We have loved doing our BAMF Reviews this year, so we thought we’d highlight the first six books we will be reading next year for our BAMF Reviews! There are some great books coming out next year and we need these titles in our hands. Some of the spotlights include an interview with the author, but all of them include why we are super excited to read this book!
In May 2017, we will be reading…Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on May 1st 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Amazon ♡ Chapters ♡ TBD
Anise Sawyer plans to spend every minute of summer with her friends: surfing, chowing down on fish tacos drizzled with wasabi balsamic vinegar, and throwing bonfires that blaze until dawn. But when a serious car wreck leaves her aunt, a single mother of three, with two broken legs, it forces Anise to say goodbye for the first time to Santa Cruz, the waves, her friends, and even a kindling romance, and fly with her dad to Nebraska for the entire summer. Living in Nebraska isn’t easy. Anise spends her days caring for her three younger cousins in the childhood home of her runaway mom, a wild figure who’s been flickering in and out of her life since birth, appearing for weeks at a time and then disappearing again for months, or even years, without a word.
Complicating matters is Lincoln, a one-armed, charismatic skater who pushes Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. As Anise draws closer to Lincoln and takes on the full burden and joy of her cousins, she loses touch with her friends back home – leading her to one terrifying question: will she turn out just like her mom and spend her life leaving behind the ones she loves
Why We Decided To Read This One
Jamie: This one has everything I really like in a book: romance, summer, teens being teens. I immediately had this one preordered. Plus, Sourcebooks has been putting out some fan-fucking-tastic contemporary novels lately and I am 100% here for it.
Dani: I let Jamie pick this one because she is the contemporary expert. That being said, I knew I had to read it because, heyyyoooo skater boy!
Why We’re Excited To Read It
Jamie: “FOR FANS OF JENNY HAN AND SARAH DESSEN” is what caught me. I am hooked already. Give me more.
Dani: Um, I haven’t read anything by Jenny Han and Sarah Dessen, but everyone seems to love their books?
BAMF: Describe your book in 10 words or less.
Laura Silverman: Ooh, hard! Okay: Cali surfer girl finds family and romance in landlocked Nebraska.
BAMF: Why do you write for younger audiences?
Laura Silverman: Too many reasons to count! The books I read as a kid and teenager always stayed with me. And I can only speak for myself, but I think a lot of people would agree, the older you get, the harder it is to get fully lost inside the pages of a book. I hope younger audiences can connect to and love my characters the way I loved characters growing up. Not to mention – Young Adult books are still my favorite. I love all genres, but Young Adult literature has my heart.
BAMF: What do you hope readers take away from your book?
Laura Silverman: Anise, my main character, has a lot of fears about losing her lifelong friendships when everyone graduates, moves away, goes off to college. When I was nearing the end of high school, I had this fear too. I was scared distance would conquer those relationships. But now I’m twenty-five, and while I do have new friends, I’m also still great friends with people I’ve known since elementary school. Nurture your relationships, cherish the people important to you, and more likely than not, they will stay your people.
BAMF: Which character from your novel would you most like to be friends with? Which character would you fight with the most?
Laura Silverman: Don’t make me choose! All of the above please! I’m in love with Lincoln – the love interest. I also would love to be friends with Emery, the main character’s twelve-year-old cousin. And is it weird if I also pick Anise’s dad? I really love her dad. I think I would most likely fight with her best friend, Tess, but in that way best friends “fight,” where twenty minutes later they’re watching a TV show and eating ice cream and have forgotten they ever disagreed about anything to begin with.
BAMF: Describe your “I’m an author moment”
Laura Silverman: Love this question! I’ve had a few of these – but the best and most recent was holding my ARC in my hands. It was the first time I could really say, “This is real. I wrote a book. Look! It’s right here!” ☺
BAMF: How did you come up with your characters Anise and Lincoln?
Laura Silverman: Half of my characters “come to me” and half I more consciously create. Lincoln just popped into my head one day. He was just there: a one-armed nature nerd skateboarder. Anise I worked at a little more. I knew I wanted to write a literal “fish out of water” story, so I had to figure out her roots and the stakes for Anise. Why is she so scared of leaving home and her friends? What’s going to happen to change her perspective? I loved writing them both so much <3
BAMF: Would you prefer to live in Nebraska or Santa Cruz? Why?
Laura Silverman: Ah! That’s a really tough choice! I’ve actually never even visited either place, and researching them, I learned just how beautiful they both are – but yeah, I’m going to go with the ocean ☺