Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Blog Tour: Starworld by Audrey Coulthurst & Paula Garner ~Ten Reasons to Read Starworld & Giveaway~

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Starworld by Audrey Coulthurst & Paula Garner!

by Audrey Coulthurst and Paula Garner
Publication: April 16, 2019
by Candlewick

Sam Jones and Zoe Miller have one thing in common: they both want an escape from reality. Loner Sam flies under the radar at school and walks on eggshells at home to manage her mom’s obsessive-compulsive disorder, wondering how she can ever leave to pursue her dream of studying aerospace engineering. Popular, people-pleasing Zoe puts up walls so no one can see her true self: the girl who was abandoned as an infant, whose adoptive mother has cancer, and whose disabled brother is being sent away to live in a facility. When an unexpected encounter results in the girls’ exchanging phone numbers, they forge a connection through text messages that expands into a private universe they call Starworld. In Starworld, they find hilarious adventures, kindness and understanding, and the magic of being seen for who they really are. But when Sam’s feelings for Zoe turn into something more, will the universe they’ve built survive the inevitable explosion?

In a novel in two voices, a popular teen and an artistic loner forge an unlikely bond — and create an entire universe — via texts. But how long before the real world invades Starworld?

 Praise for STARWORLD

An unlikely friendship blossoms between two high school seniors…in the deft hands of co-authors Coulthurst (Inkmistress, 2018, etc.) and Garner (Relative Strangers, 2018, etc.), the well-realized main characters and deeply insightful descriptions of complex emotions combine into an unusually thoughtful novel…Readers seeking characters facing challenges with honesty, bravery, and kindness will appreciate this book with its reminder that our outward lives often don’t reflect who we really are. ―Kirkus Reviews  

Paula Garner spends most of her time writing, reading, or making good things to eat and drink. She is the author of YA contemporary novels Starworld, Relative Strangers, and Phantom Limbs, which was a 2017 Illinois Reads selection for grades 9-12. Follow her on Twitter at @paulajgarner.

Audrey Coulthurst writes YA books that tend to involve magic, horses, and kissing the wrong people. When she’s not dreaming up new stories, she can usually be found painting, singing, or on the back of a horse.

Audrey has a Master’s in Writing from Portland State University and studied with Malinda Lo as a 2013 Lambda Literary Foundation Fellow. She lives in Santa Monica, California.


Ten reasons to read STARWORLD

There are a lot of stories out there about heartbreak from falling in romantic love, but not so many about heartbreak from falling in friend-love.

Humphrey the hot-sauce fueled dragon.

You can find out things about the authors that you might never learn otherwise.

It’s fun to try to pick out the source of Sam’s many nerdy references to things like Star Wars and Doctor Who. 

You’ll get a window into what it’s like to live with a family member who has OCD, or one who has profound disabilities.

Starworld captures the magic of meeting someone you’re instantly addicted to and what happens when you create a whole world of inside jokes practically overnight. 

It’s set in Portland, Oregon in fall.

You either love or are horrified by spicy food and Taco Bell.

Some new curse words/phrases are needed in your vocabulary.

You need a good cry.

--Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter

-  3 Winners will receive a Copy of STARWORLD by Audrey Coulthurst and Paula Garner.
ENDS: MAY 6, 2019
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