to me is that those years are a significant point of change for most of us.Teenagers are tackling adult issues for the first time—serious relationships,
jobs, shifting authority structures, new limits and opportunities—but they’re
doing it without the years of experience and often without the resources that adults may
have. It’s a vulnerable, heady, thrilling stage in someone’s life. Teens are
also adjusting to greater independence and more authority in their own lives,
but might still be dealing with limitations at odds with those things, like
curfews, not having a car, house rules, and the structures of school. YA
tackles that tension. 

The experiences we have in our young adult years are formative ones, and the mistakes and choices we make can follow us into adulthood. There’s great opportunity, uncertainty, and passion in those
years, and they leave a mark on us. I didn’t start reading YA until I reached
my twenties, and I wish I’d found it earlier—seeing so closely into the lives
of other teens who are wrestling with the same issues and struggles I was
would have been so helpful. I still find myself identifying with the characters in these stories, because people never stop struggling with change.
You don’t grow out of YA.

Since YA explores the lives of young adults, it
can cover a lot of territory. Being a teen for one person may be an entirely
different experience than being a teen is for someone else. However, dealing
with the changes and struggles that go along with being both a person and a
teenager is really what most YA explores. Independence. A changing identity. Choices that affect your future. Serious relationships. Friendships. Family. Sex. Jobs.
Those things are key to YA. And YA needs to be authentic and genuine about what it means to be that age, for that character, in that culture and situation,
because teens can identify pandering and preachy stories so easily, but also
because I think most great authors write to explore, as a way to be genuine and
interact authentically with the world. If I write a story that’s not authentic,
that doesn’t deal with real life and tough issues, I’m missing the whole point
of why I write.

A final reason I love YA is that there’s no reason not to. Teens aren’t a more simplistic or less demanding audience (I've rarely seen a more committed, involved audience), and their stories aren’t any simpler or less worthy. When I came to YA as an adult, what drew me in was the depth of these stories, and that’s what I’ve stayed for, too.

How We Fall is available through:

Author Bio:
Kate Brauning grew up in rural Missouri and fell in love with young adult books in college. She now works in publishing and pursues her lifelong dream of telling
stories she'd want to read. This is her first novel. Visit her online at or on Twitter at @KateBrauning.

 Thank you so much Kate for dropping by  and sharing the reasons 
And if you missed my review of How We Fall, you can view it here.

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