Friday, September 12, 2014

Playing With Matches' Blog Tour!

Yes! I'm so excited that I get to be a part of this! Check out Suri Rosen's blog to see the other participants.
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And there's going to be a giveaway at the end of this post, so make sure you don't miss it! Who doesn't like free books?

The Review

Playing With MatchesPlaying With Matches by Suri Rosen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I'll describe this book in one "word": LOL.

Thank you so much, NetGalley and ECW Press, for this free book to review!
A cross between Jane Austen’s Emma, Dear Abby, and Yenta the matchmaker!

When 16-year-old Raina Resnick is expelled from her Manhattan private school, she’s sent to live with her strict aunt-but Raina feels like she’s persona non grata no matter where she goes. Her sister, Leah, blames her for her broken engagement, and she’s a social pariah at her new school. In the tight-knit Jewish community, Raina finds she is good at one thing: matchmaking! As the anonymous “MatchMaven,” Raina sets up hopeless singles desperate to find the One.

Can she find the perfect match for her sister and get back on her good side, or will her secret life catch up with her? 

In this debut novel, Suri Rosen creates a comic and heartwarming story of one girl trying to find happiness for others, and redemption for herself.
For being such a funny book about matchmakers, Raina has a ton of depth. She really grows throughout the book. She's also relatable (not that I'm a sixteen year old Jewish matchmaker who has a ton of trouble in school. Really. I'm not).

I read this book in under a day (I also have way too much time on my hands this summer). The writing flowed and was funny. Have I mentioned that?

Playing With Matches is Suri Rosen's debut novel. Will I read anything she'll ever write, ever? YES. Her voice is awesome.

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The Interview

Thanks for being here, Suri! What is your favorite part of Playing With Matches?

I have to admit to having a certain fondness for the dog, Bronx. The book isn’t about dogs at all, but there’s something about him as a vehicle for humor that really lies at the core of the story. As a writer, it’s just so awesome to imagine situations in all their limitless possibilities and make them real and believable for the reader. Blending those crazy scenarios with the protagonist’s personal contemplation and growth was very satisfying. There were scenes that made me laugh hysterically when I wrote them and even after a million edits I still laugh and I’m thinking, who wrote this stuff?
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
One of the most, if not the most, important thing you can do to make yourself an excellent – and publishable – writer is to get your work critiqued. And critique others too, because combing through someone’s manuscript in great detail will teach you a lot about the craft of writing. Of course getting a critique isn’t always so much fun. (What? You don't see the genius of my draft? You’re an idiot!) But after the initial shock wears off, you’re ready to really listen and improve your project and your writing skills in general. Let’s face it – it’s hard to be objective about something that exists solely inside our brains.
Are you working on any other projects?
Yes! I’ve written a draft of a middle-grade novel, with a touch of supernatural. And I’m also working on a YA novel that is a really weird hybrid of two genres – coming of age and thriller with a touch of supernatural...but maybe not. And of course there are always elements of humour poking their way in.
Yay! Have you ever played matchmaker?
Ha! I love this question. It’s actually a pretty terrifying thing to do. Around three years ago, I was in graduate school in London, Ontario and got around town on my moped. One day my moped completely breaks down so I find a motorcycle repairman who comes to fix it. The guy is tall, good-looking, and kind of cool. Later that week, I’m having lunch with my friend Laura, and these twin professors that she was close with. Laura was single at the time, and I mention this really cute motorcycle guy. They all get excited and encourage me to call him up and try to make a match with Laura. So... a few days later I’m blushing, gulping, completely embarrassed, I call the motorcycle guy up offering to make a match. (Hello! Calling from the 18th century here!) When I finish blurting out how great Laura is, he laughs then tells me, “I’m really really flattered.”

Okay, you ready for this?

“The only problem is that I’m married with three kids!” he says.

Does it get more embarrassing than that?

Oh my gosh, that's hilarious!

Now for a giveaway! I have no idea how much international shipping costs but I hear it's dreadful. And since I'm paying for the shipping.... USA only.

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