Life On Hold Kindle Edition
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Karen McQuestion: No, it was an easy decision! For years I tried to get published the traditional way. When I learned that anyone could self-publish an ebook (for free!), I decided I had nothing to lose. I’m very glad I took the plunge.
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Karen McQuestion: If you’ve gotten feedback from others, and are convinced your writing and stories are solid, take advantage of the new opportunities for writers today. Between blogs, online publications, and ebooks, writers can get their work in front of readers faster and easier than ever. And of course, keep writing, because that’s the only way to improve.
Question: Your first book, A Scattered Life, was a huge success--a Kindle bestseller (reaching #5 in the Kindle Store) with more than 100,000 copies sold and over 150 days in the top 100. What has this success been like?
Karen McQuestion: It’s been unbelievable. I was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, appeared on ABC's World News Now and America This Morning, and the novel was optioned for film by an L.A. production company. But the best part? After years of having the novel languish on my hard drive, people were finally reading it and enjoying it.
Question: A Scattered Life is an adult novel. Your two new books, Favorite and Life on Hold are young adult novels. Have you always wanted to write for teens and young adults?
Karen McQuestion: I think young adult fiction has gotten smarter and better than when I was a teenager. When my daughter started reading YA novels, she’d recommend books to me. I found that I loved them and started to get ideas for YA novels I wanted to write.
Question: Life on Hold is about 15-year-old Rae Maddox who has spent her entire life on the move thanks to her mother. To protect herself, she’s decided to put her life on hold until she turns 18 and can make her own decisions. This is a really sad concept. Do you think a lot of teens out there can relate to Rae? If so, what do you hope they take away from this book?
Karen McQuestion: I think everyone can relate to the feeling that something in life is holding you back. If only you had a different job, or lost weight, or were done with school, or owned a car, things would be better and you could finally live the life you want. But the truth of the matter is that today is all we’ve got. A person could wish their life away if they don’t find things to appreciate in the here and now.
Question: Favorite has a mysterious element to it. Part thriller, part coming-of-age, it is about a young girl in search of her mother who went missing years before. Nothing--and no one--is quite as it seems in this book. Was it fun for you to write a story that has elements of a mystery/thriller in it? Do you think we’ll see more of this from you in the future?
Karen McQuestion: I loved writing the book, but since I don’t outline I had no idea how it was going to go. More than once, I wrote myself into a corner, which was a little scary. I’d love to write another book in this genre, but next time I’ll think it through beforehand.
From the Author
"Karen McQuestion just keeps getting better! Hello Love is an enchanting, impossible-to-put-down novel about big hearts and second chances." --Claire Cook, USA Today bestselling author of Must Love Dogs
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"At first glance Favorite is a story of a girl and her family learning to cope with loss. But at some point it morphs into a psychological thriller. It's an unexpected but welcome turn that will leave readers on the edge of their seats." --Jessica Harrison,Cracking the Cover
"This story featuring a strong protagonist who has mastered the art of being the new girl will appeal to girls who are fans of this genre." --School Library Journal on Life on Hold
"An emotional and engaging novel about family..." Delia Ephron on A Scattered Life
McQuestion writes with a sharp eye and a sure voice, and as a reader, I was willing to go wherever she wanted to take me. After I finished the book, I thought about how I might describe it to a friend, and I settled on...: "You should read this. It's good."--Carolyn Parkhurst on A Scattered Life
- Publication Date : April 1, 2011
- File Size : 282 KB
- Print Length : 197 pages
- Publisher : Skyscape (April 1, 2011)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B004519PFG
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #19,528 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This story completely threw me off track (in a good way). I thought the story was going to be about Rae being dragged from one town to another, but it's really about Alison's character.
Rae is so unassuming and lonely - but she discovers there's a lot worse off than she is when Alison arrives in her high school. Alison is secretive to the point of seeming rude and a snob. But somehow Raes' friends and mother take interest in her (miserable people tend to have that effect).
Rae doesn't know what to think, between Alison's sometimes manipulative attitudes and the very different account about her she hears from the school's bully, with whose family Alison lives.
Little by little, Rae puts together bits and pieces of Alison's past. Tension builds up as a major crisis later, everything comes to light.
This was not your typical teenage girls'story (by that I mean it's no juvenile version of Sex and the City - there's no clothes or hairstyle chats between girlfriends). It is, however, a story about nothing being quite what it seems on the surface, and how other human beings are mysterious worlds of their own - and how difficult it is to fit in as a teenager.
It's a good story. It's not tragic, it's not full of humour or suspense, it's more life-like - and I liked it!
The story is about a 15 year old girl who, along with her slightly flighty mother, moves every time the going gets tough. Now, she is 45 minutes away from the only other family she knows, her Grandparents who are so welcoming they even have a bedroom for her at their house. Her own bedroom where she can keep anything she wants while her mother drags her around the country.
After her mother promised they would stay in one place for the next two and a half years so Rae can graduate from High School where they currently life, Rae finally lets her guard down and beings to make a few friends.
Being the smart, responsible kid she is known to be, her Vice Principal matches her up with another new student who could use some help learning her way around the school. This opens Rae up to friendships she has never experiences before and pushes her to learn to stand up for herself to her mother.
Karen McQuestion has a knack for telling a story through a teenager's eye without making the reader feel like she is reading someone's diary. I was hooked at the start of the book and didn't want to put it down until the story was finished. She has a way of neatly wrapping up the story lines so the book feels complete and well rounded.
I recommend this book to any teenage girl or woman looking for a heartfelt coming of age story.
I would recommend this for a quick, light read.
Safely YA. Some teen drinking king at a party and family drama w one girl w was suicidal but no cursing, no sex and very little descriptive making out. A few kisses w a cuddle very clean
The book. Was an enjoyable read. Was well written and flowed well but did run a predictable path, which disappointed me as the first few pages seemed fresh and captured my interest. Still, a good book.
Top reviews from other countries
Life on Hold is a great YA story. Through Rae, you deal with situations such as displacement, searching for identity, social class and mental health. McQuestion has a little gem with the novel. A great story with likeable characters, Life on Hold is a good read.
Life on Hold by Karen McQuestion is available now.