Thursday, April 4, 2013

Blog Tour: The Symptoms of My Insanity by Mindy Raf

Today I have Mindy Raf here sharing her favorite bookstore memory as part of The Symptoms of My Insanity blog tour.  

Welcome Mindy!

Book People, located in Orchard Mall, was my favorite bookstore.  I loved the colorful display window, the cats and dogs that wandered around (I think there were birds too), and that great hybrid scent of fresh books with my leftover Original Olga’s sandwich carryout.  I was also best friends with one of the employees. Okay not best friends, but the fact that Stacy my theatre camp counselor worked there made me feel pretty cool.

One afternoon she pulled me aside and took me over to the journal section. She asked me if I had a journal for my writing and I shrugged. I had a couple diaries and some notebooks, but not a real journal. But if camp counselor Stacy—Book People employee,  director, college student, writer, and all around coolest person ever— suggested I get a journal, I was getting myself a journal.

I soon filled all of those recycled pressed flower speckled pages. From then on I always included a new journal with my book purchases when I needed blank pages, and each bookstore visit inspired me to fill them.

I still have all of those journals, and I’m still buying and filling up new ones today.

Thank you Mindy for sharing this. It's amazing how the such a small thing as suggesting having a journal to write in can contribute to a life-long habit.

About Mindy's debut novel, The Symptoms of My Insanity.

The Symptoms of my Insanity
by Mindy Raf
Published by Dial Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 18, 2013
384 pages

When you’re a hypochondriac, there are a million different things that could be wrong with you, but for Izzy, focusing on what could be wrong might be keeping her from dealing with what’s really wrong.

I almost raised my hand, but what would I say? “Mr. Bayer, may I please be excused? I’m not totally positive, but I think I might have cancer.” No way. Then everyone at school would know, and they would treat me differently, and I would be known as “Izzy, that poor girl who diagnosed herself with breast cancer during biology.”

But Izzy’s sense of humor can only get her so far when suddenly her best friend appears to have undergone a personality transplant, her mother’s health takes a turn for the worse, and her beautiful maybe-boyfriend is going all hot and cold. Izzy thinks she’s preparing for the worst-case scenario, but when the worst-case scenario actually hits, it’s a different story altogether—and there’s no tidy list of symptoms to help her through the insanity.

  Goodreads * Amazon * IndieBound

You can head over to the YA Book Central blog and enter for a chance to win 1 of 5 signed finished copies of The Symptoms of My Insanity.

Don’t miss tomorrow’s stop on the blog tour over at Paperiot where Mindy will be discussing dealing with loss.

  Check out Mindy’s website and follow her on Twitter @mindyraf .

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