Must-read plot? Check.
Catchy title? Check.
Winning cover? CHECK.
SAY NO TO THE BRO by Kat Helgeson has it all. Kat is 1/2 of the author duo who brought you GENA/FINN (which, if you haven't read that one, what are you waiting for?!). This is her first solo novel, and it sounds AMAZING.
Here's a first look at the cover. Keep scrolling to learn more about Kat and the book that should definitely be on your 2017 TBR!
So what's SAY NO TO THE BRO all about?
Ava’s plan for surviving senior year at her new school is simple: fly under the radar until graduation. No boys. No attachments. No drama. But all that goes out the window when she gets drafted into the Prom Bowl—a long-standing tradition where senior girls compete in challenges to be auctioned off as prom dates to the highest bidder. Ava joins forces with star quarterback Mark Palmer to try and get her out of the competition but their best laid schemes lead to more self-sabotage than anything else. And to make matters worse, they both begin to realize that the Prom Bowl isn’t all fun and games. When one event spirals dangerously out of control, Ava and Mark must decide whether shutting down the Prom Bowl once and for all is worth the price of sacrificing their futures.
What word or words would you use to describe your main characters?
Ava is introverted, loyal, and stubborn. Mark is charismatic, funloving, and entitled.
Prom superlatives time! Which one of your characters would win...
...best dressed? - Charlotte
...most likely to spike the punch? - Cody
...worst dance moves? - Coach Vanguard
...most likely to leave with someone other than his or her date? - Solstice
...cutest couple? - Denise and Zoe
Did you go to your high school prom? If so, what was the best or worst part?
I did, but it wasn't a red-letter event for me. I think, like Ava, I wouldn't have minded doing something else that night. My favorite part was getting ready with my friends.
What song would you definitely put on your characters' prom playlist?
Ava and Mark's relationship dynamic was partly inspired by this dance:
I think they'd dance to this song.
If you were in high school today and got asked to go to prom tomorrow, what would your dress look like?
When I went to my real high school prom I wore navy blue both times, and so did all my friends, so I'd probably pick bright orange or something.
Your first novel, GENA/FINN, was co-written with Hannah Moskowitz. How was it writing solo this time?
Cowriting is a million times more fun. It's like playing in the pool with your friends versus swimming laps. Writing alone is less emotionally taxing, though, because it's easier to maintain distance and step away when you need to.
If you had to pick one Hamilton song to keep while getting rid of the rest forever, which one would you keep?
I'd pick "Non-Stop" because of the lyrics about Hamilton writing every second he's alive.
Oreos. There are approximately 9,472 flavors these days. Do you have a favorite flavor, do you like the classic, or are you not an Oreo fan?
Classic. You can't improve on perfection.
What have you read and loved recently?
I just finished the graphic novel MAUS, which is a tough read, but one I recommend highly.
What was the best part about doing GISHWHES this year?
The best part of GISHWHES is always the new friends. This year I was lucky enough to be placed on a team with a group of kids from Sweden. We called ourselves the Supernatural Swedes. I'm Facebook friends with several of them now.
If you could make your own nail polish, what color would it be, and what would you name it?
It would be steel-grey, and it would be called NAILED IT
Thank you to Kat for the interview! Can't wait for 2017.
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