Today I have Sherry Gammon stopping by Xpresso Reads to answer a few interview questions regarding her books and the writing process. There is also a chance to win, and of course, my dazzling 5-star review of Unlovable.
Release date: January 19th, 2011
Port Fare, New York, has fallen into the clutches of true evil. The Dreser brothers have arrived with a scheme to increase drug sales in the area by whatever means possible. Seth Prescott is part of MET (Mobile Enforcement Teams) a branch of the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration). He’s been assigned to work undercover at Port Fare High, and things aren’t going very well, until senior Maggie Brown enters the equation. He’s harbored a secret crush on her from day one, and now that she is in the center of the case, he’s trying to stay clear and objective while walking the line between business and unrequited love.
Maggie is truly the poster child for Heroin Chic, complete with jutting bones and dark-ringed eyes, but is she an addict, or is there another reason for her appearance? She struggles with her feelings for Seth, fearing he is just another person who will eventually let her down, as everyone in her life has done thus far. Maggie has spent her life caring for her alcoholic mother. A task that has left her heavily burdened and alone. Before long, her mother’s health takes a turn for the worst, sending Maggie’s life into a tale-spin. While Seth works relentlessly to inject fear into the dealers and flush them out into the open, Maggie fights to stay alive as the hunt turns deadly.
We have a remarkable cast of characters in this book. First we meet Maggie. Maggie – I can’t say enough about this wonderful, outstanding girl. Having been told she is a stupid brat that should never have been born, by her alcoholic mother, she has incredible strength with a resolve that is simply admirable. She will undoubtedly dig herself into everyone’s hearts and you will love her as if she was your own daughter in need of so much more than she’s getting. Don’t expect her to be perfect, full of self confidence or even have great judgement; what she goes through throughout this novel is heartbreaking in every sense of the word, which is bound to have an impact on someone’s way of thinking. I’m not one to cry while reading, but if I would have let myself, I could have easily bawled my eyes out with this one. But I didn’t, only because I simply HAD to keep reading. I had to know that she would just be ok. This sh*t happens. Every day kids go hungry because they are unfortunate to have been born to alcoholic, drug abused parents. This is what makes this novel so incredibly heartbreaking. Not because she has to choose between hot guy #1, or hotter guy #2; but because Maggie’s problems are rooted; genuine.
Then we meet a fantastic team of side characters who are all equally as important as Maggie. Seth, Cole and Booker are the sweetest, most incredible group of guys that love unconditionally and become the rock in Maggie’s life – the much needed rock. I loved how they were all portrayed. They felt like older brothers we all want to have. They are simply honest to goodness, good-hearted people. Seth, being the love interest, is the one we delve into the most. This was a true romance. Nothing fluffy, nothing instant. It was hard, it was heartbreaking, it was one of the best romance in YA I’ve read in a long time. However, don’t expect it to be the center of it all. It plays a pretty big part, but this is, first and foremost, the story of Maggie’s tragic life.
Unlovable has everything a contemporary can offer. Over the raw emotions and romantic aspect, we also have a murder mystery that is always in the back of your mind. When will the killer make his appearance again? There’s always this small fear nagging at you anytime Maggie goes out on her own. I really enjoyed that twist in the otherwise deeply heartfelt story. It was surprisingly a great mix. Really, I want to give a virtual standing ovation to Sherry Gammon for this novel that I can not express into words how much I loved. I want everyone to read this. I then want you to give it to your mom, your grandmother, your whole family, even read it to your dog, because this story… it needs to be shared.
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Q. What is your favorite part of the writing process?
Q. What aspect of the story gave you the most difficulty when writing?
Q. Can you give us a hint on what’s to come in Unbelievable (book 2)?
Q. What books do you currently have in your reading pile?
Thanks so much, Sherry for dropping by! I can’t wait to read about Cole!
Sherry has been writing for several years. Her work has been in several newspapers, and an educational Magazine.She and her husband,along with their children and a couple of crazy dogs, call Upstate New York home. Unlovable is her debut novel, and is the first novel in the Port Fare Series.
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Great interview! Wanda read and loved this book! Love your review! I might have to check this out. Between you and Wanda, you both have me convinced I need to read it.
This book sounds really gritty and real – and it just makes me want to read it even more!
Oh, such a great review! And the interview was real interesting too. I have this for review and sadly had to push it up, but I so can’t wait to start it! I need to this month after the deadlines are caught up on. o: I know many I know have loved it and you just made me even more excited to read it!
Heck with the giveaway, I just went and bought it on Amazon. Great review.
I remember seeing something about this book before and I really wasn’t interested. But your review has made me change my mind! It’s now on the TBR list!
The real deal and 5 shots of espresso, I just can’t pass that up! Great interview too.
This is actually the first I’m hearing of this one. Coming from someone who has a lot of drug history (heroin, particularly) in her family, it’s nice to see an author who tackles such a heavy topic (and apparently) does it really well and convincingly. If I don’t win(!) I’ll definitely be sure to pick this one up myself.
Wow, Giselle, what a great review! You have just influenced me to add Unlovable to my GoodReads TBR List 🙂
It sounds like Sherry did a great job writing Maggie’s story, and now I can’t wait to read it myself.
@Annette: Eeek! I can’t wait to see what you think!!
@Ashley: It’s a very hard subject and I think you’ll really enjoy it but you may need a box or 2 of tissues!
What a great review! I wanted to read the book before, but after reading your review I really want to read it. Great interview too.
Unlovable was actually on my Top 10 Covers of 2011!:) I haven’t read it yet, but I have to now after that review!
This sounds interesting and I LOVE the cover.
Great review, I could see this being a book that I would like.
Wow, this book sounds SO GOOD!!! Thanks for sharing your review and hosting the awesome interview!!
Great review! I have seen this book around and I really can’t wait to read it.
Love the interview, too! This book sounds wonderful.
Sherry Gammon YA Author
Thank you, Giselle, for your generous review. I appreciate your willingness to review my work and for taking the time to write such a wonderful report! I’m so very grateful! I posted it on my FB page
and my blog! http://wordpaintingsunlimited.blogspot.com/2012/01/check-out-this-giveaway-and-review.html
Great review and interview, this sounds like it will be a really good read.
This book sounds incredible! Your review totally has me sold and I LOVE the cover! I love covers with trees and this look dark and foreboding but is gorgeous!
Awesome giveaway and interview Giselle!!! I hope I WIN! 🙂
Thanks everyone! I love the cover too it’s gorgeous and what attracted me to check this book out at first!
And thanks Sherry for posting it on your blog and FB! 🙂
I loved this book! I can’t wait for the next one. Thanks so much for the giveaway!
I’m reading this one right now! i’m loving it so far. The suspense is killing me.
Whoa…the cover of this book is awesome, I love it, and the story sounds great. I’d love to read it.
Thank u for this awesome giveaway.
Wow, what a passionate review! I’m not sure if Unlovable was on my TBR shelf before, but it’s definitely being added!
Thanks for hosting, a good-looking new series.
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Thanks for this giveaway, Giselle! I will ready my tissues if I win a copy 🙂 Loved the review!
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Sounds like an awesome book. I’d better buy some hankies.
Nice interview! I will check this novel out when I see it in stores. Thanks for the giveaway!
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Wonderful review, Giselle. I’d noticed this a while ago and I really want to read it. And sheesh, that cover is amazing!
Book sounds really good! Love the review!
Thanks for the giveaway… I’d love to add this book to my classroom library!
Thank you for the giveaway!
I would love to read this book. I have a family member who battled a heroin addiction. I think that this book may give me more insight into her battle.
Thank you for the opportunity.
This book was incredible! Not only was the writing superb and highly entertaining, but the story itself grabbed my attention with the first sentence and held it in place through to the very last line. The characters were perfectly flawed and lovable (or hate-able, in the case of the bad guys) and you really felt for them as the story progressed. The dialogue was so true-to-life, I felt as though Seth and Maggie were in the room with me, sharing their story. The pop culture references were so clever and creative in their use, I found myself laughing out loud at moments.
My you have a way with words.