Thursday, April 4, 2013

3 Lauren Bjorkman Shares the Bucket Lists of Erin, Linny, and Mei from MISS FORTUNE COOKIE

We're thrilled to have Lauren Bjorkman for our guest post today. Lauren is also mentoring the April First Five Pages Workshop, which will open for submissions this Saturday 4/6 at noon Eastern time. Get more details here.

Miss Fortune Cookie is the story of Erin, a girl living in San Francisco’s Chinatown, a loyal daughter, a senior at an academic high school, and half-Irish with a Chinese heart. The fact that she doesn’t look Chinese causes her a lot of pain. She even created an advice blog, Miss Fortune Cookie, so she can express herself in secret. She has a complicated relationship with her closest friends, and thinks of herself as “the lesser third” in their little group. When some questionable advice she gives catapults her into the adventure of her life—one terrifying night followed by one amazing day—she discovers how much her friends need her and develops new confidence.

Erin’s bucket list:
A second chance at a first kiss (kissing by accident does not count)
Speak to a boy without babbling random facts
Live to see the day when Mei apologizes for what happened in 8th grade
Go to the same college as Linny (without Mei there to ruin it)
Find a boyfriend for Mom that doesn’t yell at the TV during bowling championships.
Develop a superpower

Linny’s Bucket List:
Move a thousand miles from home (or farther)
Do something amazing
Survive the last month of high school
Lose virginity before summer
Make Erin stop putting herself down

Mei’s Bucket List:
Get rejected from Harvard, so that I don’t have to move away from the love of my life
Stay in love forever
Disobey my mom for the first time
Steal back the thing that Erin stole from me

About the Author

Lauren Bjorkman is a hopeless romantic. She met her husband-to-be in her final semester of high school. He had already graduated from college. Three years later on their honeymoon to China, she learned the art of squeezin onto a very full bus, mastered chopsticks, and managed to converse with locals in Mandarin, despite a limited vocabulary. She is the author of two YA novels, MY INVENTED LIFE and MISS FORTUNE COOKIE.

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About the Book

Meet Erin. Smart student, great daughter, better friend. Secretly the mastermind behind the popular advice blog Miss Fortune Cookie. Totally unaware that her carefully constructed life is about to get crazy.

It all begins when her ex-best friend sends a letter to her blog—and then acts on her advice. Erin’s efforts to undo the mess will plunge her into adventure, minor felonies, and possibly her very first romance.

What’s a likely fortune for someone no longer completely in control of her fate? Hopefully nothing like: You will become a crispy noodle in the salad of life.

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  1. What a cool way to create intrigue around and interest for characters! Thanks for sharing these bucket lists :)

  2. I won the international giveaway from =) You have a nice review! Here's mine if you don't mind:

    Thanks and have a nice day! :)

    1. I just saw this! Congrats and thank you for the link. :-)


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