Release Date: August 2nd 2014 *THAT’S TODAY GUYS!*
Genres: YA, Mystery,
Publisher: Harper Collins
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Summary: A recovered friendship, a dark secret, and a love triangle with a deadly angle…Callie is shocked when her friend Ivy reappears after an unexplained three-year absence, but the girls pick up where they left off, and suddenly Callie’s summer is full of parties, boys and fun. Beneath the surface, things aren’t what they seem, however, and when a handsome boy with a dark past gets tangled up with Ivy, the girls’ history threatens to destroy their future
What will stay with you long after finishing The Death of Us is how it all comes together. Told in three distinct POV’s the story alternates between present day actions and events from weeks prior. The stories strong point is at it’s end when all the puzzle pieces are firmly put into place by the little clues scattered throughout the entire book making for one hell of an ending.
Kurt, Ivy and Callie’s stories each intertwine to a dreadful present day mystery. Uncovering that disaster means travelling back a few weeks back, to before everything went whack. When Ivy returns to her old town after a three year unexplained absence she tries to make amends with best friend Callie. The two girls begin to hang out like nothings changed in the years that they have been apart, until a boy finds himself in the middle of the two.
I’m being increidbly vauge aren’t I? Sorry! I’m really doing it for your own good because i’m scared that anything I say could quite possibly spoil The death of Us and I really don’t want to do that since I enjoyed it so much! Alice Kuipers never disappoints and i’m super excited to finally share this book with all of you because it really is a great read. Like me, I promise you’ll be eagerly flipping the pages in this one just to find out what comes next.
Hi Alice! I’m a huge fan and was so excited for The Death of Us (which I loved) and was eagerly anticipating it after seeing the cover reveal a few months back! I can’t help feeling like the cover perfectly convey’s the mood of the book! I’m curious about what you thought of it once you first saw it!
I love the cover. I am blown away by how beautiful it is. I can’t quite believe it’s my book, it’s so gorgeous. HarperCollins Canada did a wonderful job.
Yes! They did, they totally did! Now The Death of Us is told form three different POV’s and i’m curouis as to how you were able to differentiate each characters voice in your head. I mean, it must have been a challenge to write all three characters!
It was really hard to get the voices right at first. I had to do a lot of work on each of the characters. My editor said: ‘Each of us is the hero in our own story.’ That spoke to me. Ivy, Kurt, and Callie each believe their perspective is the right one. Once I understood that, it was easier to give each character nuances because they really came alive.
Oh Alice, you have no idea how right your editor was. I actually just texted that sentence to my best friend Megan and she replied ‘DEEP’. Of course, Megan is a girl of few words so I didn’t expect much from her but you get the gist, basically you couldn’t have been more right! I wonder, if you could be any of the hero/herione’s you’ve written which one would you be and why?
This is a hard question because I already feel like I’ve been all of my characters as I’ve written them. For me, the only way to get into their heads is to become each one individually. Several of my main characters love to write and I identify with that. I have a chapter book which has yet to be published that has a main character who owns a magic book. I’d love to own a magic book. In my young adult writing, the character I’d love to be – for a day or so – is Kurt. The way he sees the world appeals to me, his strength and unique perspective would be an experience.
*Nods head* Kurt was defiently the most appealing to me out of him, Ivy and Callie. There really was just something about the way he saw things and chose to interpret them. Speaking of the way we see and interpret things you’re books always take unexpected turns that are either completely shocking or heartfelt.I was wondering if you create an outline before starting to write each of your books and how long the process usually lasts.
The twists and turns in this book came both during the writing process and then had to honed in the editorial process. My poor editor worked really hard on this book with me. Three characters, an accident, a timeline that jumps back, secrets, lies, I didn’t make it easy for myself. The book was nearly the death of me (my title became eerily prescient), but somehow it all came together. All this to say that yes, there were outlines and yes there were moments of sudden illumination and inspiration. My favourite moments as a writer are those sudden ones where I realize what’s simply got to happen next and it surprises me as much as my reader.
I can see why those would be your favourite moments as a writer. Obvouisly, you really enjoy writing. Did anyone ever really encourage your passion for writing when you were younger? Did he/she ever read anyone of your books?
With my website, I try to encourage younger writers as much as I can because I didn’t really have anyone specific when I was younger who could mentor me. My father has always been enthusiastic and he now reads everything at the draft stage to give feedback. A teacher called Mr. Jope gave me early inspiration too – he got the whole class to write a novel when we were eleven or so. I loved doing it and got good marks, which set something in motion. I was lucky to have these influences, but a lot of people thought writing was a frivolous thing for me to do with my time. I don’t think anyone thought I’d publish real books – I certainly didn’t have that faith.
You totally should send a signed copy of your books to those people who didn’t believe you’d succeed in publishing real books and a letter saying ‘HAHA guess who did it without you’ *wink* *wink*. I’m not bitter for you at all…nope! Well thank you Alice Kuipers for taking the time to answer a few questions and share some interesting facts about your writing process! Happy Pub Date I couldn’t have enjoyed The Death of Us any more than I did!
ALICE KUIPERS is the bestselling, award-winning author of three previous novels, Life on the Refrigerator Door, The Worst Thing She Ever Did and 40 Things I Want To Tell You, and the picture book Violet and Victor Write The Best-Ever Bookworm Book. Her work has been published to critical acclaim in twenty-nine countries. She lives in Saskatoon. Find her here: http://www.alicekuipers.com