Meg Cabot’s Abandon: Review and Author Interview

by Jennifer



                               

I am so excited to share this post with you for so many reasons. We were privileged to be able to ask the wildly successful author Meg Cabot some questions, and I love what she has to say about writing, about teens, and about her own growing-up years.

But can I be honest? The thing that really excites me is to be able to share this fun video review of Abandon that my 12-year-old daughter I did together, since we both read the book. She enjoyed it so much that she wants to do more, and I like that having a partner helped me to loosen up, so we’ll have to keep our eyes open for that, right?

We also have a fantastic giveaway to offer at the end, so stick with us.

You can also check out the cool video trailer, where you will also find several interviews with Meg Cabot about the novel.

And now — our exclusive Q&A with Meg Cabot:

What do you like about writing for teens?

My favorite thing writing about teens is that they’re in a time of their lives when it is okay for them to still be undecided about who they are or where they’re going in life. When you’re an adult, this isn’t such an OK thing (although secretly many of us feel this way).

Plus, there’s often a dance in YA books, and then the characters get a chance to dress up, and it’s always nice to give your characters a chance to shine. Adults never get to go to dances (except weddings), and so hardly ever get a chance to dress up. We lead such boring lives. Except those of us who are professional wedding planners, or spies.

Is it different from writing for adults?

Any writer who says writing for teens is “different” than writing for adults is probably writing “down” to the audience. I don’t make any adjustment to my writing style when I’m writing for non-adult readers . . . except that I usually leave out the swear words. But in reality, teens swear. A LOT.

How do you hope your readers will respond to your stories?

I hope my books offer an escape for them from their problems, as my favorite authors’ books do for me when I’m looking for something “good to read.” It seems like there are more pressures in life than ever before (for instance, when I was teen, girls wrote nasty things about other girls on the bathroom wall; now they write them on Facebook), making it harder than ever to escape from them! So stories have to be really engrossing to help us get away from our problems. That’s what I’m always looking for in a book.

What books were you reading in middle school and high school?

I loved the “classics”—Jane Eyre, and Pride and Prejudice, and all of those.

But I loved what some people consider “trashy” fiction too . . . comic books, sci fi, horror novels, romance, mysteries. I’d read pretty much anything as long as it had a strong female character and suspense mingled with romance in it!

Wasn’t that fun?

One of you will win a copy of Abandon and this limited edition silver bracelet, giving you a hint of heroine Pierce Oliveria’s new life lesson (after cheating death once and sort of fleeing from him ever since). It’s nothing new to those of us who have experienced such things in our many years, but it’s such a teenage revelation — after living a safe and simple life to find out that things are really quite unexpected and out of our control.

Leave a comment if you’d like to win (U.S. shipping addresses only). We’ll announce the winner on Wednesday, May 18. The giveaway is closed.

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Jennifer Donovan and her daughter Amanda share a love of reading, and both enjoy reading some of the same books, though they might differ in opinion on what makes a truly great book. She blogs at Snapshot, which gives her yet another forum to share her opinions.

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Jennifer lives in Houston with her 2 kids, husband, and dog. In addition to reading, she enjoys travel, Bible study, food, and fun. She blogs about some of these things -- when her nose isn't in a book -- at Snapshot.

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{ 62 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sandra Stiles May 8, 2011 at 4:37 pm

The trailer was awesome and the books is one I definitely need for my school shelves next year.

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2 tennile May 8, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Love the bracelet very cool. too bad only US.

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3 Katie May 8, 2011 at 7:49 pm

I read the Princess Diaries series avidly and would love this book. Plus that bracelet looks great.

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4 Meg May 8, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Sounds like an exciting book for my daughter that she will certainly want to read. Nice mother-daughter video trailer.

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5 Katrina May 8, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Sounds intriguing!

Love your video review and that Amanda joined you — you guys were great!

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6 Natalia May 8, 2011 at 11:24 pm

My daughter likes her books.

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7 Cindi May 8, 2011 at 11:42 pm

My niece is becoming an avid reader and I would enjoy winning Meg Cabot’s book and message bracelet for her…
Many thanks, Cindi

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8 Donna S May 9, 2011 at 12:14 am

I love her books. Thanks for the chance!

bacchus76 at myself dot com

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9 Linda Kish May 9, 2011 at 1:12 am

I would love to read this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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10 Dawn May 9, 2011 at 8:44 am

Oh my, how I LOVED hearing you and Amanda talk about the book together, especially the part in which you asked her if it was inappropriate and she responded with that pitch-perfect “No!” :)

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11 Vilmarys May 9, 2011 at 8:51 am

I saw this book the other day and regret not picking it up. Thanks for the chance!! :)

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12 Barb May 9, 2011 at 10:54 am

Sounds like a good one!

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13 Alison S. May 9, 2011 at 2:09 pm

My teen age sister would probably love this. Although, I think I’d have to sneak in a read first. ;)

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14 Erin May 9, 2011 at 2:26 pm

I am new to Meg Cabot, but I love her stuff! Thank you for holding this contest.

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15 Jen B. May 9, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Loved the video, kudos to you Amanda!! Well done! Sounds like a new series that may be of interest to my boys, unless the romance becomes too big of the story! But the mythology part would really interest him! Hope to see Amanda in another review soon! :o)

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16 Tammy Gordon May 9, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Would love to win this book. :)

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17 Lynna H May 10, 2011 at 12:23 am

I would LOVE to win this book & bracelet!

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18 joemmama May 10, 2011 at 12:25 am

This might be a good one for my grand-daughter. I would love to win this for her!

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19 Bethany Walker May 10, 2011 at 12:26 am

I sooo can’t wait to read this book!

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20 Jackie Trahan May 10, 2011 at 12:28 am

I loved hearing your daughter’s opinion on the book, it gives good insight as to how a younger audience would read it and how they might read it differently than an older reader would.Excellent choice of guest star haha

(: I love Meg Cabot’s books and I’d love to own this one! fingers crossed!

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21 Shelley Lohr May 10, 2011 at 12:30 am

This book was amazing!! Meg Cabot never fails! I’m really excited to see where the next book goes.

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22 Katie young May 10, 2011 at 12:32 am

I just finished this book on my nook and I didnt realize it was almost over until I turned the page and saw there was no story left. So now im in a little tantrum over the cliff hanger ending and had to call up one of my friends to tell her all about the book. I cannot wait for the second book!!!! I dont know how I will survive! I love john ahh!

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23 Pati May 10, 2011 at 12:34 am

Eu gostaria de ganhar mas não entregam no Brasil. =(

Adorei a entrevista!

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24 Missy May 10, 2011 at 12:34 am

i really love that this book has the literary allusion of the Hades/Persephone mythology. that adds so much to the story, in my opinion.

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25 Alyssa May 10, 2011 at 12:39 am

I just got this book out from the library and I’m very excited to read it. I really liked your guys’s imput on the review.

These bracelets look so awesome

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26 Christine D. May 10, 2011 at 12:46 am

Awesome review and Q&A! Not to mention a very cool bracelet to boot. Looking forward to reading Abandon as soon as I get a chance!

I’d love to win, it’s a great giveaway :)

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27 Lizzie May 10, 2011 at 12:46 am

I have been a big Meg Cabot & i love her books I am looking forward to having Abandon in my Book Shelf soon & the Bracelet it awesome.

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28 Jennifer May 18, 2011 at 7:49 am

Lizzie–

You won the book and the bracelet. Congrats!

Please reply to the email notification with your shipping info.

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29 Julie May 10, 2011 at 12:50 am

I am excited for a chance to win, this book sounds truly amazing and thank you for the chance to win, Its a great opportunity to win the book.

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30 Megan M. May 10, 2011 at 12:52 am

I LOVED this book. Best part of it is that the story is totally unpredictable even for someone who has read almost all of Meg’s books.
You guys are adorable. It’s so great that you share your passion for reading. Thanks for the insight from Meg!

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31 Jenna May 10, 2011 at 12:56 am

I love Meg Cabot and I can’t wait to read this book.

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32 Kelsa Trujillo May 10, 2011 at 12:59 am

Meg Cabot is one of my favorite authors hands down. She really puts her all into her work and delivers with AMAZING stories. The Airhead series would have to be my favorite.

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33 Rome May 10, 2011 at 12:59 am

Can’t wait to read Abandon!

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34 Elizabeth May 10, 2011 at 1:20 am

Loved the trailer, and can’t wait to read Abandoned. My copy arrived! Squeeee!

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35 Laura Lindersmith May 10, 2011 at 2:02 am

I absolutely love your books and Abandon is one of my favorites. Love the bracelets too.

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36 Della street May 10, 2011 at 3:01 am

Meg is everyone’s all time fav. and have alredy ordered the book Abandon and would love to read the book with the braclet in my hand:)

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37 Jelena May 10, 2011 at 7:26 am

Would love to win either the book, or the bracelet. Lovely video. :D

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38 Jennifer May 10, 2011 at 7:51 am

I absolutely loved this book. I cannot wait until the sequel is released. I ended up reading Insatiable directly after it, and now I feel like I’m on a Meg Cabot bender.

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39 Danielle May 10, 2011 at 9:08 am

Amanda was amazing…loved her review! Definitely want to pick up the book for my teenage daughter!

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40 Rachel G May 10, 2011 at 10:40 am

I absolutely loved Abandon! The wait for Underworld is going to be excruciating.

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41 Victoria V May 10, 2011 at 11:40 am

Meg Cabot is one of my all time favorite authors. She can make the work that she creates and gears towards a teenage audience so interesting and attention getting, that I at 21 (granted I have been reading her books since I was 10) can’t put them down. I would love to win a copy of “Abandon” and the awesome looking bracelet. I just know that within 6 to 12 hours of receiving it, I will have read it again. Yes I have read it before…but I want to own it. :)

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42 Lynn Ward May 10, 2011 at 2:21 pm

My daughter and I love Meg Cabot! We saw her when she was in Kansas City the last week of April. Love the video! Love to win the bracelet for my daughter!

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43 Kelsie Barnhart May 10, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Those bracelets are so cool! I would love to have one!

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44 riTa May 10, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Sounds like a good read for my granddaughter.
It sure was fun to meet Amanda!

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45 Cassie May 10, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Can’t wait to read this book!!!

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46 Diana May 10, 2011 at 8:44 pm

I enjoyed your interview with Meg. Thanks!

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47 Claire May 10, 2011 at 9:08 pm

I need this book! (: the bracelets are so cute … ♥ xoxo , Claire :)

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48 Ashley Holt May 11, 2011 at 1:54 pm

THANKS SO MUCH!!!

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49 Stacy May 11, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Great job guys! my 11 year old loves Meg Cabot. Is this book too old for her still? she just turned 11 this week.

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50 Jennifer May 11, 2011 at 5:20 pm

I would say that it’s probably too old for her, and as I alluded in the review, the next book in the series might get steamier. Right now, there was just some kissing, but the characters are 17, so . . . . .

I’ll have to look through my books and see what we could loan you. We have TONS of great ones.

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51 Linda Henderson May 11, 2011 at 6:41 pm

I would love to read this book, thank you for the giveaway.

seriousreader at live dot com

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52 Karen May 11, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Looks like a great read and such a great message on the bracelet.

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53 Constance May 12, 2011 at 12:08 am

omg I really can’t wait to read this!!!

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54 Abby Dinges May 12, 2011 at 10:51 pm

I love Meg Cabot!!! I’m sure this book will be just as great as her others! Can’t wait to read it!

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55 Staci A May 13, 2011 at 10:09 pm

I would love to read Abandon. I’ve heard such great things about her books!

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56 Ana-Brit May 13, 2011 at 11:47 pm

Loved the book, read it within the first few days. Hopefully going to one of the tour stops in July in Minneapolis (Overbite tour, but still. If I do go I’m definitely bringing Abandon to get it signed.) Can’t wait to see what comes next!

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57 Eugenia May 14, 2011 at 1:07 am

I LOVED Abandon, and I can’t wait til Underworld comes outt!!:]

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58 Megan May 15, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Meg Cabot is a great author! Can’t wait to read this one!
mearley1979 at gmail dot com

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59 Stephanie May 15, 2011 at 11:37 pm

Oh I love Meg Cabot! Definitely need to get my hands on this book!

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60 Barb S. May 17, 2011 at 12:47 pm

I enjoyed the review and the interview with Meg Cabot, and am definitely interested in reading the book!! Awesome!

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61 Christine Jensen May 17, 2011 at 9:43 pm

This book sounds great! Thanks for the chance to win :)

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62 Jessica Thomas May 17, 2011 at 11:08 pm

What a great video review! I look forward to checking out the rest of your site–and to reading Abandon.

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