Name: Rebecca Yarros
Book Title: Aeolian
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Tagline: If you finally had everything, would you be brave enough to destroy it?
“I don’t care how hot he is, no guy is worth throwing yourself off a cliff for.” The words slipped out of my mouth before that little thing called a filter could stop them from interjecting into the insipid conversation next to me. By the wide-eyed, gaped-mouth stares I was getting from the girls on the aquatics bench, I’m guessing that was not the input they were looking for.
Wait for it. Wait for it.
Ah yes, there it was: the awkward moment I was so fond of having when I’d spoken before thinking. Luckily, their medley was called on the PA, saving us all from my social gaff. As they disrobed and headed for the fifty-meter, I leaned back against the cold tiles of the wall and slipped my ear buds in, happy to escape my embarrassment.
So here’s the thing; I had a normal life. I guess you could call me average, whatever that means. I was pretty, but in no way a bombshell. I dove for my high school, but never in the run for captain, or homecoming queen. That just wasn’t me. I pulled grades that were good enough to make my parents proud, but not to stand in competition for valedictorian or anything. I tended to hug the middle ground.
I’m not telling you this so you set your expectations of me low, but rather to make you understand that I wasn’t some extraordinary person. Instead, there were extraordinary events that I just kind of rolled with.