Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Story Time . . . OUT WITH THE IN CROWD by Stephanie Morrill

This week's author interview and giveaway will be with my best friend Stephanie Morrill, about her second release, Out with the In Crowd. So to whet y'all's appetite, today I'm going to tell how awesome her book is. =) (And don't forget that you only have until Thursday to enter Friday's giveaway on Linore's The Country House Courtship.)

I read this book as soon as she finished writing it, and I remembering thinking then how she'd really come into her own with this one. Last night I grabbed it and sat down, intending to just flip through and refresh my memory. A hundred pages of flat-out reading later, I went to bed thinking that my crit partner is just awesome. The wit--hilarious. The plot--gripping. The characters--so honest it makes you want to take a closer look at yourself.

Out with the In Crowd is the continued saga of Skylar Hoyt, a former party girl who decides to turn her life around after a close call at a party last summer. In the first Skylar book, Me, Just Different, Skylar learns how hard it is to try to be better than you were, especially when you're still hanging around the same friends. She now realizes it's impossible without God . . . but even with Him, changing doesn't guarantee smooth sailing.

Her parents are back together, but she can't help but fear their family's just one more hobby for her mom to take up, only to lose interest halfway through. Her sister can't decide what she wants to do about the crisis-pregnancy-baby. And the boyfriend she loves doesn't seem to get that he shouldn't be so chummy with his ex--who happens to be her ex-best friend.

She isn't the same Skylar she used to be. She wants to be a good daughter, a good sister, a good girlfriend . . . but she isn't so sure she even knows who she is.

Out with the In Crowd is way more than a sequel--this is a book that dives into the nitty-gritty of a young woman's heart, both the noble goals and the ugly hang-ons of her former self. It doesn't just pull you in--it connects you with the Skylar in you.

Stephanie Morrill is a talented new voice who has really outdone herself with this new book. Witty, honest, and soul-wrenching, Out with the In Crowd won't let you go once you turn the first page.

The story will update anyone who hasn't read the first book in the series, but since it's a continuation of Skylar's story, I do recommend getting your hands on Me, Just Different first so you can enjoy the full rediscovery of our once-popular friend. And you'll be on pins and needles for the final book in The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt trilogy, So Over It, that hits shelves this summer. (I happen to know the third one gets only better, as miraculous as that seems now that I'm rereading book two. I'm so in awe of you, Stephanie!)

These are the perfect books for the teens in your life, but fair warning--you adults out there might just get caught up in it too. You'll be amazed at how quickly she drags you back to the drama of high school!


  1. Oh my gosh, this is like the world's nicest review! Totally worth every penny.

    (That's a joke, guys. Roseanna doesn't accept small change.)

  2. Nope, only large bills. ;-) (Kidding, kidding.)