Teen Read Week 2018: Author Chat with Amy Giles (That Night), Plus Giveaway!
Today we're excited to chat with Amy Giles (That Night)
as part of YABC's Teen Read Week!
Read on for more about Amy, her novel, plus a giveaway!
Meet Amy Giles!
Meet That Night!
An evocative story by acclaimed author Amy Giles about tragedy, love, and learning to heal.
The year since a mass shooting shook their Queens neighborhood has played out differently for Jess and Lucas, both of whom were affected by that night in eerily similar and deeply personal ways.
As Jess struggles to take care of her depressed mother and Lucas takes up boxing under the ever-watchful eye of his overprotective parents, their paths converge. They slowly become friends and then something more, learning to heal and move forward together.
But what does it mean to love after an unspeakable tragedy?
~ Interview for Teen Read Week ~
YABC: What current YA book would you recommend to your teenage self?
Teenage Amy would have loved Kara Thomas’ and Tiffany Jackson’s books as much as grown-up Amy does. Older YA authors are always dating themselves when they say, “Back when I was a teenager, there weren’t a lot of YA books.” But the truth is, there weren’t, at least none that I was aware of that spoke to me. So I read a lot of Stephen King. I wasn’t alone, though. My creative writing teacher admonished our entire class when we all confessed to pretty much only reading Stephen King! I’m still a sucker for a really good twisty thriller, and Kara and Tiffany never disappoint. Start with Allegedly and The Darkest Corners, and then just keep going.
YABC: Was there a class in high school that you wished you had paid closer attention to and why?
Ummm….how do I put this? All of them. I struggled with anxiety and depression in high school. To cope, I tuned out a lot. It wasn’t until I went away to college that I felt like a switch turned on inside of me. I went from this depressing black and white world to full color. What I do always regret is not getting more involved in the extracurricular activities at school. I have teen daughters now and when I see how much Habitat for Humanity and Key Club, just to name a few, have helped them grow, build their confidence, and connect them to the outside world. I wish I had given these clubs a chance when I was their age.
YABC: What do you love most about the YA genre?
As a former teenager who struggled, I respect contemporary YA for its unflinching coverage of important topics. There are so many teenagers dealing with real issues, and many are unwilling to talk about it, even with their closest friends. Seeing themselves in a book is the first step in recognizing they’re not alone and there is help available. What I also love about YA is that they almost always end on a hopeful note, because don’t we all need to hear that everything is going to be okay with time?
By: Amy Giles
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: October 23rd, 2018
Cute cover that represents two people coming together. I am intrigued to read this story of healing after a tragedy like a shooting and see how the characters develop.
The cover is appropriate for the storyline and YA realistic fiction readers will be drawn to it. I am intrigued as to how you handle this topic. I live where such an event happened.