80s-Inspired 'Girl Unmoored' Wins 8 Awards and Finalist Categories
Tells Story of Deep Friendship to Cross-Genre Readers
LOS ANGELES, May 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Debut author Jennifer Gooch Hummer has won eight awards and finalist categories for her critically-acclaimed Young Adult novel Girl Unmoored, published in March by Fiction Studio Books. Girl Unmoored, a coming-of-age story set in 1985, has cross-over appeal for young adults and those who came of age in the 1980s. It's been compared to Judy Blume's 1970 novel, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret due to the engaging way it tackles tough issues such as death, grief, infidelity and intolerance.
Girl Unmoored has earned: Winner, Cross Genre, National Indie Excellence Book Awards; Winner, Best YA Fiction, Paris Book Festival; Winner, Best Teenage Fiction, San Francisco Book Festival; Winner, YA Fiction, and finalist for Best Cover Design and Chick Lit, Next Generation Indie Book Awards; and finalist for YA Fiction and Best New Fiction, International Book Awards.
Set in Maine, Girl Unmoored is about a young girl adrift in a sea of chaos. Her mother has died, her father is about to marry a wicked witch and her best friend has dumped her for a newer model. Then she meets Jesus -- the actor who plays him in Jesus Christ Superstar -- and his boyfriend. These three unlikely friends form an unbreakable bond not even death can separate.
Hummer will attend the Next Generation Indie Book Awards reception June 4, at the Plaza Hotel, New York, during BookExpo America. There, she'll accept the award for 2012 Winner, YA Fiction.
Praise for Girl Unmoored
"… just like Judy Blume's 1970 novel, 'Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret' dealt with tough issues like religion, navigating the tween social landscape, and dealing with slowly developing into a woman, Hummer's novel deals with complicated and tough issues teens faced in the 1980s and still face today."
"Love, loss, and the coming of age of one remarkable girl blaze through this haunting debut like a shooting star you'd wish upon. It's tough and tender, funny and smart, and it frankly took my breath away. I loved it."
- Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author, Pictures of You
"… infused with love and punctuated with wry good humor … Apron may be adrift, but Hummer's debut is on track."
- Publishers Weekly
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