Yes, it’s me, your long-lost friend JOANNA!
So, first off – I know it’s been a long time.
A very, VERY long time.
And I apologize for that.
But I hope you know that I have an excuse for being totally, unabashedly, MIA.
I’ve been writing my new book, RULES OF SUMMER, and I’m finally DONE!
I know I told you guys about the new book in my previous post, “The Secret I’ve Been Dying to Share.” But here’s a quick recap: Rory and Isabel, both 17, are spending the summer in the same beachfront mansion in East Hampton. Isabel is the daughter of the blue-blooded family that owns the mansion, Rory’s the niece of the family’s housekeeper. When they meet, it’s pretty much dislike at first sight. The two couldn’t be more different: Isabel’s the privileged beauty who’s used to having guys fall at her feet. Rory’s the driven student who’s always been the friend, never the girlfriend. But soon they realize that they have more in common than they thought… especially when each girl begins a summer romance that will change her life. The book, which will be published by Poppy, will be out next May. I know, I know, it’s far from now, but it will be here before we know it, I promise!
One of the best parts of writing this book was pretending that it was summer all winter long. Summer is, and has always been, my favorite season. And even though I live in LA, it is decidedly not summer year-round, no matter what anyone tells you. (In fact, it can get quite chilly out here, believe it or not. I always need a jacket after the sun goes down, even in July.) But now the jacaranda trees on my street are in full periwinkle bloom, and if I so much as stay outside for more than a minute without SPF, my nose is bright red. Summer is almost here!
And with that comes my “summer resolutions.” For some reason, I always make resolutions in May/June instead of in January. Maybe this is because I went to summer camp as a kid, where I’d learn new sports and make new friends and have an altogether different experience than the one I had at school. Summers were always a time of starting over and trying new things. So this morning I woke up thinking about all the stuff I want to read, do, make, wear, and try for the first time this summer. And this list includes (but isn’t limited to):
1. Reading! On my list is The Marriage Plot, by Jeffrey Eugenides (and State of Grace by Ann Patchett, and The Uncoupling by Meg Wolitzer, and the latest from Emily Giffin, and Jennifer Weiner, Elin Hilderbrand, etc, etc.)
2. Finding the perfect pair of cork wedges
3. Finally filling my bike tires so I can take a spin around my neighborhood
4. Taking Edie to the beach (where I sadly never seem to go even though I live in LA!)
5. Cooking some decent veggie dishes (lately I’ve been flirting with meatless cuisine, but don’t know how to make anything but salad and rice and beans)
6. Planning a trip to NYC!
What do YOU guys want to do/try/read/wear this summer?? Let me know!
Also, THE DAUGHTERS JOIN THE PARTY is now available in paperback! Nice and portable, just in time for that train/plane ride or trip to the beach. See? I so have summer on the brain!