5 autographed copies will be given away on Friday, February 10, 2017!
Seventh grader Addie Bell can’t wait to grow up. Her parents won’t let her have her own phone, she doesn’t have any curves, and her best friend, Grace, isn’t at all interested in makeup or boys. Then, on the night of her twelfth birthday, Addie makes a wish on a magic jewelry box to be sixteen . . . and wakes up to find her entire life has been fast-forwarded four years! Suddenly she has everything she’s always wanted (including a driver’s license and a closet full of cool clothes)! But Addie soon discovers a lot more has changed than she expected—including her friendship with Grace. Can Addie turn back time and take back her wish . . . or has she lost the chance to experience what could have been the best years of her life?
Exclusive interview with the author:
1) Where did this idea come from?
I was looking back through my old diaries from when I was a tween and I came across this one entry where I was really pissed at my parents about something (I didn’t say what and I can’t remember) but I wrote that I just wished I was sixteen so everything would be perfect. I couldn’t help but laugh at that looking back (since sixteen was no picnic either!) and I started to wonder how many other twelve-year-old girls have similar wishes. That diary entry and my obsession with movies like BIG and 13 GOING ON 30 inspired me to write this book.
2) If you had a wish on a magic jewelry box, what age would you wish to be?
Haha. Just kidding. Maybe.
I’ll say 25 (so I can rent cars without the extra fees) but with all the wisdom and life experiences I have now. That’s totally allowed, right?
3) How was it switching from writing young adult to writing Middle Grade?
It was F-U-N! Especially since I still got to place most of the book in high school (since she’s in high school after she makes the wish.) And I do tons of middle school visits for my young adult novels so I feel like I’m always hanging out with seventh graders anyway. Although if you’d asked me at age twelve if I’d ever CHOOSE to revisit middle school, I would have laughed in your face.
4) Any funny stories about the writing process?
Actually, yes! So there’s this scene toward the beginning of the book where this seventh grade boy gives Addie a can of grape soda on her birthday (because he knows she likes grape soda.) She’s really kind of touched (especially since she always thought this particular boy was annoying), that is until she opens it and discovers he shook the can for like twenty minutes before giving it to her. It explodes all over her and her clothes are stained purple for the rest of the day. In writing that scene, I wanted to make sure the can would really spray as much as I thought it would so I bought a can of grape soda, shook it up for a while and opened it (outside, while wearing a rain coat). And yup, that grape soda exploded like a geyser. So there you go. Research can be fun!
5) What was your favorite part of the book to write?
Okay, so this is going to sound cheesy but there’s this fake boy band in the book–called Summer Crush–and I had such a blast inventing them and coming up with their songs and the lyrics to their songs, and all of their names and backstories. I’m actually a huge boy band fanatic (yup, I’ve got them ALL on my iPod. Even 98 degrees!) And Summer Crush is kind of like an amalgamation of all my faves. A little One Direction, a little ‘NSync, a little New Kids on the Block, all rolled into one. Writing the scenes where Addie talks about Summer Crush (her favorite band) was kind of like a little homage to my obsession.
Go ahead, make fun.
About the author:
Jessica Brody is the author of more than 15 books for teens, tweens, and adults including Addie Bell’s Shortcut to Growing Up, A Week of Mondays, Boys of Summer, 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, and the three books in the sci-fi Unremembered trilogy. She’s also the author of the Descendants: School of Secrets series, based on the hit Disney Channel original movie, Descendants. Her books have been translated and published in over 23 countries and Unremembered and 52 Reasons to Hate My Father are currently in development as major motion pictures. She lives with her husband and four dogs and splits her time between California and Colorado.
Visit her online at JessicaBrody.com. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram @JessicaBrody
5 autographed copies will be given away on Friday, February 10, 2017.
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