Do you know about Neesha Meminger? You SHOULD! She’s the author of Shine, Coconut Moon, which I loved (read my review here) and works tirelessly to enlighten the kidlit community on issues of race & representation (read her brilliant essay here). Now she’s turned her critical eye on my YA novel, and I couldn’t be more thrilled—go to Neesha’s blog and check out her assessment of what sells in today’s market, what kind of book impresses her, and why Genna feels like a fully-realized character…thanks, Neesha!
My first thought was: WOW. What beautiful, strong writing. As I read, I knew, without a doubt, that I was in capable hands. Elliott was leading me through this journey, and she was clearly a pro. During the first third of the novel, through steady pacing and carefully revealed moments, I learned to care deeply about Genna, the protagonist. She had her heart wide open and she questioned things, challenged what was simply accepted by others in her life, and loved completely and fully, in a pure, unmarred way.