August SST: What You Left Behind Guest Post + GIVEAWAY!!!

Posted August 30, 2015 by Nori in Giveaway, Guest Posts, Street Team / 1 Comment


Welcome to the Sunday Street Team!!! I am pleased to have Jessica Verdi as one of August’s featured authors.

What You Left Behind 
Jessica Verdi
Release Date: 08/04/2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks

It’s all Ryden’s fault. If he hadn’t gotten Meg pregnant, she would have never stopped her chemo treatments and would still be alive. Instead, he’s failing fatherhood one dirty diaper at a time. And it’s not like he’s had time to grieve while struggling to care for their infant daughter, start his senior year, and earn the soccer scholarship he needs to go to college.

The one person who makes Ryden feel like his old self is Joni. She’s fun and energetic—and doesn’t know he has a baby. But the more time they spend together, the harder it becomes to keep his two worlds separate. Finding one of Meg’s journals only stirs up old emotions, and Ryden’s convinced Meg left other notebooks for him to find, some message to help his new life make sense. But how is he going to have a future if he can’t let go of the past?

Princess Sofia Regular

What was the craziest real life experience that inspired a scene in What You Left Behind?
I’m not sure if this is the craziest, but it’s the one that immediately comes to mind. There’s a scene where Joni gets a tattoo of an elephant, and she explains to Ryden that her dad promised her when she was younger that if she still wanted to get a tattoo when she turned sixteen, he’d allow it. This was the very conversation I had with my own mother when I was around twelve years old, and she stuck to her word—I got my first tattoo at sixteen. 🙂 I also have a tattoo of an elephant, just like Joni.


 About the Author:

Jessica Verdi lives in Brooklyn, NY, and received her MFA in Writing for Children from The New School. She loves seltzer, Tabasco sauce, TV, vegetarian soup, flip-flops, and her dog. Visit her at and follow her on Twitter @jessverdi.

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