YA Wednesday: A Q&A with Alyssa B. Sheinmel


Back in January we expanded our Best of the Month program to include three more titles in addition to the spotlight recommended read. With so much great YA fiction out on the market it became harder and harder to choose only one book every month, and since YA readers span so many sub-genres--from science-fiction & fantasy and literature to paranormal romance and graphic novels--we thought, the more the merrier!

This month, one of our picks is The Lucky Kind by Alyssa B. Sheinmel. When high school junior Nick Brandt’s dad comes clean to him about a long-kept secret, Nick starts to question his so-called perfect family and must face that fact that things aren’t necessarily what they seem. Soon nothing much is of interest to him—not even longtime crush/new girlfriend, Eden, with whom he’d bonded only weeks before the big reveal. In this heartfelt story about the emotional leap from childhood to adulthood, Sheinmel imprints the exchanges and dialog between characters on the reader’s mind long after the last page. Writing from the point of view of opposite gender to boot, Sheinmel truly shines (heh!) in her second novel (The Beautiful Between, her first, was well-received by the New York Post, Kirkus, and School Library Journal).

For more on Sheinmel’s research and inspiration read our Q&A with her below:

The characters are so well drawn and the emotions ring true. Does this book have a personal connection for you?
Well, first of all, thank you! To be honest, I think every book I write has a personal connection for me; even though I never went through much of what the characters in The Lucky Kind go through, many of the characters’ traits are inspired by real people and real stories.

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