Friday, August 2, 2013

Giveaway: A Really Awesome Mess by Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin

A Really Awesome Mess
Title:  A Really Awesome Mess
Author: Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin
 Egmont USA
Publishing Date: July 23rd 2013
Pages: 288
Genre:  YA Contemporary/ Realistic Fiction


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.

Trish Cook is the author of Notes from the Blender, So Lyrical, and Overnight Sensation. She lives outside of Chicago with her husband and daughters. You can visit her online at

Brendan Halpin is the author of Notes from the Blender, How Ya Like Me Now, Forever Changes, and Donorboy, an Alex Award Winner. He lives in Boston with his wife, Suzanne, their three children, and their dog. You can visit him online at

Please let me know if you'd like review copies of Quarantine: The Loners, Quarantine: The Saints and/or A Really Awesome Mess and would like to participate in the giveaway. If so, please send me your address if you'd like to receive an ARC or we can also send you the link for an electronic galley from NetGalley. The authors are also available for interviews.


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  1. This sounds like a really interesting book with so much potential to be both hilarious and heart rendering. I'm definitely adding it to my TBR list.


  2. Jenn I've heard great things about this book and I'm really looking forward to reading this.

  3. Im so excited for this book!!!

  4. I would love to win this for a friends. I am not really a reader but they are.

  5. Thanks for this chance. This sounds good.

  6. I loved Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist and the movie Juno, so I am sure I would love this.

  7. I have been wanting to read this for a while! It sounds awesome, I really love books like this. I also really love the cover even though I know it doesn't appeal to some.


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