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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Playing Favorites featuring Robin Benway!

It has been said that playing favorites isn't nice, but sometimes it's impossible not to! Join me at The Hiding Spot as I share a favorite author... and the author shares a few favorite things too.

ROBIN BENWAY

Genre: Contemporary YA
Book(s):
Audrey, Wait!
The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June

Robin Benway's novels are about regular girls that find themselves in completely irregular, and sometimes extraordinary, situations. Sometimes even with cute boys.


MY FAVORITES


Novel: The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June.
I love both of Benway's novels, but I think her second might come out ahead, but only slightly and for three specific reasons. 1. The novel is about 3 sisters. I have two sisters and it was unbelievably easy to imagine myself and my sisters as April, May, and June. 2. I was lucky enough to hear Benway read an excerpt from each sister aloud, which made the characters incredibly real. Now, every time I read the novel, it's like I actually hear them speaking. 3. I love the idea of one's personality or self-image manifesting into a power. It makes me wonder what my power would be...


Character: April.
It's understandable that I would identify with April. She's the eldest sister, focused on school, and contantly worried about her younger siblings.


Quote: "It's funny how bed and pillows and covers can change a conversation. Words turn quiet and you mean more and say less. It's like you can build your own little world, Population: 2." -- from Audrey, Wait!
I tried to pick a favorite line from Benway's second book, but there were too many that I loved and I couldn't pick just one or a couple of lines, I wanted to share the entire passage. Instead, I picked this line from AUDREY, WAIT! because it's completely true and completely romantic.

THE FAVORITE FAVORS


BOOK: "Franny & Zooey" by JD Salinger

QUOTE: "may came home with a smooth round stone, as small as a world and as large as alone"
From "maggie and millie and molly and may" by ee cummings


WORD: It's a toss-up between "onomatopoeia" and "dodecahedron".
They're both so fun to say!

BAND: Right now it's Delorean.
...but it changes all the time. If you asked me tomorrow, I'd probably have a different answer.


MOVIE: The Royal Tenenbaums.
"I always wanted to be a Tenenbaum."


For more information about Robin and her novels
check out the links below:




76 comments:

  1. Dodecahedron is totally fun to say! And now I must make a confession: I ALWAYS hear Lisa Simpson saying Dodecahedron. It's never in a normal voice, always Lisa's. Because in an episode of the Simpsons (which my husband & I own seasons 1-12... yikes!) she's teaching Maggie the word "Dodecahedron"... lol!

    Fun!

    ambience.of.rain {at} gmail.com

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  2. I prefer dodecahedron lol
    And the first quote is nice, I like it!
    Keep doing this section, it's just great!

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  3. All I have are sisters as well, so I know I'd totally relate to this book. And how do you even pronounce that second word-i hope i never have to use it in a conversation:)

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  4. I love these posts :D Really cool favorites. Can't wait to read her upcoming book

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  5. Good lord you're awesome! I love The Royal Tenenbaums, e e cummings, and JD Salinger. I can't wait to read your book now that I know how much you rock!

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  6. I love the cover, and I can't wait to read this book!

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  7. No sisters only brothers!! I'd like to read this book

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  8. I really want to read the book!

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  9. I loved Audrey, Wait! I can't wait to read the this one. :) Of course I need to get around to reading Franny and Zoey now, too!

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  10. I LOVED Audrey, Wait! I can't wait to read The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May and June. I need to go look up Delorean on MySpace...

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  11. I fell in love with Audrey, Wait! the first time I read it.
    I'm super excited for the new book!

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  12. I fell in love with Audrey, Wait! the first time I read it.
    I'm super excited for the new book!

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  13. I would love to read the book. It seems so interesting. Even I like the movie The Royal Tenenbaums.

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  14. Audrey, Wait! is one of my all time favorites. I'm beyond excited to read this one.

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  15. This seems like a cool book to read plus the cover is really pretty. I also like the title of the book. Besides i think it would be cool to read what its like to have sisters seeing as to how i dont have any. LOL

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  16. Franny & Zooey by the late J.D. Salinger is an excellent choice for a favorite book. You have good taste. :)

    kneecree @ gmail dot com

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  17. Dodecahedron way better than onomatopoeia lol

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  18. I loved Audrey wait! recommended it to many of my friends. I can't wait to your new book! Looks great.

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  19. Hey sounds like a really cool blog your posts are really cool! Have you read Linger yet it is so AMAZING?!!!!

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  20. onomatopoeia is such a fun word

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  21. Ha! Great favourite words! :)

    You know, I STILL haven't read Audrey, Wait... I can't believe it. Heard so much good about it! And April, May, June sounds great, too. Adding both to this summer's TBR pile.

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  22. Its look to be a great book, I didn't know it but thanxs for write about it and Robin ^^

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  23. I have not read Audrey, Wait! or this book. :/

    Her favorite book is Franny and Zooey...hmm. I think I'll choose that for my Junior book essay this upcoming year.

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  24. So you have two younger sisters? It must be both fun and tiring being the eldest, haha. Basing powers on personality traits is an awesome idea, too!

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  25. Robin is so cute! I love the EE Cummings quote. It sounds like someone should make a song with those words as lyrics. Great feature, I can't wait to read this one!

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  26. These three sisters sound intriguing....

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  27. These three sisters sound so interesting. This was such a funny piece of text to read, thanks for it.

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  28. I must admit that the only J.D. Salinger I have read (and enjoyed) is Catcher in the Rye.

    As far as words go the one that always sticks in my mind goes back to my childhood. supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

    from Mary Poppins !


    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

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  29. I think I prefer onomatopoeia because it's the only one I can spell :P. And there's a band named Delorean? I have to check that out. Why didn't I know this already?

    Liz. R

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  30. Those are fun words. I prefer dodecahedron, though.

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  31. This has been on my list to reads for quite some times. Can't wait to get my hands on it.

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  32. I'm getting Audrey! Wait from my friend today! ASAP! And I can't wait to read this book. I cand ef. identify with being the oldest and responsible 4 your siblings. And I absolutely love these favorites!

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  33. I have a younger brother and always envied other girls that had sisters growing up.
    I like the word dodecahedron too, but my fav is facetious.

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  34. I have a younger brother and always envied other girls that had sisters growing up.
    I like the word dodecahedron too, but my fav is facetious.

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  35. fun interview! I love delorean too!

    angela z

    http://www.freadomfans.blogspot.com

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  36. Fun post! I've always loved onomatopoeia,too :)

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  37. Great post! I've heard great things about Audrey Wait but I haven't read it yet, I think I will!

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  38. Favorite quote from "Audrey, Wait!": "if kissing simon had been like a wildfire, kissing james was something smaller and stronger. it was birthday and prayer candles, ones made for good thoughts and strong hopes and wishes and promises. I needed some of those right now."

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  39. I love these kinds of interviews, they are so much fun.
    Ironically, I love the sound of the word - onomatopoeia - considering what it means.
    I like the ee cummings' quote too.

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  40. That EE Cummings poem is epic win. I think it's my favorite ever.

    So excited for this book! I think I may be more excited for it than the third Hunger Games book (there, I said it).

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  41. I love the quote you chose! It is one of my favorites from Audrey, Wait too, although there are some pretty funny lines.

    I can't wait for the extrodinary secrets of april, may, and june. The plot sounds so good and I really like Robin's writing.

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  42. Being an only child, I wish I had 2 sisters but I'm guessing I'd think otherwise if I had even one sibling.

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  43. I have NO idea what those two words mean, but they look ridiculous! ;)

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  44. Hey! I have just started reading Franny and Zooey, and am about to watch the Royal Tenebaums this week O_o Very strange coincidence...I hear they're great!

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  45. I loved the quote! Hope to read both of her books soon ;)

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  46. Nice post, I havent read any of Robin's books yet.

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  47. Hey! I like 'onomatopoeia' more! I fell in love with this word when I first heard it in an episode of "Hey, Arnold!" He had to learn it for a spelling bee... and I remember that all I was thinking was "it sounds cool but what does it mean?" The problem was that I couldn't look it up 'cause I didnt even know how to spell it! But I finally learnt what it meant at school when I had it for my spelling bee! =D

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  48. I loved that quoete! It's so true I had to share it with my best friend. Now she wants to read it too. :D
    And I have the same problem with bands. I could never pick one and stick with it :P

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  49. The Royal Tenenbaums is an awesome movie!

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  50. The book looks great... and those words are very interesting ^.^
    I haven´t read books by JD Salinger, I might try that one :)

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  51. I'm terrible about cpicking favoruites I always insisted on choosing them but then they change almost everyday!

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  52. Heh, I love the quick Q&A interviews, they're a fun insight into people. :)

    (I prefer onomatopoeia, btw. Nearly everyone else seems to prefer dodecahedron, which admittedly is fun to say, but onomatopoeia rolls off the tongue a bit more, is a bit nicer and smoother. Am I making any sense? :D)

    And nice quote! EE Cummings = very good poet. Kinda strange on occasion, but good. :D

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  53. Haha. Dodecahedron IS a fun word to say. And I love how true the quote from "Audrey, Wait!" is.

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  54. I really enjoyed the quote from Audrey Wait!

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  55. I loved the quote from Audrey Wait! too! That was a great book!

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  56. Love the author picture! :D

    and the quote!

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  57. Hmm, I like dodecahedron, sounds better XD. I hope I get to read the book,it sounds good and the cover looks great.

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  58. Book sounds great! I myself have 3 sisters and it was hard growing up cos we would always fight! But now we're best friends :) Great cover too!

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  60. Fun post! I love the Tenenbaums! And I loved Audrey, Wait!, so I really, really want to read the next book now!

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  61. I enjoyed the quotes

    vidishamun@gmail.com

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  62. Royal Tenebaums was awesome!

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  63. I didn't knew this writer, but I can wait to read the book...

    And I also wanted to be a Tenenbaum.... =D

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  64. This is such an awesome post and I'm really looking forward to Robin's new book!

    melodiousrevelry(at)gmail(dot)com

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  65. What a great feature to have on you blog. I haven't seen anything like this before. Definitely interesting and fun to read. And the book sounds amazing. Thanks.
    caliblue7 at gmail dot com

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  66. I've never actually seen the royal tenenbaums but i've heard its awesome!

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  67. "I tried to pick a favorite line from Benway's second book, but there were too many that I loved and I couldn't pick just one or a couple of lines, I wanted to share the entire passage. Instead, I picked this line from AUDREY, WAIT! because it's completely true and completely romantic."

    I just read Audrey, Wait! about a month ago and I don't even remember that quote :( But I agree with you that it is almost impossible to choose a favourite quote from that book, it was full of quote wortyh lines, I loved it so much!

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  68. I really like this feature! It makes me want to read the book now :)

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  69. I haven't heard anything about this book! Why? I don't know. It sounds sweet.

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  70. Hm.. I haven't read the book but it sounds fabulous!

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  71. Nice post! I don't read Audrey, Wait!But, I really want read it.

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  72. I love The Royal Tenenbaums too! Great interview! ^_^

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  73. Good interview! I'd like to read this book!

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  74. I love the cover!! I can't wait to read this book!

    Good Interview!

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