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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Book Review: Bold by Julia Swift & Andrew Landis

Bold by Julia Swift & Andrew Landis 
Genre: Young Adult (Contemporary Romance)
Date Published: October 16, 2013
Publisher: Self

Sasha, a shy, 15-year-old girl who hides from the world, almost dies in a car crash and vows that if she survives, she will be bold and live life to the fullest. Her newfound courage is tested when she meets Will, who just moved to her Air Force desert town after his journalist father’s disappearance. Will is fascinated by Sasha’s brush with and secret knowledge of death.
Sasha and Will push each other to take chances and break out of their sheltered suburban world. But will they discover there is a difference between being bold and being stupid before they put themselves, or someone else, in danger?

Bold by Julia Swift & Andrew Landis is a story of two teens just trying to find their way. They both have tragedy in their past, and they're trying to come to terms with it in the only ways they know how. Through this they are brought together. The perspective changes between Sasha and Will throughout the story. I liked how it gave me a look at life through both of their eyes. I feel like I truly knew where each character was coming from. Sure, I wanted to slap them around at times, but they came across as very human. We make mistakes and do stupid things. The romance grew with the story, and with the personalities of these characters that made it all the more believable. Bold was a lovely coming of age story from these first-time authors. I'll be keeping my eyes open for more books by them in the future!

Bold by Julia Swift & Andrew Landis was kindly provided to me by the authors for review. The opinions are my own.

Julia is amazing at keeping other people's secrets but completely incapable of guarding her own. Every embarrassing moment ends up in her writing.  While at film school at the University of Southern California, Julia met her writing partner, Andrew Landis, and realized having two writers makes it harder for people to identify the autobiographical elements from her crazy past, present... and fantasies.

Over the last decade, Julia and Andrew have written for television, features, theater, game design and now, her ultimate dream, a novel.

Raised in Los Angeles, with summers in Las Vegas and college at Columbia University in New York City, Julia now happily lives in the suburbs with her three great loves -- her husband, son and sweet, sad-faced rescue dog.

Born in South Korea, Andrew spent his first seven months staring at other babies in an orphanage, wondering where everyone would end up, until he was adopted by an American couple. Raised by a minister and a teacher in rural Pennsylvania, Andrew was never quite sure whether he stood out because he was a pastor's kid or because he didn't look like everyone else.

In high school, Andrew spent a year as an exchange student in Brazil. Arriving with no knowledge of Portuguese, he found life in the city overwhelming until his host family's encouragement enabled him to overcome his fears, immerse himself in the culture and eventually enjoy dreaming in Portuguese. More importantly, Andrew found himself "adopted" by a second family, with whom he still maintains close contact.

Andrew wanted to continue living in a city and ended up at N.Y.U. An internship at The United Nations Association of the United States of America helped inspire him to move to Washington, D.C. after college. Although he is proud of the work accomplished on Capitol Hill, as soon as Andrew finished his first creative writing class at Georgetown, he was ready to leave political doublespeak behind and begin to tell stories important to him.

Moving to L.A., Andrew earned his M.F.A. in screenwriting from U.S.C., where he met his writing partner, Julia Swift. Together, they have written for dramas such as Smallville, The Book of Daniel and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Not surprisingly, the stories they tell often deal with families or sticking up for the underdog. Bold is their first novel.

Andrew has completed 13 marathons and lives in L.A. with his husband and their dog.

To learn more about Julia Swift & Andrew Landis and their books, visit their website.

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