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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

"Multi-Faceted, Multi-Cultural, Multi-Amazing" Love Edy by @ShewandaP #romance



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Love Edy

Written by Shewanda Pugh

Genre: YA Romance

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When Edy Phelps falls hard for her best friend, she knows nothing can come from it. Forget actual chemistry, or the fact that she cherishes his mother more than her own; centuries of tradition say that Hassan will grow up, marry the girl his parents pick, and forget his best friend: the dancer with the bursting smile.

Except he can't.

In a world erupting with possibilities for the boy with a body of steel and dreams of the NFL, everything seems promised while nothing at all is; when he's denied the girl he wants most. 

Two hearts. Two families devoted through generations of friendship.

Could Edy and Hassan really risk all that? And yet ... how could they not?



An excerpt from

Love Edy


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Here's what

Fans are saying


Multi-Faceted, 
Multi-Cultural, 
Multi-Amazing

I had the privilege of reading this book prior to its release, and I learned something: Shewanda Pugh builds character like nobody's business. She infuses their worlds with so much culture and intelligence and amazing detail, so much that you feel like you're reading the words of dear friends. Not only that, but there is tension here and lots of it.

Edy and Hassan have grown up together. Their families are the best of friends. They might as well be siblings, but as it turns out, their feelings are demanding more than that, and that's a problem. Hassan's parents will one day be choosing his wife for him as part of their religious and cultural traditions, just as their own marriage was arranged, which leaves Edy out of the equation. And as the fated pair go about their high school lives trying to avoid the truth of their feelings, a lot of drama ensues.

Even if you're not a regular romance reader (like me), you want to add this one to your Must Read list. Pugh's talent transcends genre--she's just a damn good writer, period--and the story of Edy and Hassan's forbidden love will captivate you.



A Can't-Put-Down Novel 
With Beautiful Language

Love Edy is heartwarming, exciting, intimate, beautiful, and everything that one could possibly want in a romance. From the very first page, the novel will captivate readers and keep them along for the ride. I could not put down the book until I reached the final page (and even then, I didn't want to, there was just nothing left to read).

Books like Love Edy make me incredibly happy in the way that they bring diversity into YA. Not everyone in the world is one race, one socioeconomic classification and one religion, and blending cultures to more accurately mirror reality is wonderful.

It also shows the conflicts that still exist between cultures and beliefs. Edy and Hassan are perfect for each other, but they have to face a difference in religions, and the tradition of arranged marriages that exists in Hassan's culture. These are real-world issues, and it is nice to see them tastefully done in a YA fiction.

Love Edy is a beautifully written novel with wonderful description and incredible dialogue. I loved every second of it, from the lighthearted scenes of friendship and the swoon-worthy romance to the portions that got darker. I can easily recommend this novel, although I would put aside some time to begin - once you do, you'll have trouble stopping. I'm eagerly looking forward to the next installment.

— Justine


Author Bio

Shewanda Pugh


Shewanda Pugh is a tomboy who credits Stephen King with being the reason she writes romance. In 2012 she debuted with the first novel in a three part contemporary adult romance series, Crimson Footprints. Since then, she's been shortlisted for the AAMBC Reader's Choice Award, the National Black Book Festival's Best New Author Award, and the Rone Award for Contemporary Fiction in 2012 and 2013.

She has an MA in Writing from Nova Southeastern University and a BA in Political Science from Alabama A&M University. Though a native of Boston, MA, she now lives in Miami, FL, where she can soak up sun rays without fear of shivering. Her first young adult romance, Love Edy, is a coming of age tale that released on June 24th, 2014.

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