I’ve been waiting patiently since release day, and it’s finally here, my chance to fawn all over my awesome friend and critique partner, Lizzy Charles, and her debut novel Effortless With You!!!! Lizzy’s so much more than an agent-sister, she’s a true link to my sanity during this deployment, so when she asked if I wanted to participate in her blog hop, I jumped all over it. I have to say, about a page into it, I totally forgot my friend wrote it, and just sunk into the world she created.
I love this novel so much that I’m giving away a copy below!
Let’s start you out with her blurb:
School is out and Lucy is ready for the perfect summer: lazy days at the pool, invitations to the
most exclusive parties, and romantic dates with her hot new boyfriend. That is, until she lands
in trouble one too many times and her parents issue the ultimate punishment: a summer job.
Suddenly, the summer can’t end fast enough.
To make matters worse, the job is painting houses with Justin, the most popular, egotistical
guy in school. Spending all summer with Justin might be other girls’ dreams, but definitely not
Lucy’s. After all, Justin is cocky, annoying, and a jerk. So what if he’s the most beautiful jerk
Lucy’s ever seen? Or that his grin makes her forget she’s mad at the world? Or that maybe,
just maybe, there’s more to Justin than Lucy realizes. Only one thing is certain: it won’t be the
summer she wanted, but it might be exactly the one she needs.
Sound tasty? It totally is. If you have a soft spot for YA romance, then this one is definitely for you. You should immediately grab a hold of your e-reader and snag it. Now. No, seriously, I’ll wait.
Got it? Good. Now get ready to be sucked in to a gorgeous YA exploration of what it means to be yourself, to be popular, to be wicked, to be loved unconditionally. I’m in love with this book, not only for the sigh-worthy romance, but for the family dynamic behind it. Lizzy has carved out a realistic world where not everything is right behind the closed door, and it’s not 100% the parents’ fault. What’s beautiful to me about this book is how she recognizes the startling truth of how easy it is to lose yourself in high school, to be so starved for acceptance that you warp your own definition of self. It’s about accountability, and change, and acceptance of things you never thought you’d forgive. I devoured it in a summer-sitting, and it’s the next book I’m putting on my fifteen year-old daughter’s Nook!
So, Lizzy’s reviews have been awesome (she’s rocking it, peeps), and I thought we’d do something a little different than a synopsis.
I heart music. I listen to it when I’m cooking, cleaning, driving, hanging out, and especially when I’m writing. So Lizzy and I thought you might like to know our playlists for Effortless With You! We both compiled ours separately, and I’m psyched to see how they compare! And as a bonus, Lizzy did one for Justin too! Breeze through and see what we chose, and then head down for a little giveaway!
Rebecca’s Effortless With You Playlist
1. Fake it – Seether *Explicit*
2. You’re So Vain – Carly Simon
3. Summertime Blues – Stray Cats
4. Echo – Jason Walker
5. Better Than Revenge – Taylor Swift
6. Dream – Priscilla Ahn
7. Could it Be Another Change – The Samples
8. Distance – Christina Perri
9. You Don’t Know Me – Jann Arden
10. Falling or Flying – Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
11. Brave – Nichole Nordeman
Lizzy’s Playlist for Lucy
1. We Can’t Stop – Miley Cyrus
2. I Knew You Were Trouble – Taylor Swift
3. It’s Time – Imagine Dragons
4. Mozart: Piano Sonata in A Minor, KV 310-2. Andante Cantabile Con Espressione – Murray Perahia
5. Backstabber – Ke$ha
6. Drove Me Wild – Tegan and Sara
7. Dancing on My Own – Robyn
8. Tonight – Alexander Fairchild
9. Change – Taylor Swift
10. Shooting Star – Owl City
11. Stuck on You – Meiko
Lizzy’s Playlist for Justin
1. Animal Arithmetic – Jonsi
2. I’ve Just Seen A Face – Jim Sturgess (Across the Universe)
3. Holocene – Bon Iver
4. Shell Suite – Chad Valley
5. Journey of the Featherless – Cloud Cult
6. You Can’t Escape them – Weaver at the Loom
7. Brave – Sara Bareilles
8. Little Secrets – Passion Pit
9. Corner – Allie Moss
10. Something – Jim Sturgess (Across the Universe)
11. Roaring Forties – Lowercase Noises
There you go folks!!! I can’t say enough how much I enjoyed this book and how quickly I read it. You know, in between telling Brody to stop licking Chase and Aaron to stop hogging the Wii remote. Go grab an awesome summer read and fall in love with Lucy and Justin!
Or spin your wheel of luck, because I’m giving away a free ereader copy just for you!