Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Blog Tour: Solving for Ex by Leigh Ann Kopans - Guest Post



Hello lovelies!! Today on my blog I'm taking part in the blog tour for Solving for Ex by the awesome Leigh Ann Kopans. I have a guest post from her for you and my review will be posted in the next week or two. Before the guest post, I will give you the book info. Hear what people are saying about the book!!!

Praise for SOLVING FOR EX by LeighAnn Kopans

“Amazing! If you like Sarah Dessen you will LOVE this.”

- Emma Pass, author of Acid and The Fearless (Random House)

"Putting a modern spin on a Jane Austen classic, Solving for Ex proves that brains can be sexier
than brawn. In this complicated equation of high school drama, mean girls, mathletics, and romance,
LeighAnn delivers yet another beautifully written young adult novel that authentically captures teenage
emotions while also capturing the reader's heart."

- Nikki Godwin, author of Chasing Forever Down, American Girl on Saturn, and the upcoming
Falling from the Sky

“Ashley is the kind of girl you want to root for, smart and capable and self-assured, despite of, or maybe
because of, her vulnerabilities. And in Brenden, LeighAnn has crafted a boy worth of such a girl. Through
all the heartbreak and angst of high school, their connection is undeniable and pressing. It's elementary,
dear readers - Solving for Ex is one must-read romance.”

- Jenny Kaczorowski, author of The Art of Falling (Bloomsbury 2013)

“If you only read one book in 2014, make sure it's Solving For Ex! I sincerely doubt that you'd regret
reading it; it's intelligent, hilarious, intense and touching…Honestly one of the most amazing books I
have ever read.”

Luciana Scath, blogger at Figments of our Imagination

Summary of Solving for Ex

1 crush on your best friend +
1 gorgeous, scheming new girl +
1 Mathletics competition =
1 big mess

SIMPLIFY.

Ashley Price doesn’t have much in life after being bullied so hard she had to leave her old school to live
with her aunt and uncle in Pittsburgh. But the camera she borrowed from her best friend and secret crush
Brendan, and her off the charts math abilities, make things a lot more bearable. Plus, since Brendan is the
captain, making the school Mathletes team should be easy.

But when gorgeous new girl Sofia rolls in and steals Brendan, Ashley's place on the team, and her fragile
foothold on the Mansfield Park Prep social totem pole, it’s on. Sofia is everything Ashley left her old
school to escape. The only thing Ashley didn’t count on is Sofia’s sexy twin brother Vincent.
Vincent is not only the hottest boy in school, he’s charming, sweet, and he’s got his eye on Ashley. He’s
also not taking no for an answer. There's no real reason Ashley shouldn't like Vincent, but with the
battle lines being drawn between her and Sofia, Ashley’s not sure which side he’s on. Or which side she
wants him to be on.

She does know Sofia is trouble with a capital T, and she’s determined to make Brendan see it.
SOLVING FOR EX is a YA contemporary romance that remixes Mansfield Park as Clueless meets Mean
Girls in a crazy mix of high school society, mathletic competition, and teenage romance.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18207105-solving-for-ex?ac=1

I have started this book and it's great so far. I can't wait to finish it!!

Guest Post

Hi, Amy! Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog to celebrate the release of Solving for Ex! I was dead set on releasing this book this year, because it’s the 200th anniversary year of Mansfield Park’s publication – and Solving for Ex is a contemporary retelling of Mansfield Park!
Writing a retelling is fun because, after all, I loved the story so much I wanted to retell it! The challenge is in figuring out how it needs to be changed to be compelling and palatable to a contemporary audience. Along the way, I’ve collected a lot of observations on what’s changed since the time in which Ms. Austen wrote, and what’s stayed largely the same. So here we go…

What’s different?
Girls have about a million options for what to be when they grow up.
Back in Jane Austen’s day, girls were a lot of things – writers, artists, actresses – but all this stuff was a hobby OR an effort to “improve themselves” with an end goal of getting married.  These women were definitely “accomplished” in a classical sense of the word – they were taught to play piano or harp, speak romance languages, embroider, draw, and paint. They knew how to manage a household and plan a party. But all this was to groom them for marriage, which was ultimately the main way that women supported themselves – through their husband’s money.
Now, of course, women can hold almost all the same careers as men. When the only goal is no longer marriage, a girl character’s worldview, and therefore her goals, change dramatically. Unabashedly and directly standing up for herself becomes possible, and desirable from our contemporary standpoint.

Teenagers are thrown together for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, in an environment when they’re NOT supposed to focus on hormones and romance.
Sure, back in the Austen day teenagers went to dances and dinners where they often saw one another, but spending as much time together as teenagers do today? Unheard of. Of course this results in new opportunities and circumstances for them to interact, and all the hilarity and angst those entail.

Your social circle is much larger, and as such, you can’t marry your first cousin.
Obviously, the social circle change could be considered good or bad, but I can’t think of any arguments for your cousins being off-limits being bad. (There’s an instance of first-cousin marrying in Mansfield Park, which has a significant squick factor to me.)

What’s the same?


The guys are still clueless.
Without giving anything away, the cluelessness of guys in pretty much all of Austen and in contemporary teenagerdom is about equal. *sigh* Boys.

Emotions still drive our thoughts and actions – it’s human nature.
Emotions – both of the love and hate variety – can make us do some pretty crazy things. That’s what makes the plots of Austen’s stories compelling enough that we want to do read them and retell them. Both human emotions and what they’ll make us do are completely  unpredictable – that’s where the fun is!
We’re still suckers for a happy ending.
No matter the implications or methods of getting there, as long as it’s healthy and safe, two people ending happily in love makes most people smile.

Thanks again for inviting me over, Amy! I hope your readers get a chance to read Solving for Ex and share their thoughts, too!


There is also a fun giveaway as part of the blog tour!!


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8 comments:

  1. Aww I had no idea this was a retelling of Mansfield Park but it sounds sooo cute and I love retellings! Also, I agree boys for the most part will always remain clueless and emotions will always be annoying haha. Thanks for sharing, Amy! <33

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  2. Reading this now and I really like it.

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  3. Thanks for the giveaway! Sounds like a cute fun read for Valentine's Day.

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