Title: One Week of You
Author: Lisa Williams Kline
Publisher: Blue Crow Books
Publishing Date: February 1, 2019
Genres: Teen/YA Contemporary
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For Lizzy Winston, one week will change everything.
Fifteen-year-old Lizzy Winston has always been a good kid—and she sees the good in most everyone else, too. When she meets the charismatic Andy Masters, she starts crushing hard. He distracts her from other parts of her life that she’s trying to hold together. Her grades are slipping, she causes her mom to miss a new job opportunity, and her friends’ actions are making her question what’s right.
Andy seems like a great guy. He’s funny and charming, the Clown Prince of Lakeside High. He loves digging up news stories for the high school TV station, but he’s got some secrets of his own. As he and Lizzy get closer, she grows skeptical of his motives. When she does her own digging on Andy, she learns that everyone has secrets—no matter how good they seem.
Someone’s pulling pranks at Lakeside, and Lizzy thinks she knows who it is. When the pranks escalate and put students in danger, she must decide where her loyalty lies. She doesn’t want to get a friend in trouble, but if she keeps quiet, someone will get hurt. In one week, she learns that adulthood brings new, complicated responsibilities. Is she ready to do the right thing if it means losing her friends?
One Week of You Review
Meet Lizzy Winston: 15 year old high school freshman, aspiring doctor, passionate cheerleader….one of the most relatable characters I’ve ever seen.
Quite literally half of this book was spent being exasperated by her and then immediately realizing that she was honestly doing her best, and I really felt that.
Also I thought my life was insane before I read this book. I have since changed my mind 😂. I will now forever be grateful that homeschool is protecting me from a lot of high school drama.
(Because believe me, it does exist.)
So Lizzy is smart, athletic, sweet, and responsible, right? Just a nice girl. Except… we don’t really see that, and that’s the beauty of her character. In a single week, we see Lizzy transform without even really knowing what she was like before. And each day she starts to lose herself–she’s doing things she would have never dreamed of doing, in a bad way. But it’s amazing to watch because seeing Lizzy struggle with the mess she created made me feel so seen. Being a teenager is really, really hard, and Lizzy definetly had her fair share of trouble–and in one week, too!
I’m docking half a star for a couple unnecessary uses of language, but otherwise there wasn’t anything concerning.
Also, there was something that I thought was a little weird at first, but now I get it and it is genius. The book was written in first person from Lizzy’s perspective, and there were a couple places where the narration seemed to get distracted from what was happening in that moment. And it was a little weird to read at first but then I realized…that’s how Lizzy’s brain works. That’s how MY brain works. You’ll be in the middle of a stick situation but thinking about something slightly off topic at the exact same time and… yeah that was genius.
My final thoughts: the cheerleading bits were awesome, I am very pleased by the representation. Lizzy is easily my favorite character, but I loved how everyone had their own problems but were trying to make things work and/or help each other (just like in real life!), and even though the Winston family definitely isn’t perfect, they all love each other and were trying their best to work together. The relatability factor of this book was 200% and I kind of want to try the flour baby assignment.
On the whole, this book was amazing, and I will recommend it forever.
**I received a physical ARC to review. This does not change my opinion**
Interview With Lisa Williams Kline
Q: Do you actively seek story inspiration, or do the ideas just come to you?
A: Ideas seem to come to me. Sometimes I find that doing other artistic activities can spark ideas – such as going to a play or listening to music or painting a watercolor. Also sometimes when my brain is on “autopilot,” such as when I’m cleaning the house or going for a walk, ideas seem to float up. I also sometimes get inspiration from newspaper articles or other things I read. And, of course, for some of my books, such as One Week of You, I’m inspired by events that take place in real life. Both of our daughters really had to carry a flour baby as part of their health classes. And there really were three bomb threats in one week at one daughter’s high school. I wanted to write about both things, one of which was kind of funny, the other of which was serious, and I decided to take on the challenge of weaving them into the same story. And then I added the real memory of my first crush in high school.
Q: Do you have a daily writing routine? If so, what does it look like?
A: I love reading about the routines that other writers have! I’m obsessed with it. But mine is kind of boring. If I’m on deadline, doing a revision, I can literally work all day. My best writing time is between noon and six. While I’m working on a first draft, though, I work for a couple of hours and then I get antsy and have to go walk around, do laundry or clean the bathroom or walk the dog. And bang my head against the wall. And in the morning I drink coffee.
Q: What’s your favorite genre to read and/or write?
A: Right now I’d say women’s fiction and YA. I also love reading literary fiction.
Q: What makes One Week of You and One Week of the Heart special to you as a writer and as a person?
A: Many of the events that happen in One Week of You actually happened, in slightly different form, to our daughters when they were in high school, so I feel as though writing this book has helped me preserve memories of that time, which is very special. Also, writers generally love all of their characters, but I particularly love the character of Lizzy. She’s forgetful, and she makes mistakes, but she’s good-hearted and passionate and truly wants to do the right thing. When she makes a mistake, she wants to fix it. When it came time to find Lizzy’s voice again for the prequel One Week of the Heart, I was able to find it again fairly easily after over a year, maybe because I was so fond of her. The germ for the story of One Week of the Heart was a summer program that I attended when I was in high school. I didn’t want to go – I wanted to hang out at the pool with my friends – but my parents made me. It turned out to be an amazing experience that I have remembered for decades because my final project was an animated film, and my dad helped me by taping our movie camera to the basement ceiling and helping me take pictures of my cartoon drawings, one frame at a time.
Q: Do you have any advice or tips for young writers?
A: First, read. Read the kinds of stories and books that you want to write. And read all kinds of different things, too. You can learn so much about craft and storytelling by studying what other fine writers have done.
Second, practice your writing. So many people write one story, and then are crushed when they can’t get it published. However, they wouldn’t expect to be able to perform in a piano recital the first time they ever sat down at the piano. They wouldn’t expect to win a free throw contest the first time they ever held a basketball. So we shouldn’t expect to get something published the first time we ever try to write a story. Learning to tell a story takes practice, just like music and sports. So, write lots of stories. You’ll improve. I’ve been at this for many years and I still feel like I’m learning every single day, and I still yearn to be a better writer.
And the real joy of writing isn’t publication – it’s the amazing process of discovery that writing can be. You can learn so much about yourself and the world through the reflection that writing provides. And writing friends are the best. So embrace the process.
Thanks so much for having me, J Long Books! I hope readers are inspired to read One Week of You and One Week of the Heart. At least for a short time, One Week of the Heart is free!
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Title: One Week of the Heart
Author: Lisa Williams Kline
Series: One Week of You #0.5
Publisher: Blue Crow Books
Publishing Date: September 14, 2020
Genres: Teen/YA Contemporary
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Lizzy has an unforgettable week during the summer before her freshman year of high school in this lighthearted prequel to Lisa Williams Kline’s One Week of You.
For fifteen-year-old Lizzy Winston, summer is the time to do what she loves most: hang with the people who know her best. But this year, summer science camp with her best friend Kelly turns out to bring more drama than she bargained for.
Kelly and Lizzy made a pact years before: they will never act like fools because of boys. But this summer, Lizzy has her first crush and learns that your brain can’t always control your heart.
Old friendships are put to the test as new ones bloom in this sweet novella that reminds us of how much one heart can grow in only a week.
One Week of the Heart Review
One Week of the Heart is such a great novella! It’s set the summer before One Week of You, and we get to see a lot more of Kelly and Lizzy’s relationship, which makes me really happy. Lizzy’s not nearly as rebellious as she is in the novel, but this prequel definitely plants the seeds for that. From missing cheer camp for medical training to sneaking out to becoming a hero, Lizzy sure knows how to have an adventure in a mere week.
And, like I said, we see a lot more of Kelly and Lizzy’s relationship in this story, which is pretty cool as it gives the novel more context. You could probably read this novella before the novel (I read it after) and still be fine, as there’s a bit of recap. It can serve as a great introduction to our recurring characters or as a fun return to the story. And it seems our Lizzy will never fail to be relatable 😂. The poor girl cried a lot more in this one and honestly I don’t blame her at all. BFF relationships can be tough, and it was cool that we got to see more of that in this story.
On the whole, a very good read, and I am so grateful I was given the opportunity the review these books.
**I received a digital ARC to review. This does not change my opinion**
About Lisa Williams Kline:
Lisa Williams Kline was such a daydreamer as a kid that she once stopped to pet a dog while running from third base to home in a neighborhood baseball game. Fortunately, she ended up as a writer, where daydreaming pays off, and is the author of ten books for young people, including Eleanor Hill (Carus), winner of the North Carolina Juvenile Literature Award, Princesses of Atlantis (Carus), Write Before Your Eyes (Delacorte), and the 5-book Sisters in All Seasons series (Zondervan). Her most recent book, from Blue Crow Publishing, is One Week of You, with its companion prequel novella, One Week of the Heart. She lives in North Carolina with her veterinarian husband, Jeff, and numerous spoiled pets. Their two daughters visit frequently with their dogs and as can be imagined they have a howling good time.
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