I met Hart during the ABNA (Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest) a few years back. Hart shared this on her blog.
“I have been looking forward to reading this book since I first heard about it, so when Megan asked who wanted to be a part of her promotional tour, I jumped at the chance. The theme is clever and fitting for the book.
|Never Eighteen, currently resting in Ann Arbor, MI.
You see, Austin has Leukemia. He was a strong, popular athlete. But now he is somewhat shrunken, tires easily. And he’s on a mission. He wants to right some wrongs—only one of which really seemed his fault, but he’s been watching people. There is a soft undertone of jealousy—people who HAVE life ahead of them who are wasting it. But mostly there is just a need to make a difference. To leave the world around him just a little better than it was before.
Megan says the original title was Mending Fences. I like the new title better because it carries the darkness that underlies death. But Mending Fences is very fitting for what Austin is trying to do.
I loved this book. It was a wonderful mix of sadness and hope. The characters were very real—Austin is perhaps more introspective than most boys, but I think knowing you are dying will do that.
Austin’s journey to get people to engage in their own lives again hits a ton of teen (and adult) issues, but briefly enough and softly enough that they don’t drain us. I think for teens this offers a wonderful chance to talk about some big stuff, and whatever their situation, see… it could be worse… and even if it IS worse, they can handle it with grace.
So I thank Megan for giving me the chance to read!
As for the Pass It On…
The marketing campaign was to SHARE this book, even as Austin is trying to share in the futures of people who will still be around. I knew when I first heard the idea that I wanted to share it with one of my teacher friends, preferably someone who keeps BOOKS in the classroom, so teens can have a chance to read it to.
I scanned the list and the first to come to mind was Chary—she is a fellow Burrower who teaches at a High School in New York City. She said she did indeed keep a library in her classroom for students to read from and it was decided.
I decided to sweeten the pot, I would add another YA book I have loved recently. I am a hoarder, but isn’t it really better to share books with people who will get them read by dozens than keep them in a stack on my shelves?
|Headed to a classroom New York City
So today this pair, Never Eighteen and Gae Polisner’s Pull of Gravity, will be shipped to New York City to share in Chary’s High School classroom.
I will have Chary post a picture when the books make it to her, and I thank Megan and Gae for writing such amazing books that I want to share them like this!”
I thank Hart, and hope Chary and her students enjoy the book!!
More info on Hart:
Hart Johnson is an aspiring author of main stream suspense, some adult some YA… She’s written seven suspense novels and two mysteries. She’s also written a cozy mysteries series under the name Alyse Carlson. The series has a gardening theme and takes place in Roanoke, Virginia, starring 30-something public relations guru Cam Harris, her crazy friends and family, and her eccentric colleagues at the Roanoke Garden Society.
The Watery Tart alternately rules the world from a small tropical island, performs lingerie training on very bad boys, and tries to tempt all of you into playing just a little bit harder–perhaps even joining the Naked World Domination movement. Her online persona is rarely serious and a little outrageous, but tries very hard to walk the PG line with her antics.
The person behind all these faces has a day job doing academic research related to health disparities at a ginormous Midwest University.
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