Spotlight on The Way It Hurts (Patty Blount), Plus Guest Post & Giveaway!
Today we're spotlighting The Way It Hurts!
Read on for more about Patty, her book, plus an guest post and giveaway!
Meet Patty Blount!
PATTY BLOUNT grew up quiet and invisible in Queens, NY, but found her voice writing smart and strong characters willing to fight for what’s right. Today, she’s the award-winning author of edgy, emotional contemporary romance. Powered by way too much chocolate, Patty supports women’s rights by giving a voice to characters facing realistic situations like rape (SOME BOYS, 2014), bullying (SEND, 2012), and grief (NOTHING LEFT TO BURN, 2015). She enjoys hearing from her readers so visit her website or follow her on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.
Meet The Way It Hurts!
There may be two sides to every story, but sometimes there's only one way to set things right...
Music is Elijah's life. His band plays loud and hard, and he'll do anything to get them a big break. He needs that success to help take care of his sister, who has special needs. So he'd rather be practicing when his friends drag him to a musical in the next town...until the lead starts to sing.
Kristen dreams of a career on stage like her grandmother's. She knows she needs an edge to get into a competitive theater program―and being the star in her high school musical isn't going to cut it. The applause and the attention only encourage her to work harder.
Elijah can't take his eyes off of Kristen's performance, and his swooning face is captured on camera and posted with an out-of-context comment. It goes viral. Suddenly, Elijah and Kristen are in a new spotlight as the online backlash spins out of control. And the consequences are bigger than they both could have ever imagined because these threats don't stay online...they follow them into real life.
~ Guest Post ~
What I hope readers will take away from this book:
Every book I write has over-arching themes that strengthen the story and infuse all of the emotion I show. This book actually has several. First, there’s the Caution theme. The internet isn’t always this adorable little puppy you can romp with. Sometimes, it can be a rabid dog who turns on you. Call-out culture is one such puppy; it can easily swing the other way and bite you on the butt. Social justice can be a wonderful thing. I’m absolutely inspired by the arguments against wrong-thinking when it’s exhibited online. I’ve seen it shut down xenophobia, racism, and sexism. However, it quickly can de-evolve into cyberbullying when the target shows no inclination to change said wrong-thinking.
For example, when county clerk Kim Davis denied a marriage license to a same-sex couple under her religious rights, she was, in my opinion, correctly called out for failing to perform the duties of her office. Ms. Davis claims this violates First Amendment rights but she’s mistaken, as so many people tried to explain to her. This is all well and good – but it turns wrong for me when people, frustrated by Ms. Davis’s refusal to listen to sense, posted threats and insults and made her the subject of memes. That’s when it turned into cyberbullying.
That line is a very thin one and it’s explored in great detail throughout this book. Elijah wants to rocket-propel his band onto the charts. He seizes an opportunity to do that by exploiting the controversy surrounding a single tweet that gives Kristen just cause to be terrified.
This brings us to another theme I used throughout this novel -- the Price of Fame. Elijah and Kristen are both extremely driven and focused individuals. They know exactly what they want and they have plans to get there. They’ve defined their respective measures of success. For Elijah, it’s taking his band to the top of the charts. For Kristen, it’s a conservatory acceptance. The story shows there really aren’t any shortcuts in life. When you try taking one, you could end up far off the path. Elijah is not only willing to take that shortcut – i.e. pay that price, he has a hard time understanding why Kristen isn’t.
Finally, there’s a strong theme of loyalty – both family loyalty and loyalty to friends. Elijah’s made several promises – to his sister, to his band-mates, and to Kristen. He keeps his word, even when it’s killing him inside. Kristen’s loyalty to her grandmother is no less significant, though her promises are a bit less overt. But loyalty isn’t formed in a vacuum; it’s built on respect. Elijah, despite his frustrations with his friend Sam or his father, nevertheless respects them. He doesn’t respect Kristen…not at first. Seeing how his respect for her forms is one of the aspects of this story that makes me the most proud.
The Way It Hurts
By: Patty Blount
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: August 1st, 2017
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I love her books and I when I saw she was coming out with a new one, i knew I had to have it! The cover actually looks pretty good, not what normally attracts my eye.
I like the cover and the story sounds really different. With a special needs character, I am intrigued how this book will be.