I'm very pleased to be taking part in the blog tour for Emha Goliesh's June 9th. Check out the exciting book and giveaway details below!
June 9th by Emha Goliesh
Release Date: June 9, 2016
Publisher: Includas Publishing
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
June 9th: a night to love or a night to hate? A night to embrace or a night to erase? College freshman, Lacey Shyver, has no clue. Growing up with a neuromuscular disease, Lacey knows people only pretend to be nice—pity her, really, for looking different. That is, until graduating senior, Blake Nivey, enters her life. Breaking down her walls and lifting her spirits with just one touch, he’s not like the others. He cares about her well-being and makes her laugh. He unlocks something within Lacey that captures her soul, yet Lacey’s internal struggles surface. Is she just a charity case for him? Blake can’t possibly like someone with limited mobility when there are prettier girls draping their arms around him. Or can he? Just as Lacey begins to see where Blake’s heart truly lies with her, everything changes. Because once June 9th begins, it never ends.
Let me start out by saying that this may not be the book for everyone. It's a very emotional story, at times obsessive, and at others heartbreaking. If you have trouble dealing with that type of story, you may not be a fan of June 9th. If, however, you're intrigued and sucked in by a slightly darker contemporary with a lot psychological, inner conflict, this is the story for you.
I liked Lacey as a character, and I felt so deeply for the struggles she has to face each day. As someone with muscular dystrophy, she has to handle the every day pitfalls of being a young college girl, trying to make good grades and get along, but she also has to deal with it from the aspect of her disease and the strictures it places on her. It was difficult not to feel horrible for her as she watches those around her enjoy life and things she feels she might never have. She crushes/loves an unattainable guy, Blake, from afar, when he, being as cool and hot as he is, could have any girl that he wants. But suddenly, his attention is on Lacey, and this is where the story takes some turns I didn't expect.
Props to the author for taking some very big risks in this book, and with the way she handled certain topics. It was brave, definitely, and she wrote it well. There were many things that surprised me about the book, just when I thought I had it all figured out. It was a little dark, there was obsession, and deep emotion in the story. The author's writing was beautiful at times, and I enjoyed it very much.
Shy and introverted, I never felt like I fit in, even though everyone saw me as a “social butterfly.” I moved around a lot in California, left people and met new ones, but nothing felt like home. Ever. Expect for writing. I grew up loving to write in small journals, under a desk, in a secret place. A place known to me and only me. I built a relationship with words in order to escape the reality that wrote about me—documents filled with all of my flaws and weaknesses. The reality that I didn’t understand at a young age and wanted to hide away from because my writing was something I could control. I could live in a secret place where every dream, fear, joy, and risk could be mine and only mine. My home. My safety. My love.
Tour-wide giveaway (US only)
- Grand Prizes (3): USB charger, tote bag, flashlight keychain, book
- Free Books (8): paperback or ebook choice of June 9th
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