Wednesday, September 23, 2020

BLOG TOUR: Smash It! by Francina Simone

I'm really excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for Smash It! by Francina Simone. I received a free electronic copy for honest review from the publisher. Thanks so, so much to Inkyard Press and Francina Simone for letting me be a part of this tour!

Title: Smash It!
Author: Francina Simone
Published by: Inkyard Press
Released: September 22, 2020
Source: Electronic Review Copy from Publisher

Synopsis: Refreshingly authentic and bold... Don't miss this smashing #ownvoices novel from Francina Simone! Filled with heart, humor and a heroine to root for, Smash It! is a perfect read for fans of Julie Murphy, Ibi Zoboi and Ashley Poston.
Olivia "Liv" James is done with letting her insecurities get the best of her. So she does what any self-respecting hot mess of a girl who wants to SMASH junior year does...
After Liv shows up to a Halloween party in khaki shorts--why, God, why?--she decides to set aside her wack AF ways. She makes a list--a F*ck-It list.
1. Be bold--do the thing that scares me.
2. Learn to take a compliment.
3. Stand out instead of back.
She kicks it off by trying out for the school musical, saying yes to a date and making new friends. Life is great when you stop punking yourself! However, with change comes a lot of missteps, and being bold means following her heart. So what happens when Liv's heart is interested in three different guys--and two of them are her best friends? What is she supposed to do when she gets dumped by a guy she's not even dating? How does one Smash It! after the humiliation of being friend-zoned?
In Liv's own words, "F*ck it. What's the worst that can happen?"
A lot, apparently.
#SMASHIT (Synopsis from Goodreads)

My Thoughts: I enjoyed this. It was fun, and I liked the idea of a book that stresses be yourself, love yourself. I really liked watching Liv's journey. The way she really went for taking chances and conquering her fear. It's an uplifting and important message. Liv goes after things with courage and she's honest with herself. I liked it.
The relationship stuff was interesting. Instead of a triangle, we get so many more options. This was another plus about the book, it really was honest about relationships and sex. Liv knows what she wants. It's refreshing.
I just really enjoyed reading Smash It!. I enjoyed all the time that I got to spend with Liv, I liked seeing her get the most out of life. Her bravery and drive to do the things that scared her was just very uplifting. I'm glad she decided to stop being scared. I thought it was fun. I'd say give it a try.

Francina Simone is a writer of YA Epic Urban Fantasies brimming with Magic and Moral Ambiguity.

From the time Francina Simone entered kindergarten, she loved to read and share words with her friends. When she was in the fifth-grade, she was scared to read aloud and so the teacher concluded she wasn’t very good at reading—Francina read anyway.

Francina left her middle school book club behind for the daunting and exciting life as a high school freshmen. She was quickly told Young Adult books were childish and she should concern herself with finer literature—Francina read them anyway.
Francina waved good-bye to her high school life and strutted into University with her YA books and graphic paper to take notes. She witnessed the birth of a YA trend where publishers flocked to sell their stories to teens…stories that were underdeveloped and glaring with structural issues. The message she heard as a consumer was simple—common belief is YA readers aren’t good enough readers to discern quality stories or they are too childish to tell the difference.
Francina dropped her degree in chemistry and decided enough was enough—and set out to write the quality* stories her fellow readers deserved.
After her formative years she moved to Japan, with her best-friend and husband, land of some of the worlds best story-tellers and creators of unique manga. There she worked on her stories and the quest to understand what authenticity* in story means.
Now she lives in Boise with her husband, son, cat, and Catahoula. She spends most of her time battling the terrible-twos and puppy-dom. But when things are quiet—you can hear frantically typing away; her mind far away with her characters in their quest to make the right decisions in a world brimming with magic and moral ambiguity.

Thanks so much for stopping by my Blog Tour Stop for Smash It! by Francina Simone. Thanks so much to Inkyard Press and Francina Simone for letting me be a part of this fun tour.

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