Christopher Harlan has a new book out called Away From Here. It’s a Young Adult Literary Fiction novel. I’ve got my copy and I’m diving into Christopher’s words today!
Message From Christopher Harlan:
“So, who is this book for?
Anyone who’s ever had a best friend that brought light to the darkness of their lives and helped them find their way when they were lost. It’s for anyone who can remember the intensity of the first time they fell in love—how they would do anything for that person, and how easy it was to lose yourself in that process. This book is for anyone who struggled in school, and finds discomfort in the uncertainty that the future can sometimes bring. It’s for anyone who’s dealt with mental illness—in any form, and in any way—throughout their lives, and for those who have a complicated relationship with their parents. For anyone who’s ever been made to feel different when the world around you tells you to be like everyone else—this is for you. And finally, this book is for the people who understand how the power of love and empathy can help us overcome any obstacle, even if we’re a little messed up on the other side of it. Go pick this one up – what can you lose?”
Away From Here Blurb:
“When I was seventeen years old there were only three things that I knew for certain: I was a mixed up mixed kid, with weird hair and an unhealthy love of comics; I wanted to forget I’d ever heard the words depression and anxiety; and I was hopelessly in love with a girl named Annalise who was, in every way that you can be, a goddess. What can I say about Anna? She wasn’t the prom queen or the perfect girl from the movies, she was my weird, funny, messed up goddess. The girl of my dreams. The reason I’m writing these words.
I’d loved Anna from a distance my junior year, afraid to actually talk to her, but then one day during lunch my best friend threw a french fry at my face and changed everything. The rest, as they say, is history. Our History. Our Story. Annalise helped make me the man I am today, and loving her saved my teenaged soul from drowning in the depths of a terrible Bleh, the worst kind of sadness that there is, a concept Anna taught me about a long time ago, when we were younger than young. So flip the book over, open up the cover and let me tell you Our Story, which is like Annalise, herself – complicated, beautiful, funny, and guaranteed to teach you something by the time you’re through. Maybe it’ll teach you the complexity of the word potato, something I never understood until the very last page.”
You can download a FREE, 7,000 word prequel titled “Our Story—an Away From Here Prequel” (which includes 2 free chapters from the full-length book) here—>
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As always, Keep Writing/Keep Reading ~janisf