Thursday, 27 June 2013

BLOG TOUR!! Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend by Louise Rozett

At the Other End:
Rose Zarelli has big plans for sophomore year—everything is going to be different. This year, she’s going to be the talented singer with the killer voice, the fabulous girl with the fashionista best friend, the brainiac who refuses to let Jamie Forta jerk her around...

...but if she’s not careful, she’s also going to be the sister who misses the signals, the daughter who can only think about her own pain, the “good girl” who finds herself in mid-scandal again (because no good deed goes unpunished) and possibly worst of all...the almost-girlfriend.

When all else fails, stop looking for love and go find yourself.

Author Bio:
Louise Rozett is an author, a playwright, and a recovering performer. She made her YA debut with Confessions of an Angry Girl, published by Harlequin Teen. The next book in the series, Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend, is due out June 2013. She lives with her 120-pound Bernese Mountain dog Lester (named after Lester Freamon from THE WIRE, of course) in one of the world's greatest literary meccas, Brooklyn...and also in sunny Los Angeles. (Being bi-coastal is fun!)

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Ms. Maso’s Top-Ten List for Surviving High School

All right, everyone, listen up. I’m Ms. Maso, the Union High health teacher. High school is not an easy time, but there are a couple of things you can do that will help you get through it, okay? Here’s my top-ten list for surviving high school. Follow these, and I can pretty much guarantee that you’ll get out alive. And maybe you’ll even have a good time in the process.

#10: SPEND SOME TIME STUDYING. You already know this but studying and good grades are important. It bears repeating because if you learn how to knuckle down in high school, you’ll be able to do it for the rest of your life.

#9: SPEND THE REST OF YOUR TIME HAVING FUN. Even though working hard is important, it’s not everything. People probably tell you all the time that these are the best years of your life, and you probably roll your eyes, thinking that adults have just forgotten how to be kids. But what we’re telling you is, when you’re a teenager, you generally have very few responsibilities compared to when you’re an adult. So you should take advantage of that and have fun.

#8: LEARN THE VALUE OF MONEY. If you understand that money doesn’t grow on trees and that someone actually has to make it, and that at some point that someone is probably going to be you, you’ll develop a healthy respect for money, and that will affect how you spend it, save it, think about it, etc.

#7: LEARN HOW TO TALK TO YOUR PARENTS OR OTHER ADULTS IN YOUR LIFE. We may seem like your enemies, but grownups can be useful from time to time. We’ve been through stuff and we know things, and we’re willing to share our knowledge, even if you’re annoyed by having to ask us for help.

#6: THINK ABOUT YOUR FUTURE EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE—BUT ONLY EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE. If you zero in on what you care about, what you find interesting, what piques your might figure out what to study and where you want to go to college and what you want to be. The sooner you start figuring those things out, the clearer your path will be. But again, high school is supposed to be a pretty carefree time, so don’t freak out if you don’t know what the future holds. No one does.

#5: FIND SOMETHING TO DO THAT YOU LOVE. Whether it’s team sports or acting or writing for the newspaper or playing an instrument or being on the debate team or reading books, it’s important to have something that you love doing. It can connect you to other people, either virtually or in real-time, and really, that’s what life is all about—connecting with other people.

#4: PICK GOOD FRIENDS. If you have good friends, you’ll always have people to turn to for everything from a crisis to a good time. But you have to pick good friends—those are the people who respect you and like you for who are. They are sometimes different from the people you think you should be friends with.

#3: THINK FOR YOURSELF. Don’t let other people dictate what you think and feel. Period. You’ve got a brain. Use it.

#2: RESPECT OTHERS. Treat people with kindness, the way you would like to be treated. This is often harder than it sounds.

#1: RESPECT YOURSELF. Treat yourself with kindness. I repeat—this is often harder than it sounds. However, this is the key to living a happy, successful life. Respect yourself—because no one’s going to do it for you.

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