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Friday, July 5, 2013

Living In The Aftermath by K.A. Coleman Blog Tour


Title: Living In The Aftermath (The Ties That Binf Us 02)

Author: K.A. Coleman


Release date: June, 2013


Genre:  Young Adult


Tour: Irresistible Reads Book Tours
 
 
Book Description:
At the start of her junior year, Savannah had it all: popularity, money, cheerleading, a boyfriend, and a best friend. Unfortunately, when you have it all, you risk losing everything. After a tragic accident forever changes her life and the lives of her friends, Savannah finds herself faced with a decision to make. She can try to slip back into her old life, flaws and all, or she can try to redefine herself for her last year of high school. Is it even possible that Savannah can change after having everything go her way for 18 years?
Jacob has nothing to lose. He has seen one too many schools and wants nothing more than to graduate, so he can finally stay in one place for more than a year. In fact, Jacob thinks he has every clique and student pegged after switching schools so frequently. When Jacob finds himself face to face with Savannah, he realizes that she doesn’t quite fit into one of the high school stereotypes.
In fact, they’re both harboring rather big secrets. Maintaining a friendship or any kind of relationship can be akin to balancing on the thinnest of tight ropes. When the rope is made of lies, revenge, and half-truths, well, it’s only a matter of time before everything and everyone comes crashing down.


Goodreads – http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18074914-living-in-the-aftermath
Friendships and Relationships
 
When I wrote Holding On and Letting Go, I knew where the series would end. It became a matter of which issues I wanted to tackle on the journey. Here's the thing. I didn't want to write a sequel just to find a way to tear Emerson and Matt apart. Readers deserve better than a repeat of book one with one unlikable character whose sole job is to destroy all love and happiness.

I knew immediately I wanted Savannah as one of my narrators. Yes, she says some truly awful things in Holding On and Letting Go, but she also got dumped out of nowhere. Personally, I wouldn't want to be judged solely on the worst comments I've ever made. I think readers will relate with her internal struggle to figure out just who she is. I'm 27, and I'm still figuring out who I am. Unfortunately, character doesn't come in a nice wrapped gift box. I don't believe your character is determined by the obstacles you face, but I do believe character is shown in how you react to setbacks or grow from them.

The second narrator, Jacob, is new to the series. Most people tell me that he's their favorite character. He brings an outsider's view to the group which is needed. The various perspectives not only give you two sides to this story but also two sides to events that happened in Holding On and Letting Go.

If the first book is about the relationship between siblings, the second book is about friendships and your relationship with yourself. I know we've all read the horror stories where a girl was physically abused by a guy, and we all know that's wrong and it's a sign to get out of the relationship. What I don't think is shown enough in YA literature is that a relationship/friendship doesn't have to be physically abusive for the relationship to be toxic. Not all friendships and relationships have the strength to last. Personally, if you asked me where my friends from elementary school are currently, I would need to go facebook stalking. We grew up, and we grew apart. My family moved when I was 15, and I learned quickly that sometimes you have to let go of the past to make room for your present and future. With that said, three of my bridesmaids (I'll have been married for like 72 hours by the time you read this post) are my friends from the high school from which I graduated. Those three friendships have endured the tests of distance and changing.

Sometimes I think we make excuses for people for far too long. We say things like, "Well, he/she didn't mean it" or "Well, that's just (insert name)." Yes, well, if (insert name) make you feel bad about yourself, that's not healthy. It's not a good friendship or relationship, but we stick around because it seems like a better option than venturing into the unknown. It's not. These are the issue the characters have to navigate in Living in the Aftermath. Quite honestly, these are the issues that we as people face in our own worlds.

 


I'm not really going to write a biography. Though I am supportive of the high schools and colleges I have attended, it's probably not actually the most interesting stuff about me. I'm going to do a list of five really random things instead for now.

1) I like making lists. It's weird, and I never actually scratch things off of the list.
2) I sing and dance in the car like a maniac.
3) For the first six years of my life, I truly believed a shark lived under my bed. I watched Jaws at too young of an age.
4) Without a doubt, I am a night person. I am enormously grumpy when first woken up in the morning.
5) When I was younger, I read almost every Nancy Drew book, both new and old. I had a notebook, and I would take notes to see if I could figure out who the "bad guy" was before Nancy did. We probably tied






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