Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Wilder by Andrew Simonet
[Blog Tour: Spotlight + Giveaway]

Hello! Welcome to the next stop on the Wilder blog tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. This is a spotlight post, which means it's full of information about the book! Also, there's a giveaway at the bottom.

Author: Andrew Simonet
Pub. Date: November 13, 2018
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Pages: 320
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, iBooks, TBD

I met Melissa in the rubber room, a.k.a. in-school suspension. And that’s not her real name.

She had secrets, I had enemies.

“People are either useful or dangerous,” she said. “One or the other.”

“Which one am I?” I said.

“You’re both.”

Meili was right. (That’s her real name.)

You can solve a lot of problems if you don’t mind getting hurt.

Jason Wilder is in permanent in-school suspension for fighting. Meili Wen gets there by breaking a girl’s finger. Jason and Meili don’t just connect; they collide. Two people who would never cross paths―outsiders from radically different backgrounds―they form an exhiliarating, unpredictable bond. When circumstances push, they push back. There’s no plan. And there’s no stopping.

"I am so crap. How can you stand being with me? Don’t answer that or I will crash this thing with both of us on it, swear to god, are you ready?”

Yes. No. Didn’t matter.

I reached both arms around Meili’s waist as we zoomed down the hill. 

About Andrew:

I am a writer and choreographer in Philadelphia. I am interested in messy, complex humans colliding with rigid systems. I am interested in how unequal everything is, and the stories we tell ourselves about that. I am interested in the stories men tell ourselves about everything. I am interested in what bodies know that brains don't. I think pretty is the enemy of beautiful.

My debut young adult novel, Wilder, will be published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in November 2018. I am currently writing a sequel.

I was a founding Co-Director of Philadelphia's Headlong Dance Theater from 1993-2013. We made raucous performance works.

I am an activist and organizer for artists having sustainable lives. I founded Artists U (programs in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and South Carolina) and wrote Making Your Life as an Artist.

Career stuff: my creative work has been supported by the Creative Capital Foundation, The NEA, The Rockefeller Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, The New England Foundation for the Arts, Yaddo, and Ucross. I received a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, an Independence Fellowship in the Arts, and a Bessie for Choreography at the New York Dance and Performance Awards.

Giveaway Details:
3 Winners will receive a finished copy of WILDER, US Only

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Tour Schedule:

Week One: 

11/12/2018- Lifestyle Of Me- Review
11/13/2018- Here's to Happy Endings- Review
11/14/2018- The Pages In-Between- Review
11/15/2018- Adventures Thru Wonderland- Review
11/16/2018- Novel Novice- Excerpt

Week Two: 
11/19/2018- BookHounds- Interview
11/20/2018- Do You Dog-ear?- Review
11/21/2018- The Desert Bibliophile- Review
11/22/2018- Two points of interest- Review
11/23/2018- Oh Hey! Books.- Review


  1. THanks for sharing, this one is new to me!

    1. In the end it didn't work for me, but I hope you have better luck with it!

  2. I hadn't heard of this one before. Thanks for the chance of the giveaway.

    1. Good luck! If you win and have a chance to read it soon, come back and let me know what you thought of the story. :)

  3. Never seen this book around! Hope it is good :)

    Elle Inked @ Keep on Reading

    1. It wasn't my cup of tea, but that doesn't mean it won't work for you!

  4. I already like Jason Wilder and I look forward to reading the book. I have worked with kids who spent a lot of time in ISS. There is always more to them than the behavior that placed them there, but mostly that's what people see. Good luck with your novel.

    1. It wasn't a good fit for me, but I hope you enjoy it! They don't really focus on their time in the Rubber Room, though a lot of the story does take place there. It's brief encounters (since they're not allowed to talk or move around), and their interactions usually happen after school. However, I only read a few chapters, so that could have changed later on in the book.

  5. This books sounds like it is about real teens. Thanks for the post.

    1. I don't know too many teenagers that break someone's finger just for touching their arm, haha. There were some realistic aspects, but a lot of it was too over-the-top for me. Wilder wasn't portrayed the way I thought he would be, and his obsession over a girl was too unbelievable for me. I hope you enjoy this one more than I did! :)


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