Wednesday, November 4, 2009

November Book Review Club: The Naughty List

Happy November! I hope everyone is enjoying gorgeous cool autumn weather and gearing up for the holiday season.

The first Wednesday of the month means another edition of The Book Review Club hosted by Barrie Summy, author of the I So Don't Do Mysteries series. Today, I'm featuring the sensational Suzanne Young, author of the THE NAUGHTY LIST (YA, 14 and up) series.


Here’s the back cover of THE NAUGHTY LIST (courtesy of Amazon):

As if being a purrfect cheerleader isn’t enough responsibility! Tessa Crimson’s the sweet and spunky leader of the SOS (Society of Smitten Kittens), a cheer squad–turned–spy society dedicated to bringing dastardly boyfriends to justice, one cheater at a time. Boyfriend-busting wouldn’t be so bad . . . except that so far, every suspect on the Naughty List has been proven 100% guilty!

When Tessa’s own boyfriend shows up on the List, she turns her sleuthing skills on him. Is Aiden just as naughty as all the rest, or will Tessa’s sneaky ways end in catastrophe?

The Naughty List. Is your boyfriend on it?

Suzanne Young’s debut, THE NAUGHTY LIST is amazing. Packed with high school scandal, page turning suspense, romance, and girl power, THE NAUGHTY LIST is sure to be a smash with teens and/or anyone who loves the YA genre. Young’s main character, Tessa, is absolutely adorable, extremely likable, and hilarious. I have no doubt THE NAUGHTY LIST will be climbing the best sellers lists this February, along with SOS’s popping up in high schools across the country.

Okay, I’ll stop bubbling all over this book. But, it’s seriously THAT good. Here’s the adorable Suzanne Young to fill you in on the rest.

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1. I would have totally hired SOS (Society of Smitten Kittens) and saved myself a ton of heartbreak in high school. :) How did you come up with the idea for the SOS?

The original idea came from an unlikely place—Ninja Cheerleaders. And when the first line was, “My pom poms hit the wood floor with a double thwack,” I knew that I wasn’t going to write a serious book. First I considered them just handling high school “justice”, but I didn’t care enough. Stealing school supplies? Lame. But then I realized, what was the biggest deal when I was in high school??? Cheating boyfriend. Bam. SOS was born. lol

2. Tessa is adorable. I love her little sayings – Strawberry Smoothie, Oh Applesauce... Is she based on anyone you know?

Unfortunately not. I think I’d enjoy hanging out with Tessa though. She’d definitely cheer me up. And when I realized her perky perfectness, I thought to myself—no way she’d swear. And the more I wrote, the more silly her phrases became.

3. What is your writing schedule like? Do you write during the day, afternoon, or evening? Are you a panster or outliner?

My writing schedule totally varies. I’m an all or nothing type of person. I tend to write my books all at once or I sit and stare at the page. So usually when I write I have to take a couple of days near the end and go to a hotel for some isolation. I know. I’m weird. As far as outlining goes, I’m no good. I do write query letters before I start writing though to keep me on track.

4. When does THE NAUGHTY LIST drop? Can you tell us a little about the sequel – SO MANY BOYS?

The Naughty List will be released on February 4th, 2010 (yay!). The sequel SO MANY BOYS comes out June 4th, 2010 and follows the squad into their latest catastrophe. A copykitten.

5. If you could have dinner with any five people (dead or alive) who would you pick?

Oh, wow. Tough question. First, I’d love to see my grandmother again. She passed away a few years ago and I still miss her tremendously. Who could join us?? Hm… How about Zach Braff, James Dean, Kurt Cobain and maybe Meg Cabot.

Thanks, Suzanne!!

And don’t forget to check out the rest of the club here.

Happy Wednesday!

Disclosure: Suzanne’s book arrived on my doorstep courtesy of Razorbill and my amazing editor. I often receive ARCs and/or books for reviews (most of the time due to my Chick Lit column for South Jersey Mom magazine and sometimes because I’m an author and other times because I beg). However, I do not blog about every book I receive, only the ones I absolutely adore or feel the need to recommend to fans of sporty lit.


Thao said...

I just received this book and it looked great. Can't wait to read it ^^

Keri Mikulski said...

Hey, Thao!! ;) I can't wait to read your review. It's a goodie. :)

Sarah Laurence said...

What a fun premise for a novel! The interview makes it sound even better: great questions and interesting responses. The humor is key.

kaye said...

fun review! If you want to read my review of the Blue Star by Tony Earley it’s here.

Anonymous said...

I love the title. LOL! And the book sounds wonderful, too!

Keri Mikulski said...

Thanks, Sarah! Suzanne is hilarious. :)

Thanks, Kaye! I'll check it out now.

Hey, Kathy! The title is a goodie. :)

WordWrangler said...

Great review and interview! I've not read a lot of YA lately (I'm not really into vampires), but THIS one really sounds good to me. Thanks for the head's up!

Donna E.

Angela said...

Oh seriously--the premise of this one sounds so GREAT! Can't wait to read it.

Kelly said...

That sounds like such a fun read. You know Suzanne's spunkiness is all over it!

Alyssa Goodnight said...

This looks great--and 'hilarious' is definitely appealing! Great interview and review!

Kelly H-Y said...

How fun ... thanks for the interview!

Barrie said...

A review AND an interview! Thanks!

Keri Mikulski said...

I know, Angela!! Wish I thought of it. :)

Absolutely, Kelly. :)

Thanks, Alyssa!

You're welcome, Kelly. :)

Thank you, Barrie. :)

Sharon Mayhew said...

Great interview. It sounds like a book I need to pick up.