Wednesday, March 16, 2011

I would have given anything to be like... (AND A CONTEST!)

Okay--you guys know I usually hate blogfests (I know, I'm such a curmudgeon sometimes)--but that's what makes this so much fun! It's a NON-blogfest.

No Mr. Linky.
No pressure.
Just awesome support for an AWESOME book: LIKE MANDARIN, by the amazingly talented Kirsten Hubbard. (And I'm giving away a signed copy at the end of this, so make sure you scroll all the way down)


I could definitely gush endlessly about this book (in fact, I've already done that HERE)--but that's not really what this post is about. Instead, all of us participating have been asked to share who our "Mandarin" was when we were growing up. Who we wished we could've been like.  And in my case...

 Cher, in Clueless
Yeah...I wasn't a particularly *deep* teenager.

(and no--not Cher, Cher. "Cher" played by Alicia Silverstone)

I mean...she had the look, the guy (mmm... Paul Rudd *dreamy sigh*) and a killer catch phrase (come on, who didn't love "As If!")


And besides all that, Cher actually did have more to her than money, friends, and clothes. She may have had her blonde moments--but she wasn't an idiot. And she may have been one of the "cool kids"--but she wasn't a Queen Bee. She cared about her grades and loved her dad. And she was totally "above" all the high school crap, yet still managed to stay popular, which--as a girl who was very much a solidly ranked outcast--I found incredibly impressive.

Mostly, my Cher obsession manifested itself in the ridiculous amount of times I watched Clueless (my parents can testify to this--and I can still quote most of the movie by heart). But...there were other, subtle evidences.

I *might* have said "As If" occasionally (#Shannonfail #coolnessfail). 

I also *might* have bought fluffy pink pens like hers

And...okay, knee highs and Mary Janes kind of became a staple of my high school wardrobe. 

So...yeah. I was a nerd in high school. I have a feeling that doesn't come as a surprise to very many of you. But now you have the proof you needed. *blushes*

Okay--I think that's enough Shannon Shame for one day. Let's get on to the contest, shall we?

I was lucky enough to be at Kirsten's Launch Party:


And while I was there, I picked up a signed copy of LIKE MANDARIN for one of you guys!

To enter, make sure you follow my blog, and leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm PST on Saturday, March 25th. I'll announce the random winner on Sunday, March 26th. International entries welcome.

Ready.....go! 

80 comments:

  1. Okay, I'll be first! I've read the first chapter and this book look awesome! Loved the voice. Thanks!

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  2. Oh, this book looks fabulous and I can't download it for my Kindle because I am abroad! Would love to win. Thanks!

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  3. You're so cute Shannon! And yeah...I probably would have been better off longing to be a movie star rather than my best friend at the time. That certainly didn't make high school any easier. :) Great post! Thanks for sharing. (Would LOVE to win a copy of the book.) :)

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  4. bwahaha, we had the same mandarin! So lucky you were there for her launch- Kristin looks like such a fun vibrant gal and I can't wait to read her book!

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  5. You know, I actually thought of you when I saw this going around, and I had an inkling we might see a contribution from you, even though you're not a blogfest girl! Love it--Cher totally had it together, and some of those wardrobe pieces are timeless.

    I'm in the same boat as Lo--international rights mean I can't download it for my Kindle. Gah! It's the slow boat for me!

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  6. I can't wait to read this book. I think I had one of those fluffy pens as well. LOL.

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  7. I was a nerd too. I can totally relate.

    That's so cool you were at the launch party. I can't wait to read this book. I'd love to win.

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  8. Comment, comment, comment! Who do I want to be like? Someone who has won this book, that's who! It takes far too long for these books I dream about to be released in NZ!

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  9. I'm much more dorky but Cher was cute for sure and the book sounds awesome.

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  10. Comment! Thanks so much for making this international, I see so many great contests I'm unable to enter and I'd really love to win Like Mandarin.
    - Sophia.

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  11. I'm not so sure that knee highs and a plaid skirt make a nerd ...

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  12. You are the second to say Cher and I'm now feeling ashamed that I didn't pick someone more well known. Oh well, it wasn't the first to come to mind....

    However she so got the guy and he was so cute!

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  13. I never saw the show, but I thought she was cool in the Aerosmith video with Liv Tyler. :D

    I can't wait to read the book. My copy is on a plane (I hope) somewhere over Canada.

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  14. Excellent post...I love that movie! Any time I come across it on TV I watch it. I loved every character (Ty was my favorite) and I was head-over-heels for Josh (still am...love Paul Rudd)!

    And thanks for the giveaway!

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  15. Haha! I loved CLUELESS! And I'd walk around for days after watching it (I watched it a lot) saying "Oh, as if!" Drove my parents crazy!

    Thanks for the giveaway too.

    britneywyatt[at]gmail[dot]com

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  16. I think Clueless was a couple years before my time. :/ But all those points? Amazing. There are still girls with those pink fuzzy pens. ;)

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  17. When I was in school, I dressed completely different than everyone else. No one apreciated it but I was really ahead of my time. I would love to read the book.
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

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  18. Oh, um, I don't know what my Mandarin was. Did I have one? *helpless shrug* I'm sure I did, I just don't remember. LOL!!

    But to support another writer? Absolutely!! Sign me up!

    Frankie

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  19. What a cute post! I am sure the book will be cute too! Thanks for sharing.

    zenfoxflowerATyahooDOTcom

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  20. Count me in, I´m really curious about this one. Thanks for the giveaway and for making it international :)

    seesen9(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. Who didn't want to be like Cher? I know I did. What about Paul Rudd? Does he not just get better looking with age? Yum!

    findjessyhere at gmail dot com

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  22. I always had a crush on Cher, or rather, Alicia Silverstone. She was a betty.

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  23. I loved her--not Cher as much but Alicia Silverstone. I still love her, except you don't see her as much any more. But I thought she was so cool, and I wished I could be successful like her at such a young age. But she was still so grounded.

    Fuzzy pens are totally awesome.

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  24. I've been hearing so many good things about this book. Really want to read it!

    Lbui88@gmail.com

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  25. Don't enter me, as I already ordered my copy of Like Mandarin, but I wanted to say I enjoyed the post and am looking forward to reading the book.

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  26. I wanted to be like Alicia Silverstone. She was gorgeous and blonde and a successful actress. And she got to make out with Paul Rudd, which was so cool.

    I can't wait to read Like Mandarin. I've only heard wonderful things about it.

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  27. I like Cher, but you're so much cooler than she is :) And I can totally see you with that fuzzy pen. Great post, though. I just added that book to my list (and winning it would be great). How could I not with all the awesome posts up about it today.

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  28. Great post, Shannon! Yeah, I can relate to the whole "I wish I could have a life like that kid in that movie" thing. And the nerdy imitation of movie character thing. I did that a little, too. :-)

    I'm really looking forward to reading this book.

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  29. When I was in HS, I wanted to be Winona Ryder from Heathers. Christian Slater was so hot and relatively normal back then.

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  30. YES! CLUELESS RULES :) I could watch that movie every. single. day.

    When I was little, I would have given ANYTHING to have a closet like hers, complete with that computer program to match outfits.

    What am I saying? I'd STILL give anything to have that, ha.

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  31. I loved Cher! lol I wanted her wardrobe.

    Also, vaguely inappropriate, but Kirsten has some epic legs o_o

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  32. Awesome post. I thought Cher was amazing and I totally wanted to be her. I totally would have headed out ever day in cute skirts and knee highs but my school was outrageously cold and I always pick my body temperature over cuteness.

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  33. I so wanted to be like Cher. Completely wasn't like her at all though. Not blond, popular, or rich. I would have killed for her closest.

    Great contest!

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  34. Please, please! I've never seen Clueless, if that makes you feel sorry for me.

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  35. I always loved Clueless, too - mainly because I was in love with Paul Rudd! :)

    I am a follower.

    Thanks for the chance!
    jlelliott08 AT gmail DOT com

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  36. Don't enter me for the contest, but I just had to say that yes, I am also guilty of wanted to be Cher.

    Except I was more of a Tai. ;) Great post!

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  37. Can't wait to read this book. Thank you for the giveaway! :)

    naruto_and_hinata(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  38. really wana read the book

    vidishamun@gmail.com

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  39. Cher in Clueless wasn't SMEXY like you! So there!! :-) Take care
    x

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  40. Got such a kick out of this post!

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  41. Well, *I* personally think YOU are even more adorable than Cher!!!

    And oh, man, I would LOVE to win this book!!! I never win anything . . . ;-)

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  42. Despite the fact that I am a girl,I wanted to be Ponyboy Curtis from The Outsiders. He was deep, genuine, loved Robert Frost and a rebel.

    :)Maribeth

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  43. Woo hoo! Next time, I'm flying in. You have the most fun!

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  44. Love this post! As a Clueless fan and Paul Rudd lover, of course :)

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  45. I loved watching Clueless. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book Tore923@aol.com

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  46. Ha ha ha! Just what I needed. I stopped by for a dose of blog love before the funeral today--I miss you, #1. I can totally picture you being just like her! :-)

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  47. OMG loved this post!! I wanted to be her too.

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  48. Dying to read this book!! And I feel an urge to watch Clueless during nap time today...

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  49. hi miss shannow! that was so fun to read. pictures are neat. im thinking that books too old for me. but it could be ok for my more older sister or brothers.
    ...hugs from lenny

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  50. Oh man, I've been wanting to read this book for months! I even went to look for it this past weekend but apparently my local bookstore sucks because they didn't have it. I would love to win a copy. :)

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  51. I admit I've been stalking the blogs holding the Like Mandarin contests (poor me is too poor for the hardcover this month)..but this post has the best pictures. I loved every bit of it! :D

    speak_to_bidisha@yahoo.co.in

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  52. Cher is an awesome choice! She becomes a humanitarian by the end, and has that amazing fashion computer (I remember being completely awestruck by that when I first saw Clueless). And thanks for the contest! Like Mandarin is high on my list of most anticipated 2011 releases!

    bookwormoakes AT yahoo DOT com

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  53. For me - it was Joan Jett all the way. She was my definition of kick-a$$!

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  54. I had all these cool things to say and then I saw Kirsten's outfit...I want those boots real bad.lol

    I actually CAN recite all the lines from Clueless so don't feel bad.

    I have got to read this book!!!!

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  55. I could never pull off the knee socks...short legs. :( Oh, but who wouldn't have wanted to be just like Cher?!

    As a fellow under-the-radar gal in highshcool, I can relate...

    I've heard great things about this book all over the blogosphere - so, of course I'd love to win a copy. Thanks, Shannon - and please count me in!

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  56. OMG, I loved Clueless too, and I totally went out and bought one of those furry pens. I have a few of them in fact. Um, yes.

    Thanks for sharing this and for the giveaway! Woohoo!

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  57. No shame in liking Clueless. I'm surely a "tad" (ok, much) older than you, and I LOVE it. I can't wait to read LIKE MANDARIN!

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  58. Interesting post! I was totally addicted to that move growing up!

    Stephanie- the girl on fire
    thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

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  59. Cher was great! Loved Clueless:)
    k_anon[at]hotmail[dot]co[dot]uk

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  60. I can't wait to read this book!

    minas_1989(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  61. "Hello? It was his fiftieth birthday!"

    Don't stress. I can quote the entire movie too.

    And I can't wait to read this book!!

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  62. Clueless.... I may've watched it, but it's been a long time and I can't remember! :) I think I may have had a different role model per week... hmm...

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  63. Plaid skirts, knee socks, and Mary Janes...please fashion gods, bring them back!

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  64. Wow, I hope you tell us about the launch party, Cher, I mean Shannon!

    (Look at Paul Rudd! Was that his first movie?!)

    Going into a Clueless tailspin...

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  65. I'd love to play please :D

    lesly7ch(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  66. I too watched Clueless more times than I'd like to admit. And I'm itching to read this book!

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  67. I loved that movie, too! And I totally tried to dress like her, too. But with my naturally curly hair, and limited budget, it usually equated to epic #sarafail. Ah, well. I can quote it as well. Along with many other movies I watched WAY too many times as a teen.

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  68. Haha, Clueless. That's hilarious. I'm loving everyone's responses to this prompt.

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  69. I loved Clueless! And I'm really excited to read Like Mandarin. Thanks! :)

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  70. I bet you totally had the hair as well. I saw Clueless so many times the year or so after I graduated from high school.

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  71. I've been hearing so many good things about this book. Really want to read it! Plus Clueless was an awesome show and Cher rocked in it

    khyla_808ATyahooDOTcom

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  72. I was just watching Clueless last night. It's one of my favorite movies. And I absolutely love this post! It totally made me smile =)

    Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

    mishtakes AT gmail DOT com

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  73. This book looks fantastic. Hope I win. :)

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  74. Clueless was hilarious. My SIL was offended by it because it was a spin off of Emma.


    taffy.lovell@gmail.com

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  75. would love to have the book!!!!!

    aliasgirl at libero dot it

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  76. clueless--i watched it just some days ago and loved it!
    thank you so much for the contest, shannon! :)

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  77. Like Mandarin is on my wish list. :D BTW Emerald Atlas was amazing. I will post about it later this week - thanks again for the book.
    kjovus(at)gmail(dot)com

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  78. What a fabulous post and contest! please count me in. Thank you!!

    sauvadeavelle@yahoo.com

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  79. Excellent! Thanks so much! I'd love to read this! wilsondev@gmail.com GFC follower Aaron and Devony

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