Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains references to drinking, addiction, and just the right amount of angst. You’ll want to save this tortured hero, while at the same time, not want to change a single thing about him!
That’s how long I’ve been gone. Since I left my best friend—the girl I loved—behind.
That's how long it takes to realize I am completely, utterly, screwed. Because now that I’m back, my childhood crush has turned into so much more.
Rylee has changed. We both have. And now I’m drawn to her in a completely different way. To her smile. Her touch. To reliving old memories and making new ones. To the happiness she’s always given me that I haven’t felt since I left.
But her friends are hell-bent on keeping us apart. My dad is one drink away from destroying both of our lives, and maybe I am, too. It’s only a matter of time before I have to leave again, and there’s nothing I can do to stop it. I never get a choice.
The one choice I can make? Stay away from Rylee. Because if I don’t, I’ll break her heart—and mine—all over again.
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Erin, as well as being an awesome author, is one of the loveliest people I've met via Twitter, and kindly answered a few questions...
Kat: Rylee and Chase get a second chance at happiness when they meet again as teens after spending years apart, but both their lives have changed a lot in that time. What was the inspiration behind their story?
Erin: Most of my inspiration comes when I start wondering things. For my first book, I wondered what would happen if a girl discovered a guy living in her garage. For this one, I thought about how much people change from middle school to late in high school. I wondered if two childhood sweethearts, separated due to circumstances beyond their control, would be able to rekindle the closeness they once shared, despite their differences. You’re wondering that now, too, right? You’ll have to read to find out!
K: If you were casting a film of PIECES OF YOU AND ME, who would play the lead characters?
E: Oh man, such a good question. First I’d go with Matthew Daddario (plays Alec from Shadowhunters) for Chase, because he seems like he could play the slightly self-destructive/tortured hero character. (Plus, hello? Gorgeous.) For Rylee I’d go with Lindsay Pearce (plays Rebecca from Recovery Road). There’s this line in the book where Rylee tells Chase, “Stop worrying and kiss me,” and I can just see Lindsay Pearce saying that line! She also plays a wide variety of emotions, which is needed for Rylee.
K: I know you’re an author who is keen on music, so which song sums up PIECES OF YOU AND ME for you?
E: Okay, I’m going to have to be cliché and go with “Hello” by Adele. So many of those lines parallel PIECES OF YOU AND ME. Two people who were close but now have differences and a million miles between them. The way Rylee tried to reach out to Chase after he left without success. “Hello” is definitely the Rylee and Chase story. (I apologize if this song is stuck in your head now…it’s definitely stuck in mine!)
K: As a massive fan of WHERE YOU'LL FIND ME, your 2014 debut, I cannot wait to get to know more of your characters! Was it very different writing PIECES OF YOU AND ME? How does writing a second novel compare to the first?
E: Aw, thank you so much! I appreciate that! Yes, writing PIECES OF YOU AND ME was very different. There are surface-level differences (dual POV instead of singular, different tense, etc.) but also some bigger differences. First, when I started writing WHERE YOU’LL FIND ME, I had no idea how the book was going to end! I had no idea why Nate was living in Hanley’s garage (and was very frustrated when he wouldn’t give me his explanation, lol). Eventually I figured it out, but for PoYaM, I had everything plotted from the beginning. Much easier! Writing a second book is more stressful because there are things like deadlines to worry about, but also less stressful because you somewhat know what to expect.
K: You have another new release coming out later this year – what can you tell us about it? Any sneaky insider info you can share?
E: Sure! It’s another contemporary YA romance, this time about a figure skater named Lia and a star hockey player named Pierce. At first, Lia is not Pierce’s biggest fan. Far from it. But then she “meets” Pierce again in an online, anonymous environment, and starts to learn he has a completely different side than his public persona. But by then, things are so complicated that it might be too late for Lia’s online world to line up with the real one…
Thank you so much for having me on your blog! I appreciate it!
K: Thank you, Erin! And happy publication day!
Erin is a young adult author from North Carolina. She is a morning person who does most of her writing before sunrise, while drinking excessive quantities of coffee. She believes flip-flops qualify as year-round footwear, and would spend every day at the beach if she could. She has a bachelor's degree in mathematics, which is almost never useful when writing books.
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