Today, I’m exhilarated to bring about the promotional tour for The Possibility of Somewhere by Julia Day. This impending Young Adult Contemporary novel draws attention to different type of characters which shows distinction in fiction.
Brittani from St. Martin’s Press had been welcoming enough to ask me to join TPOS Blog Tour, who am I do reject such offer? I grabbed the opportunity to ask Ms. Julia 3 questions.
- How did you come up with The Possibility of Somewhere?
It is loosely inspired by Pride&Prejudice. I was watching the 2005 film version (with Keira Knightley and Matthew MacFadyen) with my daughters. They were attending urban high schools with a lot of diversity, and I wondered if setting P&P at their schools could make sense. It didn’t take me long to decide that the exact plot probably wouldn’t work, but I’d begun to imagine—and like—the characters of Ash and Eden.
From the beginning, he was a wealthy Indian-American and she was from a poor, white family. I knew that they both admire the other’s intelligence, despite the antagonism. But once they get past their prejudice and begin to see the amazing things about each other that no one else sees, I struggled with what could truly divide them. Racism exists in my daughters’ generation, but it’s so much better now than what existed when I was growing up. I talked with some Indian-American co-workers, and they told me that the problem would have to be race, culture, religion, and class—a combination of “-isms”. And there it was! Ash and Eden’s story.
- What is the most important lesson readers can learn from your book?
Eden assumes Ash is arrogant, when he’s actually fascinated with her and scared of letting anyone know. Ash thinks Eden swears to keep people away, when the real reason is that profanity is normal for her, since it’s all she hears at home. The truth is… Eden is quite lonely but is scared of rejection.
We can’t always know why people do strange things. When someone is behaving inappropriately, maybe they’re having a bad or sad day. Maybe they’ve never been taught how to do something the “right” way. Don’t assume you know why a person acts the way they do. There could be a legit reason.
- Are you currently working on a new project?
Yes, I’m working on a second book for St Martin’s. It’s also a YA contemporary romance, set during the summer at a teen theater camp. My heroine volunteers to be on the backstage crew and becomes the reluctant assistant to the guy who runs the show. Some of the book is written already, and I’ve been spending my summer visiting teen theater camps—or attending college-league baseball games (another subplot).
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
JULIA DAY lives in North Carolina, halfway between the beaches and the mountains. She has two twenty-something daughters and one geeky old husband. When she’s not writing software or stories, Julia enjoys traveling with her family, watching dance reality shows on TV, and dreaming about which restaurant ought to get her business that night.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: The Possibility of Somewhere
Author: Julia Day
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication Date: September 06, 2016
Format: Hardcover $18.99 ISBN: 9781250097354, Ebook ISBN: 9781250097361
In her contemporary YA debut, THE POSSIBILITY OF SOMEWHERE (St. Martin’s Griffin; September 6, 2016), Julia Day uses Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice to frame a sweet story about two overachieving high school students who want more than their small hometown has to offer. Ash and Eden are fighting their parents’ expectations, their school social status, and each other for the valedictorian spot, but when they are forced to work on a class project together – something seems to change.
Ash Gupta has a life full of possibility. His senior year is going exactly as he’s always wanted– he’s admired by his peers, enjoying his classes and getting the kind of grades that his wealthy, immigrant parents expect. There’s only one obstacle in Ash’s path: Eden Moore—the senior most likely to become class valedictorian. How could this unpopular, sharp-tongued girl from the wrong side of the tracks stand in his way?
All Eden’s ever wanted was a way out. Her perfect GPA should be enough to guarantee her a free ride to college– and an exit from her trailer-park existence for good. The last thing she needs is a bitter rivalry with Ash, who wants a prized scholarship for his own selfish reasons. Or so she thinks… When Eden ends up working with Ash on a class project, she discovers that the two have more in common than either of them could have imagined. They’re both in pursuit of a dream – one that feels within reach thanks to their new connection. But what does the future hold for two passionate souls from totally different worlds?
With a cast of characters that feel very real, from an autistic four-year-old boy Eden babysits to the new girl in school who shakes things up, THE POSSIBLITY OF SOMEWHERE is a look back into the awkward period in high school when the future is in transit. A touching back to school read about first relationships, Day’s contemporary YA debut will have you falling in love.