August 11, 2017

Book Blitz: "I Stop Somewhere" by T.E. Carter (with Excerpt)


  Welcome to the I Stop Somewhere book blitz!
 
Today is my stop for the book blitz regarding I Stop Somewhere by T.E. Carter. This book blitz is organized by Chapter by Chapter, and it runs from 7 till 11 August. I Stop Somewhere will be released on 2/27/18 from Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan in the US and on 5 April 2018 from Simon & Schuster in the UK. For those who need to get their bearings, this novel is described as "The Lovely Bones meets All the Rage". After the page break, you'll find all the book vitals, plus an excerpt and a giveaway! But first let me reiterate a small detail...I never do promo posts unless it's a book/author I'm familiar with, or a book I want to read. This one made my TBR list, so without further ado, and with thanks to Chapter by Chapter, here goes...


Out February, 27th, 2018
I Stop Somewhere

Genres: Contemporary, Afterlife
Age Category: Young Adult
Release Date: February 29, 2018
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Ellie Frias disappeared long before she vanished.

Tormented throughout middle school, Ellie begins her freshman year with a new look: she doesn't need to be popular; she just needs to blend in with the wallpaper.

But when the unthinkable happens, Ellie finds herself trapped after a brutal assault. She wasn't the first victim, and now she watches it happen again and again. She tries to hold on to her happier memories in order to get past the cold days, waiting for someone to find her.

The problem is, no one searches for a girl they never noticed in the first place.

T.E. Carter's stirring and visceral debut not only discusses and dismantles rape culture, but it also reminds us what it is to be human.


Excerpt 

     Nobody noticed me as I cut through the room. I made my way outside, into the cold. Spring was playing games with us. Weeks earlier, it had snuck in overnight, erasing our memory of winter in a matter of hours. When we’d gone to bed, winter had lingered in the snowbanks and in the way the trees still hunched over from the weight of it. And then suddenly, spring. We woke to birds singing, birds who appeared to have been shipped overnight on a secret train, and we remembered music.
     But now, winter was trying to force a comeback. Everyone outside stood looking at the pool, wondering what happened. I was shivering, wearing a skirt and thin shirt I’d borrowed from Kate when spring was still a promise.
     I saw him from the periphery. From the in-between where the people inside faded into the background, but the people outside were only figures in the night. It made sense; I was a periphery girl.
     “Hey,” I said to his back.

     When he turned to look at me, I swear the light from the porch surrounded him. But I think I made that up. I think I want to remember him that way. I want to believe there was something that made him special. I want to believe that loneliness doesn’t just mess with our hearts.
     “Ellie! You came,” Caleb said.
     “I said I would.”
     “I know. I wasn’t sure, though. I worried. You’re late.”

     I’d walked to the party, after telling my dad I was going to a friend’s. He wouldn’t have stopped me from going to Gina Lynn’s. I didn’t have other friends, so it wouldn’t have made a difference if I’d said her name. But, for some reason, I lied. I lied and I don’t know why I did.
     “Yeah, well, I was doing things.”
     He laughed. “Mysterious things. Of course. I’d expect nothing less from my Elusive Ellie.”
     My. I heard it. The claim he laid on me. I smiled at the word.
     He moved closer and I stepped back. It was automatic. Since earlier in the week, by my locker, I hadn’t stopped thinking about the possibility. But now that he was close again, I was scared. I was afraid of the way I knew I’d hurt if he waited months to talk to me again. I didn’t want to fall for a guy just because he’d smiled at me and said my name a few times. I was afraid of what would happen if there was more to it than that, but I was also afraid of how I’d feel if there wasn’t.
     “I don’t think I’m supposed to be here,” I said.
     I’d always imagined being wanted. Of someone loving me. Choosing me. But here was this boy and if he kissed me, I knew I’d always worry about going back to not being wanted.

About T.E. Carter:

T.E. Carter was born in New England and has lived in New England for pretty much her entire life. Throughout her career, she’s done a lot of things, although her passion has always been writing. When she’s not writing, she can generally be found reading classic literature, obsessing over Game of Thrones (she’s one hundred percent Team Lannister), playing Xbox, organizing her comic collection, or binge watching baking competitions. She continues to live in New England with her husband and their two cats.


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4 comments:

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    1. Looking forward to your book :).

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  2. I saw this one the publisher catalog yesterday. I sort of skimmed over it due to the "The Lovely Bones meets All the Rage" promo because that usually doesn't pan out lol but after reading the summary it does sound good.

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    1. Yep...the this-meets-that routine gets old, and sometimes backfires. I never pay attention to it and go straight to the blurb instead :). This one comes highly recommended by one of the authors I usually work with, so that's a plus - but then again, the afterlife angle alone would have intrigued me. Of course. there's the whole "dismantles rape culture" angle as well. It sounds like this could be an important book.

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