Welcome to Day #9 of the What We Left Behind Blog Tour!To celebrate the release of What We Left Behind by Robin Talley (10/27/15), blogs across the web are featuring exclusive content from Robin, as well as 10 chances to win a copy of What We Left Behind or a 7-book LGBT YA Prize Pack chosen by Robin herself in the Grand Prize Giveaway!
Robin Talley's Top 5 Post-High School YAsIt used to be that YA characters were always high school students, but no longer! Here are 5 of my favorite YA books set after the characters’ high school graduation:
Breathe Annie Breathe by Miranda Kenneally. This story climbs inside you and won’t let go. It follows Annie, whose boyfriend dies during her senior year of high school, through her graduation and as she starts college while training to run a marathon in her boyfriend’s memory. It’s captivating and heart-wrenching, and somehow it manages to be funny, too. Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler. This coming out story straddles the line between YA and NA. It focuses on recent high school grads working in the entertainment industry in L.A., and it features a lovely, fluffy, and deliciously steamy queer love story right at its center. Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld. Half of this awesome genre-bending story follows 18-year-old Darcy as she decides to become a full-time YA writer instead of going to college (and happens to enter into a queer romance with a fellow writer along the way). The other half is a more conventional YA story with a high-school-student protagonist and a series of dark paranormal adventures. Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour. Another queer contemporary story, Everything Leads to You stars recent high school grad Emi, an intern for a Hollywood production designer whose life is already laser-focused on her career ― a refreshing and almost startling shift from most YA novels. Emi is out, almost as an afterthought, and the story follows her work on a new film and her budding romance with a cute actress.
Stop by The Hiding Spot tomorrow for the last stop of the tour!
Blog Tour Schedule:
October 19th – Once Upon a Twilight
October 20th — Novel Novice
October 21st — The Librarian Who Doesn’t Say Shh
October 22nd — Reading Teen
October 23rd — Great Imaginations
October 26th — I Read Banned Books
October 27th — Ravenous Reader
October 28th — Candace’s Book Blog
October 29th — Book Love 101
October 30th — The Hiding Spot
From the critically acclaimed author of Lies We Tell Ourselves comes an emotional, empowering story of what happens when love isn't enough to conquer all. Toni and Gretchen are the couple everyone envied in high school. They've been together forever. They never fight. They're deeply, hopelessly in love. When they separate for their first year at college—Toni to Harvard and Gretchen to NYU—they're sure they'll be fine. Where other long-distance relationships have fallen apart, their relationship will surely thrive. The reality of being apart, however, is a lot different than they expected. As Toni, who identifies as genderqueer, falls in with a group of transgender upperclassmen and immediately finds a sense of belonging that has always been missing, Gretchen struggles to remember who she is outside their relationship. While Toni worries that Gretchen, who is not trans, just won't understand what is going on, Gretchen begins to wonder where she fits in Toni's life. As distance and Toni's shifting gender identity begins to wear on their relationship, the couple must decide—have they grown apart for good, or is love enough to keep them together?
- One (1) winner will receive a 7-book LGBT YA Prize Pack featuring the 5 novels chosen by Robin in Day #1's post (The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth, Ask the Passengers by A.S. King, If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan, Far From You by Tess Sharpe, The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson), plus copies of both of Robin Talley's novels (What We Left Behind and Lies We Tell Ourselves)
- Enter via the rafflecopter below
- US/Canada Only
- Ends 11/1 at midnight ET
Just for stopping by! Here's your chance to win your own copy of What We Left Behind! Just fill out the rafflecopter below! And don't forget to check out the rest of the stops on this awesome tour!