Blog Tour Giveaway + Top Five: The Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu

February 8, 2017 // Posted by Lisa in Blog Tours, Giveaways, Top 5 // 5 Comments

Welcome to my stop on the CAREFUL UNDRESSING OF LOVE blog tour! Today I have a fun Top 5 completed by Corey Ann Haydu to share with you all, along with a tour-wide giveaway, thanks to the lovely group at Penguin Teen! Thanks for stopping by!

 

Blog Tour Giveaway + Top Five: The Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann HayduThe Careful Undressing of Love
by Corey Ann Haydu
Release Date: January 31st 2017
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Genres: Magical Realism, Young Adult
Find It: GoodreadsAmazon

The girls of Devonairre Street have always been told they’re cursed. Any boy they love is certain to die too soon. But this is Brooklyn in 2008, and the curse is less a terror and more a lifestyle accessory—something funky and quaint that makes the girls from the shortest street in Brooklyn special. They wear their hair long and keys around their necks. People give them a second look and whisper “Devonairre” to their friends. But it’s not real. It won’t affect their futures.

Then Jack—their Jack, the one boy everyone loved—dies suddenly and violently. And now the curse seems not only real, but like the only thing that matters. All their bright futures have suddenly gone dark.

The Careful Undressing of Love is a disturbing and sensual story of the power of youth and the boundless mysteries of love set against the backdrop of Haydu’s brilliantly reimagined New York City.

 

Top Five Favorite Writing Moments From THE CAREFUL UNDRESSING OF LOVE

1. The moment I discovered Jack: Believe it or not, Jack wasn’t always a character in this book, let alone the catalyst he is now. In early drafts, there was no Jack. And when I finally realized I needed Delilah to be in love with a boy who would be affected by the Curse, I knew exactly who I wanted Jack to be. I borrowed him from a play I wrote right after college—it was a character I wasn’t done with, since he was an off-stage character in the long-ago play. So I stole him from that play and made him new and more specific and eventually pretty different than that original Jack. But I kept the name Jack.

2. The Moment I Started Over: I wrote many, many, many drafts of this book before I found a way to write it that truly worked. Most drafts used bits and pieces from previous drafts. I held on to scenes and moments and a certain style of voice. But a few winters ago, I found that I couldn’t keep using remnants of the old drafts. I had to start from scratch. No copying and pasting. No remembered scenes. Brand new. That’s when I finally wrote that opening scene, the Shared Birthday in the garden. It was brand new. A new voice, a new idea, a new moment, a new tradition, a new BOOK. It’s one of my favorite scenes in the book now. I never looked back.

3. Finding the Ending: I knew the type of ending I wanted, I knew how I wanted to the reader to feel, but I didn’t know what needed to happen to give the reader that feeling. I had a truly wild idea for the ending that I mentioned to my editor, and he encouraged me to write it. He said he wasn’t sure it was the right ending, but that I should write it down. I did, and it wasn’t the right ending, but it was in the right neighborhood. Writing that fake-ending helped free me up so I could take real risks and not shy away from the kind of ending I wanted to write. I was so excited when I found the moment I was looking for.

4. Writing About Food: I’m a huge food lover, so incorporating strong culinary traditions into the life of the street was a real joy. I loved researching hidden meanings of different foods, and adapting them for Devonairre Street. While so many things changed in the drafts over my years of writing this book in its many forms, the importance of food and the belief that food has magical power never changed.

5. Reimagining the City: I never thought of myself as much of a world-builder, but it turned out when I let myself explore that new territory, I fell in love. I wrote the scene in a re-imagined Times Square, after the memorial, in a blur. It came to me so quickly and surely. Something in my mind had unlocked after many long phone calls with my editor, and I was finally allowing myself to be truly creative in the context of the world I’d been building. When I wrote about Times Square, it was from a place of confidence. I finally knew the world I had created so well that I knew, for sure, what a different part of the city would look like, would be like. I felt certainty when I wrote that part of the book, and certainty is very hard to come by in any book, most of all this one.
 

About Corey Ann Haydu

Corey Ann Haydu is the critically acclaimed author of several novels for young readers novels, including OCD Love Story, which earned her a Publishers Weekly Flying Start. Her books have been Junior Library Guild, Indie Next, and BCCB Blue Ribbon selections. Corey lives in Brooklyn with her dog, her fiancé, and a wide selection of cheese.


 

Enter for a chance to win one (1) of three (3) signed copies of A Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu (ARV: $17.99 each).

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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on January 30, 2017 and 12:00 AM on February 13, 2017. Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about February 14, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

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  • Such an amazing guest post! It made me really want to read this book EVEN MORE than I already do 😀 Thank you for sharing!

    Brittany @ Brittany’s Book Rambles

  • I actually hadn’t heard of this one before now, but it sounds REALLY good!

  • Danielle Hammelef

    I enjoyed reading this post today. I am inspired and awed by the work this author put into this book. To start over! To write so many drafts is amazing and i can’t wait to read the finished product.

  • Aamna

    The book’s cover is definitely attention-grabbing, and reading the synopsis made me much more eager to have my hands on a copy!

  • Leah Wong

    This one has been on my radar for a while. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy!