I featured TRUTH OR DARE as my Waiting on Wednesday post a while back. So when Little Brown contacted me with the opportunity to participate in the blog tour for Jacqueline Green’s debut, I had to say yes! Today, I’ve got an interview with one of the main characters in this pulse-pounding debut and a giveaway for FOUR copies! Read on.
Jacqueline Green: I think what makes Caitlin unique is how genuinely nice she is. There’s a lot of cattiness in her group of friends, but she never sinks to that level herself. It’s actually my favorite thing about her: she’s gone through a lot, but she’s never lost that kindness. She might have other weaknesses, but in that way, she’s incredibly strong!
IceyBooks: Where did Caitlin earn the nickname “Angel”?
Jacqueline Green: She was voted ‘Class Angel’ in her elementary school yearbook, and the nickname stuck. She earned the distinction because of how sweet she is, but as her best friend, Tenley, would say: her bright blonde hair and big green eyes didn’t exactly hurt.
IceyBooks: Could you say if an incident similar to Caitlin’s ever happened to yourself or someone you know?
Jacqueline Green:I’ve never had any experience with a kidnapping, but I’ve certainly had times in my life that caused anxiety, and I really tried to pull from that when writing Caitlin’s character.
IceyBooks: What’s Caitlin’s favorite food? Favorite movie?
Jacqueline Green: Caitlin’s favorite food is the Big Shebang Omelet at the Echo Bay Golf & Country Club. She loves any food that’s actually a mash-up of many foods. (This, I have to admit, is something we have in common!) However, she also has a fondness for anything from Pat-a-Pancake, an Echo Bay staple that makes all their food—sandwiches, deserts, even French fries!—out of pancakes. Caitlin’s favorite movie has always been The Little Mermaid. Don’t tell anyone, but she’s kind of a sucker for Disney: movies, TV shows, anything. She finds it really soothing. (That might possibly be another thing we have in common…)
IceyBooks: If she could die her hair any color, what would she choose?
Jacqueline Green: I think she’d choose a dark brown. And while she’s at it, she might add a pair of studious glasses. Caitlin has a bit of a love-hate relationship with her willowy, blond looks. She appreciates them of course, but sometimes she worries they keep people from seeing the rest of her, the things that really matter. So I think if she were going to die her hair, she’d give brunette a shot!
IceyBooks: Thanks for joining us! Here’s an excerpt from Caitlin Thomas – one of the main characters in TRUTH OR DARE:
Caitlin gave Dr. Filstone a shaky wave before heading out of the office.
She couldn’t stop rehashing what she’d seen during hypnosis. Was it a memory? She thought of that painted steel train. She’d seen it before somewhere. She was positive. But where? It was what the kidnapping had done to her memory: filled it up with craters so deep she could never reach the bottom. Dr. Filstone called it repression. But to Caitlin it felt more like an invasion, as if somewhere deep inside her brain, a meteorite had crashed. She blew out a frustrated breath.
She wanted to believe what the cops had told her: that there were no loose ends in the case, that it had been tied up long ago. After she’d been safely returned home, the cops found the DNA of a man named Jack Hudson on her jacket, which had surfaced at the beach. It was just the proof they’d needed, and they’d immediately arrested Jack.
But something about it had felt wrong to her, off. When she’d told her parents that, they’d gently explained that she was just experiencing post-traumatic stress. So she’d dropped it. Then, right before the trial, Jack had killed himself—hanged himself from the rafters of his house. He’d left a note behind, with only five short words on it. I can’t be this man. An admission of guilt, according to the cops. As was his suicide, many said. Innocent men didn’t kill themselves. The case was closed.
But sometimes, when Caitlin had one of her nightmares, she got the strangest feeling that they were trying to show her something, tell her something. And more and more, she feared that it was about Jack Hudson.
Jacqueline Green received her BA from Cornell University and her MFA in writing for children from The New School. She grew up in Wynnewood, PA and now lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and their tiny dog (who sometimes moonlights as her writing companion). Truth or Dare, the first novel in a trilogy, is her young adult debut.
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When a simple round of truth or dare spins out of control, three girls find it’s no longer a party game. It’s do or die.
It all started on a whim: the game was a way for Tenley Reed to reclaim her popularity, a chance for perfect Caitlin “Angel” Thomas to prove she’s more than her Harvard application. Loner Sydney Morgan wasn’t even there; she was hiding behind her camera like usual. But when all three start receiving mysterious dares long after the party has ended, they’re forced to play along—or risk exposing their darkest secrets.
How far will Tenley, Caitlin and Sydney go to keep the truth from surfacing? And who’s behind this twisted game?
Set against the backdrop of Echo Bay, an isolated beach town haunted by misfortune, Truth or Dare is a highly charged debut that will keep readers in suspense from beginning to end.