Today I'm excited to be a part of the blog tour for Piper Perish!
Even more fun - I've got a great Top 10 List from the author to share.
About Piper Perish
Piper Perish inhales air and exhales art. The sooner she and her best friends can get out ofHouston and get to New York City, the better. Art school has been Piper's dream her whole life, and now that senior year is halfway over, she's never felt more ready. But in the final months before graduation, things are weird with her friends and stressful with three different guys, and Piper's sister's tyrannical mental state seems to thwart every attempt at happiness for the close-knit Perish family. Piper's art just might be enough to get her out. But is she brave enough to seize that power when it means giving up so much?
Debut author Kayla Cagan breathes new life into fiction in this dynamic, utterly authentic work featuring interior art from Rookie magazine illustrator Maria Ines Gul. Piper will have readers asking big questions along with her. What is love? What is friendship? What is family? What is home? And who is a person when she's missing any one of these things?
Cagan is a writer and dramaturge who has run social media and content for events like the LA Times Festival of Books and The Taste. She has several published plays in Smith and Kraus anthologies, two award-winning comic books, and various essays. Her work is also included in a One on One anthology from Applause Theatre and Cinema Books, as well as 25 10-Minute Plays for Teens. She and her husband, who wrote the screenplay for the popular 2015 movie THE DUFF, live in Los Angeles.
Just a brief review!
I really enjoyed this book. Mainly because the main character loves art, and that just reminded me so much of my daughter. She's not like Piper in wanting to make art her life, but she does love it.
I found Piper's conflicts very believable in the world of high school. Sometimes I'll read a YA book and wonder if the author even knows high schoolers, but I didn't feel that way here. These characters, with all their flaws, goodness, annoyances, immaturity and crisis were very much real. Spending time in a high school I've seen every one of them! And, although it might bother some, I appreciated that not everyone was so nicey-nice. They were real - getting angry, saying what they feel, showing the reader that sometimes we just get angry even when we're trying so hard not to - and that's ok.
In short: I enjoyed the book, and I think many high school age kids would relate.
Now a fun Top 10 List!!!Piper’s PlaylistWhat would Piper be listening to these days? Well, I’m pretty sure Piper likes to get hyped up and energized by her music, and doesn’t want too many sad songs in her collection, unless she’s really feeling blue. Here’s a few that I know would get her in the mood to paint, dance, and generally motivate her.PLAY AT YOUR OWN RISK - AND PLAY LOUD!I LOVE IT by Icona PopSHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO by The ClashDANCING WITH MYSELF covered by The DonnasSEASHORE by The RegrettesTHAT GREAT LOVE SOUND by The RavonettesRASPBERRY BERET - PrinceDANCE APOCALYPTIC by Janelle MonaeTENNIS COURT by LordeALL TOMORROW’S PARTIES by The Velvet UndergroundDREAMING by BlondieI may have to check some of these songs out!!!
As part of the blog tour I'm giving away:
Give away a copy of Piper Perish + a cool tote bag, pencil and bookmark!
At least 13