OMG, yet again… OH.. MY … GODS! Andrew Smith did it again! I had to jump when Amy gave me first choice for the tour! Since I had a recipe, the infamous Stanpreme Pizza, for the Grasshopper Jungle Tour, I had to do another one. This time I gave Andrew Smith the power to choose what recipe I would share for his latest book. I love what he suggested, and my youngest daughter Willow would have lived on these for the first three years of her life. We were hard pressed to get her to eat anything else. Geoff loves my current “adult” version of her favorite, and like this book, I had to add a bit of a KICK to the recipe I shared. Happy Mama’s Kitchen Mondays and Welcome, Andrew, to the blog again. Thanks for the great tour opportunity Lady Reader’s!
Destiny takes a detour in this heartbreakingly hilarious novel from the acclaimed author of Winger, which Kirkus Reviews called “smart” and “wickedly funny.” --
Finn Easton sees the world through miles instead of minutes. It’s how he makes sense of the world, and how he tries to convince himself that he’s a real boy and not just a character in his father’s bestselling cult-classic book. Finn has two things going for him: his best friend, the possibly-insane-but-definitely-excellent Cade Hernandez, and Julia Bishop, the first girl he’s ever loved.
Then Julia moves away, and Finn is heartbroken. Feeling restless and trapped in the book, Finn embarks on a road trip with Cade to visit their college of choice in Oklahoma. When an unexpected accident happens and the boys become unlikely heroes, they take an eye-opening detour away from everything they thought they had planned—and learn how to write their own destiny.
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100 Sideways Milesbroke me the first time I read it. This last week I re-read it to prep for the tour and ..(looking down at my ass) yep, he broke me again. Bloody hell, Andrew! This is another must read. I talked a little bit about boys who read. I was told by someone that boys do not read, it was around when this book was finally out (beginning of September). I was not planning on posting a new release post but when the opportunity to have a commentary about it arose, I went for it. If you want to read it, go ahead and check it out HERE.
He penned another tale about two good friends. One who has a .. small run in with a horse. The other boy, Finn, has a father whose has written a cult classic and within the pages Finn is immortalized. With his eyes being heterochromatic perhaps he was just inspirational? Whatever the reason is these boys are both dealing with what every teenage kid goes through, as are all of their friends. Except Andrew Smith never does anything safe, so be prepared for another in your face just the way it is young adult, literary fiction. Don’t get me wrong, this is pretty normal, or vanilla perhaps (snort), compared to Grasshopper Jungle.Funny, a lot of the story strikes out in an effort to establish normalcy. Of course.. I… Gosh there is so much more but I would totally spoil it.
As usually Andrew builds a world with the personalities of all the characters involved. The harsh language, the typical sexual revelations, as any teenage boy is known to spout at any given time. Nothing is to much, or to little. It is a well balanced meal that may have you popping the top button when you are finished reading it, but certainly because it was to much. Mostly so you can stew in your own brain juices and enjoy … pondering. Layers upon layers, seemly so simple. Much like the recipe I am going to attach, simple looking but horribly complex to make.
I laughed my ass off several times in this wild ride. Again Andrew Smith is still at the top of my must read list. This was going to include my eldest son, Nathan’s thoughts. He currently has been working long hours and said he doesn’t have enough time to read it and write it again since his only free time are his bathroom breaks. I will repeat a few choice phrases when I asked him how it was going:
“HOLY SHIT, MOM! OMG.. I LOVE Andrew Smith… Fuck’n’eh!”
It went on from there and when I asked for it last week, he bailed. I think mostly because he read it like any good book should be read, for the experience. It was how I read it the first time. The second time was so I could write this to you. Another complex and yet so simplistic feeling story. When I asked Andrew “If 100 Sideways Miles was a meal, what would it be?” Andrew answered…
OUT OF THIS WORLD GRITS! (Cheesy Grits..with a kick)
Grits are not as simple as they look. It takes watching your pot, stirring, not over salting and making sure you can get it to just the right low for simmering. Personally I like my grits with a bit of a south-western flavor.
5⅓ cups water
1⅓ cups quick cooking grits (not instant)
1½ tsp salt
3 oz cream cheese
2 tbs butter
¾ cup shredded Monterrey Jack Cheese
1 finaly minced Jalapeno
Bring water and salt to boil on medium high heat.
Add grits slowly, stirring constantly to prevent lumps.
Add the Jalapeno and continue to stir until they are blended throughout.
Reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer for 20 to 25 minutes or until desired tenderness and consistency.
Chunk the cream cheese and add into grits. Stir in the butter, then shredded cheese. Stir until well blended.
You can serve them as is, on the side with a simple omelet or with your bacon and egg scrambler. Hubby likes to add a small dollop of sour cream and cayenne pepper. You can have them plain or as fancy as you want. Grits are amazing!
If you have never had grits, or if the only grits you have had are at a Wafflehouse, do yourself a favor and try them again.
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The Bishop of Young Adult Fiction
Check out the video from Simon & Schuster about 100 Sideways Miles and the history which was researched and is part of Andrew Smith’s own California. Anyone who researches William Mulholland’s great mistake, the St. Francis Dam disaster–you can find some remarkable accounts and photographs of that little-known catastrophe (probably the worst single-day loss of life in California history), which complements the story in the novel. Even the little girls Finn sees (they are named in the book) can be found in photographs from various online archives. (see links above also)
About Andrew Smith
Andrew Smith is the award-winning author of several Young Adult novels, including the critically acclaimed Winger (Starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Booklist, and Shelf Awareness—an Amazon “Best of the Year,” and an ALA Top 10 for 2014) and The Marbury Lens (A YALSA BFYA, and Starred reviews and Best of the Year in both Publishers Weekly and Booklist). Grasshopper Jungle has also won the 2014 Boston Globe Horn Book Award for fiction. He is a native-born Californian who spent most of his formative years traveling the world.
His university studies focused on Political Science, Journalism, and Literature. He has published numerous short stories and articles. Grasshopper Jungle, a starred novel by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and Shelf Awareness, is his seventh novel. Just recently the New York Times called it a "Literary joy to behold!" and Sony has will be releasing the movie in 2016. 100 Sideways Miles is his 8th novel published by Simon and Schuester.
Andrew lives in a very remote area in the mountains of Southern California with his family, two horses, two dogs and three cats. He doesn’t watch television and occupies himself by writing, bumping into things outdoors, and taking ten-mile runs on snowy trails.