Today, I’m pleased to have Jill Knapp as a guest. I met Jill via one of Hilary Grossman’s giveaways. I liked the sound of her novel, Chase, and Jill was kind enough to give me a review copy. Here’s the blurb:
The question that 23-year old Amalia Hastings wants the answer to is: What happens to men when they move to Manhattan?
Life in the big city gives Amalia a ride she is not expecting. As she tries to find her way on the little island that never sleeps, she discovers she has a harder time navigating through life then she does the streets of Greenwich Village and finds herself truly lost in the complex world of men, graduate school, money, family, and friendship.
She thought she had everything she wanted – a new apartment in Manhattan, a first-rate education at NYU, a group of trusted friends and Nicholas, a boyfriend who she once believed was her soul-mate. But somehow, it isn’t enough.
Stumbling through her relationships, Amalia encounters Michael. An attractive classmate who quickly moves from being one of her close friends, to an inconsistent friend-with-benefits. After all, the only thing consistent about New York is its beauty.
After getting terribly lost searching for love in all the wrong places, Amalia finds herself torn between the possibility of a relationship, and an adventure she’s been planning all along.
She eventually realizes that solely chasing love closes her off to all of the other good things life has to offer. Now she must decide – what is worth the chase?
Before I tell you my thoughts I want to let all of you in on a secret. Today Jill is giving us a sneak peek of the sequel! I’m honored and doing my happy dance. Okay, I don’t want to get ahead of myself. Here are my thoughts:
CHASE is a coming of age story. Amalia is a graduate student in New York City, which by the way is one of my favorite cities. New Adult novels can be tricky to write. The author needs to stay clear of cardboard characters and just rehashing the same plot lines from previous novels. This doesn’t mean that a writer has to reinvent the wheel. What it means is creating believable characters. Many of us go through familiar growing pains. There’s no need to come up with some bizarre story to make it fresh. Characters matter. If you have strong characters, including minor characters, the story will pop off the page instead of fade into the background. That is what Jill Knapp has accomplished. I felt invested in Amalia’s story, hence I wanted to know what happened. Readers wonder how authors come up with stories. The real question, in my mind, is how they create characters that are people. People that we might know in real life or want to know. That’s the key to good storytelling.
And now for the exciting bit about this post. The SNEAK PEEK!
Journal of Olivia Davis
Alex and I got into a huge fight yesterday and he stormed out of my apartment. It all started when he came over to tell me that his father was in town, a father who he rarely speaks to. I told him to steer clear of him, that seeing him could only throw him off his game and make his life more difficult. Alex didn’t take it well. Before I knew it we were arguing, and I ended up asking him to leave. I immediately regretted it, but it was too late the damage is done.
I haven’t been able to get in touch with him, and I’m a little nervous. Okay, I’m incredibly nervous. He didn’t show up to class and neither Michael nor Amalia have heard from him. I had to watch the two of them awkwardly interact in Dr. Greenfield’s class again today. Anyone within a ten mile radius can tell there’s still a lot of tension between the two of them. Amalia pretends to keep her eyes focused straight ahead, but I can tell she feels Michael looking at her because the moment he does, her face turns red and she starts nervously twirling her hair. All the while she keeps getting texts from Hayden and even got drinks with him last night. I think she has a lot to figure out. Personally, I’m rooting for Hayden. I’m also rooting for her to find her own apartment so she can stop sleeping on my couch!
Amalia told me yesterday that she finally got a text from Cassandra asking her to come to some magazine party in SoHo this weekend. Unfortunately, she invited me too. I told Amalia I would go, but I would honestly rather be doing anything else.
I am going to stop by Alex’s apartment on Roosevelt Island later today and see if he’s there. If Mohammad won’t come to the mountain…