YA book reviews, reading and recommending since 2009

Today is the release day for Mandy Hubbard’s new book PRADA AND PREJUDICE! Horray! *Throws confetti* She has joined me for a interview and is giving away a lip gloss.

Synopsis: Fifteen year old Callie just wants to impress the popular girls when she buys a pair of Prada heels on her class trip to London. She didn’t plan on tripping, conking her head, and waking up in 1815! Now she’s wearing corsets with her designer pumps, eating bizarre soups, and breaking up engagements. If only the nineteen year old Duke of Harksbury wasn’t so bloody annoying, she might have a little fun in Austen-Era England…

Prada and Prejudice was inspired by the Love Story music video (am I right?). So have you ever learnt waltz? If you haven’t, would you like to learn?
Edit: I phrased the question wrongly. Uh oopsie daisy.
Actually, the LOVE STORY video was a total coincidence! I wrote the first draft of PRADA & PREJUDICE in 2006, long before Taylor’s video was created. She was already one of my favorite artists, so you can imagine how shocking it was to see her video and realize it was strikingly similar.

I do know how to waltz thanks to a little middle school PE course, but in both PRADA & PREJUDICE and the video to LOVE STORY, they are not waltzing. I’m no specialist in the dances of 1815 (I probably shouldn’t admit that outloud, huh?) but they were actually choreographed dances in which the partners lined up facing one another and did silly little twirls and do-si-dos and such. They were known as “the country dance” and “the reel”, among other things. The actual manuevers would vary depending on who was the lead couple. In regency england, the waltz was considered scandalous becuase of how close you were to your partner.

What is the best thing that has happened to you since you became a writer?
You know, I think the best part it still to come– hearing from actual teens who have read PRADA & PREJUDICE– but the trip so far has been amazing! I think the best part has been getting to know the other authors at http://www.feastofawesome.com. We’re all debuting with new Young Adult or Middle Grade novels this year, and the sense of community and support over there has been amazing.

Where do you usually write?
On my laptop, anywhere I can squeeze in a few minutes– generally on the commuter train or in a sandwich shop while eating lunch.

What type of music do you listen to?
I’m kind of a sell-out, because I love the popular stuff! Pop/Top 40 or Country. Obviously Taylor Swift is a favorite, but so is Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Britney, Fergie, Hilary Duff, Demi Lovato, Backstreet Boys, etc.

Can you share with us how your book got published?
I got my agent through a query letter, which is the most common, tried-and true method. She spent nearly two years on submissions, and I repeatedly revised or rewrote Prada & Prejudice. We received two offers for publication, and I chose Razorbill.

Are you currently working on anything?
Yes. Finishing up the revisions on a co-written project (written with Cyn Balog, whose book FAIRY TALE comes out a week after Prada & Prejudice!) and working on a romance novella that will be out June 2010.

What was the craziest thing you ever done while in high school?
Probably signing up for Ag Mechanics, a welding course with 26 guys…and me. It was awkward at times. But I received a lot of help. HA.

If P&P was made into a movie, who would be ideal to play Callie?
I love Taylor Momsen, who plays Jenny Humphrey on Gossip Girl. Plus she’s actually a teen, which is always a bonus (the other cast members are all in their 20’s.). Although if Taylor Swift wants to get into acting, I would be okay with that. 😉

Will the be any sequels to P&P?
None planned at the moment, though never say never.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
I could eat anything and everything and never gain a pound or get sick from all that junk? Seriously, I’m a complete foodie. I dream of Taco Del Mar and chocolate chip cookies and loaded baked potatoes… *DROOL*.

Thanks for sharing with us Mandy. Now to celebrate the release of P&P, Mandy is giving away a sweet smelling Prada and Prejudice sugar cookie lip gloss. Mmmm it smells delicious!


This contest is open to EVERYONE.
Contest ends 26 June (2 weeks to enter)
To qualify to enter, you must have a review blog!
To enter, just comment below.
Try not to comment multiple times please.

To get extra points:
+1 link to the contest on your sidebar
+1 for every one person you refer to my blog, you get one bonus entry. They must comment below and say you referred them (before it is counted)!
+2 blog about this contest
+4 become a follower of Read This Book (my blog)!

For those of you who have not bought Prada and Prejudice yet, Amazon is calling your name. I am also giving away a signed copy of Slept Away by Julie Kraut over here.

I used my snazzy graphic design skills to make this banner. Not very wow but it will do…

Pictures used can be found on Taylor’s MySpace.


Comments on: "Prada and Prejudice release day + interview & contest" (20)

  1. I am now following you through Google Reader (+4). I’m adding this giveaway to my sidebar (+1) @ http://writeforareader.blogspot.com. I’ll tweet to tell people about it too!

    shelcows AT gmail DOT com

  2. Okay, don’t enter me because I’ve already got the book in the mail – I just wanted to point out that the interview is so great! And yay for more top 40 fans in the world! =)

    PS. Can’t wait for The Dark Divine myself! That first chapter’s killer!

  3. This book looks soooo good!

    Just so you know, she hasn’t entered, but I was referred from Bri’s Book Reviews.

    I also posted a link of my blog:

    🙂 Erica

  4. harmonybookreviews said:

    Awesome contest. I love reading Mandy’s blog.

    I’m already a google subscriber.

  5. Nooo okay I lied. I want to enter. I mean, psh, it’s lip gloss. Please.

    I still have the link on my sidebar (need to update the text though), and I’m already a subscriber! =D

  6. Great contest! I posted a link in my sidebar!

  7. Looks awesome, I’d love to be counted in! Thanks 🙂

    +1 Sidebar linked this contest

  8. Thanks for entering everyone. I noticed some people linked on their site as win Prada and Prejudice. Er guys, I’m giving away a P&P lip gloss. xD Kindly make the changes if possible.

  9. Eating and not gaining a pound/getting sick would be a definite plus!

    I added a link to the sidebar and am a google readers follower.


  10. Please enter me!

    +2 I blogged about this at: http://butterflybookreviews.blogspot.com/2009/06/book-contests.html
    +4 became a follower

    Thank YOU!

  11. Please enter me

    I am alreadya follower of your blog


  12. I love Time Travel. I would like to win “Prada And Prejudice.” I like the play on words, “Pride And Prejudice.” Please enter me.

  13. I’m a follower

  14. Enter me please!

    Added link to my sidebar here: http://violeteyesroaming.blogspot.com/


  15. +4 I’m a follower
    +2 blogged about contest here: http://prodelektric.blogspot.com/2009/06/prada-and-prejudice-giveaway-at-read.html
    +1 linked contest to sidebar (http;//prodelektric.blogspot.com)

  16. bridget3420 said:

    I’d like to enter.

    +4 become a follower of Read This Book (my blog)!

  17. emily l said:

    This looks great!

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