Teen Read Week 2017: Author Chat with Paula Stokes (This Is How It Happened), Plus Giveaway!

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Today we're excited to chat with 

Paula Stokes (This Is How It Happened)

as part of YABC's Teen Read Week!

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

 

 

 

 

Meet Paula Stokes!

 
 

Paula Stokes is the author of several YA novels, most recently Ferocious and this is How it Happened. Her writing has been translated into eleven foreign languages. Paula loves kayaking, hiking, reading, and seeking out new adventures in faraway lands. She also loves interacting with readers. Find her online at authorpaulastokes.com or on twitter as @pstokesbooks.

 

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Meet This Is How It Happened!

  

When Genevieve Grace wakes up from a coma, she can’t remember the car crash that injured her and killed her boyfriend Dallas, a YouTube star who had just released his first album. Genevieve knows she was there, and that there was another driver, a man named Brad Freeman, who everyone assumes is guilty. But as she slowly pieces together the night of the accident, Genevieve is hit with a sickening sense of dread—that maybe she had something to do with what happened.

As the internet rages against Brad Freeman, condemning him in a brutal trial by social media, Genevieve escapes to her father’s house, where she can hide from reporters and spend the summer volunteering in beautiful Zion National Park. But she quickly realizes that she can’t run away from the accident, or the terrible aftermath of it all.

Incredibly thought-provoking and beautifully told, Paula Stokes’s story will compel readers to examine the consequences of making mistakes in a world where the internet is always watching…and judging.

 

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~ Interview for Teen Read Week ~

 
 

 

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

Oh my gosh. This is a class I wish I had taken. Back when I was in high school it was called Business Computer Essentials, and one of the first skills you learned was typing. "You don't need that," my high school counselor said. "You should take another high-level academic course instead." Like a good student, I listened to her and signed up for Advanced World Literature or something. So now I've written eleven 350+ page novels (thirteen if you count my drawer manuscripts) and I still don't know how to type!

 

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

Read at least fifty books a year. Reading is the second-best way to learn how to write. Obviously, writing is the best way. It takes most people a couple of practice books to get good enough to even think about publication. If your first book doesn’t sell, you are not a failure. You are human. Human is good. Books by robots would probably suck. Don't judge your success based on how other people are doing--everyone has a different path to publication. Just because someone writes a debut novel that blows up big, it doesn't mean their writing career is going to last longer or achieve more than yours. Finally, don't be fooled into thinking social media is an accurate representation of the publishing industry. It's easy to go online and feel like 30% of YA writers are hitting bestseller lists and/or scoring movie deals. In reality, it's probably more like 1% to 2%. But the good news is, you don't need any of those things to be a successful author. You just need talent, a little luck, and a ton of perseverance. Keep fighting! I know you can do it :)

 

 

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

I read Laurie Halse Anderson's SPEAK in college and I still recommend it to everyone. It's such a great example of compelling narrative voice and how to write an emotionally-charged novel without veering into melodrama or getting too preachy.

 

 

YABC:  What 3 YA books would you love to recommend to our readers?

LIARS, INC. is my biggest seller but I think I'm probably best known in the YA community for the PTSD and anxiety-themed novel, GIRL AGAINST THE UNIVERSE. I'm a passionate advocate for people struggling with mental illness, so I'm going to recommend some YA books I think do a great job portraying therapy and mental health issues.


First, HOW TO DISAPPEAR by Sharon Huss Roat. This is the story of an anxious, isolative girl who creates an alter persona on Instagram that becomes a viral sensation. But can pretending to be someone else help you learn to love the person you really are?

LOVE AND OTHER ALIEN EXPERIENCES by Kerry Winfrey is a light-hearted but poignant story of a girl with agoraphobia. Mallory is so afraid to go outside she goes to high school and has therapy sessions via Skype. But when a contest at school promises a cash prize that could make it possible for Mallory to track down her father, whose abandonment of the family was the catalyst for her illness, she's determined to get past her fears and find her dad.

BREATHE, ANNIE, BREATHE, my favorite Miranda Kenneally novel, is the story of a girl struggling with survivor's guilt after her boyfriend dies. Non-runner Annie is training to complete a marathon in her boyfriend's honor, when she runs into another chance at love. But can Annie find it in her heart to forgive herself? Will she let herself love (and be loved) once more?

Thank for including me in Teen Read Week, and thanks to all the teens (and teens at heart!) who keep reading :)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

This Is How It Happened

By: Paula Stokes

Release Date: July 11th, 2017 

Publisher: HarperTeen

 

 

 

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Sandy S on Sunday, 15 October 2017 18:32

I read Stephen King as a teen and really liked it. When I was a teen, they didn't have all the great novels that they do now

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I read Stephen King as a teen and really liked it. When I was a teen, they didn't have all the great novels that they do now
Tiffany Engler on Monday, 23 October 2017 09:22

I didn't read much as a teen. I kinda dropped reading to be more social. So I would have to say The Blood Ties series by Jenny Trout

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I didn't read much as a teen. I kinda dropped reading to be more social. So I would have to say The Blood Ties series by Jenny Trout
Angela Z. on Wednesday, 25 October 2017 12:40

My favorite book as a teenager is the Divine Commedy by Dante Alighieri. I think it's very modern, even though it was written centuries ago!

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My favorite book as a teenager is the Divine Commedy by Dante Alighieri. I think it's very modern, even though it was written centuries ago!
Irma Jurejevčič on Thursday, 09 November 2017 11:39

I've read Paulas books before and I crave her stories. Can't wait to read it. And what a beautiful cover.

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I've read Paulas books before and I crave her stories. Can't wait to read it. And what a beautiful cover.
Danielle Hammelef on Saturday, 11 November 2017 18:12

My favorite book as a teen was Little Women.

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My favorite book as a teen was Little Women.
Penny Olson on Saturday, 11 November 2017 23:41

I liked To Kill a Mockingbird, The Handmaid's Tale and Brave New World.

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I liked To Kill a Mockingbird, The Handmaid's Tale and Brave New World.
Erin on Sunday, 12 November 2017 17:57

I read a lot of mystery as a teen. I remember an assignment we had on my sophomore year in highschool and I picked up a Sidney Sheldon book by chance (Tell Me No Lies) and I loved it. Then I read almost strictly his books for a few years... LOL Now I read just about everything!

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I read a lot of mystery as a teen. I remember an assignment we had on my sophomore year in highschool and I picked up a Sidney Sheldon book by chance (Tell Me No Lies) and I loved it. Then I read almost strictly his books for a few years... LOL Now I read just about everything!
Dianna G. on Sunday, 12 November 2017 19:28

When I was a teen, I loved The Mists of Avalon books. I read them over and over; the history and legends captivated me!

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When I was a teen, I loved The Mists of Avalon books. I read them over and over; the history and legends captivated me!
Kelly G on Sunday, 12 November 2017 22:49

My favorite book as a teen was Leftovers by Laura Weiss

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My favorite book as a teen was Leftovers by Laura Weiss

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