Tomorrow’s the day. Tomorrow’s THE DAY! The book I began February 7th, 2010—back when I was single and working at a job I didn’t like—is going to be released TOMORROW!
I also want to give so much credit to Christine Larsen who illustrated the comic book portions of the novel (and designed that killer font on the cover!), though “illustrate” is hardly descriptive enough to describe her magic. I’d never written a comic book script before, and Christine took my script and notes and gibberish, and turned it into something that far exceeds the sum of its parts. The work she did on the Patient F comic book is beyond brilliant, and I can’t thank her enough. There’s always risk involved when someone else interprets your work, but not only did Christine take those nightmares from my brain and translate them into a kick-ass graphic novel, she gave them life. You should definitely check out more of her work at her website, and also make sure to tell her how awesome she is over on Twitter @larsenproject.
I honestly don’t have much else to say. Obviously, I’m biased—I love this book more than anything—so I figured I’d let others do the talking for me. Hit the links below for some of my favorite reviews of The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley. Speaking of letting others speak for me…I do have one request: Word of mouth is absolutely the best way to help writers promote their books and get them into the hands of other readers. So if you loved Five Stages (or if you hated it but think someone else might love it!), please tell people about it. Post reviews to Goodreads and Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Loan it to your friends and your parents and strangers on the bus. One of the best compliments I’ve received so far has been from two of my dearest friends. Both of their husbands, unbidden, picked up Five Stages even though they don’t read YA, and read it. My best friend’s husband never read my first two books (he claims he’s a bit of a book snob), but he finished Five Stages and told her it was the best book he’d ever read. Maybe it was hyperbole, but my grinchy little heart grew five sizes when she told me that.
Okay, enough rambling. On to the links!
Bookish Antics called it, “…damn near perfect.”
Amanda MacGregor’s review for the Teen Librarian Toolbox at SLJ said, “The unique setting, multifaceted plot, strong characters, and raw emotion make this story impossible to put down…”
Laura at Once Upon a Twilight said, ” laughed…I cried…I cried some more…but in the end, I LOVED this story.”
Fashion by the Book said, “I recommend this book to fans of The Fault in Our Stars, and of Laurie Halse Anderson’s novels.”
Spiced Latte Reads said, “All the characters were lovable, especially Trevor and Lexi. They were so simple but yet perfect for the story itself.”
Valerie wrote on her blog, Valerie Cole Reads, that, “This was a brilliant story, full of heart and enough suspense to keep you guessing until the very end. I highly recommend this one to readers of David Levithan.”
And Ashely wrote for The Secret Bookshelf that, “The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley was both sweet and heartbreaking, but it was mainly wonderful.”