We’re pleased to announce the latest book published by one of our CounterQuo members. Christa Desir has just launched her YA novel "Fault Line" from Simon Pulse. It's a wonderful book - for adults as well as teens - and deserves our support. So buy multiple copies, tweet about it, tell all your friends!
Here's the synopsis:
“Ben could date anyone he wants, but he only has eyes for the new girl — sarcastic free-spirit, Ani. Luckily for Ben, Ani wants him too. She’s everything Ben could ever imagine. Everything he could ever want.
But that all changes after the party. The one Ben misses. The one Ani goes to alone.
Now Ani isn’t the girl she used to be, and Ben can’t sort out the truth from the lies. What really happened, and who is to blame?
Ben wants to help her, but she refuses to be helped. The more she pushes Ben away, the more he wonders if there’s anything he can do to save the girl he loves.”
Some cool things about the book:
1) It's unique - a YA novel about rape that's thoughtful and thought-provoking. Told from the perspective of the victim's boyfriend. It's real.
2) It was conceived when Christa attended The Voices and Faces Project's Testimonial Writing Workshop. And 50% of the proceeds from sales will go to the Workshop, funding more survivors who may also find their voice and get yet more survivor voices heard in the world.
3) It's getting great press and exceptional reviews. But as those of you who've published know, the first days and weeks in a book's life are critical. Which is why we all need to be buying and spreading the word about "Fault Line" now.
Excerpts from some amazon.com reviews:
"...Fault Line is not an easy book to read. It's raw, gritty and dark, but it's important. It doesn't tell a new story or one we're unfamiliar with. It highlights a situation in a way that really forces the reader to address the effects of how our society has dealt with rape and how it continues to shape how we view the victim. For me, Fault Line really resonated and made me cry. This will be a book that lingers."
"I am still stunned after finishing this book in two sittings. Everyone will say that teenage girls should read "Fault Line," but I posit even more importantly, young men should as well. I can't think of another YA novel about sexual violence told from the boyfriend's perspective. "Fault Line" doesn't pull any punches, but its difficulty is what makes it worthwhile. Quite the debut!"
Congratulations, Christa, and thanks for bringing "Fault Line" into the world.