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Thursday, 6 August 2015

Review, Interview & GIVEAWAY: Deadbeat by Amy Sparling

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Title:Deadbeat
Author:Amy Sparling
Publisher:Self-published
Publication Date:September 3rd 2012
Source:Won
Format:Paperback
Pages:186

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When seventeen-year-old Jeremy’s girlfriend agrees to do the deed, life can't possibly get better. And then the condom breaks.

He loves Elisa as much as a popular teenage athlete can love a girl, but he doesn't want to be a dad. Her parents want a marriage - his parents want an abortion, and Elisa and Jeremy's once-perfect relationship has been reduced to fights and drama.

With a college scholarship on the line and the whole high school mocking him, Jeremy makes a decision that may haunt him forever.


MY THOUGHTS

This novel was quite enjoyable but, at the same time, I had a few issues with it namely the main character, Jeremy, whose head I wanted to bash repeatedly into a wall while reading this.

Jeremy was the epitome of douchy, self‐righteous, narcissistic jerks everywhere. Firstly, he pressures his sweet girlfriend into having sex. Then, he neglects to tell her that the condom breaks and during her pregnancy interchanges between being a complete moron and just an all round awful person. Even worse was the fact that the book was in first person POV so we were forced to see the world through his thick head.

I hated that it was in his POV and I loved it at the same time because a lot of times in these teen pregnancy scenarios, a lot of focus is on how the mother feels and we don't really pay mind to the thoughts of the father. It was a breath of fresh air to see something different happening, even though I wanted to strangle Jeremy with his own intestines majority of the time.

Deadbeat was a fast and very straight‐to‐the‐point novel which was both good and bad. Great because it didn't take very long for me to read but bad because I wanted more! I empathised with characters' situations and I wanted to read more about their lives! What happens after? I need to know!

I loved the topic that the novel dealt with and the way it was handled, particularly since it is actually based on the author's life. I thought it was well‐done, it was short and had high school elements mixed in which a lot of teenagers would like. Mostly I believe that it's something that a lot of people can relate to. It weighs in very heavily on the whole "abortion vs adoption vs keeping the child" argument and it provoked a lot of meaningful thoughts from me.

I loved Jeremy and Elisa's relationship...when he wasn't off being a jerk to her. There were a lot of cute moments, the story wrapped up wonderfully and I decided to give it four cupcakes.



INTERVIEW WITH AMY SPARLING (A.K.A CHEYANNE YOUNG)

1)Deadbeat is based on your life. Did that make it easier or more difficult to write about?
It was emotionally challenging to write Deadbeat, but I wrote this book faster than any other book I've worked on, so in that sense, I'd say it made it easier. I already knew the story I wanted to write and it made it very easy to channel those feelings from back when I was a teenager and put them into a book.

2)What sparked the decision to write Deadbeat?
I honestly can't remember...I think it was just a story I HAD to get out. I didn't know if anyone would ever read it, but I wrote it anyway.

3)Who is your inspiration as an author?
I've always loved Sarah Dessen's books so I credit her with being my biggest inspiration in writing novels for young adults. She makes me want to write stories that make you feel.

4)How alike are you to Elisa? Are there many similarities?
We both have an annoying cat! lol. Elisa and I are very similar in that we shut down and keep to ourselves instead of forcing people to suffer through things with us. When Jeremy left, she just let him do it. That's exactly what I would have done. She knew that if he was going to come back and be there for her, it'd have to be of his own accord.

5)List 5 adjectives that best describe you.
Caffeinated
Imaginative
Impatient
Short
Bossy (My daughter added that one)

6)If you had the opportunity to relive one year of your life, which year would you choose and why?
The first year of my kid's life! Now she's 11 and thinks she's all grown up and I realize I miss the baby years the most!

7)What is your favourite book and how has it impacted your life?
The Harry Potter series. Not only was it a ridiculously awesome series, it grew with me from a kid to an adult. I've found a wonderful group of friends out of this series and have had the greatest vacations ever at Harry Potter conventions. It's truly a book that has impacted the person I grew up to be.

8)What childish things do you still do today as an adult?
I still love reading books from the kid's section at Barnes and Noble. I'm scared of the dark and I LOVE Spongebob and Disney channel. I can watch kid's cartoons all day long.


GIVEAWAY DETAILS!

Cheyanne was kind enough to allow me the opportunity to give away a paperback copy of Deadbeat to one of you lovely people living in the U.S (sorry, guys, U.S ONLY) and I've decided to host this giveaway via Twitter. All you have to do to enter is:

1) Follow @allbookishhere and @Amy_Sparling (I made it easy for you, just click on our names and it'll open a new window to our profiles.)

2)RT this tweet:  https://twitter.com/allbookishhere/status/629306897271648256    and VOILA! You're entered!

Rules:

  • You must be 18 years or older to enter or have parental permission because the author has to acquire your mailing address to ship the book to you and we want to make sure that your parents are down with that.
  • When the winner is chosen, I will DM you on Twitter, congratulating you and also requesting your address. You have 48 hours to respond or I will be forced to select another winner.
  • Finally, giveaway accounts i.e Twitter accounts in existence for the sole purpose of entering giveaways and nothing else are exempt from entering this giveaway. Just...no. I think the follower count is more than just a number, it's a way of starting conversations with others and its impossible to do that if the account is just a shell with no real personality behind it.

That is all! Enter, enter away! I hope that the winner enjoys reading this novel as much as I did!



Final Sentence in the Novel

"See, Jerm, I always knew you weren't a deadbeat." - David




Amy Sparling is the author of The Summer Unplugged Series, Deadbeat & other awesome books for younger teens.

She also writes books for older teens under the name Cheyanne Young.

You can find more about her on her website www.AmySparling.com