Hey guys! How are you all doing this fine Wednesday morning? (well, depends on what time you read this post).
Anyway, today, we have the lovely author of “My Year of Epic Rock” from Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, Andrea Pyros, dropping by and sharing a guest post for all of us to read and share. Read on to know what are her “Five Must-haves for a book to work”.
But first, a quick recap on what is My Year of Epic Rock..
My Year of Epic Rock by Andrea Pyros
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, September 2, 2014
If Life Was Like a Song
Nina Simmons’ song would be “You Can’t Always Eat What You Want.” (Peanut allergies, ugh). But that’s okay, because as her best friend Brianna always said, “We’re All in This Together.”
Until the first day of the seventh grade, when Brianna dumps her to be BFFs with the popular new girl. Left all alone, Nina is forced to socialize with “her own kind”–banished to the peanut-free table with the other allergy outcasts. As a joke, she tells her new pals they should form a rock band called EpiPens. (Get it?) Apparently, allergy sufferers don’t understand sarcasm, because the next thing Nina knows she’s the lead drummer.
Now Nina has to decide: adopt a picture-perfect pop personality to fit in with Bri and her new BFF or embrace her inner rocker and the spotlight. Well..
Call Me a Rock Star, Maybe.
My Five Must-Haves For a Book to Work
Andrea Pyros, author, My Year of Epic Rock
Hi! I’m so excited to be guest blogging today for Coffee, Books, & Me. I picked this topic even though I realize for every rule, I can come up with tons and tons of books that don’t follow it but succeed in spite of breaking the rule, or because the writer deliberately chose not to follow it. So this is my own personal list of what I need as a reader to keep turning those pages:
1. A likeable main character
I recently read a super well-reviewed book, and though the author did a skillful job keeping me engrossed in his story, I found myself enjoying the book less and less as the writer revealed his narrator was not only unreliable (which is fine) but also really unlikeable (not fine). The main character doesn’t have to be perfect (what’s the fun in that?) but they can’t be so unbearably awful that I hate being around them.
2. It makes me feel something
Maybe the dialogue makes me laugh, or the story is so sad I’ve got tears running down my face, or I’m terrified by the bad guy and need to keep all the lights on when I go to bed, but I read enough stuff just for the information. When it comes to my fiction, I want to feel something beyond “Zzzzz.”
3. It lets me experience someone else’s life
If the writer does their job writing rich descriptions and voices that resonate and feel true to the story, I’ll be able to escape in to a different world. And isn’t escapism a big reason we all love to read? It certainly is for me.
4. There has to be strong relationships
Maybe it’s a swoon-worthy love story, or a couple in the midst of a tragic breakup, or the book features a strong bond between a parent and child or person and their animal. Or the book features a clever detective and her wisecracking sidekick, or best friends forever doing whatever it is best friends do. Whether that relationship is a good one or bad, I love reading about how people interact with each other.
5. A storyline that keeps on keeping on
As a rule, I am a pretty impatient person, so if I’m not asking “What’s going to happen next?” as I’m reading, I am probably getting bored. Sometimes you have to slog through—I have been rewarded many times over when I’ve stuck with a book that is slow in the beginning and then all of a sudden just takes off, but at some point if I really don’t care at all, I give up.
That was interesting. I definitely agree with number ONE, TWO, actually, ALL of them! They all make sense. How about you, what do you think are the characteristics each book must HAVE for it to work? Sound off on the comments below! I’d love to hear from you! 🙂
And don’t forget to check out My Year of Epic Rock, as it comes out next month, September 2, 2014!