Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Measuring Up by Nyrae Dawn Character Interview, Giveaway and Book Review!

I am so excited to be able to share this amazing book with you today. I knew Nyrae was awesome but after finishing this book, she just proved how great her writing really is. In fact she is just full of awesomeness.

I don't even think my review will do this book justice, which makes me a little sad but I hope either way, this is one book you add to your TBR pile and read...soon, like maybe right after you finish reading this post soon.  Truly don't miss out on this book, you would really regret it. This is one book I will be re-reading again I loved it that much. 

Seventeen-year-old Annabel Conway is tired of the Hillcrest High School elite making her life miserable because she’s not a size two. This summer, she's hiring a personal trainer to help her lose weight.

Annabel doesn’t expect her trainer to be a gorgeous guy around her age. Boys like Tegan are jerks. They pretend to like girls like her so they can make an idiot out of them. Been there, done that. Totally not going there again. She kind of hates him on principal. Blond. Muscular. Funny. It doesn’t help that he knows her measurements!

Soon, Tegan's so much more than that. He’s the boy who teaches her to box when she has a bad day. Who jogs with her and lets her set the pace. Who kisses her until she melts. He makes her feel beautiful regardless of what the scale says. Unlike her mom, he doesn’t expect perfection, and he doesn't try to shield her from the world like her dad and best friend. Tegan likes her the way she is.

But what happens when he’s not there? He can’t always be there…

Will Annabel be able to stand on her own and learn that she already measures up? That her worth doesn’t lie in what the world thinks, the scale says, or even what Tegan tells her—but in herself?

 Sounds pretty good right? Well that isn't all.

Not only can Nyrae write a great book and amazing characters, but she talked them into coming here today and doing an interview with me. I mean, how awesome is that? 

Character Interview:

MGO: "Thank you so much Annabel and Tegan for being here today,  I am so excited that you agreed to answer a few questions for us! I absolutely loved reading about you two!"
(gets slightly distracted by the cuteness that is this couple)

Umm, yeah, anyways, as I was saying, I just loved all the wonderful messages that were in this book. You two, well you two are amazing. (hmm, I seem to be saying that word a lot).
My first question is for Tegan, what were your first thoughts of Anabel when you saw her for the first time in the parking lot of the gym? (I would tell you to be honest, but it seems I don't have to. You pretty much have that covered already. ;) )

Tegan: "Hahaha. Yeah, I’m good with the honesty thing. I can’t really say exactly what it is I thought. I was intrigued. She had this determined look on her face, but then she’d back down. I knew she had fight in her because every time she walked away, she turned around and fought her way back until she made it inside. I respect that kind of strength."

MGO: "Annabel, what woudl you say you love most about Tegan? I know, I know, this questions really isn't a fair one, I mean, I am practically in love with him, he really is fantastic but, what is the one thing you just love about him most?"

Tegan: "My Abs."

Annabel: *Annabel swats him* "It is not your abs… though they are kind of nice. I love how good he is. Like you said in the beginning, he’s honest and real. He looks for what’s inside of people and doesn’t judge on anything else. It’s incredible"
*Tegan leans over and kisses her*

MGO: "Awwww! Alright Tegan, what would you say has been your favorite date with Annabel so far?"

Tegan: "Probably the first one. You read it, right? That kiss? The whole day? Yeah…I was definitely into that date. We have fun just chillin’ though. I like running with her. Food fights are cool too. The first one ended nicely…."

MGO: *clears throat and blushes slightly "Umm, yes, yes it did. *clears throat again.* My, is it hot in here?"
Annabel as a fan of the paranormal, which would you rather kiss? A werewolf, a fairy or a vampire? And no cheating and choosing Tegan, however tempting thinking about kissing him may be, because I am pretty sure he isn't paranormal. (squints eyes and peers at him for a moment) At least I don't think he is..."

Annabel: "Hahaha. I have to admit, I’ve been reading a lot more realistic fiction lately. Paranormal is great, but now, there’s something special about seeing everyday girls like myself get their happily ever after. Girls who don’t have powers, or destiny or anything like that. They’re just real and they can get the guy too. They might not save the world or a race, but we can save ourselves and that’s pretty cool."

Tegan: "Okay, I don’t know why, but what you just said was really hot"
Annabel: *Annabel winks at him* "If I had to choose though, I’d probably say a vampire. Werewolves are too hairy."

MGO: "Okay, I have to ask, smoothies? Really Tegan? What is the deal with your obsession with smoothies?"

Tegan: "Not JUST smoothies. It’s has to be berry, berry blast. If you ever had one, you’d understand"

MGO: "What do you two most look forward to in the future?"

Annabel: "That’s hard. I’m enjoying the present. I’m excited to be in college with Tegan next year. That’ll be a new chapter for us. Something else for us to figure out together, I guess." 

Tegan: " What she said. Hahaha."

MGO: "Okay last question I promise. This just might be the most important one too, are you ready for it?
I don't want to give anything away about your story but I know you both learned a lot along the way, about life, about yourself and about each other. Really your story was a beautiful one that I know I will read over and over again. I loved the secondary characters almost as much as I loved you guys, especially Tim, for some reason he just stole my heart with his funny cute ways and big heart. 

So I guessmy last question is this (tries to keep a serious face) Annabel, if Tim were older, say you know, closer to your age, would be have given Tegan and run for his money?"

Annabel: *laughs hysterically* "That’s great. I love Tim. He’s a fantastic kid and a girl will be lucky to have him one day, but he’s like a brother to me. For me, it’s always been Tegan." 

MGO: "Awww! You two are so adorable. Thank you so much for being here today!! I wish you all the best!!" 

Tegan and Annabel: "Thanks for having us!"

My Thoughts and Review on Measuring Up
Before I even got to the actual book, the dedication page captured my heart. Truer words were never spoken.

Annabel. I couldn't help but love Annabel. How many of us (especially woman) haven't hated something about ourselves, especially in high school. Whether it was our weight or our height. Our looks, our clothes, what we drove, where we lived, maybe even our family. Being a teenager is a tough time, especially with peer pressure and all the insecurities that come with just being young and trying to find your place in the world.

My heart really went out to her and for her and really for anyone that has ever been in her place before. Her self esteem was pretty much nonexistant and I just wanted to give her a great big hug and tell her she was so much more than outside appearances. And then, I hate to say it, but then, I wanted to smack her mother. What kind of mother does and says those things to their child?
Sadly, I know it happens. Every. Single. Day. And that is just heartbreaking.

Annabel's voice felt so real. I loved her sarcasm, her innocence and her goodness too. And I loved that she was strong, even when she didn't think she was, she was.

Her Dad, gah, I think I love that man! He was just awesome and I was so thankful that she had him as her father. He was everything a father should be to his little girl.

Can I talk about Tegan now? I seriously loved him, more so than I have in a long time with a male protagonist. There were the obvious reasons to like him of course, how good he was, his kindness, how hard he worked for his family, his goodness and yes, the hottness factor too but there were other things too, little things that just added up and made him a really great character.

This was such an inspirational story about being true to oneself, having faith and believing that anything is possible and not letting others opinions about us, define who we are.

This is a story with characters that I will be thinking about long after I have set the book down, long after their story is over.

It is going to be really hard picking something up next and not wanting to compare the two and not missing Annabel and Tegan and all their greatness.

This deserves no less than 5 Stars!!


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  1. What a great read this was for you. The characters sound terrific and I am sure it is a book that I woud take something away from. Thanks for sharing this today and for the giveaway, Ali!

  2. This is a fabulous read and I think anyone that reads it will definitely take something from it away with them afterward.

    Good luck in the giveaway Heidi and thanks for stopping by! :)

  3. What a cute interview. This sounds like a wonderful book, I'm glad you loved it so much. Definitely entering the giveaway. Thanks! :)

  4. I love character interviews!!! And these two do sound like the cutest couple :) I already feel like I know these characters - so great!

    I do think the cover should've shown more of the way Tegan really looked like instead of another "pretty girl".

  5. they truly were fantastic characters and this interview was just great. It really showed their personalities!