Teen Read Week 2017: Author Chat with Julie Cross (Breaking The Ice), Plus Giveaway!

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Today we're excited to chat with Julie Cross (Breaking The Ice)

as part of YABC's Teen Read Week!

Read on for more about Julie, her novel, plus a giveaway!

 

 

 

Meet Julie Cross!

 

NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author of HALFWAY PERFECT, WHATEVER LIFE THROWS AT YOU, TEMPEST, optioned by Summit Entertainment, LETTERS TO NOWHERE, THIRD DEGREE, CHASING TRUTH, and OFF THE ICE. Julie lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three children.

 

 

Website * Facebook * Twitter

 

 

 

Meet Breaking The Ice!

 
 

Haley Stevenson seems like she’s got it all together: cheer captain, “princess” of Juniper Falls, and voted Most Likely to Get Things Done. But below the surface, she’s struggling with a less-than-stellar GPA and still reeling from the loss of her first love. Repeating her civics class during summer school is her chance to Get Things Done, not angst over boys. In fact, she’s sworn them off completely until college.

Fletcher Scott is happy to keep a low profile around Juniper Falls. He’s always been the invisible guy, warming the bench on the hockey team and moonlighting at a job that would make his grandma blush. Suddenly, though, he’s finding he wants more: more time on the ice, and more time with his infuriatingly perfect summer-school study partner. Haley’s never backed down from a challenge before, and there’s something different about Fletch. Something that makes her want to break all her own rules.

 

 

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~ Interview for Teen Read Week ~

 
 

YABC:  What book or books were your go-to choice when you were a teen?

I loved to read John Grisham novels. I'm also not ashamed to admit that even in my high school years I still read and reread all of my favorite children's literature novels...Roald Dahl, The Baby Sisters Club, A Little Princess, Little Women. I was really into sports, especially gymnastics so I read a lot of athlete biographies like Mary Lou Retton and Bart Connor. My favorite books that would actually be classified as YA novels were books written by author, Laurlene McDaniel. Most of her stories about young teens with terminal illness. Not sure why that fascinated me so as I was a healthy teen but the stories were full of romance, best friends, fights with parents, decisions about futures...all the things teens think about.

 

YABC:  What do you love most about the YA genre?

The pacing, the newness of the experience, remembering what it was like to be that age and feeling those feelings again.

 

YABC:  Was there a class in high school that you wished you had paid closer attention to and why?

Um, probably all of them. I was a terrible student in high school. But if I had to pick, I'd say Spanish. I really regret not learning a foreign language when I was younger. There is no better way to understand and welcome each other's difference than learning someone else's language. 

 

 

YABC:  Which social media site do you wish had been available to you as a teen and why?

Google.

I was a teen in the mid to late 90s and we definitely looked to the internet for some of our information but it wasn't like now. In that time, the best way to gain skills and knowledge for careers was to go to college. College for the most part consisted of large lecture classes where instructors spit information at you and all you had to do to succeed was spit that information back at the right time. In today's world, information is at everyone's fingertips. Teens today don't need an instructor to tell them how to figure out a Calculus problem or how to interpret a Shakespeare play. It's perfectly justified for teens today to say to a university, "I can learn all of this on my phone and look it up again anytime I want. So what else can you offer me?" Because of sites like Google and Youtube learning has become less about sitting in a class and more about problem solving, analyzing, thinking for yourself and forming your own opinions. And creativity. There has never been a better time for creative thinkers than right now. 

 

YABC:  What advice would you give teens who might want to be a writer?

Live your life, try new things, learn new skills, step out of your comfort zone. And when the ideas, the passion for a story builds to the point of overflowing, when you can't think of anything else but that story and those character, then you should sit down and write. 

 

YABC:  What book from your younger years do you still recommend today ?

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Breaking The Ice

By: Julie Cross

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Release Date: December 26th, 2017

 

 

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Danielle Hammelef on Sunday, 12 November 2017 10:41

My favorite book as a teen was Little Women.

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My favorite book as a teen was Little Women.
Kelly G on Sunday, 12 November 2017 23:06

When I was a teen, my favorite book was Leftovers by Laura Weiss

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When I was a teen, my favorite book was Leftovers by Laura Weiss

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