When I shamelessly e-mailed Erica and asked if we could do a giveaway for So Over It on her blog, she suggested we do it today in honor of Heather, who’s taking her driving test. You’ll do great, girl!
In high school, I remember feeling like it was never going to be my turn to get my license. Partly because I didn’t turn 16 until I was a junior, and by then my friends had all been driving for a year. So when I turned 26 on my last birthday and had the realization that I’ve had my license for TEN YEARS now, it was shocking. I have a very hard time remembering what life was like before I had the freedom to just grab my keys and go. (Well, I have a kid now so that freedom has been somewhat restricted, but you know what I mean.)
There’s lots of evidence around me that I am, truly, an adult. Like the mortgage payment. My husband and daughter. The fact that I’m having mild contractions as I type this. (We’re expecting our second child any day now.) And the calendar claims my ten year high school reunion takes place next year.
Yet there are still days when I’m surprised to discover I’m an adult. This is probably a big part of why I write for teens. I don’t feel like I have a very good handle on this “adult thing” yet, but I have the diploma that proves I survived high school.
When I’m in storyworld, I continue to find it natural and easy to slip into teenage skin. So Over It may be the final installment of The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series, but it’s far from being my last young adult novel. Until they start holding insanely boring ceremonies at which they hand out certificates that say “You’ve successfully passed adulthood,” I think my writer’s heart will be teen-centered.
Erica here: My review of So Over It...GO GET THIS BOOK! I loved the entire series. Stephanie's writing is so flawless and flows so beautifully, I couldn't stop reading it until I got to The End. I really cared about Skylar and Connor and worried about them all through the story. I wanted them to make the right choices, and despaired over them when they didn't. I wanted Skylar to find out the truth about the situation that set her on the path to reinventing herself...the path that taught her that she couldn't reinvent herself, rather, she had to let God do the reinventing.
I highly recommend The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series to teen girls (and their moms.) Great reads, great characters, tough choices, wrong turns, and a really satisfying ending.
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