About the Author:
Guest Post (Slight spoilers a foot!!)
What inspired you to write this novel?
Funny enough, Mike actually inspired me to write this novel. He had such a small part in the first book, only a couple mentions, really. But I knew from the moment I finished writing Perfectly Oblivious, that Mike would get his own story at some point. There were so many guys like him at my high school. They wanted to look like a thug because they thought it would make them seem hard core. But really, all the girls wished they’d stop acting like idiots.
There’s a movie called Can’t Hardly Wait that came out when I was a teenager. If you’ve seen it, I always envisioned Kenny (played by Seth Green) when I was writing Mike. Only I wanted Mike to be deeper and cooler (and cuter) than that. I also wanted him to be hiding more than an insecurity about not being popular. Readers love a deep dark secret, but I’m not really a drama kind of girl. I don’t write tragic accidents or tortured pasts. So, when I was wondering what kind of secret I could give Mike, I decided that he needed a super star brain. It was the perfect way to teach the lesson of not judging a book by it’s cover, and the only way for him to challenge her. Plus, let’s be honest, smart guys are hot.
What was the scene you had the most fun writing?
Hands down, it was the scene in the library when Mike “outs” himself to Jayden as a closet intellectual. I literally laughed out loud as I was writing the entire scene. My husband thought I was losing it. But when Mike got so frustrated with Jayden that he couldn’t keep his magnificent vocabulary to himself, I felt like I was sitting at the table with them. I wanted to laugh at Jayden and yell “Burn!”. A close second was at the end of the book when Mike outed himself to his friends, putting Bebe in her place too. That scene was good because I felt vindicated on Mike’s behalf. Especially knowing how rudely Bebe had spoken about him in book one.
What are some fun facts you can share about your lead characters?
- Despite what you might assume, Mike doesn’t care for Rap music. He’s much more of a bubble-gum-pop-rocker.
- Though he hits on lots of girls, it’s all for show. Mike is relatively inexperienced with the ladies because his persona is a huge turn-off. It’s the one thing he really regrets about his choice of alter ego.
- Even though he seems annoyed by having to look after his younger brother and sister, he really likes kids and he’s good with them. He’ll knock the whole “manny” idea, but has secretly considered it as an option for earning college money.
- She really loves bluegrass music which is why she picks a fiddling piece for her violin recital. But her favorite part of bluegrass isn’t actually the fiddle, it’s the banjo
- She’s always wished for a sibling. So much even, that as a little girl, she’d pretend she had an identical twin named Jo Jo. When Jayden did something that she knew would get her in trouble, she would tell her parents that Jo Jo made her do it.
- She’s a closet Eminem fan, literally. As in she has a poster of him hanging in her closet. But she’d die before admitting it to anyone.
I gave this book 3.5 Stars for Review
My Brief Thoughts!!
I thought this was super fun read. I really enjoyed both POV characters and it was fun story. I think I was more invested in the male side of the story. I also thought this story touched on my many common issues in teens life like school, family and romance. I thought the rest of the characters could have been developed a tad more but it was fun read and def a great read for the end of the school year. I would def be interested in reading more by this author in this seems and to go back and read the other three books in this series