Hearts, Strings, and other Breakable Things by Jacqueline Firkins // FFBC Blog Tour Q&A with Author

Hearts, Strings, and other Breakable Things by Jacqueline Firkins // FFBC Blog Tour Q&A with Author

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Welcome to the ‘HEARTS, STRINGS, and other BREAKABLE THINGS’ Fantastic Flying Book Club Blog Tour!

Thank you all for stopping in and showing support for this tour and author’s newest novel!

Book stats
A synopsis
Book links
About the author
Author Q& A
Ways to stay in touch with the author
Tour schedule

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>> Book Stats:

Release Date: December 17th 2019
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Genre (s):  Young Adult, Romance, Retellings, Contemporary
Pages: 384 via Hardcover

Series: Stand – Alone

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>> Synopsis:

In this charming debut about first love and second chances, a young girl gets caught between the boy next door and a playboy. Perfect for fans of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.
Mansfield, Massachusetts is the last place seventeen-year-old Edie Price wants to spend her final summer before college. It’s the home of wealthy suburbanites and prima donnas like Edie’s cousins, who are determined to distract her from her mother’s death with cute boys and Cinderella-style makeovers. Edie has her own plans, and they don’t include a prince charming.
But as Edie dives into schoolwork and applying for college scholarships, she finds herself drawn to two Mansfield boys who start vying for her attention. First there’s Sebastian, Edie’s childhood friend and first love. He’s sweet and smart and . . . already has a girlfriend. Then there’s Henry, the local bad boy and all-around player. He’s totally off limits, even if his kisses are chemically addictive.
Both boys are trouble. Edie can’t help but get caught between them. Someone’s heart is going to break. Now she just has to make sure it isn’t hers.

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Jacqueline’s a writer, costume designer, and lover of beautiful things. She’s on the full time faculty in the Department of Theatre & Film at the University of British Columbia where she also takes any writing class they’ll let her into. When not obsessing about where to put the buttons or the commas, she can be found running by the ocean, eating excessive amounts of gluten, listening to earnest love songs, and pretending her dog understands every word she says.

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1.  What was your inspiration behind writing this novel?
JACQUELINE: The seed for HSAOBT was planted when a friend and I were discussing Jane Austen heroines. My friend had recently re-read Mansfield Park and was frustrated with the passivity of Fanny Price after enjoying Austen’s feistier and more outspoken heroines. But I’d remembered relating to Fanny more than I did to Elizabeth Bennet or Emma Woodhouse. So I went back and re-read Mansfield. I recalled why I loved its heroine. She was like me. I wasn’t feisty and outspoken either. I preferred a book to a party. And I always had a crush on a guy who didn’t notice me. Or more than one guy. So I started thinking about how I could bring that character into a contemporary world, allowing more readers access to a heroine I was grateful to find when I most needed her, during my teenage years.
I also love love triangles. I know some other readers feel differently, but I enjoy the anticipation of watching a hero or heroine be drawn to two different people as they figure out what their heart most wants. That said, I find a lot of love triangles frustrating because there’s an obvious choice, eliminating the tension of the impending decision. One of the love interests smacks his gum or doesn’t open doors or says something insensitive and we know he/she won’t get chosen. I really enjoy how Austen balances her love triangle in Mansfield Park. We assume we’re on route to an obvious match, but then the other guy sweeps in and we’re no longer certain how the story will end. She cleverly shifts our alliances as the story plays out. I wanted a chance to try to capture that sensation for the reader.
2. What is one thing that you hope for your readers to take away from reading this novel?
JACQUELINE: I hope readers enjoy reading the book. Plain and simple. I find daily life quite challenging, so I want my invented worlds to be places readers want to spend time, with a few jokes that bring a laugh and some steamy kisses that bring a smile. On a more serious note, I also have a lot of thoughts about the ways society impacts a young woman’s growth. We’re bombarded with images and articles about who we should be, how we should dress, what to say and what not to say, and how to hide or represent our sexuality. I think the more we’re aware of these messages, the more we can operate independently from them. There’s a lot of pressure right now to be—or at least appear to be—happy all the time. Smile for your Instagram post. Boast about your latest success on Facebook. Say something cheerful and witty on Twitter. I think most people are more complicated than the version of ourselves others see on social media. It’s possible to experience joy while also processing grief, questioning self-identity, and worrying about the future. I want readers to see this complexity represented in my characters, in the hope that readers feel a little less pressure to be anything but their unique, messy, unpolished, un-curated, complicated selves.
3. Create a brief pitch for your book, describing why readers should check it out.
JACQUELINE: Edie likes Sebastian. Sebastian likes Claire. Julia and Maria both like Henry. Henry likes being liked. Maria is engaged to Rupert, but not because she likes him. Julia likes WB but mostly she’s struggling to like herself. Only two of them end up together. If you like your love triangles complicated, your heroines bookish, your Jane Austen tinkered with, and your romance tinted with both swoons and satire, HeartsStringsand Other Breakable Things might be the book for you!

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