So let's start with the recently released cover:
I LOVE IT!
Who doesn't want to get to know this pink-haired, pearl-wearing hottie?
(You can try to deny it, but come on--who are you kidding?)
And here's the blurb from the publisher:
So cool, right? I've been dying to find out how a dead best friend can send email for over a year. In fact, I feel like I've been waiting FOREVER to read this book.
I found LiLa's blog back in 2009 (yes, THAT'S how long they've been stuck with me) and have done nothing but (im)patiently wait for my shiny ARC to arrive ever since. When it finally did, I pretty much tore the envelope to shreds, plonked down on the couch and started reading right. that. second. And I can tell you right now, I was not disappointed.
Don't worry--I won't give away anything about the plot (I do not want to ruin the surprises for anyone). But I will say that this book is addictive (no really, it's virtually impossible to put down), hilarious (had me laughing out loud and humiliating myself in public places) and yet--more importantly--still has a ton of heart.
Kate's spunky and full of hysterical one-liners and wrapped up in a huge mystery/conspiracy that leaves you wondering OMG-what-is-going-to-happen-next???????? But she's also a broken girl, still desperately mourning the loss of her best friend and struggling to find her identity after the tragedy. She makes you laugh. She makes you ache. And more than anything, you want to spend as much time with her as possible. I already miss her.
But I think what I love best about this book is that it finally managed to fill the void that's been left in my life since Veronica Mars went off the air:...
(Why, Hollywood????? Why did you do it????????)
There just aren't enough riveting high school mysteries with witty heroines trying to solve them. So thank you Lisa and Laura for bringing Kate into the world. We desperately needed her. And I very much hope there's a book two to follow book one, because I'm not ready to lose another snarky girl detective. DO NOT PUT ME THROUGH THAT AGAIN--I'M NOT SURE I'LL SURVIVE IT!!!!!!
Which brings me to the giveaway. I'll confess--I REALLY don't want to share my ARC. I want to keep it and hold it because its MY PRECIOUSSSSSSSSSSSSS. But I know most of you are as desperate to read it as I was. So...*heavy sigh*...I've decided to do the right thing and...*grumble*...share my lovely, precious ARC with one lucky commenter on today's post.
To enter, all you have to do is follow my blog and leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm PST on Saturday, January 29th. I'll draw a random winner and post their name on Sunday, Jan. 30th. International entries welcome. Good luck!
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