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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Well, That Was Awkward Author, Rachel Vail's First Kiss Story!

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Pub Date: February 28th 2017
Buy it: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository
Gracie has never felt like this before. One day, she suddenly can't breathe, can't walk, can't anything and the reason is standing right there in front of her, all tall and weirdly good-looking: A.J.

It turns out A.J. likes not Gracie but Gracie's beautiful best friend, Sienna. Obviously Gracie is happy for Sienna. Super happy! She helps Sienna compose the best texts, responding to A.J. s surprisingly funny and appealing texts, just as if she were Sienna. Because Gracie is fine. Always! She's had lots of practice being the sidekick, second-best.

It’s all good. Well, almost all. She's trying.

Rachel Vail is the award-winning author of more than 30 books for young people. As a theater lover, Rachel sees and reads as many plays as she can. Well, That Was Awkward was in part inspired by her love of the play Cyrano – another tale of secrets, wit, self-confidence, self-loathing, friendship, identity-hiding, and romance that blossoms between all the wrong people. Or does it?

Rachel lives in New York City with her husband, their two sons, and (like Gracie) a tortoise named Lightning. 
Connect with Rachel: Website | Twitter | Facebook
I was in fifth grade. He was in sixth. We were in BYE BYE BIRDIE – I was playing Kim and he was Kim’s boyfriend Hugo. He had a sweet voice and soft hands. We held hands a bunch of times in the show and at first that felt very weird, holding hands with Frank. But we got used to it. And we got used to pretending we were going out until it was hard to remember we were just pretending to like each other that way – so he asked me out and I said yes and I had a boyfriend.

It was exciting to call my older cousins and tell them the great news. I felt much older. Finally. I was in double digits. That’s pretty much a teenager, was my logic.

There was supposed to be a kiss in the play. We blocked around it. I think maybe we kind of hugged instead. Because ew, weird. And shouldn’t that be, like, a private thing, a first kiss? Not on the Ward School stage in front of the whole fifth and sixth grades?

Opening night everything went well. The auditorium was packed with parents and siblings and teachers. Waiting backstage before curtain call we all jumped around shrieking and telling one another no YOU were great! You were amazing! This was so great! My turn. I walked out into the hot bright lights and met Frank center stage. He had flowers for me. I took them and we hugged each other and then: HE KISSED ME.

Center stage. Everybody watching. My dad filming.

I smiled at him and wiped the kiss off. We bowed. We split and went to our spots at the edges of the stage. I sat down next to the guy who’d played my father in the show, thinking: I just got my first kiss. Can he tell I’m shaking? Can he tell everything is different for me now?

He doesn’t remember. I asked him. That guy who played my dad in the show? He’s the guy I ended up marrying, the guy I fall in love with every day.

A first kiss can feel like magic, like a transformation. And it is. Even if you wipe it off. Even if your dad has video of it to torture you with from then on. Even if it’s not with the one you end up with forever.

Brittany: Thank you so much for this beautiful and adorable story about your first kiss, Rachel!

Week One
2/27 – Here’s to Happy Endings – Bookish Recipe
2/28 – YA Book Central – Excerpt
3/1 – Margie’s Must Reads – Author Guest Post
3/2 – Crafty Moms Share – Review
3/3 – Once Upon a Twilight – Guest Post

Week Two
3/6 – The Reading Nook Reviews – Author Guest Post
3/7 – ButterMyBooks – Quote Graphics
3/8 – Stories & Sweeties – Spotlight
3/9 – Brittany’s Book Rambles – Author Guest Post (YOU ARE HERE!)
3/10 – My Friends Are Fiction – Spotlight


  1. Omg that plot twist at the end 😂 Such an adorable story! Thanks for sharing, it just made my morning a while lot brighter! ❤

  2. This book sounds so sweet!Thank you for sharing :)

    Lovely blog by the way <3

    Nihaad | Read & Seek

    1. Thank you! I hope you've added Well, That Was Awakward to your TBR!

  3. This totally made my day,, how adorable!

  4. OMG she literally could not have a more amazing first kiss story if she'd made it up. That is the cutest thing I've ever heard---what makes it, though, is the fact that she married the man who played her Dad!! ♥ ♥ ♥ Oh and also, that she wiped the kiss off. xD

    1. I totally agree, such an adorable story! One of the best I've ever heard!

  5. Oh my gosh, I loved hearing her first kiss story. How adorable was that?! It's even cuter that she married the guy that played her dad. So sooo sweet! This book sounds like it's going to be really good too

    1. I hope you've added it to your TBR! I'm glad you enjoyed the post, and thanks for stopping by!

  6. That guest post is adorable! I lovvvvve hearing first kiss stories!

  7. Rachel's "first kiss" story is so cute! I wish my first kiss had been as cute... Thanks for sharing this guest post :)

    Lauren @

    1. It is one of the best I've ever heard. Thanks for stopping by!

  8. The title is so cute! And Rachel's story was adorable! Thanks for sharing this (:

    1. No problem! I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Lovely promo post sweetie :D Thank you for sharing about this one. <3 I think this cover looks pretty awesome. Seems like an interesting book :D

    1. So glad you enjoyed it! I agree, the cover is very cute :)

  10. Awww such a sweet story, and the plot twist is epic hahaha

  11. Like a gender swapped modern day Cyrano de Bergerac. I love it! Thanks for the heads up. :)