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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Happy release day to Daisy Whitney's When You Were Here + Giveaway!

Who's excited for this book? Raise your hand!

As part of the book blitz for the launch of this wonderful novel, I am featuring Daisy Whitney's When You Were Here.

I am a big, big fan of Daisy Whitney. I've read The Mockingbirds, which is a really amazing book and I was so excited when I found out she has a new book coming out and now it's hitting the shelves. You all should go ran to the nearest bookstore and grab a copy of this! If you're still unconvinced, my review goes up in a little while and maybe I can help you decide. As evident in the blog's name, I am a fan of anything connected to Japan and Danny traveling to Tokyo and experiencing so many things while he's there just made this such a heartfelt read to me.

Filled with humor, raw emotion, a strong voice, and a brilliant dog named Sandy Koufax, When You Were Here explores the two most powerful forces known to man-death and love. Daisy Whitney brings her characters to life with a deft touch and resonating authenticity.

Danny's mother lost her five-year battle with cancer three weeks before his graduation-the one day that she was hanging on to see.

Now Danny is left alone, with only his memories, his dog, and his heart-breaking ex-girlfriend for company. He doesn't know how to figure out what to do with her estate, what to say for his Valedictorian speech, let alone how to live or be happy anymore.

When he gets a letter from his mom's property manager in Tokyo, where she had been going for treatment, it shows a side of his mother he never knew. So, with no other sense of direction, Danny travels to Tokyo to connect with his mother's memory and make sense of her final months, which seemed filled with more joy than Danny ever knew. There, among the cherry blossoms, temples, and crowds, and with the help of an almost-but-definitely-not Harajuku girl, he begins to see how it may not have been ancient magic or mystical treatment that kept his mother going. Perhaps, the secret of how to live lies in how she died.


How was that? Sounds good right? If you can't wait to get your hands on the book, read on below for an excerpt!

About the author:

By day, Daisy Whitney is a reporter and ghostwriter. At night, she writes novels for teens and is the author of THE MOCKINGBIRDS and its sequel THE RIVALS (Little, Brown). Her third novel WHEN YOU WERE HERE releases in June 2013 (Little, Brown), and her fourth novel STARRY NIGHTS (Bloomsbury) hits shelves in September 2013. When Daisy's not inventing fictional high school worlds, she can be found somewhere north of San Francisco walking her adorable dog, watching online TV with her fabulous husband or playing with her fantastic kids. A graduate of Brown University, she believes in shoes, chocolate chip cookies and karma. You can follow her writing blog and new media adventures at

Where to find Daisy:

Daisy Whitney WebsiteDaisy Whitney Twitter / Daisy Whitney Facebook / Author Goodreads
WHEN YOU WERE HERE on Goodreads: 



  1. I've been wanting to read this book from the time I spotted it on Goodreads a couple of months ago. The fact that it's contemp and the protag travels to Tokyo intrigues me very much.

  2. I've been wanting to read this book since I've heard of it. The excerpt was intrigueing! Thanks for the giveaway! :D


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