The thing is, we know that teens who read our books mostly don't care about reviews. But the gatekeepers - the librarians, the teachers, maybe even the parents - often do care. Some of my books haven't been liked by all of the professional review publications, but I still have teens who enjoy my books. A review is still just *one* person's opinion, and I totally understand that. I really try NOT to let a bad review get me down (easier said than done when you first read the biting words -- chocolate helps).
Still, when a library only has a limited budget every year to buy new books, they are going to have to be careful about how they spend that money. There are SO many YA novels published every year and a good review is going to help a book stand out from the crowd a little bit.
So we fret a little in the months leading up to the publication date, hoping the book gets at least one good review. Because it really can make a difference in getting noticed.
So far, Kirkus, Publisher's Weekly and School Library Journal have all reviewed THE BRIDGE FROM ME TO YOU and have some nice things to say. Thought I'd share a little bit of those reviews with you.
|Release date: 7/29/14
Publisher's Weekly has this to say about Lauren and Colby - "two kind, generous teens -- one burdened by her past, the other burdened by his future."
School Library Journal says, "the alternating chapters of Lauren’s poetry and Colby’s conversational prose are well written and help reveal the characters refreshingly unique perspectives, as well as their growth in positive ways."
Kirkus says, "Lovely in its details."
If you'd like to enter a goodreads contest to win one of twenty Advanced Review Copies that Scholastic is giving away, you can go HERE TO ENTER.
Stay tuned for an exciting pre-order giveaway later in June coming from my friends at www.novelnovice.com.
Did I mention that it's highlighted in the fall online Scholastic preview? You can check out the video at http://www.scholastic.com/onlinepreview/ (scroll down the page to find the Young Adult portion, if you don't want to watch the whole thing.)
Have a great weekend!