Shanna M. from Kentucky won the goodreads giveaway of a signed first edition of LIE. Now, goodreads is a great site to talk about books. Over 900 people entered this contest. Yet, as I inscribe a copy of LIE to Shanna, put it in the mail (U.S. mail, first class, Shanna), I am wondering what she will think of LIE. Kentucky is a long way from where my novel is set -- Long Island. I'm packing up my novel for her, carefully, with some trepidation. I'm thinking what is life in KY for Shanna and how she will relate to the lives I depicted in LIE?
Will she be able to relate to teens who have been out 'beaner-hopping,' their word for beating up Hispanics for fun, and the terrible aftermath of one of their weekly sprees? Does she realize that LIE was inspired by true events on Long Island? Why did she chose LIE, or is she someone who enters all the contests on goodreads, and this is just the one she happened to win?
Shanna, I'm sending you LIE and I hope you read it closely. This is a book that needs to be read slowly, you need to put the pieces together. I hope you find meaning in it (not answers, I'm not big on moralizing), but I hope you find the characters compelling and their questions and struggles real. If you like books, check out goodreads. Maybe someday, I'll do another LIE giveaway.