YA book reviews, reading and recommending since 2009

Hi Tessa! It is a pleasure to have you at Read This Book today! It has been quite a year hasn’t it? First off, could you describe yourself in three words?
Thanks for having me! It has been an interesting year. Difficult, but amazingly perfect all at the same time. If I had to describe myself in three words, I’d say: Quiet – Shy – and Photographer.

Could you share with us about what life was like before Noelle was kidnapped? What were some of the activities you did together?
Noelle was the best. Always laughing and trying to make me laugh. She could memorize a song the first time she heard it. That drove me crazy; I’d love to have that kind of memory. She liked attention, and never had trouble getting it. We were the cliché of what it means to be best friends: slumber parties, talking about boys, sneaking out of the house late at night . . . you know? Typical stuff.

Slumber parties are fun!

If you could capture one of your favorite moments on camera, which would it be?
Well, it hasn’t happened yet, but if I could dream my favorite moment it would be this: Me and Elle together now that she’s home, hanging out and laughing. It might sound simple, but it’d be this amazing thing if we could let every bad thing drop away and just laugh like we used to.

What is the best thing that happened since Noelle returned home?
It hasn’t been one major thing, not since that first day I learned she was alive. It’s all about these little steps we’re taking toward a new friendship. At least, I hope that’s where we’re headed. Sometimes, I’m not so sure she wants to be my friend anymore. But I’m not going to give up.

I heard from one of your classmates that you have been very close with a certain guy… do you think you can share with us your first impression of him?
*blush* Is he going to read this? Because it might make him mad to know how much he freaked me out the day we met. My very first impression of him was that he could be some kind of psychopathic killer. Not that he was coming after me with a butcher knife or anything. Back then, that’s just how my brain was wired when I met some one new, especially alone, out in the woods. Killer or not, I can say I thought he was pretty hot.

Max is hot, indeed!

What are three things that remind you of Max? And why?
Sunflowers, snow, and trees. Some of my favorite moments with him happened while we were out taking pictures. If it wasn’t for photography, I’m not sure I would have opened up and allowed for us to become so close.

Speaking of Max, here he comes now. I don’t want to hold both of you up any longer from taking pictures of those gorgeous sunflowers before the sun sets. Thanks for stopping by Tessa! Have a nice day!

Come back tomorrow and two lucky people can win this:


Comments on: "Interview with Tessa from Tension of Opposites" (22)

  1. Debasmita said:

    This was a very touching character interview. I totally loved it. The transition from a happy friendship into a one involving distance and passivity after the kidnapping has been so well portrayed through the interview. Great job!

  2. brendabh said:

    I fell in love with this book after the first review I read. Can’t wait to read and it is on my wish list.

  3. This book does sound great. I like the interesting subject matter, a change from a lot of the titles I have been reading lately.

  4. I liked the interview with Tessa. It makes us aware of the reality that even though people are survivors of being kidnapped, they are different and need people to stick around in their life for support and understanding. Reminds me of a quote, “Sometimes you put walls up not to keep people out, but to see who cares enough to break them down.” I’m looking forward to reading this book. Seems so real and sheds light on this important issue.

  5. Nice Character interview. Let’s us get more in tune with the characters and their feelings. Great way to bring the characters to life!

  6. I like how we get a glimpse of how the characters are in a real life scenario, like in this interview. It personalizes them.

  7. I thought this was a fun interview with a book character. I’ve never seen this done before.

  8. What a great idea! I’ve never seen this before…an interview with the character! I love it!

  9. I love character interviews! It gives a great insight into them and also makes you wanna buy the book even more =P!

  10. Shishito said:

    I thought this was a light, fun character interview to read!

  11. Jennifer said:

    Character interviews are my favorite! Thanks for adding one on your blog about Tessa.

  12. Jessica said:

    I’m glad I was able to get to know the character Tessa a little better.

  13. Julianne said:

    After learning more about Tessa, I would love for her to be my character friend…haha. She’s very similar to me!

  14. Tessa seems like a very likeable character!

  15. I loved the pic of the two cartoon girls. Thanks for the character interview.

  16. Cynthia said:

    I like how we got to know more about Tessa, stuff that isn’t revealed in the book of how she is in more depth.

  17. This interview made me want to read the book based on liking the character in the book.

  18. This is the first time I have come across a character interview and I loved it! So cool!

  19. It was great getting a preview of how Tessa’s personality will be in the book.

  20. Tessa was great in this interview. Nice character.

  21. I was drawn to Tessa during the whole character interview. She seems like an interesting person.

  22. This character interview was great!

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