Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Book Review and Signed Giveaway! "The Implosion of Aggie Winchester" by Lara Zielin

I have been a fan of author Lara Zielin since I read her book "Donut Days". Actually, truthfully, I first became aware of Lara when someone showed me a link to her hilarious YouTube Snuggie parody, the "Bluggie" (the blinged out Snuggie).

Then I read "Donut Days" and was completely hooked on Lara Zielin. So when I read her recent post about her new book and why it might not be suitable for everyone, I knew it was for me. Immediately I went online and bought it. Here is what Lara had to say about "The Implosion of Aggie Winchester".

Why Aggie Might Piss You Off and Why That’s Okay

One thing that’s great about books like Marly and Me and The Da Vinci Code is that diverse audiences can get behind them. From art appraisers to auto mechanics, from soccer-coaching dads to entrepreneurial college grads, people from all ranks can get sucked into the story.

I understand The Implosion of Aggie Winchester may not be that kind of book.

For example, Aggie swears. A lot. The F-word is practically a character in the book, so if you’re squeamish about foul language, leave Aggie on the shelf.

Aggie and her boyfriend do stuff. If you’re a fan of teen chastity and plots that don’t involve questions about sex, put Aggie down.

Aggie makes bad choices. If you want a teen with a strong moral center who knows exactly who she is and makes decisions that reflect that, Aggie ain’t her.

Aggie is flawed. She will probably frustrate you. But she’s also realistic. Aggie struggles. She falls. She effs up in the hugest ways, but she gets back up again and keeps going.

Which is, I think, true to how LIFE actually is. For me as an author, that’s part of why Aggie was worth all the heartache that went into creating her. She was difficult from the word go.

But as messed up as she is, she’s still not beyond redemption.

So maybe she might help teens who are struggling with developing a sense of self, or struggling with friends and boyfriends who don’t respect them, or struggling with finding words to express how they feel or act in ways that reflect who they really are.

Aggie isn’t right for every reader. And that’s okay.

Because I believe she’s exactly right for some readers.

So that, my friends is what sold me. I had just finished a book earlier that day, so I got it on Kindle so that I could immediately start reading. I finished the book in less than 24 hours. Now you guys know me. I rarely read a book that doesn't fall into the YA Paranormal Romance category. This book doesn't have any witches, vampires, werewolves or fairies in it, yet I devoured it. I simply could not put it down. I fell in love with Aggie Winchester. While my youth was not like Aggie's in most ways, her struggle to find herself, along with her mistakes and frustration over being misunderstood by her parents definitely struck a chord with me. I was captivated by her. My heart broke and swelled for Aggie on her journey. It was heartbreaking and uplifting and left me wanting more.

This is one of these books that stays with you. If you're looking for a captivating read, that won't leaving you hanging as part of an unfinished series, a book you're willing to trade sleep for, or only read a few books a year... read "The Implosion of Aggie Winchester". You won't be disappointed.

So here comes the exciting part. I'm giving away a signed copy of "The Implosion of Aggie Winchester" to one lucky reader. Enter today by leaving a comment, and I will announce the winner TOMORROW (Wednesday).

BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE!!! I will also draw a second name and the runner up will receive a signed copy of "Donut Days"!

That's two GREAT giveaways, of two GREAT books, signed by the author Lara Zielin!!! Well what are you waiting for? Leave a comment to enter. (sorry, U.S. residents only) And... Go!

Now if I could just get her to make me a Bluggie...



  1. I read your review and was like, "Hmm....gotta check and see if by some long shot the library has this..." then...saw the part about the giveaway...and am now commenting my l'il head off. :) It sounds really good! Thanks for giving away a copy.

  2. I need a good read. It's about time I commented anyway since I read so often!

  3. Heck yeah! Aggie sounds real. I love characters that come along and make you remember them, long after the book is over! Throw my name in there please!

  4. I so want a bluggie! And that video is hilarious! She's my kind of author..lol

  5. I love a book so good I stay up late until my eyelids droop just to finish it! Based on your review, it loks like "Aggie" is the way to go for my next read.

  6. If it's *that* good, I have to take a peek. I'll read anything once. Twice, if it makes me feel good.

  7. Sounds awesome!! Can put my name in plz.

  8. want so badly! Thank you. Will have to check out the "BLUGGIE" video :P


  9. Well, looks like I have found a new book to try out. Your review has me intrigued. Thanks for the giveaway!

    bookluver1208 at gmail dot com

  10. I'm always up for the next great read! YAY!

  11. Thanks for the giveaway, sounds like a great book =)

  12. I'd love to read this. Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. I really liked your review and I would love to get a book I would trade my sleep for. Thank you!

    tatiana_lwg(at) yahoo.com