My second book is now on Goodreads, so I figured now’s a good time to share the title and synopsis with you guys! Are you ready? The title is…(imagine me doing a cheesy drumroll with my hands on a table)…
THINGS JOLIE NEEDS TO DO BEFORE SHE BITES IT
And here’s the “official” synopsis:
Jolie is a lot of things, but she knows that pretty isn’t one of them. She has mandibular prognathism, which is the medical term for underbite. Chewing is a pain, headaches are a common occurrence, and she’s never been kissed. She’s months out from having a procedure to correct her underbite, and she cannot wait to be fixed. Normal.
While her mom and sister watch worst case scenario TV shows, Jolie becomes paralyzed with the fear that she could very well die under the knife. She and her best friends Evelyn and Derek take it upon themselves to construct a THINGS JOLIE NEEDS TO DO BEFORE SHE BITES IT (WHICH IS SUPER UNLIKELY BUT STILL IT COULD HAPPEN) list. Things like: eat every appetizer on the Applebee’s menu and kiss her crush Noah Reed.
Their plan helps Jolie discover what beauty truly means to her, and those who might appear beautiful on the outside may not be all that perfect inside.
Kerry Winfrey is the master of taking heavy topics and infusing them with her honesty and humor. Her look at how we view and measure beauty will surely resonate with teens.
Okay, so that last part was basically just me including a compliment.
I am really, REALLY excited about this book. LOVE AND OTHER ALIEN EXPERIENCES was a personal book for me, but THINGS JOLIE NEEDS TO DO BEFORE SHE BITES IT is personal on a different level. I had an underbite in high school, and even though I knew a couple people who had one (and who had surgery to correct theirs), I still felt like a total weirdo. Like there was something wrong with me. Like I needed to be fixed. Even though this book is (hopefully) funny, parts of it were pretty painful to write! It was hard to revisit the, frankly, terrible way I felt about myself when I was a teenager.
But I’m certainly not saying this book is autobiographical…it’s not. I mean, I WAS afraid I was going to die in surgery, but I didn’t make a plan to kiss any crushes beforehand. Instead, I went to a Ben Folds concert the night before my surgery and then forgot I wasn’t supposed to eat after midnight and got a roast beef sandwich at an Arby’s in a gas station. What a book that would be.
It’s out on July 10th, 2018 and I can’t WAIT for you to read it. It’s about beauty standards, terrible movies, podcasts, childbirth classes, amateur low-budget musicals, sisters, best friends, those TV shows where surgeries go wrong, Applebee’s, and kissing. I wrote most of it when my baby was teeny-tiny and sleeping beside me in his rock n play, and I kind of can’t believe it’s gonna be a real book.
In the meantime, you can add it on Goodreads! Do it!