Chick Loves Lit is thrilled to welcome Elizabeth Miles to the blog today!
FORGIVENESS OR FURY CAMPAIGN
Thank you for hosting me as part of the FORGIVENESS or FURY Blog Tour! I’m thrilled about the release of my third novel, ETERNITY, the final chapter of the FURY SERIES. At each tour stop, I’ll be offering advice to teens on how to handle difficult situations (some of which come from the Fury trilogy itself), and I’ll recommend either forgiveness…or fury. I’ll also suggest a few of my favorite YA titles that tackle these difficult scenarios.
Today’s question is: I caught my boyfriend texting other girls – should I choose Forgiveness or Fury?
My advice: As a jealousy-prone person myself, I understand the insecure impulse to jump to the worst conclusions. He’s texting that girl from math class = He definitely thinks she’s smarter and cooler than me. He lol-ed at a girl’s mass text…That’s flirting — right? Well, no. Or at least, not necessarily. Before you get fury-ous (and start texting your ex as “revenge”), ask yourself if you’re reading the signals correctly. Repeat after me: Every text is not a sext. Focus on building up your own confidence, and unless your boyfriend has given you real reason to be suspicious, try trusting that he respects you too much to fool around.
My favorite YA novels dealing with this situation: Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler is devastatingly beautiful (and not just because of the illustrations!). Min writes a letter to her ex-boyfriend, Ed, detailing why they broke up. She tells the story through the collection of inanimate objects they accumulated over the course of their relationship: reflecting on the memories, even though they have already lost their meaning. This book will make you laugh, cry, and want to reread it as soon as you finish it.
Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
Oh man, this book! Paul, an openly gay sophomore in a gay-friendly town, is falling in love with Noah. But when his sort-of ex boyfriend (who is still in the closet) Kyle, comes back into the picture, Paul winds up betraying his conscience and has to fight to win back the love of the boy he really wants. If you haven’t read this yet, do yourself a favor and run to your nearest library or bookstore!
Secrets and revenge make for desperate measures and fateful choices in this gripping conclusion to the Fury trilogy.
The weather is mild in Ascension…but beneath the surface, everything is burning up.
The nightmare Emily Winters has been living through for months shows no sign of ending, as the Furies stay on the peripheral, slowly driving her crazy. Em feels…different. She’s angry, and never cold, and too strong. It’s only a matter of time before she turns into the thing she hates the most. Em needs to take her fate into her own hands, but without Drea’s help, or anyone to turn to, Em is quickly running out of options.
Crow’s involvement with Em has grown more complicated. His visions are taking shape—and it doesn’t look good for Em. But Crow has a plan, and he will do anything to save her. Anything.
JD misses the Em he used to know…and love. She doesn’t seem like herself; it’s like she’s hiding something. When JD begins to learn the truth, he is as scared as he is determined to help her. And Em’s survival may be dependent on his actions.
The Furies love to play games, but this time they’re deadly serious…and they hate to lose.
ABOUT ELIZABETH MILES
Elizabeth Miles grew up in Chappaqua, New York, not far from New York City. She graduated cum laude from Boston University in 2004, worked for several years at the Boston Phoenix, and now writes for the Portland Phoenix, an alternative weekly newspaper. She has won several awards from the New England Press Association and was nominated for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies Award. Elizabeth serves on the board of trustees of Portland Players, a community theater and second home. She loves pizza; she can often be found running around on stage while scantily clad; and a cold winter night in Maine is one of the creepiest and most beautiful things she can think of. Eternity is her third novel.