This is the first blog tour I’ve ever participated on and I’m so happy and excited to be part of it!
Release Date: March 1st 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse
When I finished reading The Girl Who Fell my first thought was: “Every girl in high school must read this book.” It touched topics that are rarely touched in YA books and is very important to talk about them.
Zephyr has it all planned out. She’s very focused, she knows what she wants and where she’s going. Then she meets this boy and a lot of things changes for her, putting her future plans in jeopardy. This is not your typical love story. By the cover and premise you might think you can predict what the book is about and what will happen but trust me, you have no idea. It shows the dark side of what can seems to be a great love and a great relationship. I was really surprised. First love can be very tricky.
I recommend this to all of you who want to read something different and who wants to explore about toxic relationships. It’s a great read with unexpected turns and I loved it!
Hi Melanie! Thanks so much for reading The Girl Who Fell and having us on your blog! I am so immensely grateful for your fierce support!
1. What inspired you to write “The Girl Who Fell”?
Girls. It seems like such an easy answer, but there it is. Teen girls. Giving voice to this issue when so many girls cannot be heard.
2. The main character, Zephyr, plays field hockey. Is there a specific reason why you chose this sport?
In high school, I played two sports: field hockey and downhill racing (skiing). I wanted Zephyr to be a smart, driven, strong character and wanted to ground her in a physical sport. I felt like I could write about field hockey authentically, and I liked the way her sport complimented the ice hockey in the book.
3. Most readers are used to reading about perfect love stories, how do you feel about writing about a toxic love relationship?
Great question! It’s tricky. I won’t lie. It is hard to talk about toxic love, hard to write about it, hard to read about it. First love is so intoxicating and feverish and full, but it is also dangerous. Are we giving our trust to the right person? Will they love us back? It’s all so scary. But toxic love rarely starts out as toxic, and that’s what I wanted to explore in this book.
4. What’s the message you want to give the readers through your book? Especially to the teenage girls.
I hope that one big takeaway from my book—for any reader, at any age—is that love should never hurt.
5. Any advice for aspiring authors?
Be easy on yourself.
Be hard on your characters.
Shannon Parker lives on the Atlantic coast with a house full of boys. She’s traveled to over three dozen countries and has a few dozen more to go. She works in education and can usually be found rescuing dogs, chickens, old houses and wooden boats. Shannon has a weakness for chocolate chip cookies and ridiculous laughter—ideally, at the same time. The Girl Who Fell is her first novel. Find her at www.shannonmparker.com
Follow The Tour:
Tuesday, Jan 12: Blessie @ Mischievous Reads Excerpt
Wednesday, Jan 13: Emily @ Emily Reads Everything Review
Thursday, Jan 14: Bex @ Aurelia Lit Review
Friday, Jan 15: Tika @ Fangirl Confessions Excerpt
Saturday, Jan 16: Kristen @ My Friends Are Fiction Review
Sunday, Jan 17: Melanie @ One Less Lonely Blog Review + Interview
Monday, Jan 18: Cyra @ Rattle The Pages Review + 5 Reasons You Need to Read This Book
Tuesday, Jan 19: Jocelyn @ Novels and Necklaces Interview
Wednesday, Jan 20: Cat @ Let the Pages Reign Review
Thursday, Jan 21: Aentee @ Read at Midnight Review
Friday, Jan 22: Brittany @ Brittany’s Book Rambles Review + Interview
Saturday, Jan 23: Joey @ Another After Thought Review
Sunday, Jan 24: Stefani @ Caught Read Handed Review + Interview
Monday, Jan 25: Hanna @ Two Sister’s Blogging Review + Promo
Tuesday, Jan 26: Michella @ YA Books Girl Review + Playlist
Wednesday, Jan 27: Michelle @ Dreaming of Alba Review
Thursday, Jan 28: Jamie @ Books and Ladders Review + Interview
Friday, Jan 29: Eileen @ BookCatPin Review
Saturday, Jan 30: Brian @ Brian’s Book Thoughts Review
Sunday, Jan 31: Sarah @ The YA Book Traveler Review + Interview