It’s Live!! Cover Reveal: If You Were Here by Jennie Yabroff + Giveaway (US/Canada)



Hi, YABCers!

Today we’re super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for IF YOU WERE HERE by Jennie Yabroff, releasing January 2, 2017 from Merit Press. Before we get to the cover, here’s a note from Jennie:

Hey YABCers! “Thanks for getting my undies back.” “Thanks for coming over.” “Thanks for coming to get me.” If you are as big a fan as I am of the classic 1980s movie 16 Candles, you’ll know exactly what those quotes mean. And I hope you are, because otherwise you’ll think I’m very weird. 16 Candles plays a big role in my novel IF YOU WERE HERE – watching it allows my main character, Tess, to escape the grim reality of her life for a few hours. But when tragedy strikes, Tess starts questioning how much of reality she can even trust. My book is about friendship, and family, and 16 Candles (obviously,) but it’s also about the possibility of magic everywhere: the magic of being different, the magic of staying true to yourself, the magic of growing up. I hope you enjoy it!

~Jennie Yabroff (IF YOU WERE HERE, Merit Press)


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by Jennie Yabroff
Release date: January 2, 2017
Publisher: Merit Press
ISBN: 9781507200025
About the Book

Is there a line between gifted and insane? How do you know if you’ve crossed it?

Tess was semi-successfully passing for normal before her mother’s erratic behavior turned her into social cyanide. Now life is only bearable thanks to weekend 16 Candles and Oreo binges with her best (and only) friend, Tabitha. Then Tabitha inexplicably drops Tess, leaving her alone with her fears about her mother and the troubling visions that leave her shaking with dread. Before Tess can come to terms with this loss, a horrific tragedy occurs at school, and everyone is blaming her. Now, Tess must find answers, fast: What really happened that night at school? Is she responsible? And do her visions mean she has a gift of prophecy, or the same mental illness
that is stealing her mom?

To learn more about this book and see our review, click HERE.


About the Author

Jennie Yabroff was born and raised in Berkeley, California and received her MFA from Columbia University. She was a staff arts and culture writer for Newsweek and now writes freelance criticism and essays. Based in New York, she currently lives in Rome, Italy, with her family. This is her first novel.

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Giveaway Details

Five winners will each receive an ARC of IF YOU WERE HERE, when available. One winner of the 5 will receive a grand prize of one free book, one DVD of Sixteen Candles (which features prominently in the book), and one package of fudge-covered Oreos (also featured in the book).

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.

During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question they’ll be answering in the comments below for extra entries:

What do you think about the cover and synopsis?

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17 thoughts on “It’s Live!! Cover Reveal: If You Were Here by Jennie Yabroff + Giveaway (US/Canada)”

  1. Anonymous says:

    This sounds like it’s going to be a great book!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    The cover is beautiful, and the line between gifted and insane is a fascinating premise! Thanks, Kara S

  3. Anonymous says:

    What an interesting concept…kind of like A Beautiful Mind!
    The cover is lovely. Those dark colors really set the mood for the story.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I like how this cover only really uses a blue-ish pallet and I loved 16 candles so this book really appeals to me

  5. Anonymous says:

    If you were here sounds like a great story and the cover is very pretty ♡ I love the colors. Thank You

  6. Anonymous says:

    Intriguing cover and synopsis.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I love them. The cover is so peaceful and the book sounds wonderfully unique!

  8. Anonymous says:

    I’m always happy to see more books where kids have to cope with a parent’s mental illness. Books are such a great way for kids to find someone they can relate to, but too few books touch on this subject. Glad this was written.

  9. Anonymous says:

    This is a total must-read for me.

  10. Anonymous says:

    The cover is good but the synopsis is excellent. I love the movie 16 Candles even though it has been years since I watched it.
    Mental illness is finally getting talked about more, but there is still a social stigma attached to it. I love the fact that this is being addressed in this book.
    Thanks for offering a chance to win such an awesome prize

  11. Anonymous says:

    The cover’s colors are my favorite, so I really like it. I love the synopsis and it makes me want to know what happened at school and why her best friend abandoned her.

  12. Anonymous says:

    The colors of this cover are absolutely beautiful. It is a simple elegance, sometimes less is more. It is a beautiful cover for what sounds like an awesome book.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Oh my gosh the cover is so beautiful! ? And the synopsis sounds wonderful and I really want to read it!

  14. Anonymous says:

    I can’t wait to read this book! And the cover is great!

  15. Anonymous says:

    The cover is beautiful and the review has seriously got me interested. Is she going insane or is she a seer, intrigue.

  16. Anonymous says:

    the cover is interesting, it’s delivering the message that something unexpected will happen.

  17. Anonymous says:

    I love the colors on the cover and the design of it. The book’s synopsis sounds interesting too

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