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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Chapter by Chapter Book Tours presents... YOU, ME, & LETTING GO by Katie Kaleski - EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY!

Katie Kaleski
Swoon Romance
RELEASE DATE:  05/14/19
About the book...
Van Sato’s got labels. Tourettes, ADHD, SPD – words that have defined his existence since the time he was old enough to know what they meant. Now, Van wants to prove he’s more than an acronym, a syndrome, a problem kid. He takes a summer job as a day camp counselor to prove he’s capable of independence and moving on to the next phase in his life. Maybe, he might even make a friend while there. Someone who’s got just as many or even more labels than him. Someone who understands what it’s like.

Tabby Dubanowksi wants to forget about everything, the hospitalization, the judgment, the whispers behind her back. As a camp counselor, she will be admired, looked up to, and able to help people who don’t know anything about her old life. Tabby wants a fresh start and a chance to re-ignite her passion for film-making, if only for one summer.

After running away from their pasts, Van and Tabby collide in a storm cloud of attraction laced with self-doubt, insecurity, shame, and blame. Now, with Van feeling like he might have to quit his job, and Tabby struggling to quell the urge to cut, they will struggle to find themselves in a world designed to keep them apart.


~~~ EXCERPT ~~~

(A Van scene)
I made it through taking attendance (ten campers total), Four Square, and lunch. And I still had them all accounted for as we began a game of Red Light, Green Light. But we didn’t make it too far into the game before I heard, “What’s wrong with you?” Followed by, “Why do you do that?” They were just kids; they probably didn’t know better yet. It was the adults who should’ve already known better who got to me.

My campers stood in a random pattern in the grass behind me as I held tight to the clipboard in my hand. Belinda told us we were to keep it with us at all times. I lost everything, so keeping the clipboard in my possession was a big challenge for me, even though the task was quite simple.

I decided to give my campers a quick rundown on Van Sato since they had some questions for me. 

 “Okay, gather around and take a seat.”

It took them a couple of minutes, but they all sat around me as I squatted down and sat back on my feet. I put my clipboard on the ground in front of me and kept my hand on it to keep myself balanced. The grass and I didn’t get along.

“Is it deadly?” Carlos asked. And I’m quite sure he also wiped a booger on his shorts.

“Nope, not at all.”

 “Are we all going to catch it and die?” Lucy asked. I’m pretty sure that’s what she asked. Due to missing her top teeth, she was rocking a pretty good lisp.

 “No. It’s not catching.”

“How did you get it?” Carlos asked. Little dude was full of questions.

“I was born with it.”

 “You were like that when you were a baby?” Russell asked as he shot me with his finger gun.

“No weapons,” I said, pointing at him. “Not really. I didn’t start ticcing until I was around your age.”

“You have a bug in you?” Phoebe asked. She was an adorable, short little thing. 

“No, there are bugs called ticks, but there are also movements and sounds you can’t control called tics. And they all just kinda happen on their own.”

“That’s weird,” Carlos said.

“Yeah. Well, I’m just a big weirdo.”

“Why don’t you just stop?” Carlos asked.

“I can’t. My brain is kinda different, and it makes me do it.”

“That’s cool,” Russell said with a smile. All the others (question-asking and not) nodded their heads in agreement.

“If you say so.” I knew then that my campers and I were meant for each other. “And I have a request.”

“What?” they all asked.

“Try not to touch me. If you need me, tug on my shorts or the bottom of my shirt.”

“What if we want to hug you?” Lucy asked.

“If you really, really need to, do it tight, like you’re trying to squeeze me so hard my head might pop off.”

“Can we practice?” Carlos asked.

“Hugging me?’

“Yeah,” Carlos said. And then everybody else said yeah.

“Please.” Lucy blinked her big old eyes at me.

“Okay, one at a time.”


About the author...

Katie Kaleski has started down many career paths and held many jobs—indie craft store clerk, pizza maker, photo developer, shoe salesperson and cashier, dental assistant in the army, daycare teacher, student teacher—but her favorite one by far is being a writer.

 She’s originally from Chicago, so she says things like pop, gym shoes, and front room. Her favorite food group is sugar, and she loves writing young adult novels.

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