September 27, 2021

Amanda911

 

 


Amanda911

by Mark Schreiber

YA (crossover)



Sixteen-year-old Iowa schoolgirl Amanda Dizon may be the nation’s most unremarkable teenager, until she falls down a well and finds herself instantaneously transformed from irrelevant to influencer. Mark Schreiber’s sly, rollicking masterpiece, Amanda911, follows Amanda’s escapades and sends up the craven, fame-obsessed virtual culture of today’s adolescents. As insightful as Dickens and as innovative as Heller, Schreiber is the definitive satirist of the social media generation.”—Jacob M. Appel, author of Einstein’s Beach House


Excerpt:

Falling down a well was both the best and worst thing that ever happened to my granddaughter.

She was a Disney princess to me, but a comic sidekick to her classmates, who’d never been

kissed by a boy—or I suppose by a girl—been asked to a dance, or chosen for any role in a school production that did not conceal her face.

Most people under twenty probably don’t know what a well is.

Haven’t seen one. Probably think it’s just something you say when you need to buy time, like like, or when someone asks you how you’re feeling, although I guess these days everyone says good or OK, or nothing at all, opting for an emoji instead. Do kids even talk anymore, in the crowded loneliness of their bedrooms? Did Amanda even scream when she fell down the well? Or did she just send a screaming emoji?

So, when millions of kids all over the globe saw the headline, they shared via social media:

Girl Plummets Down Well

More than plenty had to Google well to comprehend its meaning.

I’m sure she got at least half a million hits just from image searches that returned a picture of an oil rig in the North Sea. Geez, her international peer group must have thought, or words or emojis to that effect. A girl has fallen thousands of feet smack into a tidal wave. I hope she’s more Kate than Leonardo.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Mark Schreiber was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1960, graduated high school at age fifteen and began writing novels full-time. Princes in Exile, which explores a prodigy’s struggle to accept his own mortality at a summer camp for kids with cancer, was published in 1984 and made into a feature film in 1991. It has been published in ten countries, received two awards in Europe and was shortlisted for the Austria Prize. Carnelian, a fantasy, was published by Facet in Belgium. Starcrossed, a rebuttal to Romeo and Juliet, was published by Flux and translated into French and Turkish. His illustrated science book, How to Build an Elephant, was published as an Apple app by Swag Soft. He has written over forty books and received two State of Ohio Individual Writer Fellowships. For the last seven years he has been a digital nomad, living on four continents. He currently resides in Costa Rica.


Website: Amanda911.com

TikTok: @Amanda911

Instagram: @Amanda911

Twitter: @Markschreiber07

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Schreiber


Buy links:

https://www.amazon.com/Amanda911-Mark-Schreiber/dp/1737052016

https://pleasureboatstudio.com/product/amanda911/

https://books.google.com/books/about/Amanda911.html?id=Lzx3zgEACAAJ


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26 comments:

  1. This sounds like a terrific satire. I enjoyed reading the excerpt.

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  2. I loved reading the excerpt and look forward to reading and reviewing the book Hope you get a lot of followers while the book is on tour! peggy clayton

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  3. Falling down a well would be horrific. Not sure I'd want the notoriety that followed.

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  4. Sounds like a good book and I like the cover.

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  5. Interesting cover! It makes the reader curious about the plot.

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  6. Sounds like a great read love the excerpt and cover.

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  7. This sounds like a really great book.

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  8. Sounds current for the younger people. I think I would enjoy reading it also.

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  9. How did you come up with the title?

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  10. Sounds great, I like the cover and excerpt.

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  11. Is there a particular Author that has inspired you?

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  12. This looks like a great read. The plot is intriguing.

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  13. Now the question is, how many readers will really get the satirical bent of the book?

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  14. This sounds like a fun read - clever and unusual.

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