Hi guys! Today we’re celebrating the release of Jenny Torres Sanchez’s THE DOWNSIDE OF BEING CHARLIE.
Charlie is handed a crappy senior year. Despite losing thirty pounds over the summer, he still gets called “Chunks” Grisner. What’s worse, he has to share a locker with the biggest Lord of the Rings freak his school has ever seen. He also can’t figure out whether Charlotte VanderKleaton, the beautiful strawberry lip-glossed new girl, likes him the way he likes her. Oh, and then there’s his mom. She’s disappeared—again—and his dad won’t talk about it.
Somewhere between the madness, Charlie can at least find comfort in his one and only talent that just might get him out of this life-sucking place. But will he be able to hold his head above water in the meantime?
Now for the interview with Jenny!
Describe your main character in 3 adjectives + a noun.
Charlie is a lonely, confused, self-deprecating guy.
Describe your book in 3 adjectives + a noun.
The Downside of Being Charlie is a raw, hopeful, contemporary novel.
Describe yourself in 3 adjectives + a noun.
I am a sincere, flawed, and hopeful person.
If you could travel to any 3 countries, what would they be?
Italy, Spain, Russia
If you could take any 3 non-writing-related classes, what would they be?
Sociology, Psychology, Painting
If you could have 3 alternate careers, what would they be?
Photographer, chef, professor (Jess’s note: I think professor & chef would be two of mine, too!)
What are 3 of your favorite flowers?
Honeysuckles, sunflowers, daisies (Jess: I love Gerber daisies!)
What are 3 of your favorite foods?
Chicken picatta, chicken marsala, and chicken flautas. Listen up, chickens, beware!
What are 3 of your favorite books?
THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER by Stephen Chbosky, PAPERTOWNS by John Green, PLEASE IGNORE VIERA DIETZ by A.S. King.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy book birthday, Jenny!