Maddy Spier's been in love with the boy next door forever. As his figure skating partner she spends time in his arms every day. But she's also seen his arms around other girls—lots of other girls. How can she make him realize that they can be partners off the ice as well? Gabe's relationship with Maddy is vital. He can't imagine skating with anyone else, and together they have a real chance at gold–maybe even making it to the Olympics! So he's decided to think of her as a sister. After all, family is forever, but he's never dated anyone for more than two weeks. Then their coach assigns a new romantic skating program, and everything changes. Will this be the big break that Maddy's been hoping for or the big break-up that Gabe has always feared?
"You got this, Mad," I whisper to her. "Do it again."
She nods, and her face reminds me of her dad, the way he looks on his campaign billboards. Eyes focused, chin set. A look that says you can trust him to get whatever job needs doing done. Mad takes her crossovers. She pushes. She jumps. One-two-three and there's the extra half rotation and on the landing, her knee's bent so low she's almost doing a backward shoot-the-duck but by some miracle of anything and everything holy–
She. Stands. Up.
I have officially lost the triple Axel contest. I will never live this down, but I'm so psyched for Mad that I don't give even a bucket of Zamboni sludge. Mad's screaming and I'm screaming and Kate and Chris have forgotten whatever the hell they were fighting about this time. Mad throws her arms around me and I hug her back. Over her shoulder I see Igor watching, smiling, as our club mates pile on us in a massive group hug. Mad's landed her triple Axel. I am not worthy to tie her skates, but for some reason she's still my partner.
No, not some random, unknown reason. In the middle of the celebratory huddle with Mad, her body pressed full frontal against mine with her arms around me and her face buried in my neck, I know the reason she's still my partner. And I also know that whatever I do, I can't lose Mad.
"Just finished it AS I was watching pairs figure skating in Sochi! I loved it. I love Gabe's arc. He started out as someone I would tell my daughter to stay far away from and became someone I'd be thrilled for her to be with. Someday, when she's like 30 and allowed to date." — THHernandez
"Could not put this down! Great job; hope you write more." — Teresa Phillips
"What a great read! Believable characters, realistic dialogue and an interesting and unique premise. This story drew me in right away and kept me turning the pages till the very end even though I know nothing about figure skating. I loved the dual first person perspectives. All it needs is an epilogue – I'm desperate to know what happens afterward on the ice!!! Five stars all the way " — Kat
"This story pulled me in from the beginning and kept me hooked until the end. Each voice is authentic and even the parents are fleshed out and realistic–something that doesn't always happen in YA fiction. Plenty of misunderstandings and make-ups, both part of teen relationships. I was left rooting for Maddy and Gabe both on and off the ice." — AliasLibrarian
People call love a roller coaster, but trying to get your novel published can be like riding the Millenium Force at Cedar Point. The ups, the downs, the twists and turns. First there’s the exciting chug to the top. You wrote a novel. And it’s time for . . . The Meet-Cute: You look through an editor’s or agent’s ...Read Morewriting, wisdom, The Boy Next Door, swoonworthy inspirations, Swoon Reads, Publishing Confessional, Publishing, Katie Van Ark, Inspiration, Books, authors
When it comes to talking about marketing and publicity, I’ll admit to feeling a lot like Stephanie Perkins, who wrote this on her blog just before the release of Isla and the Happily Ever After: I get SO embarrassed having to talk about myself and my books and my events and my this and my that. It always feels ...Read MoreYoung Adult, YA, The Boy Next Door, Swoon Reads, recommendations, Reading Room, reading, literature, lit, Katie Van Ark, Books, blogs, authors
Pack your bags, Swooners, we’re hitting the road! Our friends over at USA Today‘s Happy Ever After blog announced our first ever Summer of Swoon group tour this morning. Four of our Swoon Reads authors — Sandy Hall, Katie Van Ark, Temple West, and Kimberly Karalius — will be visiting seven cities (Cincinnati, Dallas, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Saratoga Springs ...Read MoreVelvet, USA Today, tour, The Boy Next Door, Temple West, Swoonworthy, Swoon Reads, Summer, Sandy Hall, news, Love Fortunes and Other Disasters, Kimberly Karalius, Katie Van Ark, Happy Ever After, Books, blog, authors, Announcement, A Little Something Different
Sandy Hall and Jenny Elliott have both done a great job sharing what the Swoon editorial process looks like. So now that it’s my turn, I thought I’d share about the harder part. Because they’re right. Editing is fun with an editorial letter – it’s a road map that gives you directions about what to do and ...Read MoreYoung Adult, YA, writing, wisdom, Tips, The Boy Next Door, Swoon Reads, show don't tell, Katie Van Ark, Editing, authors, Advice
When Holly asked me months ago if I’d do a guest post on writing here on the blog, my first thought was, “Yay!” My second was, “But how will I choose a topic?” Because I love writing, and talking about writing, and writing about writing, and . . . you get the picture, right? As the deadline grew closer, though, I found ...Read MoreYA, writing, wisdom, Tips, The Boy Next Door, Swoon Reads, Katie Van Ark, improv, authors, Advice
This sweepstakes is now closed. Thanks for commenting! It’s February, the month of loveee and at Swoon Reads, it’s basically our token holiday. To celebrate, we are doing a Swoonworthy sweeps this month! Share your 10 word love story to be entered for a chance to win a copy of The Boy Next Door, Save Me and A ...Read MoreThe Boy Next Door, Sweeps, Save Me, Sandy Hall, Katie Van Ark, Jenny Elliott, Giveaways, A Little Something Different
January 6 was a very exciting day for Swoon Reads when two new titles, Save Me and The Boy Next Door, finally hit the shelves! So, on Monday we got the whole team together, ordered some pizza and cupcakes, and talked about how we’re doing and how to make Swoon Reads even better. There are now three Swoon Reads ...Read MoreWarning You Might Fall In Love With Me, Velvet, These Vicious Masks, The Boy Next Door, Temple West, Tarun Shanker, Swoon Reads, staffers, Season 4, Sandy Hall, pub day. Save Me, Love Fortunes and Other Disasters, Kiss Cam, Kimberly Karalius, Kiara London, Kelly Zekas, Katie Van Ark, Kate Evangelista, Karole Cozzo, Jenny Elliott, How To Say I Love You Out Loud, fourth list, A Little Something Different
It’s here it’s here it’s here! After the long wait, The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark and Save Me by Jenny Elliott are available for purchase! We are excited to finally be able to see these titles on shelves alongside A Little Something Different. Get your copy today! What people are saying about The Boy Next Door: “Van ...Read MoreThe Boy Next Door, Save Me, Pub Day, Katie Van Ark, Jenny Elliott
For those of you doing NaNoWriMo, by this time you’ve probably found yourself in one of two groups. You’re either nicely synched with that little line on your bar graph… … or you’re sliding all over the place with just a couple thousand words logged. (Unless you’re one of those people who’s already passed 50K, in ...Read MoreThe Boy Next Door, Swoon Reads, NaNoWriMo, motivation, Katie Van Ark, Inspiration, Author
We have to say, all the potential covers for The Boy Next Door made us swoon. So we couldn’t be more grateful that you, the Swoon Reads community, made the final call. Art Director Rich D.’s Silhouettes cover was the most highly rated of the four cover directions. And we just love the final design! It positively screams ...Read MoreThe Boy Next Door, Swoonworthy, Rich D., Katie Van Ark, cover reveal, Cover Creation
Our Creative Director Rich D. has created four amazing cover directions for THE BOY NEXT DOOR and we are counting on you to help us decide which one actually goes on the book! We know it’s a big decision, so we’ve sat down with Rich to find out what inspired this cover direction: One of the best things ...Read MoreThe Boy Next Door, Rich D., Katie Van Ark, Cover voting
Our Creative Director Rich D. has created four amazing cover directions for THE BOY NEXT DOOR and we are counting on you to help us decide which one actually goes on the book! We know it’s a big decision, so we’ve sat down with Rich to find out what inspired this cover direction: This cover direction was directly ...Read MoreThe Boy Next Door, Rich D., Katie Van Ark, Cover voting
Our Creative Director Rich D. has created four amazing cover directions for THE BOY NEXT DOOR and we are counting on you to help us decide which one actually goes on the book! We know it’s a big decision, so we’ve sat down with Rich to find out what inspired this cover direction: Here, I decided to go ...Read MoreThe Boy Next Door, Rich D., Katie Van Ark, Cover voting
Our Creative Director Rich D. has created four amazing cover directions for THE BOY NEXT DOOR and we are counting on you to help us decide which one actually goes on the book! We know it’s a big decision, so we’ve sat down with Rich to find out what inspired this cover direction: Since THE BOY NEXT DOOR ...Read MoreThe Boy Next Door, Rich D., Katie Van Ark, Cover voting
Cover Voting is Now Closed! — Thank you for telling us what made you swoon! Hey Swoon Readers, We know that everyone is very excited about Katie Van Ark’s intensely romantic novel The Boy Next Door. All your comments and enthusiasm were key in bringing it to our attention, and we know that your advice has been invaluable in helping ...Read MoreThe Boy Next Door, Rich D., Cover voting, Cover Creation
Today is the first day of BEA, so all of publishing is headed towards the Javtis Center for BookExpo America 2014. Swoon Reads is no exception… After announcing our first list, we’ve got LOTS of big plans to promote Swoon Reads at the convention. If you are attending the show, be sure to stop by the Macmillan Booth (# 1738 ...Read MoreThe Boy Next Door, Sandy Hall, Macmillan, Jean Feiwel, convention, BEA, A Little Something Different, 10-Word Love Stories
How did Sandy Hall come up with all those voices for her multi-point-of-view novel, A Little Something Different? What does Jenny Elliott think of the title change for her book, Save Me? How long did Katie Van Ark work on the manuscript for The Boy Next Door? Find out all this and more at the first ever Swoon Reads Author ...Read MoreTwitter Chat, The Boy Next Door, Social media, Save Me, A Little Something Different
Each Saturday we’ll be shining a spotlight onto our Swoonworthy social media communities by posting a roundup of our weekly favorites. Just in case you missed them: On Our Facebook Page: Annnnnnnnnd it’s official! THE BOY NEXT DOOR by Katie Van Ark is our third Swoon Reads book! Learn more about it here –> http://bit.ly/1hNMIMb On ...Read MoreUp, Twitter, Tumblr, The Boy Next Door, Swoon Reads, Saturday, Pinterest, macarons, Katie Van Ark, Jean Feiwel, Instagram, Harry Potter, Facebook, Benedict Cumberbatch
Now that we’ve made another exciting big announcement, that we’re publishing THE BOY NEXT DOOR as the final book of our very first list, we want to introduce you to the incredibly lovely author, Katie Van Ark. Here’s a short greeting from Katie, and be sure to read her Q&A below to get a taste of what ...Read MoreThe Boy Next Door, Swoon Reads community, revision, Olympics, Katie Van Ark, figure skating
It’s here! It’s finally here! We’re proud to present the third and final book in our first list: The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark, formerly titled Pairing Up. In this intense contemporary romance, Maddy is swept off her skates by her partner — Gabe, the boy next door. Maddy Spier’s been in love with the ...Read MoreThe Boy Next Door, Swoon Reads Books, Publishing, Pairing Up, Katie Van Ark