It has been so fun to share books that I love, books from the publisher who will publish my own book. I struggled to choose the last book I would share with you and give away. I thought maybe it should be a really well known book, something really big. Knopf has published plenty of “big” books that have won prestigious awards and gone on to be best sellers.

But then I decided that I really want to share a book that I think is wonderful, but maybe didn’t get as much hype as other books. A “quiet” book, some call them. So I choose this book.

When seven-year-old Bryce Loski moved into his new neighborhood, the scariest thing was Julianna Baker, the girl across the street who accosted him with her unwanted adoration the moment he moved in. It wasn’t until 8th grade that he started to see beneath the surface of her annoying behavior.

When seven-year-old Julianna Baker first set eyes on Bryce Loski, she flipped. It wasn’t until 8th grade that she started to see beneath the surface of his beautiful blue eyes.

Bryce and Julianna tell this adorable story in alternating points-of-view, each describing the same events in incredibly different ways, so that even though I was reading the same events twice, I got such a thrill over reading Julianna’s POV compared to Bryce’s. This is such a tender coming of age story that deserves high praise. And if you’re a writer and you want to study some masterful point-of-view, character arc, and story structure, this is the perfect book.

It’s also now a movie, which looks adorable, but I haven’t seen it yet. I’m going to though!

So to enter, you can either just say you want it, but if you are brave enough, you can also share something about your first childhood crush. Something embarrassing or cute or both! I’ll go first:

I had my first “boyfriend” in seventh grade. He asked me out at the skating rink and we held hands while we skated around in circles. I felt weak in the knees. We held hands in the halls and hugged each other before we went to class. Yes, this was scandalous, but what can I say? I was in love. I mean I wrote it all over my journal. A+L=TLA (True Love Always.)

And the jerk dumped me two months later. I guess I didn’t put out enough.


  1. This sounds like a sweet novel. Thanks for the chance to win it.

    My first real crush was in 7th grade too. John was cute, smart, athletic, and friendly. In my junior high world – perfect. Though we never actually dated, I did get a turn to slow dance with him at a school dance. He wore a soft, flannel plaid shirt that smelled like it was fresh out of the dryer. A night to remember for sure (and I wrote about it in my journal too, lol).

  2. Oh, I’ve wanted to read this one for a while! Thanks again, Liesl, for all these giveaways.

    I had my first crush in third grade. A boy left a note in my desk telling me he liked me. I already liked him, so this was good news:) We were good friends for the next two years (although we never did any of the gushy stuff – mostly, we just played together at recess). Then they built a new elementary school and the boundaries changed. I’m afraid we didn’t know how to maintain a long-distance relationship at age eleven:)

    • Robin

    • August 26, 2011

    • 3:53 pm

    I am really intriqued, thanks for choosing a “quiet book”

    Okay, my first boyfriend was a summer love when I was twelve, so right before 7th grade. We were in Hill Cumorah Pageant togehter. Do you remember the game mercy-where you face each other and hold hands and try to torture the other until one person says mercy? That’s what we did for the last two weeks of pageant, no kissing, no hugging, lots of sitting close in the dark under the stage, playing chasing games, and mercy.

    Surprisingly a long distance relationship didn’t work out for us:)

  3. I haven’t heard about this, but it sounds delightful! I’d love the chance to read it.

    First crush? Hmm. I tended to be the admire them from afar type of person. In fact, I asked my freshman crush to sign my yearbook and he wrote that it was the first time he’d heard me say anything. Fun times.

  4. I’ve wanted to read this one for SO SO SO long!!!

  5. I loved this one, but I don’t own it.

    My first crush and I wrote notes to each other all year in our second grade class, but then he crushed on someone else the next year. *sigh*

  6. I’ve never heard of it – sounds great!

    I’ve blocked out my childhood. If you ignore awkward things, they just go away, don’t they?

  7. I enjoyed your review of this book. I will read it as soon as I return to Utah. Thank you for your great judgement about reading these books. I feel my comprehension is improving.

    • Jess

    • August 30, 2011

    • 1:27 pm

    Wonderful review!
    I’ve given you an award over at my blog, so stop by my site and pick it up!

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