My Crunchy Life by Mia Kerick Blog Tour with Guest Post & Giveaway

Welcome to our stop during the My Crunchy Life blog tour. We've got a fantastic guest post to share with you. Be sure to read all the way through and enter the giveaway!

Genre: YA Contemporary - LGBTQ
Release Date: June 26th 2018
Harmony Ink Press

John Lennon fought for world peace, but sixteen-year-old hippie hopeful Kale Oswald’s only made it as far as tie-dying his T-shirts with organic grape juice. Now he’s ready to cement his new hippie identity by joining a local human rights organization, but he doesn’t fit in as well as he’d hoped.
After landing himself in the hospital by washing down a Ziploc bag of pills with a bottle of Gatorade, Julian Mendez came clean to his mother: he is a girl stuck in a boy’s body. Puberty blockers have stopped the maturing of the body he feels has betrayed him. They’re also supposed to give him time to be sure he wants to make a more permanent decision, but he’s already Julia in his heart. What he’s not sure he’s ready to face is the post-transition name-calling and bathroom wars awaiting him at school.
When Kale and Julian come face-to-face at the human rights organization, attraction, teenage awkwardness, and reluctant empathy collide. They are forced to examine who they are and who they want to become. But until Kale can come to terms with his confusion about his own sexuality and Julian can be honest with Kale, they cannot move forward in friendship, or anything more.  

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If My Crunchy Life were a movie…

Hi. I’m Mia Kerick, author of My Crunchy Life, a work of YA LGBTQ fiction with romance.

To be honest, I thought long and hard about who would play Julian in a movie as I wrote the book. In fact, I actually used a certain actor as my mental image of him. So this is where I will start.

Julian Mendez… played by Ezra Miller

I loved him in Perks of Being a Wallflower. I think he would do justice to Julian’s quirky, snarky, and very complicated character.

Kale Oswald… played by Ansel Elgort

He’d have to grow out his hair, lighten it, and then he’d need the mandatory dreadlocks.
But he’s cute and has a slightly confused expression, like I picture on Kale.

Hughie Oswald… played by Grayson Russell

I realize his hair is red not brown, but the face… it’s just a little bit nerdy and he appears somewhat injured by life, which is true for Hughie.

Kandy… played by Amber Riley

We’ve seen her bright smile on Glee, and she’s perfect to play Julian’s compassionate and bubbly friend, Kandy.

And then there’s Anna… Kandy’s BFF and Julian’s other “volunteer friend.” The one who cries easily.

Anna… played by Hailee Steinfeld
(Anna and Kandy could sing an awesome duet to cheer Julian up when the world is too cruel)

And now for the teenage villains.

Sydney Harper… played by Anna Kendrick
Picture the Twilight Jessica Stanley character… that’s what I’d be looking for.

And then there’s Robbie… played by Michael Pitt
Sorry, but he just looks a little bit mean.

Finally the adults…
Hughie’s Mom AKA Aunty Serenity… played by Anna Farris

I know her from House Bunny. She would be perfect for the part.

Julian’s awesome mother, Mrs. Mendez… played by Tess Holliday

Loving and hardworking and beautiful, that’s Julian’s mom.

Sam Oswald, Kale’s dad and Hughie’s Uncle… played by Will Ferrell

He’s funny, even when he doesn’t mean to be, and has a heart of gold.

I think my movie would be a HUGE BOX OFFICE HIT!! Don’t you?

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About the Author
Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—all named after saints—and five nonpedigreed cats—all named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject.
Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled men and their relationships, and she believes that sex has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press for providing her with an alternate place to stash her stories.
Mia is proud of her involvement with the Human Rights Campaign and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of marital equality. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.
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