My Lame Life
I don't know if you've noticed, but I've been really quiet lately. I have a good reason, though. It's not like I've been binge-watching Netflix and eating bonbons all day. I've been writing a book when I run out of stuff to watch on Netflix and the bonbons are all gone.
That's right! I wrote a new boooooook! (Said in my best Oprah voice.)
I know a lot of you have been waiting for a new People I Want to Punch in the Throat book and I'm excited to tell you that it's ... STILL ON THE WAY. I'm actually turning it into my editor this week.
But in the meantime, I have a different booooook!
This one is called My Lame Life. It's a hilarious and snarky fiction book for young adults (and those adults who like to read YA, I know you're out there, don't try to hide). You see, about a year ago my kids asked me to write a book that they could read. They gave me a list of requirements:
1. Make me laugh.
2. No kissing.
3. Badass heroine.
4. No magic.
5. No terminal illnesses.
6. No dead parents.
And so, Plum Parrish was born. Plum is plucky (even though she'd totally hate that word) and she's awkward and kind of weird and just a lot to handle. She's opinionated and some might call her bossy, but I'd say she has leadership skills. I wanted to write a book that could reach the kids on the fringes. The kids who don't quite fit in, but really don't want to either. It's a struggle to be true to yourself and get through an average day in middle school and high school. I wanted to write a book that my kids and their friends could relate to. A book that shows them to embrace who they are and own it completely, despite public opinion. This is the book that 13-year-old Jen needed. Luckily we had Judy Blume, but even she was a little too sweet for me. I also wanted to write a funny, hilarious, and snarky book that didn't have one single fart joke. This book is like People I Want to Punch in the Throat: The High School Years.
Here's the blurb:
My name is Plum Parrish, I’m fourteen, and I’m pretty sure I’m invisible. Not like super power invisible, more like loser invisible. There’s a big difference. I live with my dad who doesn’t realize that a job transfer to Kansas is not a promotion; my s’mother who thinks journaling, cheesy inspo slogans, and mani-pedis can solve my problems; and my twin brother Pax who is so perfect I’m convinced we share absolutely no DNA. Unfortunately, I’m not invisible to them. I love them, but they embarrass me on the daily. Honestly, they would probably say the same about me, because I’m weird, sarcastic, and just a lot. My best friend is ghosting me, and my other best friend is a teacher. The move to Kansas is my opportunity to reinvent myself and embrace my a lot-ness (yes, that is too a word). Sure, I will literally have to battle a live bat, a Queen Bee, and my unruly hair, but I will find my tribe and own who I am.
I am really excited for you (and your tweens and teens) to read this book. I think you're going to like it a lot. If this isn't your thing, that's cool, but I bet you know someone who would like this book. Please help me out and tell someone about it.
Grab a copy at all the retailers here:
>>>>>>Paperback from Amazon
>>>>>>iBook from Apple
>>>>>>Paperback from Barnes & Noble
If you want a signed paperback, you can email me and I'll let you know how to do that.
And please don't forget to leave me a review on Amazon and Goodreads, those are like gold to me!
Today I woke up in my third week of staying at home and I perused the news like I do every morning. As you can imagine, there wasn'...
My friend Kim at Let Me Start By Saying wrote an essay that was featured on the Huffington Post . It was about reading her five-year-old...
By now we have all heard of the adorable little Elf on the Shelf . Almost everyone I know has one. Some people even have two! (Now I'...
So far since I started this blog no one has outright flamed me and called me a jerk, but I think today might be that day. I know many of...