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This Is Not a Love Scene: A Novel Hardcover – May 7, 2019
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"Megale is a terrific new voice in the world of YA. This Is Not a Love Scene rings brilliantly true from the first page to the last. Megale’s prose is refreshingly original, her pacing already at a master level, and her storytelling abilities will pull hard on every emotion you have...Look out for this writer." ―David Baldacci, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"A humorous, hearty novel about the realities (and fantasies) of being a teenager with a disability....Readers will want to zoom in on this [#ownvoices] story featuring a strong, sexually confident, disabled female character." ―Kirkus Reviews
"Informative and inspiring. It makes for an altogether thought-provoking and empathetic reading experience." ―Booklist
"This Is Not a Love Scene is so good. S.C. Megale is remarkable... This book is the result of her unswerving determination and undoubted talent." ―John Flanagan, New York Times bestselling author of the Ranger’s Apprentice series
"My ride-along with Maeve was a joy from first sentence to last. She's authentic, unabashedly honest, fun to be with, and I still catch myself wondering what she's been up to lately." ―Eric Lindstrom, author of Not If I See You First
"Megale's pacing and style are absolutely wonderful. I feel deeply attached to her characters, and I can’t believe how perceptive many of her descriptions/observations are, especially disability related ones." ―Shane Burcaw, author of Laughing at My Nightmare
"A perfect recommendation for fans of Rainbow Rowell." ―Jenny Staller, The Athenian School Librarian
About the Author
S. C. MEGALE is an author and filmmaker. She's been profiled in USA Today, The Washington Post, and New York Newsday, and has appeared on NBC’s “Today Show” and the CBS Evening News for her philanthropic and literary work. As a humanitarian, she's spoken on the USS Intrepid, at the NASDAQ opening bell, and to universities and doctors nationwide. She enjoys making connections all over the world.
Megale was raised in the long grass of the Civil War, hunting for relics and catching fireflies along the banks of Bull Run. A shark tooth, flutes, and a flask are some of the items that hang from her wheelchair, and she had a fear of elevators until realizing this was extremely inconvenient. She lives with her family which includes her parents, sister and brother, service dog, and definitely-not-service dog.
This is Not a Love Scene is her first published novel.
- Publisher : Wednesday Books (May 7, 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250190495
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250190499
- Reading age : 14 - 18 years
- Grade level : 7 - 9
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.82 x 1.07 x 7.94 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,293,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The main character, Maeve, is a talented high school senior trying to navigate the terrifying years of adolescence. That she has muscular dystrophy adds, for most of us, an incomprehensible degree of difficulty to the challenge. And it is when facing those challenges that her greatest talents are revealed: her fierce love of life demands an extraordinary level of resiliency to overcome her physical disability; and her unwavering loyalty to the people in her life is love expressed through friendship, honesty and kindness.
I found the plot to be intriguing and the writing of excellent quality. Just in the banter between teens, Megale nails the essence of the younger consumed-by-social-media generation. Being a father of two daughters, I knew the writing to be honest, and thus spot on, when I cringed at how uncomfortable I felt reading certain scenes. The level of secrecy that cell phones and texting facilitates is disturbing for parents, but that’s not Megale’s fault; her story reflects life as it is for people that age. The scenes involving Maeve’s friend KC felt all too real, not because the issue is real in today’s society, but because Megale’s writing has the power to elicit a deep sense of emotion for the reader.
Overall, I appreciated the insight into the life of Maeve’s character and found myself rooting for her. Well done. Looking forward to more from Ms. Megale.
I was right there with Maeve throughout. I laughed, cried and obsessed with her. I loved her spirit, her grit and her wit, but most of all, I loved her humanity.
The ending has some surprises which I won’t spoil for you, but it kept me turning pages till the very end.
Do yourself a favor and buy this book – you will not be disappointed!!
Maeve Leeson, 18, high school senior, aspiring director, is like no other character I’ve read. She’s spunky, sassy, intelligent, fearless and fearful, hilarious, and so full of love it emanates from her like rays of the sun.
She’s like a lot of other teens in some ways and in others she’s not.
In Chapter One, Maeve misleads readers for a few lines before smacking them the face with her reality.
She’s not shy, she’s confident, and sometimes that makes people uncomfortable. She is a fresh character who often behaves in unexpected ways.
I found myself enthralled with Maeve. In fact, I was enthralled with all of the characters—except Maeve’s lust interest (notice I didn’t write love interest), Cole. I didn’t like him much. Despite my dislike, he is an interesting character. I tried to figure him out, just like Maeve did. Tried to understand his motives, interpret his actions, translate the meaning of his texts and emojis. I went through all those emotions with Maeve. I was drawn right into the story and right into her experience. I huddled over the phone with her, waiting for the text to come. I cast aside the phone with her, tired of anticipation.
SC Megale is an excellent writer. She is honest and wickedly hilarious. She moves the story along, draws you in, and makes you love the characters so much that you want to hang out with them, too. I love her writing. I can't wait to see more from her.
This is Not a Love Scene is none of that. It's original, the characters are well developed, everyone is full of flaws, they make stupid decisions, and I didn't know what was going to happen. It's original. Yes, I said it twice!
I hope they make a movie of this book.