Oh wow. Today is the day.
Rebecca Phillips' THESE THINGS I'VE DONE is in our stores everywhere today with HarperTeen! It's a beautiful contemporary story about friendship, loss, and trauma. Readers meet Dara, a teen girl living with the crushing guilt of accidentally killing her best friend, as she returns to her old high school to answer for what she's done.
She's punishing herself, even though she doesn't have to. She feels like she deserves it. And while sure, not all of us have accidentally killed a friend (at least, I'd hope not!), the feeling of thinking you deserve to be treated poorly and deserve to suffer for something... that's universal. And the message that you don't have to feel that way, is just so important.
That it's okay to let go, and it's okay to try to forgive yourself... it's a story I'm so proud of Rebecca for writing.
From amazing blurbs from Lauren Gibaldi, Gina Ciocca, and Charlotte Huang, to the lovely reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal (not online yet, but you can see it on B&N!), Rebecca's book has had quite the journey, and I'm so excited for you to see what she does next.
I'm lucky enough to already know, and hopefully we can share soon.
You can order Rebecca's book wherever books are sold; Amazon, Barnes & Noble, your local indie bookseller... you name it. And if you're a blogger, bookseller, and/or librarian, you can still request a review copy off Edelweiss.
I got sent a bundle of agent copies, and while most of them have already gone out to bloggers who wanted to read the book (thank you!), I've put a few up for giveaway on Goodreads. You can enter here.
Rebecca's also got a blog tour going on. Check out some of the stops for chances to win cool prizes and learn fun facts about the book and Rebecca's writing process.
- 7/31: The Book Bratz: Win Dara's Satchel & a Signed Book
- 8/1: Willas Ramblings: An Interview with Rebecca Phillips
- 8/2: YA Wednesdays: Guest Post, The Evolution of These Things I've Done
- 8/3: YA and Wine: Guest Post, A Playlist for These Things I've Done
- 8/4: Off Color Lit: An Interview with Rebecca Phillips
- 8/7: Serial Bibliophile: Guest Post, Top Ten Couples in YA
- 8/8: Alexa Loves Books: Win Five of Rebecca's Favorite YA Reads
I met Rebecca through Carly Watters, my superstar colleague and friend at P.S. Literary, and I'm just happy she brought us together. It's wild to think how I was still living in Philadelphia, and now, two states later, the book is here.
I cried pretty openly in a little cafe in South Philadelphia the day I got the email with her offer, right in front of my dear Allie Ilagan. I'm so happy someone was there to share that moment with me. Allie, there's a copy of Rebecca's book in the mail for you right now.
And of course, to Rebecca. Thanks for letting me play a little part in your amazing writing career. Let's get to work on that next big thing.