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Launchpad: You Are Not What We Expected, by Sidura Ludwig

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This spring we've made it our mission (even more than usual) to celebrate new releases in the wake of cancelled launch parties, book festivals, and reading series. With 49th Shelf Launchpad, we're holding virtual launch parties here on our platform complete with witty banter and great insight to give you a taste of the books on offer. You can request these books from your local library, get them as e-books or audio books, order them from your local indie bookseller if they're delivering, buy them direct from the publisher or from online retailers.

Today we're launching You Are Not What We Expected, by Sidura Ludwig, which Jami Attenburg calls, “A gorgeous, highly visceral, deeply felt collection of linked stories about how families work—and don’t work—together. The Levine family is unforgettable.”

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When Uncle Isaac comes back to Thornhill to help is sister care for her two grandchildren, he finds himself embroiled in more neighbourhood drama than he expected in this collection of …

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Suri Rosen on YA and Making the Possible … Possible

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Suri Rosen writes about her new YA novel, Playing with Matches, and about how building a YA world without vampires isn't as easy as you'd think. 

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In my debut novel, Playing with Matches, I explore a phenomenon that seems incongruous to the edgy world of contemporary young adult literature: traditional matchmaking.

Although matchmaking is not entirely incongruous. While young adult literature spans a broad spectrum of subject matter, the exploration of physical and emotional boundaries is a common theme. And romance is almost always an ingredient in a female protagonist’s growth.

In Playing with Matches, I combine the tradition of matchmaking with a most decidedly non-traditional medium—the Internet. This twist provided me with an almost unlimited supply of material for intrigue and mayhem.

And when you’re writing comedy, who doesn’t love mayhem?

But what about plausibility? How believable is it for accomplished professionals to turn to a matchmaker to find them a partner? Can you write about a protagonist in an all-girls school whose goals don’t involve pursuing a relationship? In the YA-verse, that’s pretty outlandish.

As writers, we often have the task of making the impossible seem possible. Readers are willing to enter alien worlds. They want to be …

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