Sep 12, 2016

Guest Post: Pasadena by Sherri L. Smith #pasadena

Pasadena by Sherri L. Smith
September 13, 2016 from G.P. Putnam's Sons for Young Readers

Bad things happen everywhere. Even in the land of sun and roses. 

When Jude's best friend is found dead in a swimming pool, her family calls it an accident. Her friends call it suicide. But Jude calls it what it is: murder. And someone has to pay.

Now everyone is a suspect--family and friends alike. And Jude is digging up the past like bones from a shallow grave. Anything to get closer to the truth. But that's the thing about secrets. Once they start turning up, nothing is sacred. And Jude's got a few skeletons of her own. 

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Sherri is heading to TEXAS TEEN BOOK FESTIVAL next month! Be sure to stop by and pick up a signed copy of PASADENA, FLYGIRL, and ORLEANS!

Now, I'll hand things off to Sherri!
Have you ever had a friend who was the opposite of you? Opposite looks, opposite life, opposite style? The girls of Pasadena are like that.  Glamour girl Maggie Kim has it all; good girl Jude, not so much. But they make it work—in friendship and in fashion. Here’s how:

9 Naughty Necessities from the Closet of Maggie Kim

Maggie Kim is a very good at being bad. It’s all in how you style yourself, she’d say. Below are nine little beauties to help you get your glam on. Take it from Maggie, she knew how to shine.

1. Kimono/Caftan – It’s Norma Desmond/Sunset Blvd fabulous

2. Big hat – channeling Audrey Hepburn
3. Red shoes – for bad girls and little girls

4. Besame lipstick – Red marks the spot

5. Grandmother’s pearls – for a touch of class and nostalgia

6. The irresistible Audrey dress from retro chic Trashy Diva in New Orleans. Little black dresses are the canvas, and you are a work of art!

7. Bandeau swimsuit – Because bikinis cry for attention. Bandeaus command it.

8. Slip – sometimes being modest is hot

9. Sunglasses – Casting secret looks and sidelong glances are an art in these wicked shades

Less-is-More Items from Jude’s Duffle Bag

Jude is a no-frills kind of girl. Still, she’s got what it takes to keep up with Maggie. The trick is in not competing. No one does Maggie like Maggie, but no one does Jude like Jude either.

1. Cutoff jean shorts - not too long, not to short

2. Purple tie dye tee – hey, it fits
3. Wrist bracelets woven – bought from a stand in Venice Beach

4. Black chucks no laces – tying shoes is a waste of time
5. Purple tie dye backpack – Even this girl wants to have some fun

6. Crappy sunglasses – so no one can see what you’re thinking

7. An array of mistrustful expressions


8. A cold drink – caffeine, no sugar

9. Nothing to wear to a funeral for a friend

10. LBD with pearls – in honor of Maggie

11. Chapstick – Not looking to be kissed, but ready if it happens