Cover Me: This cover screams romance to me. No, not in the genre, but in the beauty of it. I’m not usually a big fan of people on covers, but I love this chick. It’s kinda weird since I don’t place any of the characters looking like her. But the way she smiles in her retro rainbow shirt makes you think you want to take the trip.
Concept: It’s graduation time and choices need to be made. Main character Colby doesn’t think there’s any decision since his best friend Bev and he are headed to tour Europe. This is until she drops the bomb that she’s not going, but chooses college instead. Now they are stuck on their last tour for Bev’s not-so-good band before everyone goes their separate ways.
You mention music and I’m pretty much in. I LOVE the fact the girl band is terrible. People still watch them play and tell them they’re good, but Colby relays the truth. It makes the experience vivid.
The Peeps: Colby’s not a bad boy, a vampire, or an angel sent down to save anyone. He’s a regular guy who is in love with his best friend. Right from the beginning he’s charming and there is something fantastic in the way he describes Bev. You know she must be something wonderful to capture this much of his heart. As you travel with them and their two friends (who are also well written) you see all of their awesomeness and flaws. It’s a bit sad to see Colby realize Bev and he are not made to travel Europe together, but you do pick up more and more what he’s becoming instead. I wasn’t always crazy about their journey to find out about a bird tattoo. I thought it was going to be more and I didn’t get it. Maybe I missed the poetry behind that point.
The Ending (spoiler alert!): The band goes their separate ways having this one last hurrah and Colby heads out of the country. It’s a nice ending for the way things should be. Not overly dramatic with people making unrealistic choices. The only one kinda out there is Colby, but it is completely understandable because this is all he has.
I must admit I certainly loved pieces of this book which touched on the area of my town. One of the stops is outside Jacksonville and they even have breakfast at Rooster’s Restaurant in Medford. Ms. LaCour must have stopped by sometime because she described the old wood paneling in detail.
This book was a good example of a well done contemporary novel. It doesn’t seem like there are too many of them out there right now. (Or that I have found.) With writing like this, it should certainly pick up some following.
What I Cooked Up: Colby is obsessed with the tulips in Denmark. He even wants one in a tattoo. Even though I batted around some ideas about making something to touch on the band, the “treat” really needed to be about him.
This is a tulip cookie pop. The outside is a colored white chocolate and the inside is made with snickerdoodle cookies. To add some dimension, the outside is piped with royal icing and yellow sprinkles for a little sparkle. (It had a little Bev in it after all.)