Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Canadian Spotlight Month: Sarah Mlynowski + a Giveaway!

Today I'm shining the spotlight on Sarah Mlynowski, one of my favourite Canadian YA authors. If you know me at all, you'll know that I love contemporary young adult, and Sarah has written two of my favourites - Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have), and Gimme a Call.

About Sarah:
Sarah was born in Montreal, Canada. After graduating with an honors degree in English literature from McGill University, she moved to Toronto to work for Harlequin Enterprises. While she never met Fabio, she used her romance publishing experiences to fuel her first novel MILKRUN.

Since then Sarah has written four additional novels for adults: FISHBOWL, AS SEEN ON TV, MONKEY BUSINESS and ME VS. ME, and the teen novels BRAS & BROOMSTICKS, FROGS & FRENCH KISSES, SPELLS & SLEEPING BAGS and PARTIES & POTIONS—all in the ‘Magic in Manhattan’ series, as well as GIMME A CALL and TEN THINGS WE DID (AND PROBABLY SHOULDN'T HAVE). She is also the author of FAIREST OF ALL and IF THE SHOE FITS (JAN 2013), the first two books in the Whatever After series for ages 8-12.

Along with Lauren Myracle and E. Lockhart, Sarah also wrote HOW TO BE BAD, and along with Farrin Jacobs, she wrote a guide to writing called SEE JANE WRITE. Sarah also co-edited two bestselling charity collections (GIRLS' NIGHT IN and GIRLS' NIGHT OUT), and contributed to various anthologies (AMERICAN GIRLS ABOUT TOWN, SIXTEEN: STORIES ABOUT THAT SWEET AND BITTER BIRTHDAY, 21 PROMS, FIRST KISS (THEN TELL), FIREWORKS and VACATIONS FROM HELL).

Sarah's books have been translated into twenty-one languages and optioned by Hollywood. She now lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

Find Sarah Online:

Read my review of Gimme a Call

Sarah has very generously donated one signed copy of Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have) as part of Canadian Spotlight Month. How awesome is she? I have to admit I'm pretty jealous of whoever wins this because even though I've read the book, it was a library loan, and I'd love to own a copy, especially a signed one! But it also makes me excited that some lucky person is going to get to read one of my favourite books. Isn't that what we all want as book bloggers - to share the love?
2 girls + 3 guys + 1 house - parents = 10 things April and her friends did that they (definitely, maybe, probably) shouldn't have.
If given the opportunity, what sixteen-year-old wouldn't jump at the chance to move in with a friend and live parent-free? Although maybe "opportunity" isn't the right word, since April had to tell her dad a tiny little untruth to make it happen (see #1: "Lied to Our Parents"). But she and her housemate Vi are totally responsible and able to take care of themselves. How they ended up "Skipping School" (#3), "Throwing a Crazy Party" (#8), "Buying a Hot Tub" (#4), and, um, "Harboring a Fugitive" (#7) at all is kind of a mystery to them.
In this hilarious and bittersweet tale, Sarah Mlynowski mines the heart and mind of a girl on her own for the first time. To get through the year, April will have to juggle a love triangle, learn to do her own laundry, and accept that her carefully constructed world just might be falling apart . . . one thing-she-shouldn't-have-done at a time.

Giveaway Guidelines:
*Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below. There’s one free entry where all you have to do is click Enter - the rest are optional and get you extra entries.
*This giveaway will end July 31st at 11:59 PM. Winner will be contacted and will have 48 hours to respond before I pick another winner.
This post has been part of the Canadian Spotlight Month. Click the graphic below to check out the schedule and all things Canadian here at Ramblings of a Daydreamer. 


  1. Haven't read any of her books yet but I've heard so many good reviews. It's always checked out at my library too!

  2. And I enjoy contemp fiction with some humor like John Green's books that also deal with serious issues. My favorite was Fault of Our Stars

  3. I've read a few of her books but I haven't been able to read this one yet. The last one I read was How To Be Bad

  4. I heard a lot of good reviews on this book so I am pretty sure it is a good novel! I have never read Sarah Mlynowski's books but hopefully I will. :)

    I entered as Sam Sain.

  5. I haven't read this book, but I have heard about it. It sounds extremely interesting!

  6. I was in my 20s by the time I moved out. Surely kids are taught laundry and a little cooking at home! But I love humour and Canadian giftedness. www.CMRiedel.WordPress.com

  7. I haven't read her books yet, but am dying to get my hands on this one. I actually won a copy last December but never received it (boo!) so I'm hoping my luck will be better this time. A contemporary I recommend is Drowning Instinct by Ilsa J. Bick. I read it back in January and I still can't stop thinking about it!

  8. I loved this novel! It is one of my personal favorites. When I first set my eyes upon it, it was in the public library, and it wold be so incredible to have my own SIGNED copy on my bookshelf! I am looking forward to reading more of her novels...brilliant author.

  9. Have not read this book, but have heard amazing things about it. Little fact: I did not know that it was written by a Canadian Author.

    Thank you for doing this series of posts and hosting a month long EPIC Canadian event to introduce us to so many great authors!


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