Tuesday, January 8, 2013

My Invented Life Guest Post

Not long ago, I reviewed Lauren Bjorkman's latest young adult novel, Miss Fortune Cookie via Crossroad Reviews Blog Tours. Both Crossroad Reviews and I were so impressed with Lauren and her book that we wanted to help introduce the world to another masterpiece she wrote some time ago: My Invented Life. You'll find a guest post from Lauren Bjorkman after the book info and a giveaway!!

Book Description

September 29, 2009
With Roz and Eva everything becomes a contest—who can snag the best role in the school play, have the cutest boyfriend, pull off the craziest prank. Still, they’re as close as sisters can be. Until Eva deletes Roz from her life like so much junk e-mail for no reason that Roz understands. Now Eva hangs out with the annoyingly petite cheerleaders, and Roz fantasizes about slipping bovine growth hormone into their Gatorade.
Roz has a suspicion about Eva. In turn, Eva taunts Roz with a dare, which leads to an act of total insanity. Drama geeks clamor for attention, Shakespearean insults fly, and Roz steals the show in Lauren Bjorkman’s hilarious debut novel.

Lauren Bjorkman


I grew up on a sailboat, sharing the tiny forecastle with my sister and the sail bags. Against all odds, we are still friends. We started sailing in California and ended in Argentina. My favorite stops along the way were Costa Rica, Panama, Isla Providencia, Key West, the Azores, the Canary Islands, and Brazil.

During our voyages, my sister drew beautiful paper dolls for the both of us. We sewed amazing wardrobes for our stuffed animals. We became excellent swimmers and beach combers. We made up new lyrics for old songs. Canned food dominated our meals on crossings, so we really appreciated fresh fruit when we came into port. I dreamed of ice cream on the open ocean.

We kept up with school through a program called Calvert out of Maryland.

My dad read to us at night by the light of a kerosene lamp. Since then, I've always loved stories and wanted to write my own.

I live in Taos, New Mexico with my husband, and two sons. We often see coyotes outside our window.

For more, please visit my website at http://www.laurenbjorkman.com

Tour Date List

 Jan 7th
 Jan 8th
 Jan 9th
 Jan 10th
 Jan 11th
 Review @
Guest Post @ Doctor's Notes
 Review @
Review @ YA Book Addict
Review @ The Bookworm
 Review @
Guest Post @ YA Reviews and News
 Review @
Review @ Icy Cold Reads
Q and A @ 3Ps in a Pod
Review @Crossroads
Giveaway @ Crossroads
Excerpt @Wanted Readers
Guest Post @Drugs Called Books

Please not that these prizes are for both this and Miss Fortune Cookie (toured in Dec.)

why i adore roz
 My Invented Life came out three years ago. Since then over a hundred readers have reviewed it online. Most reviewers loved it, but a few had trouble connecting with my main character, Roz, a high school junior, adoring little sister, and a drama queen. Roz drove certain readers crazy. Or she was crazy. Or both. I absolutely adore Roz, though. She is brave, outspoken, and takes risks. Her obnoxious sense of humor makes me laugh. Sadly, in read life, I spend excessive amounts of time worrying about everyone else’s feelings. Roz does not. She is my true alter ego. Lit Hacker said this about Roz: Roz is a total drama chick, in both senses of the word: she's a self-described drama geek AND due lack of tact and love of gossip she creates a lot of drama wherever she goes. At first I was annoyed at Roz's narration. She is one of those people who is constantly "on" ALL THE TIME which I can find exhausting in real life. But after a while, Roz grew on me as her big heart came out and she gained some self-awareness. By the end of the book, I wanted to be her friend! I hope other readers have LitHacker’s experience with Roz. I hope their positive feelings grow and grow until they outweigh their annoyance with her. Why? Because, like everyone else, I want to be loved despite my flaws.


  1. I also enjoyed Miss Fortune Cookie and put My Invented Life on my TBR list. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Ladybug, http://english-written-portairt.blogspot.pt

  3. This sounds like a cute read and I love how the cover reflects that too. :)

  4. This sounds like a great read! I haven't heard of it before but I love the cover :)