I just returned to Chicago from the American Library Association meeting in beautiful–and incredibly hot–New Orleans. When I arrived I was greeted by the news that this morning, at the OK RWA breakfast during the Romance Writers of America contest in New York City, PULL was awarded first place in the National Reader’s Choice Awards.
I wish I could have been in New York at the reception, but I had to make a choice and ALA and librarians won. I had a friend aaccept my award (and my wonderful breakfast) for me. This is a major honor that I hoped for, but didn’t dare expect. It’s just great to know that there are people who believe that books about teen guys can be just as wonderful and enjoyable as those about teen girls. PULL features a multi-cultural cast and two gay boyfriends, and themes involving both domestic and sexual abuse. I am so glad the book is finding an audience that appreciates it.