Book Blitz: I Stop Somewhere by T.E. Carter with Guest Post & Giveaway @tecarter7 @chapterxchapter


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We are so excited to introduce you to a new title coming February 2018 from Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan! I Stop Somwhere by T.E. Carter is described as THE LOVELY BONES meets ALL THE RAGE. Got your attention yet?  

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  “an unputdownable mystery. Don't miss it.” - Hayley Chewins – Author “Visceral with both rage and tenderness and impossible to put down.” – Amelinda – Goodreads Reviewer “unapologetic and gorgeous and raw”Rachel Solomon – Author “powerful and profound and makes you think” – Amanda Searcy - Author  


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THE LOVELY BONES meets ALL THE RAGE in a searing, heartbreaking contemporary story of a lost teenager, and the town she leaves behind.

Ellie Frias disappeared long before she vanished.

Tormented throughout middle school, Ellie begins her freshman year with a new look: she doesn’t need to be popular; she just needs to blend in with the wallpaper.

But then the unthinkable happens and Ellie is trapped after a brutal assault. She wasn't the first victim and now she watches it happen again and again. She tries to hold on to her happier memories in order to get past the cold days, waiting for someone to find her.

The problem is, no one searches for a girl they never noticed in the first place.

TE Carter’s stirring and visceral debut not only discusses and dismantles rape culture but also makes you slow down and think about what it is to be human.

I Stop Somewhere by T.E. Carter Publication Date: February 27, 2017 Publisher: Feiwel & Friends


Nobody noticed me as I cut through the room. I made my way outside, into the cold. Spring was playing games with us. Weeks earlier, it had snuck in overnight, erasing our memory of winter in a matter of hours. When we’d gone to bed, winter had lingered in the snowbanks and in the way the trees still hunched over from the weight of it. And then suddenly, spring. We woke to birds singing, birds who appeared to have been shipped overnight on a secret train, and we remembered music.

But now, winter was trying to force a comeback. Everyone outside stood looking at the pool, wondering what happened. I was shivering, wearing a skirt and thin shirt I’d borrowed from Kate when spring was still a promise.

I saw him from the periphery. From the in-between where the people inside faded into the background, but the people outside were only figures in the night. It made sense; I was a periphery girl.

“Hey,” I said to his back.

When he turned to look at me, I swear the light from the porch surrounded him. But I think I made that up. I think I want to remember him that way. I want to believe there was something that made him special. I want to believe that loneliness doesn’t just mess with our hearts.

“Ellie! You came,” Caleb said.

“I said I would.”

“I know. I wasn’t sure, though. I worried. You’re late.”

I’d walked to the party, after telling my dad I was going to a friend’s. He wouldn’t have stopped me from going to Gina Lynn’s. I didn’t have other friends, so it wouldn’t have made a difference if I’d said her name. But, for some reason, I lied. I lied and I don’t know why I did.

“Yeah, well, I was doing things.”

He laughed. “Mysterious things. Of course. I’d expect nothing less from my Elusive Ellie.”

My. I heard it. The claim he laid on me. I smiled at the word.

He moved closer and I stepped back. It was automatic. Since earlier in the week, by my locker, I hadn’t stopped thinking about the possibility. But now that he was close again, I was scared. I was afraid of the way I knew I’d hurt if he waited months to talk to me again. I didn’t want to fall for a guy just because he’d smiled at me and said my name a few times. I was afraid of what would happen if there was more to it than that, but I was also afraid of how I’d feel if there wasn’t.

“I don’t think I’m supposed to be here,” I said.

I’d always imagined being wanted. Of someone loving me. Choosing me. But here was this boy and if he kissed me, I knew I’d always worry about going back to not being wanted.




I have a serious addiction to Game of Thrones. I could – and sometimes do – watch old episodes all day long. One of the things I love about the show is the complexity of the characters, but last year, a lot of people kept saying that Ramsey Snow/Bolton was boring. It was interesting that they thought so, because I found him vile but not boring. Their argument was that he was evil just for the sake of being evil and that’s overdone in fiction.

This got me thinking. Are villains without deeper complexity than being villains boring? I despised Ramsey, but I also found him unique among the rest of the characters on the show. Every character (well, at least the vast majority) in Game of Thrones can be understood with a little empathy and perspective. Yes, we were mad that Olly killed Jon, but who wouldn’t do the same? If you were Olly, wouldn’t you want to kill someone who had befriended the same people who murdered your parents in front of you?

Ramsey, however, was never sympathetic. He wasn’t the complicated or brooding bad boy trope. He wasn’t Heathcliff, whose abusive nature was somehow, while not excusable, understandable because of the abuse he himself experienced. No, Ramsey was a sociopath. He was sadistic and evil.

Outside comic books (superhero comics primarily), we don’t see a lot of these villains anymore. We don’t see evil because it’s evil. We see people shaped by society or corrupted or angry with bad coping skills, but we don’t see people who thrive on evil. This is especially true in YA. There aren’t a lot of plain bad characters. Voldemort was even given a backstory and we almost felt for him. As Tom Riddle anyway.

I don’t think we see as many “cookie cutter” villains anymore as people often think. Gone is the clear distinction between good and evil. It’s been gone since the classic monster literature of the Romantic and Victorian eras. In our world now, we want to know why Grendel attacks Herot in Beowulf. We need to understand Iago. There’s even a desperate desire for rationalizing Satan – and John Milton wrote an entire poem that we’re still reading with that purpose in mind.

I’ve heard people say good stories don’t have villains for the sake of being villains. Conflict needs complexity, they say, but I reply, turn on the news. People are murdered daily. Rape and human trafficking are a part of our world. There’s domestic abuse and racism and terrorism and school shootings. Sometimes, sure, there’s complexity to these things, and perspective can help. However, sometimes there’s evil. Some people murder because they can. They hurt others because they enjoy it. Sadly, there isn’t always an answer as to why people do things that are evil.

Fiction is a mirror to the world. Whether in fantasy or contemporary realism or historical fiction or romance, there’s conflict and there’s character, but there is also a peek into the lives of others. The best books make us believe that these are people we could know, that these experiences could happen to us. Unfortunately, things happen every day with no reason or justification. Some people are just bad. Why shouldn’t villains be, too?


TE Carter was born in New England and has lived in New England for pretty much her entire life. Throughout her career, she’s done a lot of things, although her passion has always been writing. When she’s not writing, she can generally be found reading classic literature, obsessing over Game of Thrones (she’s one hundred percent Team Lannister), playing Xbox, organizing her comic collection, or binge watching baking competitions. She continues to live in New England with her husband and their two cats.

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