The much anticipated sequel to the Revised Life of Ellie Sweet by Stephanie Morrill released this week from Playlist Fiction.
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“I’m carving out my own place in the world, and I get to choose what it looks like and who I’ll bring with me.” Ellie Sweet
The only problem is, in the Unlikely Debut of Ellie Sweet, Ellie is trying to decipher what her place in the world truly entails, while untangling her mixed up emotions of which relationships in her life are worth fighting for.
Sounds like all of us in a way, doesn’t it? In this sequel to The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet, Ellie finds being a published teen author isn’t all glamour. In fact there’s a lot of stress and backstabbing. Ellie is also still torn between the gorgeous Southern charmer playboy, Palmer, and the dark, handsome, intriguing, guy with a past, Chase. As Ellie decodes her heart, she discovers the path and the person she should choose to be isn’t necessarily good or bad, but what and who is best for her. Morrill identifies with the life of a teenager so well, the reader imagines Morrill herself, is a teen writer taking English class at the local high school. The Unlikely Debut of Ellie Sweet is a spot on story of how we all have insecurities and how answers aren’t always black and white. Readers of Meg Cabot and Sarah Dessen will devour this contemporary tale. Ellie is so genuinely well intentioned yet humanly flawed, I would love to hang out with her or have her as a critique partner. And, I’d definitely want to borrow one of her t-shirts.
The Unlikely Debut of Ellie Sweet picks up right where the prequel left off. For once, Ellie Sweet has it all together. Her hair now curls instead of fuzzes, she’s tamed the former bad-boy, Chase Cervantes (she has, right?), and her debut novel will hit shelves in less than a year. Even her ex-friends are leaving her alone. Well, except for Palmer Davis, but it can’t be helped that he works at her grandmother’s nursing home.
Life should feel perfect. And yet, it’s not that easy. Ellie’s editor loves her, but the rest of the publishing biz? Not so much. And they’re not shy about sharing their distrust over Ellie’s unlikely debut.
Ellie has always been able to escape reality in the pages of her novel, but with the stress of major edits and rocky relationships, her words dry up. In fiction, everything always comes together, but in real life, it seems to Ellie that hard work isn’t always enough, the people you love can’t always be trusted…and the dream-come-true of publishing her book could be the biggest mistake she’s made yet.
Stephanie Morrill lives in Overland Park, Kansas with her husband and two kids. Her only talents are reading, writing, and drinking coffee, so career options were somewhat limited. Fortunately she discovered a passion for young adult novels and has been writing them ever since.
Stephanie is the author of The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series, The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet, and the award-winning Go Teen Writers: How to Turn Your First Draft into a Published Book. She enjoys encouraging and teaching teen writers on her blog,www.GoTeenWriters.com. You can also find her online at www.StephanieMorrill.com
Don't forget to leave a comment below for a chance to win an e-copy of The Unlikely Debut of Ellie Sweet. One winner will be chosen randomly from all comments submitted by Friday, November 15.
11/7/2013 11:22:08 pm
Laura, you're so sweet for sharing my book! Thanks for having me!
11/17/2013 05:34:37 am
My pleasure, as always. Picking the winner in a minute :)
11/17/2013 05:35:33 am
Jemimah, I'm with you. As a writer, it was so fun to walk in a teen writer's shoes throughout the plots of both Ellie Sweet novels.
11/11/2013 03:37:53 am
Morrill is such an excellent author! I read the first book in the series and cannot wait to read the second. Thanks for sharing and hosting a giveaway!
11/17/2013 05:36:11 am
Kate, I love Morrill's writing too - genuine, funny and true.
A. C. Young
11/11/2013 11:33:29 am
This series looks so charming, witty and delightful -- it's definitely on my to-read list.
11/17/2013 05:36:58 am
I've read and enjoyed both books so much. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did, A.C.
11/12/2013 12:21:53 am
I'm so excited for this new book!
11/17/2013 05:40:25 am
Congrats, Tiffanie! You won the free copy of either Ellie Sweet title. Message me, so you can pick which one you prefer and so I can get you your prize!
11/12/2013 12:42:13 am
Love the quote! I'm so looking forward to reading this. =)
11/17/2013 05:37:43 am
Clearly, I loved the quote too! It really stuck out to me as I read the second Ellie Sweet!
11/17/2013 05:38:12 am
I love everything Stephanie writes :)
11/13/2013 07:18:34 am
I really want to read this book!
11/17/2013 05:39:07 am
You'll love it, Alicia!
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