Monday, April 18, 2011

20 in 20 - Week 3

2 Giveaways down, 18 more to go!

This week, I'm giving away one of my favorite books OF ALL TIME. It's a book that inspired me to write contemporary YA, it's a book that changed my adolescence, it's a book that meant and means a lot to me. This week, I'm giving away DREAMLAND by Sarah Dessen.

DREAMLAND is about a girl who falls in love with a boy. But they boy can be violent. She both loves and fears him, and as a reader, I both loved and feared him. As someone who has personal experience (friends, family, etc) with domestic violence and never understood why my friends stayed with the boys who did this to them, I appreciated this book. It taught me a lot. And I think it will mean a lot to many other readers.

So, here's how you can enter for a copy.

1. Tweet or blog about this contest.
2. Save that link!
3. In the comments here, tell me about ONE BOOK that changed your life and maybe made you see the world differently.
4. At the bottom of the comment, leave the link to your blog or tweet.

And that's it! GO GO GO!


Mairead said...

I read Jay Asher's "Thirteen Reasons Why" last year, but since then I have yet to forget about it.
The story is about a young girl, Hannah Baker, who sends a "Baker's dozen" of cassette tapes to people she knew who contributed to her death in some way, shape or form. It was heartbreaking, harrowing, but ultimately made me see things, and life,in a whole new light.
At the time I read the book, there was a string of teen suicides in my local area. No one could understand why it happened. They asked "what could be so horrific at that age that they could see no other way out?" I admit, I wondered myself. Since then, I now realise that every thing in life has an affect. One snide comment that you made-- generally to make people think you're funny-- can end up truly affecting someone else, and you never know how deep words can cut. They can be like scratches or like daggers. Words penetrate to the very core.
Since reading Jay Asher's amazing book, I try to be nice to everyone. I defend other people when my friends put them down, and try to make sure that no one is left out in the cold. I know how it feels, and I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.
Thirteen reasons why painted a bleak picture, but was ultimately hopeful. Even though we knew Hannah's fate, and I cried every time I realised that nothing could bring her back, The ending showed that she had changed the other character's outlook on life, as well as my own, and inspired Clay to look deeper, and ultimately *spoilers* save someone else.
That's what good story-telling is meant to do; it's meant to inspire.
This book inspired me, and I think I would be less of a person if I had not read it.

Wow, that was sappy. I'm going to stop being so emotional, eat some Ben and Jerry's and read a good book. Life is good.!/Mayiread

The Romance Bookie said...

Okay, let me start by saying that I loved "Dreamland" by Sarah Dessen, in fact I have it in my personal Sarah Dessen collection at if by some remote miracle I were to win this week (which I am pretty sure will not happen, because a lot of the comments on Kody's posts have amazing points and imaginations), please give the book to someone else.

But anyway, I am honestly not saying this to be suck-up or anything (I swear!!) but I loved your book Kody! "The DUFF" changed me. I know that may sound weird, but it made me realize a lot of things that I never really thought about.

The book caught my eye as soon as I saw the cover. In fact, the title is what got me...and I don't even mean the real-long title ("The Designated Ugly Fat Friend") but the abbreviated title. You see I was a huge Hilary Duff fan when I was little, and when I saw the word "DUFF" well, I thought "Ooh, this looks promising." Well, when I opened the book and saw what "DUFF" stood for...well, let's just say my jaw dropped and I knew it would be a book that I would love.

I wasn't able to get the book until a few weeks later, when I had scraped together a bit of extra money, and devoured it in about a day. I LOVED IT! I loved it when Bianca realized at the end, that everyone has felt like the DUFF at some point or another in their life.

Through high school, and even jr.high and elementary, I always felt like the out cast in my friends group. It's not that they didn't love me or anything, it was just the fact that I never really fit in with them. I had a super artistic friend, who had many friends throughout many different groups of people, I had a gorgeous friend, who had people going to her telling her she should become a model, a friend that was the star of the music department, etc. All of these features in my friends, made me feel so inadequate, compared to them. While my friends always seemed to be really petite, skinny, and pretty, I always felt tall, fat, and pretty at all. I was insecure in a lot of way, and in some ways still continue to be to this day.

That's why when I read the full title of "The DUFF" I thought at the time, "Oh, my god! That was me!"

The book changed me because it really made me realize that everyone has their insecure moments (some more than others), and even though I always knew that, it never really registered until I read your book. Sometimes its still hard to remember that, but whenever I find myself forgetting, I find myself picking up "The DUFF" and rereading it again.

So I guess, I want to finish this comment by thanking you Kody. And that I am sorry this comment was so long...yet again.

Lisa said...

I know its kind of silly but Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer is probably the most recent book that has changed my life. It got me reading again after not reading much for a few years. I'm not sure that I would have gotten back into reading like I did in high school without it.!/jlhsperry624/status/60155154460188672

Dina said...

Twilight changed my life because it got me into reading again. Now i read so many different series

lilybella2 Dina Vargo
Win Dreamland by Sarah Dessen

Ronni said...

I'm not entering the contest because I already own this one, but I LOVE this book. It's what got me hooked on Sarah Dessen. I was blown away and mesmerized by it. Good choice!

ashelynn sanford said...

okay, this may sound like I'm trying to suck up, but I'm not. THE DUFF changed how I looked at the world differently. AND it changed my life. I <3 that book and YOU for writing it. Thank you.


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Lissa said...

On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta is a novel that has changed my outlook on life and other books - since my first time reading it in Dec2010, I haven't been able to stop comparing other stories to it. I have read it 5 times in those many months, and it is seriously my go-to book whenever I'm feeling down. There's something about it that's just...magical.!/shyluck13/status/60879743603580929

(shyluck13 AT hotmail DOT com)

ToniMF said...

First of all @Mairean, I LOVED that book! It has made me think about what I say to people.

Secondly, the book that has changed me is the first book I ever read. It was the book my grandma got in grade school to learn to read from.

The title is too faded to read anymore and the bindings have frayed because it's made from leather, but the words on the pages are clear and the pictures are perfect.

The summer before second grade my grandma sat me on her lap and said, "We're going to teach you to read this summer."

The first sentence was, "See Spot run." I don't even need to go back and make sure I'm right because I can still see her finger following the words as she spoke. She had her signature Extra spearmint gum in her mouth and I was entranced.

I was so excited when I got to the pages with three to four sentences and even more excited when I got to the pages without pictures because of all the sentences.

I learned to read that summer and I haven't stopped.

So my book might not have had a plot and a climax or even an ending, but it sure made an impact on my life and that's what books are written for.

Ana Lucia said...

ok I don't think I have read anything that CHANGES my life but I really loved the biography of J.R.R. Tolkien. He had an amazing life, it was the first time I read about an author who has a full life with up's and down's but but great and super interesting.


Kelly said...

There have been several books that have changed my life. One of those is Looking For Alaska by John Green. I have a tendency to fall in love with authors. If I read a book that truly touches me, I have to get more of their work, and let's just say that I have read everything by him.

This particular book I checked out from my high school library. I was in a really bad place in my life and I was wanting so badly to be part of something profound-- To find my "great perhaps." I wanted to feel like I wasn't alone and that there were people like me out there.

I related so much to Miles. I felt like he was a male version of me. I am, to quote the great Jason Mraz, "All about them words." My walls are covered in quotes. Words are beautiful and the way we weave them together to form thoughts amazes me. Miles loved the last words of people. The way he memorizes last words is the way I memorize beautiful lyrics, quotes, sonnets, and verses. The way Miles views the world, and more specifically Alaska, reminds me so much of myself, good or bad.

This book showed me that I'm not alone.
That everyone is deserving of love.
That our past mistakes shouldn't rule our present.
That we need to forgive others, but most importantly that we need to forgive ourselves.

This work has changed my life. It changed the way I look at everyday and every person. It made me feel worthy. It made me go out to seek my Great Perhaps.!/Onecoolchicken

ToniMF said...

Ooops! I forgot to add my link!!/tfurmarie

Alicia said...

Honestly, your book (The Duff) was one that changed my outlook on YA. It had been awhile since I read a really good YA that kept me up all night, and then I read The Duff and Holy %$%^, it was sooo good. You've made me want to write better. Thanks for the inspiration.


Tweeted about the giveaway here!/aliciacald/status/61600795191279616

Deb said...

Years (and I do mean years!) I read a book from the library called Mrs. Mike by Benedict and Nancy Freeman. I loved it. And when I was sixteen my mom and dad gave it to me for Christmas. I read it over and over and over. What moved me was the realization that you can survive anything--literally. The loss for your family, your children, your heart. You can return to life after the dark and be stronger and love harder. Sometimes it takes a long while for that to happen. But. it. does.!/debamarshall/status/61661353869455360

Aisyah Putri Setiawan said...

Banned complain !! Complaining only causes life and mind become more severe. Enjoy the rhythm of the problems faced. No matter ga life, not a problem not learn, so enjoy it :)

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