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Monday, 30 January 2017

Blog Tour Tens List & Giveaway - Unfolding by Jonathan Friesen

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Unfolding
Author: Jonathan Friesen
Genre: YA Fiction

Book Description:
Jonah wishes he could get the girl, but he’s an outcast and she’s the most perfect girl he knows.

And their futures seemed destined to fork apart: Jonah’s physical condition is debilitating, and epileptic seizures fill his life with frustration. Whereas Stormi is seemingly carefree, and navigates life by sensing things before they happen. And her most recent premonition is urging her to leave town.

When Stormi begs Jonah for help, he finds himself swept into a dark mystery his small town has been keeping for years. And the answers Stormi needs about her own past could possibly destroy everything Jonah has ever known—including his growing relationship with Stormi herself.

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Praise for Unfolding
Jonah wishes he could get the girl, but he's an outcast and she's the most perfect girl he knows. And their futures seemed destined to fork apart: Jonah's physical condition is debilitating, and epileptic seizures fill his life with frustration. Whereas Stormi is seemingly carefree, and navigates life by sensing things before they happen. And her most recent premonition is urging her to leave town. When Stormi begs Jonah for help, he finds himself swept into a dark mystery his small town has been keeping for years. And the answers Stormi needs about her own past could possibly destroy everything Jonah has ever known -- including his growing relationship with Stormi herself. 'Unfolding' by author Jonathan Friesen is a consistently compelling novel from beginning to end and will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to highschool and community library YA Fiction collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that 'Unfolding' is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.99). -- Midwest Book Review

An awkward 18-year-old and his enigmatic crush discover that their town hides a terrible secret. Gullary, Oklahoma, a former mining town that is now dominated by a maximum security prison and ruled by a group of vigilantes called the Circle, has always been prone to violent storms. White narrator Jonah, afflicted with scoliosis and epilepsy (aka "Old Rickety"), is more preoccupied with Stormi, a "free and wild" spirit with a healing touch and psychic powers, than storms. Wandering in and out of occasionally florid flashbacks peppered with fake Latin, self-deprecating humor, and self-pity, Jonah recounts the awkward evolution of his friendship with Stormi and his misadventures with Old Rickety and his twisted spine. When Stormi predicts a tragic accident and comes under the Circle's suspicion, she and Jonah flee Gullary, learning its dark secret along the way. Someoneor somethingwants justice, and they're its instruments. Several plot points pass in a whirlwind of explanations, losing some emotional impact. Tired tropes, such as epilepsy as a harbinger of evil spirits, abound. However, when the dust settles, some strong character development remains. The biblical, ominous atmosphere of Gullary provides a vivid backdrop for Jonah's and Stormi's feelings of longing and alienation, which are further explored through occasionally poignant banter and conflicted family relationships. The almost-romance is engaging. A flawed but darkly atmospheric read. (Fiction. 13-18) -- Kirkus Reviews


TENS LIST
Please share the top 10 things you would change about your high school years if you could go back in time.


1. I wish I had not jumped out of the second story window of that Radisson on our choir trip.

2. I wish I had not changed our choir’s assigned robe numbers the day of the concert so that 350 lb. Bill was trying to squeeze into petite small Kelly’s choir robe.

3. I wish I had asked Laura to prom. Sure, she would have said no, but it was worth the shot.

4. I wish my Tourette’s wouldn’t have caused me to twitch quite so much. Maybe, the others wouldn’t have mocked me so badly. Maybe I wouldn’t have eaten my lunch alone hiding beneath the auditorium stage to get out of their view.

5. I wish I wouldn’t have stood by as Jim got stuffed into his locker by the wrestling team. I wish I would have tried to help.

6. I wish I wouldn’t have been such a jerk to my mom. I wish I wouldn’t have slammed the door on her whenever I got home.

7. I wish I wouldn’t have set a teacher’s property on fire.

8. I wish I wouldn’t have cut so many classes; there was probably something I could have taken away from them.

9. I wish I would have been honest and said, “I have Tourette’s and Epilepsy” instead of trying to hide them from everyone.

10. I wish I would have realized just how much my family loved me.



About the Author
Jonathan Friesen is an author, speaker, and youth writing coach from Mora, Minnesota. His first young adult novel, Jerk, California, received the ALA Schneider Award. When he’s not writing, speaking at schools, or teaching, Jonathan loves to travel and hang out with his wife and three kids.

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***GIVEAWAY***

4 Winners will receive a Copy of Unfolding by Jonathan Friesen.
1 Winner will receive a Signed Copy of Unfolding by Jonathan Friesen.
Giveaway is open to International. Must be 13+ to Enter.


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