Once, when I was probably too old for this story to be cute (ten or eleven), my parents were away in the middle of the afternoon. I was in charge of the three siblings younger than myself. I took that responsibility very seriously. I also took all of my Stranger Danger training very much to heart. So when someone called for our mother and my little sister TOLD THE STRANGER ON THE PHONE THAT OUR PARENTS WERE NOT HOME, I was pretty sure we were all going to be murdered.
Thus it was our parents returned home to find us huddling in a fort made of couch cushions, out of view of all the windows, clutching knives.
But were any of my siblings murdered by roving strangers cold-calling houses to find out which ones had no parents at home? No they were not. If that wasn't successful babysitting, I don't know what was.That's a true life tale from authoress extraordinaire Kiersten White's youth, and it's a prime example of why I LOVE reading her work. That VOICE! It's witty and relatable with just a touch of the snarkiness we all love. Most of all, when I'm reading Paranormalcy or Supernaturally (Endlessly comes out July 24th! Squee!), something about Kiersten's voice shining through her character Evie just makes me feel normal. Like all the weird stuff that makes me me is par for the course. I can only imagine that the millions of teenagers buying her books feel the same way, and if there's ever a time you need to feel normal for being weird, it's when you're a teenager!
I'm doomed forever to read whatever Kiersten White puts out there in the marketplace because I love her voice that much. But it's even worse than that. I want you to be doomed with me.
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