Friday, August 13, 2010

Contest: The Absolute Value of -1

Annnd now for the second part of the Pub Stories ritual, we have a contest! If you didn't read Steve Brezenoff's pub story, you should. And if you want his book, here's a chance to get it.

The absolute value of any number, positive or negative, is its distance from zero: |-1| = 1

Noah, Lily, and Simon have been a trio forever. But as they enter high school, their relationships shift and their world starts to fall apart. Privately, each is dealing with a family crisis—divorce, abuse, and a parent's illness. Yet as they try to escape the pain and reach out for the connections they once counted on, they slip—like soap in a shower. Noah’s got it bad for Lily, but he knows too well Lily sees only Simon. Simon is indifferent, suddenly inscrutable to his friends. All stand alone in their heartache and grief.

In his luminous YA novel, Steve Brezenoff explores the changing value of relationships as the characters realize that the distances between them are far greater than they knew.

Want? Comment (and leave your email address!)! You have until next Thursday, August 20th. USA & Canada only.
1 entry per person.
+ 1 if you link to this contest
+ 1 if you link to Steve's Pub Story
Leave as many comments as you have entries (so one entry, plus if do like fifty extras, you leave 51 comments), explaining what you did in each extra comment for those extra entries (links to where you linked and whatnot). Also, email addresses.

Contest over. Winners announced here.


A.S. King said...


Sara J. Henry said...

Yes! SaraJHenry(at)gmail(dot)com

Ashley said...

Ooh please enter, thank you! :)

Ashley said...

+1 Sidebar at


Anonymous said...

Oh please enter me!

Sara J. Henry said...

And presumably +1 for tweeting a link? @SaraJHenry

A.S. King said...

I tweeted the link @AS_King

asking (at)

Unknown said...

Wow, that cover is one delightful mess of art :P and that summary is very mindblowing! I definitely want in! :)

This sound like an intense read!


Katrine said...


Larissa said...

Cool beans! Contests are awesome, and so was Steve's pub story! :)

lchardesty at yahoo dot com

Shari Maurer said...

Would love to win this!

and I tweeted at @sharimaurer

Jonathon Arntson said...

So def want this book. I may or may not already have it on order. I may or may not want more than one copy.

jonarntson at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I cannot wait to read this book!! Thanks for the contest =)


Anonymous said...

Linked on my sidebar:
+1 - Escape Through the Pages


Liviania said...

As a math geek, I love the title.

inbedwithbooks AT yahoo DOT com

Anonymous said...


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