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Blog Tour: Hello, I Love You by Katie M Stout

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Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout

Grace Wilde is running—from the multi-million dollar mansion her record producer father bought, the famous older brother who’s topped the country music charts five years in a row, and the mother who blames her for her brother’s breakdown. Grace escapes to the farthest place from home she can think of, a boarding school in Korea, hoping for a fresh start.

She wants nothing to do with music, but when her roommate Sophie’s twin brother Jason turns out to be the newest Korean pop music superstar, Grace is thrust back into the world of fame. She can’t stand Jason, whose celebrity status is only outmatched by his oversized ego, but they form a tenuous alliance for the sake of her friendship with Sophie. As the months go by and Grace adjusts to her new life in Korea, even she can’t deny the sparks flying between her and the KPOP idol.

Soon, Grace realizes that her feelings for Jason threaten her promise to herself that she’ll leave behind the music industry that destroyed her family. But can Grace ignore her attraction to Jason and her undeniable pull of the music she was born to write? Sweet, fun, and romantic, this young adult novel explores what it means to experience first love and discover who you really are in the process.

SOURCE:  galley/finished copy sent by publisher for review

Today we are a stop on the blog tour for Hello, I Love You.  We will not only be reviewing but hosting a fancasting by Katie AND a giveaway!

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The Selective Collective: Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill

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January’s featured book:

Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill

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Meet Sloane Emily Jacobs: a seriously stressed-out figure-skater from Washington, D.C., who choked during junior nationals and isn’t sure she’s ready for a comeback. What she does know is that she’d give anything to escape the mass of misery that is her life.

Now meet Sloane Devon Jacobs, a spunky ice hockey player from Philly who’s been suspended from her team for too many aggressive hip checks. Her punishment? Hockey camp, now, when she’s playing the worst she’s ever played. If she messes up? Her life will be over.

When the two Sloanes meet by chance in Montreal and decide to trade places for the summer, each girl thinks she’s the lucky one: no strangers to judge or laugh at Sloane Emily, no scouts expecting Sloane Devon to be a hero. But it didn’t occur to Sloane E. that while avoiding sequins and axels she might meet a hockey hottie—and Sloane D. never expected to run into a familiar (and very good-looking) face from home. It’s not long before the Sloanes discover that convincing people you’re someone else might be more difficult than being yourself.

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The Selective Collective: The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler

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Our May pick:

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The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler

For our May book Gone Pecan was given the task of trying to locate the dream cast for this lovely book.

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Jude Hernandez is the youngest daughter of a couple of expatriat Argentenians, she’s the first generation to be born and raised in America.  She’s been raised as much by her sisters as she has been by her parents. Jude is an actress, but not dramatic the way that many who persue this creative outlet are. What I liked about Jude is that she knew who she was and didn’t try to fit some other mold.  She really didn’t physically coalesce to me in any real way, I didn’t see her face when I was reading, but I had to find someone to cast as her and it was hard. My friend, Sandie, explained to me that Argentinians have a more European look, rather than straight up hispanic looking, so that actually made it easier.  But I wanted to make sure the person portraying this fantastic charcter was also Latino, so I found this beautiful young lady, Nathalia Ramos, who stars in the Nickelodeon television show, The House of Anubis.  She was born in Spain and she’s just gorgeous, someone I think could really grab the attention of Emilio.

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Now, Emilio was much easier to cast.  Emilio is the youngest son of a heartbreaking Puerto Rican family that has tormented the love lives of the Hernandez sisters.  Emilio is also a motorcycle mechanic with a wanderlust, much like Jude’s papi.  He’s very charismatic and easy on the eyes.  When I first brought this task to our group, Sandie suggested Tyler Posey, who I think is adorable, but I hadn’t even started the book yet. I was actually looking at someone else and was just going to take Sandie’s suggestions with a grain of salt, but when I started reading, Tyler is who I saw, he fit perfectly. He’s so hot and he looks like a real sweetheart. Tyler currently stars in MTV’s reinterpretation of Teen Wolf as Scott McCall, but you may also remember him as Jennifer Lopez’s adorable son in Maid in Manhattan.

Liked our Casting Call?  Check out all the other great SC posts about this book!

Author Q & A + Giveaway  – Sarah Ockler & The Book of Broken Hearts – Tee @ YA Crush

Review:   – The Book of Broken Hearts – Sandie & Diana @ Teen Lit Rocks

Freebie Post – Favorite Father-Daughter Relationships in YA – Brittany @ The Book Addict’s Guide

Roudtable Discussion:  – What did you think about  The BoBH?  – Candice @ The Grown-Up YA

Thanks to Simon for providing ARCS for review on the SC.

Casting Call If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Welcome to Casting Call!   This is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely ladies (including ourselves of course), Tee @ YA Crush, Sandie & Diana @ Teen Lit Rocks, Candice @ The Grown-Up YA, and Brittany @ The Book Addict’s Guide.  Please check out their castings because they are all awesome!  Want to create your own and participate??  It’s easy!!  Just link up over @ Teen Lit Rocks.

This week’s book we are casting:

In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck…

A sophisticated, layered, and heart-achingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make, and the ultimate choice Mia commands.

Kristina & I LOVE this series, as does just about anyone who’s read it.  It’s such an amazing love story and so heartbreaking at the same time. Mia and Adam are such a perfect couple.  Both so into their music and each other, but even Adam’s love might not be enough to bring Mia back when she is on death’s door.  This book is so haunting, so emotionally draining, so beautiful…I can’t even…ugh.  Understandably, casting something so beloved is going to be hard.  Particularly Adam, my underage, fake boyfriend #2, after Jay from the Body Finder series.  But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, shall we?

Mia, a very talented cellist, Julliard bound, is in a car wreck which claimed the life of her parents and has herself and her baby brother, Teddy, on death’s door.  She is the odd duck in her family of hippies, preferring classical music to rock.  Mia is brought in to the ICU and is having an out-of-body experience, witnessing all that is happening in the hospital with her friends and family.  She intrinsically knows that she must choose:  Should she stay or should she go?  If she goes, she’ll never have to live with the heartache of losing her entire family, especially young Teddy.  But she will never be the star cellist, experience college…she’ll have to give up Adam.  But if she stays…   Our pick for Mia is Willa Holland.  You might remember Willa from The O. C., where she played Kaitlyn Cooper, Marissa’s younger sister.  Today, she’s on Arrow on the CW.  I picked Willa because she has a soft beauty, she looks like she would be polite and sweet and not cause too much trouble (despite her stint as a hussy on The O. C.) , a total status quo kind of girl.

Adam Wilde, Mia’s boyfriend and soulmate, her other half, waits in the hospital for Mia to either wake up or slip away.  Adam is in a band, Shooting Star, in which he sings and plays guitar. This is basically the only thing he has in common with Mia, but their connection is solid, intense, like only first love can be.  Adam is a very idealized version of the rock and roll stereotype.  He’s beautiful, dedicated to his music and to Mia, and ultimately, completely unselfish.  Talk about hard to cast!  But I think I pulled it off.  This is Avan Jogia.  Isn’t he hot?!?!?!?  He’s currently on Victorious and I can just see him, in my head, onstage, in black leather pants and a ripped t-shirt, holding a mike and, eyes closed, just SINGing.   (But, and maybe this is the mom in me, I think he needs a bit of a trim in the hair department.)  Or something like this:

Yes. I like this. I can live with this.

So that’s all we have for you this week!  What do you think of our choices?  Thanks for stopping by!  And don’t forget to check out our friends to see who they cast.

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Casting Call Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Welcome to Casting Call!   This is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely ladies (including ourselves of course), Tee @ YA Crush, Sandie & Diana @ Teen Lit Rocks, Candice @ The Grown-Up YA, and Brittany @ The Book Addict’s Guide.  Please check out their castings because they are all awesome!  Want to create your own and participate??  It’s easy!!  Just link up over @ Teen Lit Rocks.

This week’s book we are casting:

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit—more sparkly, more fun, more wild—the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.

When Cricket—a gifted inventor—steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

So by now I’m sure most of you are in love with the fluffy, gooey, swooney books that I refer to “a la Perkins”.  Her books are so adorable that you can’t help but love everyone in the them and hope they are living happily ever after somewhere in book world.

Lola:

Ariana Grande – I had to dig deep for this one.  I just couldn’t find who I really wanted to play Lola and then I stumbled across this pick and I knew.  Ariana is from Victorious and has also been on Broadway so I know she will have that dramatic flare.

Cricket:

David Henrie – Unlike my choice for Lola, I knew who I wanted for Cricket while I was reading the book.  David is the perfect Cricket.  Tall, gangly, and super adorable.

Calliope:

Julia Goldani Telles – I didn’t know who to pick for Cricket’s twin so this is a Dixie pick.  According to D Julia plays on Bunheads and can play the part of snarky Calli.

Dad # 1 – Nathan:

Paul Rudd – I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned it but I love Paul Rudd (almost as much as I love Jason Bateman, you’ll see.)  He is absolutely hilarious but can also play a sweet, sensitive, more serious character as well.  Since he is Lola’s biological uncle and has dealings with his sister I think he would fit this role perfectly.

Dad # 2 – Andy:

Jason Bateman – You’re pinching my arm skin!!! (Does anyone else remember that line from The Sweetest Thing?? LOVE IT)  Jason Bateman is the best.  I love his insult-style comedy and I think between him and Paul they would make the movie.

Well that’s all I have this week, what about you?  Who would you cast??

***~~Maggie~~**

Casting Call #7 Body Finder

Hello and welcome to Casting Call, meme edition!!  For the past few weeks we, as a group, have been creating dream casts for several books and decided why should we have all the fun?  So join us!!  When you’re finished here, go over to Teen Lit Rocks to check out the other participants.

This Week’s Book:

Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her “power” to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes that the dead leave behind in the world… and the imprints that attach to their killers.

Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find the dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he’s claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping that Jay’s intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she’s falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer… and becoming his prey herself.

Maggie and I were having a disagreement regarding the casting choices for this particular book.  We both love the series so much that it was hard to meet in the middle and give anything away when  deciding on who we should cast.  Originally, we were going to each do a cast, but since I had more time on my hand than Maggie did this particular week, we’re going with my casting by default.  It’s still a win and I’ll take it!  🙂

Violet, our protagonist/heroine, is your typical teenage girl, except she has this extrodinary gift (if you could call it that).  I wanted someone who was pretty enough to attract Jay and…anyone else Ms. Derting would write into the story.  I know that Sandie & Diana recently cast Melissa Benoist as Anna in Anna and the French Kiss, but Melissa has the exact look I was searching for.  I hadn’t seen any of Glee this season until this week, so I wasn’t familiar with her, but I think that Melissa has a quiet intensity, a vulnerability to her.  And she’s pretty in a girl-next-door way that I was looking for.

Jay.  Oh, Jay.  He’s the swooniest.  Violet’s best friend since she was a child, he is actually the only person outside her family who knows Violet’s secret.  They both develop these feelings for each other and Violet struggles with it because she isn’t sure he sees her in that way and doesn’t want to ruin their friendship, but Jay has this kind of stalwart wisdom that is very uncommon in sixteen year old boys and the way he handles their budding relationship is just…perfect.  Very rarely do I remember scenes when people profess their love for each other, but I remember this one.  Jay, to me, had to be a tall, good-looking, all-american sort of guy and so I found Shane Harper.  Shane is an actor (he’s on Disney’s Good Luck Charlie), singer and dancer.  And I wanted to find a picture of his body to show that he physically resembles the Jay in my head.  The Violet in my head just gave me a high five.

Sheriff Ambrose is Violet’s uncle and ultimately the hero of the story.  He’s a very big part of Violet’s life.  I chose Michael Trucco because I LOVE HIM and I think he needs to be in more stuff (I’m upset that’s he’s Robin’s boyfriend on How I Met Your Mother because we all know he won’t last).

Mrs. Ambrose.  Kate Walsh would be perfect as Violet’s mother.  I recently saw her in The Perks of Being a Wallflower as Charlie’s mom and she did a great job.

Mr. Ambrose.  I’ve had a crush on Peter Krause since Sports Night. He’s a great actor and can play drama and comedy.  His current stint on Parenthood has convinced me he can do anything.

Chelsea is Violet’s other best friend.  She’s a little wild and crazy and she’s recently changed from a tomboy into a boycrazy girl, totally different from Violet.  But their friendship goes way back and they’re in it for the long haul.  Sasha Piertse is on Pretty Little Liars, which I’ve never seen, but she definitely fits the bill lookswise.

Don’t forget to check out our friends choices, too!

Tee @ Ya Crush

Brittany @ The Book Addict’s Guide

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA

Sandie & Diana @ Teen Lit Rocks

~*~dixie~*~

Casting Call Shadow and Bone

Hello and welcome to the first Casting Call meme edition!!  For the past few weeks we, as a group, have been creating dream casts for several books and decided why should we have all the fun?  So join us!!

Today’s book:

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Alina

India Eisley  – I think she has the perfect look for this character.   A look of innocence but with the proper motivation and training, deadly skills.  Though it has nothing to do with the actual casting did you guys know her mom played Juliet in the movie version back in the 60s?  That is probably my favorite version (I’m sorry but the updated one kind of freaks me out, but I still love it as well.)

Mal

Logan Lerman – For Mal I wanted someone who looked like the boy next door/best friend type but at the same time could convince you that he is a leading love interest.  Dixie recently went see Perks and I think according to her he can definitely pull this off.

The Darkling

Richard Madden – I’m not going to lie, Richard was my third pick for this character.  My first choice and I’m sure about 99% of everyone else’s was Ian Somerhalder and if you say you didn’t at least think about picking him you are lying.  Ian definitely gives the smoldering vibe (though I’m admitting here I’ve never seen The Vampire Diaries, I only know him from LOST).  My second pick was Kit Harington.  He is absolutely gorgeous but then I thought about it more and realized I didn’t want to end up picking him every week just because I would listen to him read my grocery list.  The Darkling is both good and bad and that reminded me more of Robb Stark who is learning how to fight wars while still protect his family.  Plus seeing G of T and everyone in all that fur it was an easy transition to see him in all the great clothing from the book.

Genya

Deborah Ann Woll – Again she wasn’t my first choice.  First choice was Molly Quinn from Castle (another recent obsession since I’ve watched all of the first four seasons in the past month.)  But yet again like the Darkling I thought about it more.  As far as I can tell book wise Deborah’s character from True Blood, Jessica, is not in the books  (I’ve only read through book 5) but she is hands down (next to Jason) my favorite character on the show.  Genya is supposed to be this beautiful woman who “knows her place” in the pecking order at the castle but can also be secretive and plot horrible things.  I think she would be a great choice.

Ok, so that’s all I’ve got, what about you??  Cast your own Shadow and Bone and link up over at Teen Lit Rocks!!!

While you are looking around why don’t you check out my co-host’s castings??

Tee @ Ya Crush

Brittany @ The Book Addict’s Guide

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA

Sandie & Diana @ Teen Lit Rocks