Feel free to check out my review of Saving June as well :)
As a young adult romance writer, my main audience is teenage girls. I’m always happy to hear when people outside that demographic have read my books—and I know the young adult genre holds appeal for people who don’t fall in that category—but for the most part, teen girls are my audience.
There’s this pervasive attitude that teenage girls are silly and ridiculous, and by association anything they care about is silly and ridiculous—including romance. Liking things associated with teenage girls is considered the antithesis of cool in a lot of circles. But my experience has always been that teenage girls are awesome. They are not a mindless airheaded monolith; they are intelligent, passionate, and still have some of that earnestness we all have as kids before we take on cynicism and apathy as defense mechanisms against other people’s judgment. They are honest and unabashed because they haven’t been told yet that it isn’t cool to be.
Love is not silly. Love is powerful, and strong, and sometimes scary. Because to love someone—and to allow someone to love you—means to be vulnerable, and what is scarier than that? It means exposing yourself to the risk of all kinds of hurt, judgment, rejection. But it’s something people risk because the rewards are so great. When people talk about romance as if it is a flaw, as if a person must sacrifice their independence and strength and sense of self to be in a relationship, that “real” characters shouldn’t need relationships, or that it isn’t a “real” thing to write about, I just want to shake them. Loving someone does not make a person weak—if you love the right person, it only makes you stronger. It’s not about completing yourself; it’s about growing and bettering.
Romance is important to me to write about because it is a device to illuminate aspects of ourselves, and so much surrounding the ideas of love and sex influences how teenage girls see themselves. When their only representation in the media is feeding them negative ideas about sex and love, it’s going to shape how they view relationships. I love being able to write a story about a girl who sets her own boundaries and a boy who respects them. I love writing about girls who have sex, enjoy sex, and aren’t punished for it, or girls who know they aren’t ready for it and are okay with that, too. I love writing stories about relationships where each partner grows, respects each one another, and finds someone who understands them. Isn’t that what most teenagers want? Isn’t that something everyone wants?
I don’t think that’s silly. Like Paul McCartney once sang: love isn’t silly at all.
When Harper Scott’s older sister, June, takes her own life a week before her high school graduation, sixteen-year-old Harper is devastated. Everyone’s sorry, but no one can explain why.
When her divorcing parents decide to split up her sister’s ashes, Harper takes matters into her own hands. She’ll steal the urn and drive cross-country with her best friend, Laney, to the one place June always dreamed of going—California.
Enter Jake Tolan. He’s a boy with a bad attitude, a classic-rock obsession…and an unknown connection to June. So when he insists on joining them, Harper’s just desperate enough to let him. With his alternately charming and infuriating demeanor and his belief that music can see you through anything, he might be exactly what she needs. Except…Jake’s keeping a secret that has the power to turn Harper’s life upside down—again.
Hannah Harrington resides in Michigan with one dog and too many cats. When she isn’t busy writing like a crazy person, she enjoys arguing about politics, watching documentaries, playing guitar (very badly) and speaking about herself in the third person.
Check out the rest of tour as well :) For more information visit the HarlequinTEEN Reading Into Romance Tour Page .
Monday, March 4th – Karen Ann Hopkins and Temptation:
Wednesday, March 6th – Liz Fichera and Hooked:
Friday, March 8th – Cayla Kluver and the Legacy series:
Monday, March 11th – Aimée Carter and The Goddess Test series:
Wednesday, March 13th – Julie Kagawa and The Iron King series:
Friday, March 15th – Katie McGarry and Pushing the Limits:
Monday, March 18th – Rachel Vincent and The Soul Screamers series:
Wednesday, March 20th – Hannah Harrington and Saving June:
Friday, March 22nd – Jordan Dane and In The Arms of Stone Angels: