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Hello friends!

You may have noticed I’ve been a little quiet on the internet front the last few months, and for good reason. On April 2, I gave birth to my first baby!

Introducing Elouise Madrone:

Elouise

She’s been keeping me very busy, tired and happy. I think we’re close to perfecting a configuration where she sleeps on my lap while I balance my laptop on the arm of my chair and type with one hand. My next book may be written entirely one-handed.

Speaking of books….

My new book OVER YOU comes out June 4th! You can pre-order it HERE. And read a Sneak Peek HERE. And stay tuned for info about the release party.

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But even sooner than that, my book CRAZY comes out in paperback May 21! Order your copy HERE. And look at what I just got in the mail:

Crazy paperback

Maybe I should give away a few copies soon….

And now, last but not least, I am excited to officially announce that I just signed a contract for a two-book YA series with Katherine Tegen Books (Harper Teen/Harper Collins)! Here’s the announcement from Publishers Weekly:

Author of BEAUTIFUL and CRAZY Amy Reed’s new two-book series, INVINCIBLE, pitched as Go Ask Alice meets The Fault in Our Stars, about a teenage girl who survives a terminal cancer diagnosis, only to get trapped in the deadly spiral of addiction, and the boy who would do anything to save her, to Anica Rissi at Katherine Tegen Books, by Amy Tipton at Signature Literary Agency (world).

Woohoo! So excited to be working with Anica and her team!

Now back to the baby and one-handed writing….

Love,

Amy

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March 9th! Get Real with Contemporary YA authors Amy Reed, Corrine Jackson, and Kirstin Cronn-Mills

 

Hey Bay Area folks,
I hope you can make it to my reading on Saturday, March 9th at Not Your Mother’s Book Club in San Francisco at the Opera Plaza Books, Inc. I’ll be joined by the lovely Corrine Jackson and Kirstin Cronn-Mills, two amazing contemporary YA authors. You do not want to miss this!

This will be my last event until at least June (I’ll be pretty busy having a baby), so I hope to see you there (PS: I’ll be humongous).

I plan to read a little from Crazy, plus a sneak peek of Over You, which releases June 4th. Hopefully there will be time for a Q&A at the end.

Spread the word!

Love,

Amy

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CRAZY Giveaway on Goodreads!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Crazy by Amy Reed

Crazy

by Amy Reed

Giveaway ends December 31, 2012.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 

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Thanks so much to the lovely Diesel bookstore for hosting!

Thanks to Brian for your fancy photography (and lots of other things).

Thanks to everyone who came and showed your support. I love you.

xoxo

Amy

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Dear Reader,

Today is CRAZY’s publication birthday, but it was really born over two years ago when I started scribbling notes about a sort of love story told in emails. I had vague notions of unreliable narrators and emotional disintegration. In the back of my mind, I think I also wanted it to be a kind of apology. An explanation. So Izzy was born–a troubled girl who did not know how to be loved. And then there was Connor–the boy who loved her.

Most mental illnesses, including bipolar disorder, start displaying their first symptoms in one’s teen years–around Izzy’s age. I was fourteen when I started taking Prozac for my depression. I came of age in the first wave of medicated kids, when every day there would be a new headline about kids on Prozac, kids on Ritalin. When I was in college, OCD seemed to be the big thing. I have watched this trend grow over the years, more and more kids diagnosed with mood disorders, more kids on medication that alters their fragile brain chemistry. Whether or not these diagnoses and prescriptions are always warranted, one thing is very certain–a lot of kids are in a lot of pain.

I can honestly say that medication saved my life as a teen. At age fourteen, I was planning my suicide. I got very close to following through. But as strained as my relationship with my parents was at the time (as strained as all teens’ relationships are with their parents), I somehow gathered up the courage to tell my mom what was going on. Some glimmer of hope remained, some knowledge that I was loved, some curiosity about what would happen tomorrow. I asked for help and I got it, and that help saved my life.

It is my greatest wish that anyone out there who is feeling this kind of hopelessness and fear finds the brave place inside them and ask for help before the light of hope burns out. If this book can inspire just one reader to do that, my time on this planet will have been worth something.

I recently did an interview with Kari at A Good Addiction blog (you can read the full interview here). She asked me a great question: “Who do you think needed the other the most, Izzy or Connor?” My answer was this: It’s hard to say; they both needed each other so much. Izzy, in the end, may have needed Connor to literally save her. But she also just needed him to see her, and to care enough to do the hard thing and confront her. But Connor needed Izzy to push his buttons the way she did. Ultimately, he learned how to be brave, how to do the difficult thing instead of being passive. He risked losing everything in order to do the right thing. There’s nothing braver than that.

I believe we are all partners in the lives of those we love. We owe it to them to be honest, even when it’s hard.

To celebrate the release of CRAZY, I want to give away THREE COPIES to people who are brave–to enter, comment below with an example of when you’ve been brave and did the right thing even when it was hard. I will pick three people at random (U.S. and Canada only, please). The winners will be announced June 18th. I can’t wait to be inspired by your answers!

Finally, I want to dedicate this book to all the Izzys and Connors of the world, to everyone who has ever felt crazy or in love. I dedicate it to my husband Brian, who has loved me through everything.

Love,

Amy

 

UPDATE:

Congratulations to the winners of the CRAZY giveaway: Rachel, Lexie, and Alicia Marie! I will be contacting you soon. Thank you everyone for your beautiful answers, and for your courage. I hope we can all continue to be brave and do the right thing.

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I have so many things to be excited about right now!

CRAZY comes out SO SOON! The June 12 release date is less than a month away, and I can’t wait for you to meet Connor and Isabel. I love these characters so much, and I hope you will too.

EVENTS

If you live in the SF Bay Area, don’t forget about my Release Day Event at Diesel Books in Oakland (Tuesday, June 12 at 7:00 pm; 5433 College Avenue). I’ll read a little from CRAZY, do a little Q&A, then sign some books and hang out with you wonderful people.

Did I mention that CLEAN is now available in paperback? So cheap! So lightweight! Speaking of CLEAN, it was just nominated for the 2012 Northern California Book Award in Children’s Literature-YA, along with Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) and Instructions for a Broken Heart by Kim Culbertson. The awards ceremony is on Sunday, June 10 and is free and open the public: 1:00-4:00 pm, Koret Auditorium, SF Public Library.

Another fun event is on Wednesday, June 20 where I’ll be reading at The Business Comedy Show, which has been called “the best alternative comedy show in San Francisco” by the SF Weekly. Not sure I qualify as an alternative comedian, but my pal Bucky Sinister had enough faith to invite me so I’m trusting his judgment. Show starts at 8:00 pm @ The Dark Room Theater: 2263 Mission Street, San Francisco. It’s only $5!

BLOG TOUR

Monday, June 4: Character Interview with Isabel at Good Choice Reading blog
Tuesday, June 5:
Crazy review at Blkosiner’s Book Blog
Wednesday, June 6:
Top Tens List guest post at  Shut Up! I’m Reading blog
Thursday, June 7:
Crazy review at Tangled Up In Words blog
Friday, June 8:
Connor This or That guest post at My Reading Room blog

Monday, June 11: “Turning Points” guest post on Nova Ren Suma’s writing blog, Distraction no. 99 (author of Imaginary Girls)
Monday, June 11:
Interview at A Good Addiction blog
Tuesday, June 12:
Character Tweets guest post at Paperback Treasures blog
Wednesday, June 13:
Crazy review at Good Choice Reading blog
Thursday, June 14:
This or That guest post at Ivy Reads blog
Friday, June 15: 
Word Associations guest post at Tangled Up In Words blog

Monday, June 18: Interview at Blkosiner’s Book Blog
Tuesday, June 19: Crazy review at My Reading Room blog
Wednesday, June 20: Top Tens List guest post at Rex Robot Reviews blog
Thursday, June 21: Crazy review at Shut Up! I’m Reading blog
Friday, June 22: Character This or That guest post at Zoe’s Book Reviews blog

Whew! June is going to be an exhausting but awesome month. There’s all this CRAZY stuff, plus I’m in the middle of edits for BOOK #4 and training for a half-marathon. Please bring ice cream.
Love,

Amy

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Publication Party for CRAZY

with Amy Reed

Tuesday, June 12th at 7:00 pm

Diesel, A Bookstore in Oakland

5433 College Avenue at Kales
510-653-9965 // www.dieselbookstore.com
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Today is March 12, which means that my new book CRAZY comes out in exactly THREE MONTHS!

To celebrate, I am posting a SNEAK PEEK of the first 24 pages. Click HERE to read it now!

You can also pre-order CRAZY HERE!

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Hello!

I know, it’s been a very long time since I updated my site. Sorry about that! I’ve been too busy writing Book #4,  which is still untitled at this point. Titles are hard. How am I supposed to find a word or two to describe an entire world?

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I know I’m supposed to be promoting CLEAN now and everything, and my next book doesn’t come out for another year, but I just really want to share this with you because I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH! And guess what?! It’s a LOVE STORY! Hard to believe, I know. Maybe I’m getting soft in my old age. But don’t worry, it’s still got all  the grit and angst you love so much. And it also has ART NERDS! Hooray!

I hope those of who who have already read CLEAN like it (and thanks to your support, it’s already going into its second printing!) I’ve received amazing messages from teens who relate to the characters and have found hope to carry them through their own struggles. Thank you for sharing your stories with me; you inspire me with your courage and resilience. Getting letters like yours reminds me why I write what I do.

And now, with no further ado, here’s  CRAZY:

Connor knows that Izzy will never fall in love with him the way he’s fallen for her. But somehow he’s been let into her crazy, exhilarating world and become her closest confidante. But the closer they get, the more Connor realizes that Izzy’s highs are too high and her lows are too low.  And the frenetic energy that makes her shine is starting to push her into a much darker  place.  As Izzy’s behavior gets increasingly erratic and self-destructive, Connor gets increasingly desperate to stop her from plummeting. He knows he can’t save her from her pain…but what if no one else can?

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