Guest Post: In Too Deep by Amanda Grace

Welcome to Author Amanda Grace

Amanda Grace is a pen name for young adult author Mandy Hubbard. She’s the author of PRADA AND PREJUDICE, YOU WISH, RIPPLE, and other novels for teens. She lives outside Seattle, Washington, with her husband and young daughter.


GUEST POST: In To The Past
Guest post on Amanda’s favorite books at ages 5, 11, 15 and 20.

Oh, what a fun topic! At five years old, I loved the LITTLE CRITTER and BERENTSTEIN BEARS. My mom had always encouraged us to read, and on both sides of my bedroom door (in the hall) we had huge bookshelves. The books were paperback and super thin (usually about 20 pages). I’d take about a foot-tall stack of them, place it by my bed, and read them one at a time before bed.

By eleven, I was obsessed with THE SADDLE CLUB by Bonnie Bryant. I actually tried to write her a little hand-written letter, but it came back to me. I later found out the series was created by a publisher and Bonnie didn’t write all of the books.

At fifteen, I alternated between R. L. Stine (I must have read at least thirty of his books. My favorite were the evil cheerleader ones) and adult suspense books by Mary Higgins Clark. At 20, I was still very much into the Mary Higgins Clark books. I would read at least one or two a month.

I actually read very little YA until I signed my first agent, six years ago. I had written a chick-lit novel with characters my age (23), and she felt I had a more teen-centric voice. I immediately devoured every teen novel I could get my hands on, and I haven’t looked back since.

In Too Deep

I never meant for anyone to get hurt. All I wanted to do that night was make a play for Carter Wellesley. His heartless rejection was mortifying, but people got the wrong idea when they saw me leaving his bedroom, crying. That’s how rumors of rape started.

Now girls at school are pouring out their sympathy to me. Guys too. But not everyone’s on my side. The school has become a war zone and the threats are getting scary. What began as poetic justice has morphed into something bigger–forcing me to make a terrible choice.

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