Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Read I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone? Looking for the newest by Stephanie Kuehnert?

Just three months from now, and you can get your copy of the latest by Stephanie Kuehnert: Ballads of Suburbia. Here's the summary:

There are so many ballads. Achy breaky country songs. Mournful pop songs. Then there’s the rare punk ballad, the ballad of suburbia: louder, faster, angrier . . . till it drowns out the silence.

Kara hasn’t been back to Oak Park since the end of junior year, when a heroin overdose nearly killed her and sirens heralded her exit. Four years later, she returns to face the music. Her life changed forever back in high school: her family disintegrated, she ran around with a whole new crowd of friends, she partied a little too hard, and she fell in love with gorgeous bad boy Adrian, who left her to die that day in Scoville Park. . . .

Amidst the music, the booze, the drugs, and the drama, her friends filled a notebook with heartbreakingly honest confessions of the moments that defined and shattered their young lives. Now, finally, Kara is ready to write her own.

Sounds good, doesn't it? I, personally, can't wait. Her debut novel, I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone was just fantastic. I don't think I've read any other novel as...well, if you want to know what I think, you can go to my review of it here. But anyway, I definitely think you should either run out the day it's released (July 21) or preorder now (this is actually better for the book biz, so go to any online retailer: Amazon, Books-A-Million (there's no cover there, but it's the right book, promise), Barnes and Noble, Borders, or from the nearest local indie store or I think you can actually go to the store--I've done so with BAM a few times before--and preorder it there. They'll usually give you a voucher, but they may not have one for this book).

To go ahead and get a look at the book, you can read the first chapter. And for other awesome stuff like a soundtrack, reviews, and all about the real-life setting, just hit up Stephanie's newly re-designed web site at http://www.stephaniekuehnert.com

Also, to keep getting updates on all the latest news with Stephanie, become a member of her street team. (And could you please let me know, either by comment or email if you join? Please and thank you!)

And here's a widget you can put on your blog or somewhere, if you like (there are more on her site):

Definitely, though, go out and get this book ASAP. It's sure to be spectacular!


p.s. review of Wake by Lisa McMann below. Comment please!

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