Happy Monday, friends! It’s the beginning of a brand new week and I can think of no better way to kick things off than with a cover reveal! Today, I’m so excited to partner with my friends at Penguin Teen in order to share with you the exclusive cover reveal for The Fall of Innocence by Jenny Torres Sanchez! Coming to a bookstore and library near you June 12th 2018 from Philomel Books, The Fall of Innocence tells the heart-wrenching story of sixteen-year-old Emilia DeJesus, a young girl doing her best to move beyond a traumatic attack in her past and the far-reaching legacy this leaves both for herself and those around her. In the wake of movements like #MeToo and Time’s Up, empowering initiatives meant to confront and address issues like sexual harassment and assault, gender bias and wage inequality, the forthcoming release of The Fall of Innocence could not feel more timely or important and I’m so honoured to be able to share one small moment in this book’s journey to publication. Please read on to learn more about this haunting young adult contemporary novel, including an exclusive cover reveal, a special note from the author about the novel’s origins and inspiration and a chance to win a signed, advance reader copy of The Fall of Innocence from the Penguin Teen!
About Jenny Torres Sanchez
Jenny Torres Sanchez is a full-time writer and former English teacher. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, but has lived on the border of two worlds her whole life. She is the author of Because of the Sun; Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia; and The Downside of Being Charlie. She lives in Orlando, Florida, with her husband and children.
I’m the kind of person who enters a building, or finds herself in a crowd, and immediately looks for exits. I’m the kind of person who often imagines the worst and braces for it. It’s not a great characteristic, I know, but it comes in handy at times. Especially when I started this book. I knew immediately it would be a book about danger.
This is the story of a young girl named Emilia who finds herself in danger in the most innocent of places: a school playground. It’s inspired in part by a time when I was nine and stayed after school on the playground. I was fine, nothing happened. I happily spent an hour swinging on the jungle gym and playing make believe games. But my mother didn’t know where I was, and in that time, she imagined the very worst.
Emilia’s story is about those moments that could have been. About those things that are irreversible and the fears that become reality for too many people. It’s about all-consuming danger and the kind of micro danger that weaves into our lives on a daily basis, especially the lives of girls. It’s about the very real danger of simply being or identifying as female. We walk this earth being told we can do anything, go anywhere, and we can. But we often have to walk through dark forests and dangerous labyrinths to get there. For the world to pretend fear and danger is not more prevalent in the lives of girls is irresponsible at best, fatal at worst.
That’s what really motivated this book. I wanted to say to the world, this danger is real. And there is real danger in ignoring it.
This cover represents all of this perfectly — the foreboding forest in the background, the reminder of childhood innocence and vulnerability at the forefront. And the haziness of winter, of cold and isolation, all around. It makes me want to wrap myself in the security of a blanket. I can even hear the crows crying in the distance.
Title The Fall of Innocence
Author Jenny Torres Sanchez
Pages 448 Pages
Intended Target Audience Young Adult
To Be Published June 12th 2018 by Philomel Books
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The Lovely Bones meets Thirteen Reasons Why in this gorgeous, haunting, and tragic novel that examines the crippling – and far-reaching – effects of one person’s trauma on her family, her community, and herself.
For the past eight years, sixteen-year-old Emilia DeJesus has done her best to move on from the traumatic attack she suffered in the woods behind her elementary school. She’s forced down the memories – the feeling of the twigs cracking beneath her, choking on her own blood, unable to scream. Most of all, she’s tried to forget about Jeremy Lance, the boy responsible, the boy who caused her such pain. Emilia believes that the crows who watched over her that day, who helped her survive, are still on her side, encouraging her to live fully. And with the love and support of her mother, brother, and her caring boyfriend, Emilia is doing just that.
But when a startling discovery about her attacker’s identity comes to light, and the memories of that day break through the mental box in which she’d shut them away, Emilia is forced to confront her new reality and make sense of shifting truths about her past, her family, and herself.
A compulsively-readable tragedy that reminds us of the fragility of human nature.
As an extra, exciting bonus, Penguin Teen have been kind enough to offer one lucky reader the opportunity to win an advance reader copy of The Fall of Innocence! The prize will be distributed once ARCs become available. Please fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter!