A few When Reason Breaks Advance Reader Copies (ARC) are in readers’ hands, and more will be printed and distributed for promotional reasons within the next month or two. The first page of the ARC has an excerpt from the novel, and since the ARCs are out there, I figured it was fine to share this piece with all of you. If you need a brief description of the novel before you read the excerpt, click here and then come back.
Here’s a little extra info to put this into perspective: Emily and Elizabeth are not friends, but they share a mutual friend. They are at a Halloween party but are talking alone in a room in the house. Emily was there, reading a book and avoiding the crowd, and Elizabeth stumbled in looking for the bathroom. Here is a part of their conversation.
With wide eyes, Emily asked, “Are you okay?”
“I’m fine.” Elizabeth smiled and sucked hard on her straw.
“You’re lying,” Emily said with a grin.
“Maybe, but this isn’t about me. It’s about you. Tell them. Get it over with, Delgado.”
Emily shook her head and hugged the book to her chest. “Tell them what?”
Elizabeth stared at Emily. They were quiet, listening to voices in the hallway and the music pounding below them, so loud the floorboards vibrated.
Elizabeth sprang forward from her sitting position and crawled the few feet that separated her from Emily. She kneeled and sat back on her heels.
“Look at me,” she whispered. Emily pushed her back into the wall and locked gazes with Elizabeth.
Elizabeth scanned Emily’s face and then framed the girl’s eyes with her fingers.
“Ah, there it is,” said Elizabeth.
“Hold still.” Elizabeth pressed down her index finger, closed her eyes, and said, “Click.”
“What are you doing?” asked Emily.
“I’m taking a mental picture of you.” Elizabeth leaned in closer. Emily inhaled sharply.
“I see you, Emily Delgado,” she whispered. “Your problem isn’t really about your friends or Kevin or your dad. You try to hide it, but I know.” Elizabeth patted Emily’s leg. “Trust me, I know.”
What do you think? Want to read more? Well…..you still have a little longer to wait, but for now, you can add it to your Goodreads list or you can pre-order it if you want to get it delivered to your house the day of its release (2/10/2015). I’ll be sharing other excerpts over the next few months, so stay tuned!