Em and Em
by Linda Budzinski
Publication Date: Sept 15, 2015
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Genre: YA, Contemporary
The last thing sixteen-year-old Emily Slovkowski wants is to move away from her home at the Jersey shore, gorgeous surfer boyfriend Zach, and her entire identity. But that’s kind of how Witness Protection works, and Em must prepare herself for an epic do-over as she starts a new life in the Midwest.
Even as she pines for sandy beaches and the night life of the shore, the newly-named Ember O’Malley finds herself making new friends, taking photos for the high school newspaper, and thinking an awful lot about the paper’s editor, an oddly cute cowboy named Charles.
When Em stumbles upon a shady beneath-the-bleachers exchange between one of the school’s football coaches and a student, she refuses to get involved. The last thing she needs is to be witness to another crime or call attention to herself. Besides, she finally has some real friends – well, real except for the fact that they don’t know a single thing about her – and she prefers to keep it that way until the trial.
But as her day in court approaches, Em begins piecing together what she saw that day beneath the bleachers. And, as her own past secrets start to catch up with her, Em needs to figure out who she really is – Em or Em.
Click HERE to add to Goodreads
Emily Slovkowski/Ember O’Malley: Chloe Grace Moretz
Emily/Ember is a complex character in the book, not only because she has two identities (though there is that!) but because she has a vulnerable side and a tough side, an innocent side and a seen-way-too-much side. Chloe Grace Moretz has awesome range as an actress and is ultimately a role model for girls today, so I feel like she’d make the perfect Em!
Charles Moore: Ben Stillwell
Charles is nerdy and sweet and maybe a little out of place at his school, but with a large dose of hotness. So … yeah. Ben Stillwell.
Zach Reagan: Austin Butler
The actor who plays Zach has to exude a beach boy, surfer vibe. Zach is gorgeous and laid back. He’s a little flighty but not stupid. And he’s basically kind but a bit too self-absorbed. I think Austin Butler would do a great job playing him.
Claire: Dakota Fanning
Claire is pretty much the nicest person on the face of the earth, the girl any of us would love to have as our best friend. Dakota Fanning just oozes “sweetheart” both in her acting roles and in real life. And, she’s taking a women’s studies course at NYU (where Claire wants to go!) to examine the role of women in film. Ultimately, sweet, mild-mannered cheerleader Claire is the only girl in the book to address Emily’s slut-shaming in the feminist sense.
Linda Acorn Budzinski decided in the second grade that she wanted to be a “Paperback Writer,” just like in the Beatles song. She majored in journalism in college and now works in marketing and communications. She spent 18 years at a trade association in the funeral service industry, where she discovered that funeral directors are some of the bravest and most compassionate people on earth. Linda lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, Joe, and their chihuahua, Demitria. She has two step-daughters, Eris and Sarah. THE FUNERAL SINGER is her debut novel. She is represented by Andrea Somberg of Harvey Klinger Inc.
THE FUNERAL SINGER is Linda Budzinski's first novel.
Click HERE to follow the tour