Wow, it’s summer touring season, and things have been mostly quiet on the Behind the Zion Curtain front, so it seems like I’ve just had one guest after another. I’m sure SOME of you are relieved. But don’t get too relaxed. I promise to post my 24th of July Tribute to the Zion Curtain on Tuesday.
For now, I’m thrilled to welcome Lauren Barnholdt, the author of Reality Chick. I’m not much of a television watcher, although with Dancing Daughter in the house we watch a LOT of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, I think Lauren’s premise is WONDERFUL. In fact, this sounds like a great beach book read to me. But you decide for yourself. Here’s a little bit about the book.
All hour study fests…..all-night parties…. Going away to college means total independence and freedom. Unless of course your freshman year is taped and televised for all the world to watch. On uncensored cable. Sweet and normal Ally Cavanaugh is one of five freshpeople shacking up
on In the House, a reality show filmed on her college campus. (As if school isn’t panic-inducing enough!) The cameras stalk her like paparazzi, but they also capture the fun that is new friends, old crushes, and learning to live on your own. Sure, the camera adds ten pounds, but with the freshman fifteen a given anyway, who cares? Ally’s got bigger issues — like how her long-distance bf can watch her
loopy late-night “episode” with a certain housemate…
Freshman year on film.
And like all good reality TV, it’s impossible to turn off.
What people are saying:
“An oh-so-accurate portrayal of what goes on behind closed dorms..” — Teen People (A Can’t-Miss Pick)
“This book was hilarious! I could not put it down! Barnholdt is a fresh new voice in teen fiction.” — Sarah Mlynowski, bestselling author of Milkrun and As Seen on TV
Lauren Barnholdt is a twenty-six-year-old writer who was born and raised in Syracuse, NY. Her articles and short stories have appeared in Elements Magazine, Girls Life, and on mensclick.com. Her first book for young adults, REALITY CHICK, is in stores now.
Lauren also teaches a popular online course called How to Write and Sell the YA Chick-lit Novel. She is currently at work on her next YA book, which will be out next summer. Lauren now resides in Central Connecticut, and when she’s not writing, she watches a lot of reality TV.
My website is at http://www.laurenbarnholdt.com and my blog is at http://www.livejournal.com/users/laurenbarnholdt
And now, Lauren answers our regular Trapped questions.
1. If you had to be “Trapped” somewhere, where would it be?
Barnes and Noble. You have all the books and magazines you could want, food, coffee, music, internet…. You’d never have to leave.
2. If you could pick your “Trapped” companions, what three people would you want with you, and why?
My sister, my agent, and Nick Lachey. My sister and my agent because they’re fun to be around, and Nick Lachey so I could bother him and get the real story about what went down with him and Jessica.
3. If you could only pick five books to be “Trapped” with, what would they be?
Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
The Stand by Stephen King
Fishbowl by Sarah Mlynowski
Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott
4. What ONE famous person would you absolutely NOT want to be “Trapped” with?
Lindsay Lohan, because I heard she’s mean and cranky.
5. You can bring three things from your “former” life to “Trapped.” What would those three things be?
My computer, my Sidekick, and my journal
6. Where is one place you absolutely would NOT want to be “Trapped.”
Anywhere that’s really rural or country. I’m a definite city girl 😉
So, there you have it. Welcome, Lauren, and thanks for visiting Trapped.