Today I'm celebrating the release of Daisy Whitney's new contemporary YA novel WHEN YOU WERE HERE. I was lucky enough to get to read this in its very early incarnation and loved it then - it's absolutely amazing now!
Filled with humor, raw emotion, a strong voice, and a brilliant dog named Sandy Koufax, When You Were Here explores the two most powerful forces known to man-death and love. Daisy Whitney brings her characters to life with a deft touch and resonating authenticity.
Danny's mother lost her five-year battle with cancer three weeks before his graduation-the one day that she was hanging on to see.
Now Danny is left alone, with only his memories, his dog, and his heart-breaking ex-girlfriend for company. He doesn't know how to figure out what to do with her estate, what to say for his Valedictorian speech, let alone how to live or be happy anymore.
When he gets a letter from his mom's property manager in Tokyo, where she had been going for treatment, it shows a side of a side of his mother he never knew. So, with no other sense of direction, Danny travels to Tokyo to connect with his mother's memory and make sense of her final months, which seemed filled with more joy than Danny ever knew. There, among the cherry blossoms, temples, and crowds, and with the help of an almost-but-definitely-not Harajuku girl, he begins to see how it may not have been ancient magic or mystical treatment that kept his mother going. Perhaps, the secret of how to live lies in how she died.
While I think you should all run out run now and grab a copy, I'm going to give away one shiny hardcover copy to a lucky person. Just enter the rafflecopter contest by this Friday, June 7th at midnight EST- good luck!
(Because several of the lucky winners of my last contest were international, I'm now broke. Unfortunately, this contest is open to domestic entries only.)