Book Raid: Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook plus Giveaway

Saturday, January 26, 2013
BOOK RAID is an exclusive blog feature here in Mr. Book Wonder that highlights debut or latest books by way of an author interview.

It’s the last week of January and before January officially ends, Kristin Halbrook is here for an interrogation about her debut book, Nobody But Us. I have to say she calmly answered the questions with no hesitations at all. You can read the whole transcript of the interrogation below.

Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook
NOBODY BUT US by KRISTIN HALBROOK
RELEASE DATE. January 29, 2013
PUBLISHER. HarperTeen
BUY FROM. Amazon | The Book Depository

SYNOPSIS. Bonnie and Clyde meets If I Stay in this addictively heart-wrenching story of two desperate teenagers on the run from their pasts.

They’re young. They’re in love. They’re on the run.

Zoe wants to save Will as much as Will wants to save Zoe. When Will turns eighteen, they decide to run away together. But they never expected their escape to be so fraught with danger . . . .

When the whole world is after you, sometimes it seems like you can’t run fast enough.

Nobody But Us, told in alternating perspectives from Will and Zoe, is an unflinching novel, in turns heartbreaking and hopeful, about survival, choices, and love . . . and how having love doesn't always mean that you get a happy ending. Described as beautiful, heartbreaking, and exhilarating by Kody Keplinger, author of The DUFF, Nobody But Us will prove irresistible to fans of Nina Lacour, Jenny Han, and Sara Zarr.

THE INTERROGATION WITH AUTHOR KRISTIN HALBROOK


ABOUT THE AUTHOR. Kristin Halbrook is a Seattleite who loves good coffee, good food, good music, good sports, good causes and good reads. She’s both intense and a goofball, introverted and gregarious. NOBODY BUT US is her debut novel.

Miss Kristin Halbrook, you have been suspected of hiding details of the book, NOBODY BUT US, from the readers. If you are not guilty of these suspicions, then I'll interrogate you with some questions about the book.

How different is NOBODY BUT US from other books out there?
I think it’s pretty different from other YA titles. It’s dual POV for a start, and the circumstances--two teens desperate to leave their pasts behind--are handled differently than titles with a similar premise. It’s entirely realistic contemporary, so no dying and returning to life, no paranormal creatures, no superpowers. Just two teens acting upon a desperation to find a new, happier lot in life. It’s a little bit dark, in a tragic way, and a bit romantic, in that realistic, messy way.

How much drama, emotions or romance can we expect in NOBODY BUT US?
Quite a bit! From the get-go, the reader knows the main characters are battling emotional demons and scars, and continue to do so throughout the book. The drama begins slowly, but as the road trip continues and certain choices are made, it increases quickly, leading to a can’t-go-back ending. There’s a lot of romance, too. The main characters are in the first flush of a new relationship and feelings are running rampant. Not only that, but it’s the first romantic relationship for one of them. Add that the characters feel the need to “save” each other (while also needing to save themselves) and the feels . . . they are everywhere.

What did you like writing the most: the beginning, the middle or the ending?
I liked writing the beginning best, probably. Setting up the story, bringing the characters and their back stories to life, enjoying the hope and happiness that, unfortunately, changes as the story progresses.

What was your favorite chapter or part to write?
I liked writing the scene where the characters are jumping on the bed together because it’s so childlike, innocent, fun and free. And these characters haven’t had many moments like that in their lives.

Provide us a short quote or two from NOBODY BUT US.
Here are a few sentences from the section where Will and Zoe are bouncing on the bed:

I lift my knees to my chest as I jump and Will spins around completely as he jumps and we're doing the craziest things with our arms and he hits his head on the ceiling with a cracking noise, but doesn't stop, just hollers "OW!" and laughs and we're flying, shaking the blood in our veins like a baby's abused rattle and my brain starts to hurt. But I don’t mind. It doesn't matter until Will collapses in a pile of heavy breathing on the bed and I crumple next to him. We reach for each other at the same time and kiss, gasping for air in quick spurts and still laughing because this is life. It happened to us before, terrible things, and even not-so-terrible things, but now we're going to happen to it. We're going to decide and create and play and laugh and forget how to draw air in because we're so consumed with beauty and with possibility with each other.

Thank you for your time Miss Halbrook! It is advised that you are free of all the suspicion of hiding NOBODY BUT US from the readers!

GIVEAWAY
Kristin Halbrook offered to give away a Nobody But Us swag pack to one lucky reader. To enter, follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter. Giveaway is open to US and Canada residents only. You must be 13 years old or above to enter. Winners will be notified via email. Giveaway ends February 16, 2013.


Stay tuned for another book raiding next week! You might discover your new favorite read!

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