Love Star Wars, teenage angst, mysterious disappearances, old movie theaters or the 70s? Then Trisha Slay’s debut novel Not So Long Ago, Not So Far Away is the book for you. Don’t forget to leave a comment before Monday, July 29 and you could win your won copy! Need a little more convincing? Why not read a sneak peek of the book here.
Author: Trisha Slay
Paperback: 316 pages (also available in e-formats)
Publisher: Deeds Publishing (May 21, 2013)
It’s a terrible thing to live under a question mark…. When Erika’s best friend, teen beauty queen Cassandra Abbott, disappears during the early hours of Memorial Day 1977, Erika isn’t exactly surprised. After all, they’ve been plotting and planning Cassie’s escape for months. But then Cassie’s departure unleashes a whirlwind of questions, suspicions and accusations that Erika never expected. She’s lying to the police. She’s being bullied by older students. Worst of all, she’s starting to doubt she ever REALLY knew Cassie Abbott at all. Under the weight of scrutiny and confusion, Erika struggles just to breathe…until a strange new movie transforms her summer with A New Hope. For Erika, Star Wars changes EVERYTHING. So she volunteers to do chores for a local theater owner to gain unlimited access to a galaxy far, far away from her current reality. At the Bixby Theater-a beautiful but crumbling movie palace from a more civilized era-Erika discovers new friendships, feels the crush of first love and starts an exciting new romance with Super 8 film making…but she can’t hide in a darkened movie theater forever. As the summer wears on, tensions escalate over the unsolved mystery surrounding Cassie’s disappearance. Someone seems to think Erika knows too many of Cassie’s secrets. Eventually, Erika must step out of the shadows and, armed only with her Super 8 camera and the lessons she’s learned from Star Wars, fight to save herself and the theater that has become her second home. Not So Long Ago, Not So Far Away is a quirky, contemporary, coming-of-age novel set during the earliest days of the Star Wars fan phenomenon.
At first glance this book is not what it seems. Initially, I thought this would be a book about sci-fi fans living through the blockbuster release of Star Wars in 1977. Wrong. Although almost everyone can relate to the movie Star Wars: they love it, hate, saw it, or at a minimum know the plot, this book is about something even more universal: growing up.
We can all remember those times growing up when we realized things were not exactly the way we saw them — or chose to see them. That’s what this book is all about. Erika spends the summer reconciling reality to what she’s chosen to see. She realizes that many of the people around her were not what she saw…some were better, some were worse and some were just different.
Author Trisha Slay does a great job of capturing teenage life. The way you look at your crush, the realization that your parent is also a person, the pressure of trying to fit in and feeling like you’re the only one who doesn’t know what they’re doing. If you’re a teenager you’ll love this book because, despite 35 years time difference, it reflects your experience today. If you’re an “ex-teenager” you’ll love to go back to that time when every feeling, every look, every action was so intense and end-of-the-world feeling. Most of the characters in this book may be teenagers but everyone, no matter what their age, will enjoy Not So Long Ago, Not So Far Away.
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Thanks to WOW Blog tours and author Trisha Slay who gave me a review e-book to review in exchange for my review. Looking forward to your next book Trisha!