Monday, April 1, 2019

One Week Of You: A Review and Giveaway

Last October I was privileged to host Lisa Williams Kline's cover reveal for her newest YA book, ONE WEEK OF YOU (Blue Crow Publishing, 2019).  At that time Lisa shared her path to publication and the book's backstory. Since then I've had the opportunity to read this well-written and engaging story (I didn't want it to end!) and am excited to share it with you.




REVIEW

For as long as she can remember, fifteen-year-old Lizzy has been a serious student who wants to be a doctor and isn't distracted by boys or any fun activities like cheerleading. But that was before Andy Masters--the newest and most popular guy who flirted with her; before she made the cheerleading team; and before she had to carry around a 5-pound bag of flour--her "flour baby"--as part of sex education in Health. 


From: http://www.themagrag.com/2012/02/flour-sack-babies.html

Despite Lizzy's old best friend's warnings that she is in danger of losing focus and her brother's concern over her constantly forgetting her flour baby, Lizzy can't stop from succumbing to what she describes as "AMSD: Andy Master Smiling Disease." The book is full of Lizzy's infatuation as well as her questions (Does he really like me?) which are so typical of young love. 

To increase the tension, the week of the flour baby is also April Fool's week, false fire alarm riddle the school, and Lizzy ends up in detention. She looks down at the other students in detention and gets angry with the teacher who accuses her of not being the sweet person she has portrayed to everyone in the school. In this mirror moment, Lizzy begins to see herself in a different way.
I know since I've had this crush on Andy I've morphed into this totally different person, and I've totally forgotten a lot of stuff and done handsprings on the soccer field during a school evacuation and gotten a few extra flour babies...Maybe it will kill my parents when they find out everything I've done this week.  
... I'm filled with fury, and then it turns into something else. I realize that up until this afternoon I've been judging everyone in this room. (p.80)

True to her investigative nature, Lizzy tries to figure out who is setting the fire alarms. She even wonders if Andy, as the high school reporter/broadcaster, initiated the fire drills to make a journalistic point. Is he a creep or a good guy? Her affection for him is tested on several occasions; she ends up feeling ashamed for lying to her parents and for her poor decisions during her first babysitting job.  

I'm always impressed when an author portrays and uses secondary characters well. After her downfall, Lizzy has a heart to heart talk with her parents. She confesses to feeling bad over how she treated a boy who irritated her. Her father's reply is a message teens need to hear:
Well, when I said to be nice to everyone, I guess I meant to be kind and cordial to everyone. That doesn't mean you have to be best friends with someone you don't want to be close to...You're allowed not to hang out with him. You're allowed to set boundaries. (p. 174)
Her mother chimes in with great advice that I hope girls (and women!) who read this book will take to heart:

"Someone who loves you will never ask you to compromise yourself." (p. 176)

Kudos to Lisa Kline for showing a teenage girl conflicted over her desires to want a boy to like her and concerns about giving up her self. This clean book for young adults realistically portrays sex education and is a welcome addition to the young adult genre that is heavily infused with poor parent-child relationships and characters experimenting with sex and drugs. 

And by the way--the ending is perfect!!


GIVEAWAY

I have a gently used paperback to give to one of you. If you share this post on social media or become a new follower of my blog, I'll add your name twice. Just let me know what you do in the comments and please leave your email address if you are new to my blog. A winner will be drawn on April 4. 

24 comments:

Grannyjo said...

I shared this on Facebook with my school teacher friends/people who had preteen girls! Sounds like an interesting book with a great message!

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks, JoLyn. I'll start the giveaway with your name in twice. It is a GREAT book.

Linda Vigen Phillips said...

Thanks for this great review, Carol, and thanks for this wonderful book, Lisa. I love the message, the humor, the voice, the tone, the everything about this book!! And I know students are going to love it, too!

Carol Baldwin said...

As normal---you and I agree about books, LInda!

miriam said...

Sounds wonderful, and I know a few 8th grade girls who have been looking for a book like this one!

Carol Baldwin said...

It is wonderful, Miriam. I'll add your name to the list!

Danielle H. said...

I loved your review and I'm glad you highlighted the supportive and involved mom in this book. so many YA books have indifferent or even absent parents. Thanks for sharing your copy. I shared on tumblr: http://yesreaderwriterpoetmusician.tumblr.com/post/183870597957/one-week-of-you-a-review-and-giveaway

Carol Baldwin said...

Thank you, Danielle, for your comment and for sharing. You're in twice!

Vijaya said...

Sounds like such a fun book! I love the cover. Shared on FB too. Please put my name in the hat. Thank you.

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks Vijaya, you're in twice!

Linda Townsend said...

This sounds like an ideal book for my local library to add to their holdings for teenage girls. Thank you for the chance. I also follow your blog. AND I've shared this giveaway on twitter.

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks, Linda. Your name goes in twice. It would be a great addition to your library!

Rosi said...

I did love this book. And you know I will pass on the drawing!

Cindy C said...

This sounds like a great book! Lisa is a wonderful writer.

sheri levy said...

Wow! This novel sounds wonderful. Congrats, Lisa. I look forward to reading, One Week of You.

sheri levy said...

Hi Carol,I forgot to mention-I'm sharing on Facebook and Twitter.

Eileen Heyes said...

Oh boy, sounds like a book that will take me right back to those wonderful/horrible teen years. Can't wait to read it. I'll share your post on FB right now.

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks Cindy and Eileen for your comments. Eileen- you're in twice!

Diane B said...

Carol, I will be glad to post this on my FB page as well as on the writer's group, Writers of the word, that I attend locally with friends. Great review!

Diane B said...

Hi Carol, I follow your blog. I enjoyed your review and hope I can read the story one day. I am posting this on my FB page and sharing to a writer's group page that I meet with locally.
Thanks for the chance to enter.

--Diane Buie
buierocks2002@yahoo.com

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks, Diane! I didn't know you followed by blog--Thanks for leaving me your name and email address and for following. I'll enter your name twice. And btw--this might be a good book to read when you're recuperating from your surgery!!

Kim Eiseman said...

Sounds like the perfect book for my students. I teach basic skills for ELA, and I have many reluctant readers. This would be perfect for them! Sharing now!

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks Kim, you're in twice!

Kathleen said...

A wonderful review, Carol. I loved ONE WEEK OF YOU as well! I'm so excited for Lisa. Her perseverance and writing talent inspires me 😊 I already have the book,so you don't need to enter my name.

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