Shucked Book Blitz

ShuckedSuburgatory meets Indiana Jones…on a farm
Fifteen-year-old Tabitha has had the kind of life that would impress even the greatest adventurers. She’s escaped a croc attack in the Amazon, walked the length of the Great Wall of China, and earned a black belt in taekwondo in Korea. She owes her worldly experience to her mother’s career in archaeology, but when her mother takes on a dangerous new assignment, Tabitha is devastated to learn she can’t tag along. Instead, she’s forced to live on a midwestern farm with her grandparents where she’ll have to attend a full year of public school. It’s Tabitha’s greatest nightmare, because despite all her adventures, she has no practical experience with the one thing that frightens her the most – other teenagers.Her math teacher is her mom’s old high school boyfriend, she can’t tell the friendly girls from the mean ones, and she develops a major crush on a boy she knows she can’t trust. And just when she thinks she’ll never get the hang of this normal teenager thing, an attack brings the danger of her previous life right up to her midwestern porch. Who could have ever guessed getting totally shucked would bring her face-to-face with her most exciting adventure yet?

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I’ve been following Megg Jensen for a while. My first introduction to her writing was Anathema, the first full length book in her Cloud Swarm Trilogy – the first trilogy in her Song of Eloh Saga. It consists of three full length books (Anathema, Oubliette and Severed) and a prequel novella (The Initiate.) This is a fantasy series that is as magical and beautiful as it is dark and intense. It leads into the second part of the Saga, The Swarm Trilogy, which consists of Sleepers, Afterlife and The Sundering. I don’t read a huge amount of contemporary books, especially YA, but when an author I already like comes out with a book in this genre, I have to give it a shot. That’s exactly what made me want to read Shucked. You can check out my full review to see what I thought. I do have to say that even though this isn’t a genre that Megg Jensen has tackled before, she did a great job. It is a funny, sincere and just a really great YA read. So what made her decide to step away from a genre she was obviously comfortable with and take her YA readers in an entirely different direction? So glad you asked!

Why the Switch to YA Contemporary?

The experts always say, “Write what you know.” That’s a tip I’ve largely ignored during my writing career. I mean, really, who wants to read about the things I know? My life is boring! That’s one of the big reasons I’ve always stuck with writing fantasy.

But Tabitha’s story in Shucked is really a reflection of what I know – because I grew up on a farm and went to school in a tiny farming community. I didn’t live with my grandparents or have a globetrotting archaeologist mom, but the flavor and lifestyle in Shucked is 100% authentic. It’s what I know and what I treasure most from my childhood.

In Shucked I wanted to convey the hilarious realities of farm life while mixing in the toughness that comes with growing up in a place where everyone knows everything about everyone else. There’s little privacy, but there is a whole lot of love.

And speaking of love…I wanted to give Tabitha an unusual, unexpected love interest. In the Midwest, you’ll occasionally find adoptees. They stick out because most people in small farming communities are whiter than bleached underwear. It’s not about prejudice, it’s usually just generations of the same families for hundreds of years. There isn’t much movement, or new blood, trickling into these communities.

Alex stands out to Tabitha. As a Korean adoptee, he looks completely different from every other boy in the school. Yet Tabitha, who grew up traveling around the world with her archaeologist mom, is used to guys who are exotic. Seeing him the first day school turns her attitude on its ear. She has a lot of expectations for what school will be like, mainly because her only exposure to American teens has been through reality TV. She finds out fast that while some of her expectations are completely wrong, unfortunately a few are true.

Tabitha has a lot to learn about life, American teens, and, especially, herself. Her layers are stripped away one by one as she learns to trust people. It’s not just because she’s new to attending school or hanging out with teens. Every kid goes through this process in one way or another while in high school. It’s part of the experience. Tabitha just happens to come from a totally different world of experience.

MeggMeet Megg Jensen

I’ve been a freelance parenting journalist since 2003 and began writing YA novels in 2009. I co-run DarkSide Publishing, am a member of SCBWI, and I blog about writing while juggling freelancing, volunteering, and family life. I live in the Chicago suburbs with my husband, two kids, and our miniature schnauzer, Ace.


So, now for the fun part! I get to giveaway an ebook copy of Shucked and 3 bookmarks to one lucky winner. All you have to do is leave me a comment along with your email address and you’re entered. That’s it! The Blitz runs until the 13th of May and I’m going to pick my winner on the 14th. The giveaway is open internationally. Good Luck!

By creativedeeds

17 comments on “Shucked Book Blitz

  1. I’m also a fan of Megg’s and I haven’t read Shucked yet. Thanks for the chance.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  2. Sounds like an interesting read! I love both Suburgatory and Indiana Jones; so I’m excited to read this book.

    Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

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