On Thursday, we had a visit from Lisa Luedeke, author of Smashed, a beautifully written YA novel about a young field hockey star, Katie, who has a questionable relationship with alcohol and who makes bad decision after bad decision. Katie quickly falls for bad-boy Alec, and things spiral out of control.
I first met Lisa two years ago at UNH’s Literary Institute. Friends with Penny Kittle, Lisa was there promoting her new book. I was lucky enough to win an autographed copy of her novel. I started reading instantly and quickly realized that the power of this YA hit lies in the believable and complicated characters. It is a gripping story one I fell in love with instantly.
After our success with Stephen King last year, I figured why not ask Lisa to come for a visit. And she said yes! Not only did she agree to an author talk, she agreed to three! That’s right – we got her for the whole day. And she was fantastic! It was obvious
that she was a former high school English teacher — only a handful of people are capable of captivating an audience of teenagers for 100 minutes. She engaged the kids throughout the whole novel – getting them to think, talk and even write! What a day! Students were even able to purchase a copy of the novel and Lisa autographed it for them.
We were very lucky to land a visit from this upcoming YA rock star and wish her luck on her newest novel! Thanks Lisa!
Stay tuned for next year when we meet JD Spero, author of Catcher’s Keeper!