Hi there readers!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.
Today I have a special treat for you, courtesy of the wonderful folks over at Chronicle Books. (Hi guys!) What kind of treat? Good question. It's actually a two part treat to be exact, so let's get to part number one....the blog tour!
That's right! Today, I get to play host to a blog tour for a title that just celebrated its book birthday a few weeks ago and features a unique story indeed. It's made for the young adult sect (though certain to be found enjoyable to those beyond this age group.... *raises hand*), geared for male readers (with a predominantly male cast, it was bound to be....but rest assured there's plenty for the female audience as well....*keeps hand raised*), and will have you curious to find out what's really going on behind the bright lights right up til the end. Ready for the big reveal? Thought you might be. Todays' book of choice and blog tour guest is....
Frenchy and Stewart. Stewart and Frenchy. If peas in a pod are close, this duo is the human equivalent.....or at least until recent days. Allow we to illuminate the situation. Every morning starts the same. Stewart picks Frenchy (whose real name is Gerry....but looks the part of his nickname, so it stuck) up for school and they head down to their favorite spot....to "clear" their heads (read those quotation marks as "smoke pot"...yep, there is drug use here). Dually ready to face the day, they head out with a smile and a laugh in their signature carefree style. This camaraderie, this bond is what helps them through life's ups and downs, its tragedies and triumphs (and despite their seemingly carefree demeanor, they've each got troubles of their own).
It carries them into trouble and right back out. This time...it's carrying them into the spotlight as Stewart convinces Frenchy to try out for the school musical with him. Frenchy thinks it's a big joke, but goes along with him....after all, what are friends for? Funny thing is though....Stewart seems to have been planning this theatrical interlude for a while and just how long becomes apparent with the school's performance selection; Man of La Mancha. Stewart is aiming for the part of Cervantes aka Don Quixote; Frenchy (as can easily be gleaned), will try for Sancho. (Art imitating life and all that.) Friends til the end, do or die. Supporting each other in their own way through thick and thin....but this time, the supporting role is taking a serious turn as the line between fantasy and reality is blurred beyond recognition. It's gonna take more than "the wild winds of fortune" to carry them onward from the obstacles ahead. Let's hope it does though....before it's too late.
It deals with all those off colored items mentioned above, but it also takes a look at family and friendship...with the realization that often they become one in the same. If not for Frenchy, Stewart would have been beside himself....but the same could be said of Frenchy in his times of need and there have been plenty especially with the recent passing of his father (and certainly with how he passed away). Then take the relationship between Stewart and his hippie parents. It serves its purpose for allowing him free reign of his life, but we also see how that lose approach can create other problems (such as trust, and hesitance to step in when it suits the situation verses their needs) that may not be anticipated at first. Move to Frenchy's Mom, a dedicated woman of today that works long hours to provide for her family, but loves them all the same. Enter Ralph, potential love interest and local drug dealer...sorta. Even though he's the supplier for most of the area, you'll find it hard to really dislike him....much as Frenchy chastises himself about from time to time. Suffice it to say that person to person bonds are explored to their fullest.
I, Don Quixote" song (which I conveniently linked to a video of the performance, or if you'd like to hear a GREAT rendition by Ronan Tynan, check this link for a sample)....betcha it won't happen. It's the perfect play for the leading men in our story. In fact, the events that occur pretty much play out like a modern day Quixote-type adventure....in its full rainbow of colors.
In short, the characters are easy to relate to, the story believable, the ending unimaginable....all of which add up to a great reading experience waiting for you beyond the greenish haze from the Smoking Rock (which by the way, isn't what you think....you'll have to read it to find out more). Recommended read for older teens through adults for the very reasons mentioned previously (no worries, I won't re-hash it....get it?). ARC for review courtesy of Laura at Chronicle Books. (THANKS!) For more information on this title as well as their full catalog of bookish goodness, feel free to check out their website or follow along on Twitter.
Now, it's time for part TWO of the surprise....the CONTEST!
Here's the scoop!
(1) copy of Spinning Out by David Stahler, Jr
How to enter:
Fill out THIS FORM.
* Open for entries Thursday, July 7th, 2011 through Friday, July 15th, 2011 at midnight CST.
* US addresses only, no P.O. Boxes please.
* Winner will be contacted via email by Sunday, July 17th, 2011 and have 48 hours to respond with their mailing information. Failure to send the requested information will result in another winner being selected. That's the breaks! BUT, if you include your mailing information with your entry, that chance of missing out is erased. POOF. Your choice, but I promise after the contest, your information will be deleted.
* Winning name and mailing information will be forwarded to Laura at Chronicle Books for prize send out and then discarded.
So there you have it!
Another book adventure has come and gone with the wind...so to speak.
Good luck to those that enter....and happy reading to one and all!