Monday, September 28, 2015

{Tour Stop} VERY IN PIECES by Megan Frazer Blakemore—Guest Post + Giveaway

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Very in Pieces
by Megan Frazer Blakemore


Very Sales-Woodruff is done being a good girl. Done being the only responsible one in a family that’s unraveling. Done being the obliging girlfriend in a relationship that’s sinking. Done saying no to what she wants—like Dominic, her rebellious classmate.


With her mom’s drinking, her dad’s extended absences from home, and her younger sister, Ramona, running wild, the path Very has always seen for herself doesn’t seem to matter anymore. At the same time, Very’s grandmother, a poet known less for her work and more for her exploits with the likes of Andy Warhol and Arthur Miller, is slipping away.

If everything else can fall to pieces, why can’t she?

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Age Group/Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
 Publisher: HarperTeen
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by Megan Frazer Blakemore


ONE OF MEGAN'S FAVORITE SCENES
FROM VERY IN PIECES

Flirting is hard. Like, really hard. It depends on the past history between two people – or the lack of a shard history – and relies on body language and what isn’t said as much as what is. It shouldn’t be surprising then, that writing a good flirtatious scene is hard, too. So, I was really happy with the flirtation between Very and Dominic in Very in Pieces, starting with the moment they meet and then growing and evolving through-out the book. One scene that I think turned out particularly well is when they run into each other in the grocery store:
                I round the corner to the cereal aisle and pick up some of the Cocoa Krispies that Nonnie likes, and some granola for the rest of us. I’m reading the labels trying to decide between Golden Berry Almond and Autumn Honey Harvest when I hear and all-too-familiar clomping.
                “Very Sayles-Woodruff,” Dominic says.
                I turn to face him, a bag of granola in each hand. “This is getting ridiculous,” I tell him.
                “I know. It’s like fate stepping in, isn’t it?”
                “I was thinking more along the lines of stalking.”
                “You’re stalking me?”
                I raise my eyebrows, but he taps at a name tag and I realize that on top of his jeans and white T-shirt he’s wearing a green apron. DOMINIC, his name tag reads. MEAT.
                “Meat?”
                “I’m a butcher.”
                “Seriously? Isn’t that like a specialized skill?”
                “A butcher in training. An apprentice butcher. At your service.”

The two go back and forth quipping at one another, and Very thinks,
                I’m unnerved by him—his smile, of course, but also the casual way his body leans into mine. I turn away from him, hoping my face isn’t too pink, but I know I am flushed all over. His hand is right next to mine on the shopping cart handle, our pinkies touching. My mother choose that moment to come around the corner. Her peasant skirt is trailing behind her and she’s hold a box of Twinkies. She looks and Dominic and she looks at me and then she looks at Dominic again and a slow smile spreads across her face.
                What was fun about writing this scene, which keeps going for a couple more pages, was figuring out how I could up the tension. What could they say to one another and what could they not say? How could they express how they felt – feelings neither one of them is quite sure about yet – while still remaining a bit aloof. Very, especially, does not like to be in situations which she can’t control, and every interaction with Dominic holds uncertainty for her.

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Megan Frazer Blakemore is an author for children and young adults. She lives with her husband and children in Maine. She has worked in both school and public libraries, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in library science at Simmons SLIS.

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