Author Chat & Giveaway: THE COUNSELORS (Jessica Goodman) ~US ONLY

 Today We’re Chatting with Jessica Goodman, Author of THE COUNSELORS!

Read on for more about Jessica, her book, and a giveaway!




Meet Jessica Goodman:

Jessica Goodman is the New York Times bestselling author of They’ll Never Catch Us, They Wish They Were Us, and The Counselors. She is the former op-ed editor at Cosmopolitan magazine, where she won a National Magazine Award in personal service. She has also held editorial positions at Entertainment Weekly and HuffPost. Follow Jessica on Twitter @jessgood and on Instagram @jessicagoodman



About the Book: The Counselors

From New York Times bestselling author Jessica Goodman comes a twisty new thriller about three best friends, one elite summer camp, and the dark secrets that lead to a body in the lake.

     Camp Alpine Lake is the only place where Goldie Easton feels safe.

She’s always had a special connection to the place, even before she was old enough to attend. The camp is the lifeline of Roxwood, the small town she lives in. Alpine Lake provides jobs, money and prestige to the region. Few Roxwood locals, though, get to reap the rewards of living so close to the glam summer that camp, with its five-figure tuition and rich kids who have been dumped there for eight weeks by their powerful parents. Goldie’s one of them.

Even with her “townie” background, Goldie has never felt more at home at camp and now she’s back as a counselor, desperate for summer to start and her best friends, Ava and Imogen, to arrive. Because Goldie has a terrible dark secret she’s been keeping and she is more in need of the comfort than ever.

But Goldie’s not the only person at camp who has been lying. When a teen turns up dead in the lake late one night, she knows that the death couldn’t have been an accident. She also knows that Ava was at the lake that same night.

What did Ava see and what does she know? Why hasn’t she said anything to Goldie about the death? Worse—what did Ava do?

But asking questions offers no answers, only broken bonds of lifelong friendship, with hidden danger and betrayals deeper than Goldie ever imagined.

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~Author Chat~

YABC:  What gave you the inspiration to write this book?

Back in the 1950s, my grandparents ran a sleepaway camp for Jewish youth in North Carolina and I grew up hearing so many wonderful stories about this magical place from my mom, who said it was the place where she was the happiest. Obviously, this made me want to go to camp, too, and when I was nine years old my parents finally said yes. So, for eight summers I spent two months out of the year at a camp in New Hampshire, where I made lifelong friends, incredible memories, and learned what it meant to be independent, without the watchful eye of my parents. I wrote The Counselors because I wanted to explore all of the incredible, nostalgic elements of camp but also because I wanted to write about those intense, explosive friendships that are created in an environment like camo—when you’re living with your friends and there’s no way out. You have to work through fights and drama. Camp has always been a huge part of my identity and it was a total dream to write about it in this book.

YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?

The easy answer is our protagonist Goldie, but my real answer is Ava, her maybe-sort-of-lying best friend. On the surface, Ava could be easy to dislike: she’s wealthy, a little bratty, sorta self-involved, and not always the best friend to Goldie. But I love writing characters like this because it becomes the author’s job to humanize them and make readers understand why they act the way they do. I hope I did that with Ava.

YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?

The novel! My first thought was “summer camp murder mystery,” but once we had the story idea, the title came quickly.

YABC:  Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now?

Write with as little ego as possible. When I first started writing, I had so much time getting a first draft on the page because I was terrified that everyone would hate my work and that this draft would be horrible, so what would be the point of continuing? But when I started to learn that all first drafts are bad (it’s true!) and that you can’t make it better if there are no words there at all, I started writing faster.

YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?

The designers at Penguin Teen have created some remarkable covers for my books, and when we started talking about cover ideas for The Counselors, we knew we wanted it to look like it belonged on the shelf with my other ones. That meant using the title text as part of the art, one big bold image, and, of course, blood spatter. When they showed me the red lifeguarding bathing suit, I knew it was *chef’s kiss* perfection.

YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2022?

I’ll cheat and share two books: I’m the Girl by Courtney Summers and The Weight of Blood by Tiffany D. Jackson. These are two of the strongest writers out there—period. As a fan, I devour their books and let them destroy me, and as a peer, I’m always looking to these authors to teach me something about our craft.

YABC:   What’s up next for you?

I’m working on my fourth young adult novel, which is also a thriller… but that’s all I can say for now!

YABC:     Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?

Sandy Hook Promise, which was founded by people who lost family members and loved ones in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012. They run a program called “Know the Signs,” which helps kids and adults recognize signs of abuse and violence, which could stop school shootings before they happen.

I also support a number of abortion funds that help people who need abortions find the resources to do so, especially in states where the right to choose has been greatly restricted. The Cut has a great list of funds to support.

YABC:   What advice do you have for new writers? 

Read! Read as much as you can in as many genres as you can, but especially in your own genre. Reading helps you get better at writing but it also helps you get familiar with the market and industry you hope to enter.


Book’s Title: The Counselors

Author/Illustrator: Jessica Goodman

Release Date: May 31, 2022

Publisher: Penguin Young Readers; Razorbill

ISBN-13: 9780593524220

Genre: Young Adult Fiction – Thriller

Age Range: 14 and up




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11 thoughts on “Author Chat & Giveaway: THE COUNSELORS (Jessica Goodman) ~US ONLY”

  1. This book looks amazing!!! I love a summer camp themed booked, especially when it’s a thriller. Can’t wait to read this one!

  2. Andrea H says:

    I loved They’ll Never Catch Us and They Wish They Were Us, and I’ve been excited about The Counselors since I heard about it. The story sounds so creepy and good. And as many times as I’ve seen the cover, I never realized there was blood splatter on it until today. Now I’m even more excited to read it!

  3. Crista cast says:

    The cover looks like a fun summery read; in a thrilling murder mystery way of course. Plus the summary seems like a real nail bitter which are my favorites.

  4. Like the mystery aspect of the book! I like the cover, too.

  5. so excited to read this book!

  6. This book sounds really good!

  7. The cover matches the dark thriller promised inside.

  8. Love the cover, and I am really looking forward to reading this one!

  9. Cori says:

    WOW the cover pulled me in right away, I would pick this up if I saw it in a bookstore for sure!

  10. Morgan Jones says:

    Think it looks good!

  11. Morgan says:

    I have high hopes for this one! I loved They’ll Never Catch Us !

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