Today is my stop on the Never Been Texted Release Blitz tour! I'm a huge fan of Linda Joy Singleton and I'm thrilled to be a part of this. I also read the book, and it is super cute and lots of fun. Here is a little bit about it, links to pre-order, a little review from me, excerpts and other fun stuff.
At the end of this post is the link to the Goodreads giveaway and a Rafflecopter giveaway!
Never Been Texted by Linda Joy Singleton
Publisher: Leap Books
Release date: August 31st, 2015
Goodreads link: (click here)
When Ashlee’s stepdad completely forgets her birthday she takes matters into her own hands to get the one thing she really wants: her own cell phone. But text messages start rolling in from a broken-hearted boy, and though Ashlee knows not all stories end happily, she’s determined to make hers the best it can be.
I almost answer until a horrible thought jolts me. What if Beatrice has trash talked about P.U. Ashlee? I imagine her laughing about the “pathetic loser with pee on her shoe,” twisting truth into outrageous likes. And who wouldn’t believe her? While she isn’t model-pretty (her nose is pointy and her mouth is too thin), her sophistication and confidence dazzles everyone. Compared to Beatrice, I’m a boring plain Jane.
“Jane,” I blurt out. “Um, that’s my name.”
His grin flashes white teeth that are perfect except for a gap between the top two. “I’m Derrick.”
“I know,” I say then wish I hadn’t when I see the dark flush on his face.
“Of course you know who I am. Everyone does.” He scowls, raking his hand through his soggy hair. “My father doesn’t exactly keep a low profile.”
I twist a corner of my shirt to wring out the water. “He is the mayor.”
“But I’m not – although dad expects me to follow in his footsteps.”
“You say that like it’s a death sentence.”
“It is. To me.”
“He can’t make you do anything you don’t want to. Tell him how you feel.”
“I wish it was that easy.” He gestures to Stone Face, crafted in an abstract image of his father. “Even here, I can’t get away from my father.”
A year ago, Ashlee lost her mother in a car accident, leaving only her and her Step-father to take care of each other and their dog kennel business. Once, the two were close, but after the tragedy their relationship became strained. Even after everything, she was sure that he would remember her sixteenth birthday and the promise he made to buy her a cell phone of her own, but sadly, he doesn't. When a dejected Ashlee stumbles upon a mysterious shop and buys the exact cell phone she's always wished for, she thinks it's all too good to be true. She soon starts receiving texts from a mysterious, heartbroken stranger who turns out to be Derrick, the boyfriend of her worst enemy. It just so happens that Derrick is a perfect guy that she Ashlee could totally fall for, but he's taken. Not only that, but he's one of the most well known people in town, he's the son of the Mayor. Ashlee is definitely not in his league, so she tries to forget about him. When a local talent show puts Ashlee in the spotlight, she just might get her chance to really shine. And with a little magic, you never know what might happen.
Never Been Texted is such a sweet, wonderful book! It's like a modern day fairy tale, reminiscent of Cinderella, that totally warmed my heart. It's got a little bit of magic, charming and innocent first love, true friendship and it explores what it really means to be a family. I'd definitely recommend this to even younger readers (tweens) without hesitation since it's pretty clean, content wise. As an adult, I enjoyed the story and characters. This is a lovely, heartwarming story that will put a smile on your face.
When she was 8, she wrote animal stories and by age 14 she was writing mystery novels. In 1986, she had the unique experience of co-writing a mystery, THE TALKING SNOWMAN, with her favorite childhood author, Margaret Sutton (Judy Bolton mysteries). Her goal was to have a mystery series of her own that that happened in 1994: MY SISTER THE GHOST series/Avon Camelot Books. Recently she’s crossed genres to publish her first picture book, SNOW DOG, SAND DOG (Albert Whitman 2014).
When Linda isn’t writing, she enjoys reading, movies, country walks, camping, bowling and reality shows (she’s never missed a season of Survivor, Amazing Race or Big Brother). She also collects vintage girl series mysteries like Nancy Drew, Judy Bolton and Trixie Belden and in 2014 spoke at a Nancy Drew convention. She’s a longtime member of Sisters in Crime and SCBWI, and enjoys speaking at school, libraries and writing conferences.
She lives with her husband, David, in Northern California, in a country home where she’s surrounded by horses, peacocks, dogs, wild turkeys and demanding cats. Follow Linda on her website, Twitter, and Facebook.
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