For those of you who haven't seen it, I reviewed Dreamland Social Club last year and I was lucky enough to have a chance at interviewing Babette. I loved the story and can't wait to see what happens in her new stand alone novel, The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life, being published in 2012.
I've asked Tara to join us for our New Year's celebration in answering the following question:
How do the characters from Dreamland Social Club spend New Year's Eve?
Well, Babette stays home and gets to bed early because she does the Polar Bear Swim every year on the beach on Coney Island and likes to wake up rarin' to go. She's in bed by midnight and is of the opinion, frankly, that only amateurs go out on New Year's Eve.
Leo typically spends this holiday, like Christmas eve, at the bar with his Dad, though I imagine this year he and Luna Jane would maybe go out for dinner beforehand. By midnight, I picture Luna home with her brother and dad, in the living room of Preemie's old house, watching the ball drop in Times Square on TV, then going to bed. As she drifts off she thinks that maybe one year she'll join Babette for the Polar Bear swim--she maybe even tries to find her swimsuit--but then she looks up the weather forecast and decides it's just too cold to go
swimming in New York in January, period.
Jane has traveled the world with her father and brother, but it's not until her fractured family-still silently suffering from the loss of Jane's mother many years before-inherits a house and a history in Coney Island that she finally begins to find a home. With the help of a new community of friends, a mermaid's secrets, and a tattooed love interest with traffic-stopping good looks, the once plain Jane begins to blossom and gains the courage to explore the secrets of her mother's past.
Colorful characters, beautiful writing, and a vibrant, embattled beachfront backdrop make this the perfect summer read for anyone who has ever tried to find true love or a place to call home.
Dreamland Social Club is available from Dutton Juvenile from Amazon, The Book Depository, Chapters, and more. You can also find it on Goodreads.
This post was part of my New Year's Signature Collection event.
Watch out for more guest posts, lists, reviews of January releases, author interviews, and more throughout January.