Hi! Today we’re celebrating the release of Alison Cherry’s RED, which comes out today!
Felicity St. John has it all: loyal best friends, a hot guy, and artistic talent. And she’s right on track to win the Miss Scarlet pageant. Her perfect life is possible because of just one thing: her long, wavy, coppery red hair.
Having red hair is all that matters in Scarletville. Redheads hold all the power—and everybody knows it. That’s why Felicity is scared down to her roots when she receives an anonymous note:
I know your secret.
Because Felicity is a big fake. Her hair color comes straight out of a bottle. And if anyone discovered the truth, she’d be a social outcast faster than she could say strawberry blond. Her mother would disown her, her friends would shun her, and her boyfriend would dump her. And forget about winning that pageant crown and the prize money that comes with it—money that would allow her to fulfill her dream of going to art school.
Felicity isn’t about to let someone blackmail her life away. But just how far is she willing to go to protect her red cred?
“As thought-provoking as it is enchanting.”—Rae Carson, author of the FIRE AND THORNS trilogy
“Smart, funny, and full of Awesome Ladies Behaving Awesomely, Alison Cherry’s RED is everything I look for in a book. It will make you laugh, it will make you think, and it will make you book an appointment with your colorist immediately.”—Rachel Hawkins, New York Times bestselling author of the Hex Hall series
“Clever, wickedly funny and with so much heart.”—Melina Marchetta, author of the Printz-award winning JELLICOE ROAD
I say: I haven’t had a chance to read this one yet, but I’ve been looking forward to it since I saw the deal announcement – it sounds super-clever! And look at those blurbs!
Now for our interview with Alison:
1. Describe your main character in 3 adjectives + a noun.
Felicity is an artistic, redheaded, coerced pageant girl.
2. Describe your book in 3 adjectives + a noun.
RED is a funny contemporary YA satire.
3. Describe yourself in 3 adjectives + a noun.
I am a creative, whimsical, cookie-fed writer. (JS: ooh, cookies…)
4. If you could travel to any 3 countries, what would they be?
Australia, Greece, and Argentina
5. If you could take any 3 non-writing-related classes, what would they be?
Tap dancing, guitar, and ASL (JS: I want to learn ASL too!)
6. If you could have any 3 alternate careers, what would they be?
Photographer (which I am), editor, or dolphin trainer
7. What are your 3 favorite flowers?
Orchids, snapdragons, and lilacs
8. What are your 3 favorite foods?
Chicago-style pizza, raspberries, and carrot cake
9. What are your 3 favorite books?
THE ROBBER BRIDE by Margaret Atwood, THE GIVER by Lois Lowry, and THE ARRIVAL by Shaun Tan
Happy book birthday, Alison! I hope you’re having loads of fun celebrating!