Road Trip Wednesday is a "Blog Carnival," where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on their own blogs.
This week, YA Highway is celebrating the release of Kirsten Hubbard's book, Like Mandarin!
(have you entered YA Highway's amazing Like Mandarin giveaway?)
It was published by Delacorte yesterday. In honor of that, she's launched a new Like Mandarin guest blog tour, featuring posts from YA authors like Beth Revis, Mindi Scott, Elana Johnson, Lisa Schroeder, Daisy Whitney, Lindsey Leavitt, Michelle Hodkin, and more!
In Like Mandarin, 14-year-old Grace Carpenter would give anything to be like 17-year-old Mandarin Ramey -- the bold, carefree wild girl of their small Wyoming town. Many people experienced that sort of longing as a teen -- a longing to be like someone else. A friend, a sister, a celebrity, an acquaintance, a cousin, a teacher or, as in Grace's case, a girl you thought had no idea you existed.
She'll be giving away a swag pack to one of the commenters* every day of the tour. All commenters are also entered to win a signed, annotated AND doodled-in copy of Like Mandarin.
And there's even more! Click here for all the details!
So in honor of Like Mandarin's release, this week's road trip topic...
I interpreted this question two ways, so of course I'm going to give both responses!
First, when I was in high school, I would have given anything to be like my friends who could sing. Throughout my teen daze, I was always involved with some sort of play or musical. I could dance circles around most people. I had my share of leads in plays. But musicals...ugh. I mean, I could hold my own in the chorus, but scoring solos? Not so much.
My friends who charmed audiences as Dorothy (The Wiz) or Mary (Jesus Christ Superstar) always seemed to go to the hottest parties, have the coolest boyfriends. They had it all. And I would've traded a gihugic bucket of brain cells and my big toes for a chance to play Fastrada in Pippin or Rizzo in Grease. To sing like Lea Michele? Wow.
So, yeah. I was a Rachel (GLEE) wannabe.
Second, if I could throw myself into any book, I would have given anything to be like Max from uh...Maximum Ride. My inner teen is in squee mode whenever I read those books. I mean, really...the girl has wings. She can fly. And she's snarkier than The DUFF's Bianca Piper. She experiences the rollercoaster highs and lows exploring unfamiliar relationship territory with the boy who's been her best friend her whole life. Evading danger and risk-taking are the norm.
So, yeah...I would've given anything to sing. And to fly. Maybe both at the same time. Or not.
How about YOU? Who would you have given anything to be like?
And don't forget to check out Like Mandarin and Kirsten's cool giveaways!