Welcome to the Blog Tour for The Girl Next Door!
My review of the book is here at the top (guys, it's good!), and below you'll find author information, a CONTEST, and more!
The Girl Next Door by Selene Castrovilla
Publication Date: April 25, 2010
Publisher: Westside Books
Keywords: cancer, high school, grief
Read When: For some reason, you need to sob and want to believe in true love again.
Summary: Seventeen-year-old Samantha has been best friends with seventeen-year-old Jesse since she moved into the New York high-rise apartment next door to his 13 years ago. Jesse is their school's poster child for popularity: good-looking, a star athlete, even Romeo in the school play. On opening night he collapses on stage. That's when the doctors discover the unthinkable: a tumor on his spine. His type of cancer is virtually incurable — 97% of those diagnosed die within ten months.
Jesse shuts down, refusing to see most of his friends. He submits to treatments of chemo and radiation, but he doesn't possess hope. Sam is the one person he'll talk to. He convinces his mom to let her sleep in another bed in his room, saying he's afraid to die alone.
That's when Jess and Sam make a startling, bittersweet discovery: they've been in love all along.
So I just grabbed this and started it on my Kindle, thinking nothing of it, and it hits you in the first few sentences — Jesse is dying of cancer. The summary is kind of what happened before the book starts. You jump in in the middle of all this other stuff already having happened, and Castrovilla did it so well.
The characters she created in Jesse and Sam were so adult — they had to be to deal with all this. And sure, Sam had tough moments where she wanted to be jealous or angry like a normal teenager, but she was dealing with so much more on top of that. I loved them both, and found myself crying when I didn't think I would. Castrovilla also managed to instill hope in the reader even when we are told in the beginning there is none.
And even though it seems as though the story shouldn't have anywhere to go — it does. I was amazed at how invested I was in these characters and what was happening to them. The story progresses through their school year and gives them average teenager situations to deal with on top of dealing with Jesse's cancer.
Seriously, this book surprised me so much, and I absolutely loved it. It was deep, emotional, and dealt with issues in a way that didn't feel too heavy, but at the same time, really hits you hard.
Win a Kindle Fire and ebook copies of The Girl Next Door!
SELENE CASTROVILLA TEAMS UP WITH THE AVM FOUNDATION
Selene is pleased to team with the Anthony V. Mannino Foundation helping young adults in their fight against cancer. She will donate $1 for each book ordered during THE GIRL NEXT DOOR's Blog Tour!
Selene will send a free autographed copy of THE GIRL NEXT DOOR to anyone who donates $25 or more to the foundation (click here to donate!). For your purchase to count and/or to show proof of donation, just send a screenshot or receipt of your order or donation, along with your shipping address if necessary, through "Drop me a line" in the "Latest News" section of her website, selenecastrovilla.com.
The AVM Foundation Mission:
The Mission of The Anthony V. Mannino Foundation is to financially assist young adults in the age group of 18-26 while they are undergoing their cancer treatment. We also want to help development support programs to aid this unique age group, with their special needs, as they battle cancer.
We found that Anthony's age group of 18 plus, doesn't have the emotional or financial support that other age groups do. We are also aware of the unique situations that this age group faces and want to help those adolescents and their families.