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A Really Awesome Mess by Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin: 250+ Book Giveaway! (USA/CAN)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

A hint of Recovery Road, a sample of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, and a cut of Juno. A Really Awesome Mess is a laugh-out-loud, gut-wrenching/heart-warming story of two teenagers struggling to find love and themselves.

Two teenagers. Two very bumpy roads taken that lead to Heartland Academy.
Justin was just having fun, but when his dad walked in on him with a girl in a very compromising position, Justin's summer took a quick turn for the worse. His parents' divorce put Justin on rocky mental ground, and after a handful of Tylenol lands him in the hospital, he has really hit rock bottom.

Emmy never felt like part of her family. She was adopted from China. Her parents and sister tower over her and look like they came out of a Ralph Lauren catalog-- and Emmy definitely doesn't. After a scandalous photo of Emmy leads to vicious rumors around school, she threatens the boy who started it all on Facebook.

Justin and Emmy arrive at Heartland Academy, a reform school that will force them to deal with their issues, damaged souls with little patience for authority. But along the way they will find a ragtag group of teens who are just as broken, stubborn, and full of sarcasm as themselves. In the end, they might even call each other friends.
A funny, sad, and remarkable story, A Really Awesome Mess is a journey of friendship and self-discovery that teen readers will surely sign up for.

Goodreads Summary

Author Bio/Links:

Trish Cook

Everything you ever needed to know about me

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Brendan Halpin

I grew up in Cincinnati, went to college in Philadelphia, and also lived in Taipei and Edinburgh along the way. I've lived in Boston since 1991.

I became a professional writer in 2000, writing about my late wife Kirsten's breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Kirsten died in 2003, leaving me and our daughter Rowen. I married Suzanne in 2005 and got her kids Casey and Kylie in the deal too. Bargain! Suzanne and I live with our three kids and dog in the shadow of Franklin Park in Jamaica Plain, best neighborhood on earth.

Follow him on Facebook:!/authorbrendanhalpin?fref=ts

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  1. The main characters both sound really interesting and the setting makes it even better. I think this will be a great book for the beach. Thanks.

  1. bn100 said...:

    the adopted part

  1. Unknown said...:

    I think it sounds like a really fun journey.

  1. Natasha said...:

    That it is about friendship.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  1. Daniel M said...:

    sounds more realistic than most, as in it's always everyone else that gets all the breaks, be it financial or genetic or socially - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com