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Road Trip Wednesday #70: Like Mandarin!

Welcome to our 70th Road Trip Wednesday!

Road Trip Wednesday is a "Blog Carnival," where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on our own blogs. We'd love for you to participate! Just answer the prompt on your own blog and leave a link in the comments - or, if you prefer, you can include your answer in the comments.

This week, we're celebrating the release of my book, Like Mandarin!

(have you entered YA Highway's amazing Like Mandarin giveaway?)

It was published by Delacorte yesterday, which is absolutely unbelievably insane. In honor of that, I've launched a new Like Mandarin guest tour on my blog featuring posts from YA authors like Beth Revis, Mindi Scott, Elana Johnson, Lisa Schroeder, Daisy Whitney, Lindsey Leavitt, Michelle Hodkin, and more! The prompt:

In Like Mandarin, 14-year-old Grace Carpenter would give anything to be like 17-year-old Mandarin Ramey -- the bold, carefree wild girl of their small Wyoming town. Many people I've spoken to experienced that sort of longing as a teen -- a longing to be like someone else. A friend, a sister, a celebrity, an acquaintance, a cousin, a teacher or, as in Grace's case, a girl you thought had no idea you existed. I know I did!

I'll be giving away a swag pack to one of the commenters* every day of the tour. All commenters are also entered to win a signed, annotated AND doodled-in copy of Like Mandarin.

but wait! there's more!

I also want READERS to participate. And I don't know any group of readers who are more awesome joiners that YA Highways RTW participants! So: everyone who follows the prompt on their own blog, today or anytime before Friday, March 18th, will be entered to win a SECOND copy of Like Mandarin -- also signed, annotated and doodled in! Plus swag.

International readers welcome!

(I'll also send anyone (US or Canada only, please) who follows the prompt a signed Like Mandarin postcard, if they want. Just email me at KirstenHubbard(at)gmail(dot)com with a link to your post and your mailing address.)


Michelle: "Every single mouth in the room dropped, but she didn’t notice..."

Amanda: "The beautiful thing: we were all awkward teenagers . . ."

Emilia: "Four years later, I don't go to all the parties (what happens at those, anyway?)..."

Leila: "I'm going to call her Gabriella, although that wasn't her name..."

Kaitlin: "I thought that maybe someday, I would feel confident like that too..."

Kristin O: "I'm going to have to take you back through a series of embarrassing melodramatic flashbacks..."

Kate: "I'm prone to girl crushes."

Kristin H: ". . . sometimes the most simple are also the most profound."

Song of the week:
"Fade Into You" by Mazzy Star

*Maybe sure your email is in your comments, or on your blog/profile, so I can contact you if you win!

Kirsten Hubbard

Kirsten is the author of Like Mandarin, Wanderlove, and the middle grade novel Watch the Sky.

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  2. ohmygod yay! another chance to win Like Mandarin. I'm TOTALLY in--here's my entry!
    and my email id: alizarauf[AT]ymail[DOT]com
    thank you so much for the giveaways, girls! :)

  3. You guys have to stop spoiling us :D Participating in RTW is always something me and Pam look forward to and now that prizes are thrown in--it's even more sweet! Here is our RTW post...this post was mainly answered by Pam so I will leave her e-mail address.

    Blog post:


  4. Here's my entry:

  5. I don't have a blog, but surprisingly enough, in high school I didn't really want to be like anyone else. I was pretty comfortable in my own skin (or was just clueless to my own shortcomings) and if anything, I wanted to be like my mom! I'm such a boring person, but at least I'm content with who I am.

  6. This is a great topic. My post:


    I'm sick, so mine is short and sweet.

  8. Love love LOVE Like Madarin and love this prompt. Or maybe not so much ... as the title implies, it just might make me cry.

  9. What a great topic! Can't wait to get my hands on Like Mandarin! I blogged about it just a week ago!

    Here's the link to my answer for today's topic.

  10. Great topic and huge congrats to Kirsten! Here's mine...

  11. Here's my entry - yes, I wanted to be a fictional character when I grew up. Email address in the sidebar.


  12. This one was hard to write, but it's done:

  13. Yes, international! My blog post is right here, thanks you guys!
    - Sophia.

  14. Yay! Not that I need an incentive to participate!

  15. Yay! Loved this topic so much.

  16. Oh YAY. :D I loved LIKE MANDARIN so much, and I have thought about this topic. <3


  17. great topic. Like Mandarin sounds like a great book. I'll have to add it to my list of books to read. Here's my post
    Blog post

  18. Here's mine.


    Here's mine

  20. I had trouble answering this one, and here is why:

    And thanks for the contest too! Like Mandarin sounds wonderful!

  21. Here's mine:

    It's a little embarrassing.

  22. This is such a GREAT topic!! Here's mine:

  23. Well, I posted my comment on our teen blog. And, if I get anything free, it'll go straight to the teens! They'll love it!

    Our blog is:
    My email is:


    Here is mine! Thinking about my younger self... /sigh.

  25. This one was tough for me.

    Here's mine:

    Also, FYI: this week I won't be able to comment back on everyone else's posts until tonight or tomorrow!

  26. I'm totally in! Here's my post. I may have to hide my face after this:

  27. I'm so excited to read all these posts. thanks so much for participating, you guys!
    (and I will write ALL OVER the copies of LM I'm giving away. they will be ENTIRELY unique and filled with SECRETS.)

  28. Yay! I'm totally entering! :)

  29. This sounds like fun. I can't wait to drop by and see what everyone wrote. Here's my post:

  30. Woot! Happy release! I can't wait to get my hands on this book.

    Lots of responses this week. I love it.

    Mine is here.

  31. Here's my comment:
    LOVED this topic, came at just the right time... even if I got a bit teary.

    beck [[dot] nicholas [at] hotmail [dot] com

  32. Great topic, and happy release! Here's my blog post:


    Although, really, I might just have to buy it as an early birthday present to myself =)

  33. first time participating:

    can't wait to read the book!

  34. Awesome, thanks for the chance to win!

    Here's my blog post:

    My email is in the sidebar.

  35. Here are my "Mandarins":

  36. Just stoppin by to snag a few - my answer is up too - on time - almost.

  37. What a fun question. I linked in my blog:

    stephsco at gmail.

    Congratulations on the book. I love the cover!

  38. Finally wrote my response! :)

    kaitlinbartlett (at) gmail (dot) com

    I'm loving LM, by the way! I'm about halfway in; the writing is gorgeous <3


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Item Reviewed: Road Trip Wednesday #70: Like Mandarin! Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Kirsten Hubbard