It’s half way through the summer here and what better time to feature a book just perfect for a summer or beach read? I took one look at the cover of Hannah R. Goodman’s book and had to invite her onto Linda’s Book Bag to tell me all about it.
Staying in with Hannah R. Goodman
Welcome to Linda’s Book Bag Hannah. Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it?
I have with me the delicious Till It Stops Beating, which was released on July 5, 2018. I say delicious because look at this cover!
(I couldn’t agree more. It really makes me want to lick the cover but I think you might find that slightly strange!)
What can we expect from an evening in with Till It Stops Beating?
You can expect to have one of those I-can’t-leave-this-chair-until-I-finish-the-entire-book evenings. Till It Stops Beating is a beach read/summer read love story…it’s a story of all kinds of love: romantic love, family love, friendship love. I’ve had baby boomers, millennials, Gen-X-ers, and teens tell me they loved the book! Many of the older readers have started off their emails or messages with, “I didn’t think I would connect with a book for young adults…” What everyone forgets is, we have all been young and in love, at least once in our lives.
(Oh, I so agree with that sentiment. Love has nothing to do with age – it’s a timeless emotion. Till It Stops Beating sounds lovely.)
What else have you brought along and why?
I have this box of munchkins because jelly doughnuts are a key component to this love story. Maddie, the main character, has a bit of a love/hate relationship with them for reasons she doesn’t uncover fully until the end of the story. So, you really do have to read the entire book to fully understand the jelly doughnut connection.
(Now that is intriguing. I will have to read Till It Stops Beating to find out now! I love the way you call jam jelly too!)
Thanks so much for staying in with me Hannah. What with the cover of Till It Stops Beating and the jam doughnuts I have a feeling reading your book might be a fattening experience!
Till It Stops Beating
Seventeen-year-old Maddie Hickman’s senior year begins with the good (the reemergence of The One That Got Away), the bad (a cancer diagnosis, not hers, but it might as well be) and the WTF (an anxiety attack that renders her writhing on the floor like an upside down crab).
Adding to her spiraling anxiety is Senior Project, in the form of I’ve Decided To Write A Book about The Other One That Got Away (And Crushed My Heart). Compounding it all is applying to college and keeping up with her friends. The ever mounting stress eventually rips her tight grip on all that she holds dear.
Her break down leads to an unexpected road trip where she is forced to listen to her wildly beating heart. It is only in the back of a convertible with pop music blasting, that she discovers she must risk everything in order to really live.
Till It Stops Beating is available for purchase here.
About Hannah R. Goodman
Often referred to as “the teenage whisperer”, Hannah R. Goodman’s twenty-year career working with teenagers includes the titles teacher, tutor, coach, and, more recently, mental health counselor. Hannah has written essays about mental health for various online publications. Her work has appeared on MindBodyGreen, OC87 Recovery Diaries, and The Mighty. Black Rose Writing released Till It Stops Beating on July 5, 2018.