Welcome to the Boys I Know Book Tour! We are so excited to be celebrating Anna Gracia’s upcoming release with you, and we hope you’ll tune into the tour with us throughout the week.
Today, we’ll be sharing with you an exclusive interview with the author and launching our giveaway! If you haven’t already, please make sure to follow the author and our bloggers and bookstagrammers participating, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!
Boys I Know
by Anna Gracia
Releasing on July 26th, 2022
Published by Peachtree Teen
Young Adult Fiction–Contemporary, Romance
June Chu is the “just good enough” girl. Good enough to line the shelves with a slew of third-place trophies and steal secret kisses from her AP Bio partner, Rhys. But not good enough to meet literally any of her Taiwanese mother’s unrelenting expectations or to get Rhys to commit to anything beyond a well-timed joke.
While June’s mother insists she follow in her (perfect) sister’s footsteps and get a (full-ride) violin scholarship to Northwestern (to study pre-med), June doesn’t see the point in trying too hard if she’s destined to fall short anyway. Instead, she focuses her efforts on making her relationship with Rhys “official.” But after her methodically-planned, tipsily-executed scheme explodes on the level of a nuclear disaster, she flings herself into a new relationship with a guy who’s not allergic to the word “girlfriend.”
But as the line between sex and love blurs, and pressure to map out her entire future threatens to burst, June will have to decide on whose terms she’s going to live her life—even if it means fraying her relationship with her mother beyond repair.
TRIGGER/CONTENT WARNING(S): Microaggressions, Sex on-page
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and Boys I Know?
I can!! I’m a Minnesota-born, Dairy Queen-obsessed, self-proclaimed current events nerd who spends far too much time both online and immersed in Regency Romance novels. Absolutely nothing about my book reflects my penchant for love stories, but does accurately represent my weird sense of humor and need to deflect from all serious topics with sarcasm.
Are there any songs you found yourself playing on repeat while writing Boys I Know?
Metallica, obviously. But I also listened to the Hamilton soundtrack a lot to remind myself that Lin Manuel Miranda wrote the last song less than a month before opening night, which pushed me to just keep going no matter how impossible it seemed at times.
If you could spend one day with any of the characters in your book, who would you choose and why?
Honestly Savannah seems like a blast. She’s much less judgmental and is just down to have a good time, which I need more of these days.
If you had to choose ten (10) places in the world to write your next book at, which places would you choose and why?
I’m going to go full Adam Sandler and just choose locations I want to vacation in and therefore set projects there so I have an excuse to go there. With that in mind, my list is currently:
- Norway – it’s my heritage! Also, fjords. And tall men.
- Mexico – there are so many places within it I haven’t been to and I really just want to eat my way around the entire county.
- India – FOOD. FEED ME, INDIA.
- Taiwan – also my heritage! Also an excuse to eat (there’s a pattern emerging).
- Greece – I’ve never been, but I have dreams of a very glamorous beach setting and also all the white buildings is a surefire way to make myself look tanner.
- Wimbledon – anyone who follows my Twitter knows how much I love tennis and I’d love to finally go see the tournament in person. This also seems like my best shot to finally become best friends with Serena Williams.
- Iceland – also Nordic and I’m sure I could find a way to work in hot springs into my story. Any story, really.
- Brazil – honestly I’m just in it for the cheesy buns. But also, it feels like I would just be surrounded by beauty? If I can’t write a love story in Brazil, I can’t write a love story anywhere.
- Croatia – something about the gloomy beauty of the gothic architecture appeals to my sad girl dreams.
- Victoria Falls, Zambia – I used to be obsessed with watching World’s Strongest Man, which was held there every year so it’s always been on my list of places I wanted to see. A huge waterfall? Seems like a great basis for a story.
Do you have any certain dreams for your book, and if so, what are they?
I am firmly in the “don’t speak your dreams or they won’t come true” camp, but having a class read my book for school would be one of the most amazing things.
What TV show or movie do you find to be your comfort-watch?
The 2004 Pride & Prejudice or Center Stage are my top two go-tos. (Not a coincidence that my next YA book is a take on Center Stage, lol)
What was the first book that made you cry and why?
Bridge to Terabithia. Anyone who’s read it probably doesn’t need an explanation why.
Finally, what do you hope readers take away from your book?
*picks up megaphone* DUMP YOUR CRAPPY BOYFRIEND! No seriously, though, I hope readers realize they don’t need to settle for someone passable just because there aren’t better options available at that time.
Anna grew up biracial in the Midwest, spending her formative years repeatedly answering the question “What are you?” Before finding her way as a young adult author, she was a CPA, a public school teacher, a tennis coach, and for one glorious summer, a waitress at a pie shop. She now lives on the West Coast, raising three kids and writing stories about girls navigating a world full of double standards.
Up for grabs is ONE (1) signed copy of Boys I Know by Anna Gracia. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only, and will run from July 17th to July 25th at 12 AM CST. To enter, click the button below!