Hi Guys. Thanks for stopping by. Today, I’m excited to be part of the THE UNSEEMLY EDUCATION OF ANNE MERCHANT blog tour. Author Joanna Wiebe has decided to share with us a Mixed Tape created by her character Ben Zin for Anne Merchant. Hope you guys enjoy it! First let’s take a peek at the book, and don’t forget to enter the awesome Giveaway!
The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant
(The V Trilogy #1)
by Joanna Wiebe
So many secrets for such a small island. From the moment Anne Merchant arrives at Cania Christy, a boarding school for the world’s wealthiest teens, the hushed truths of this strange, unfamiliar land begin calling to her—sometimes as lulling drumbeats in the night, sometimes as piercing shrieks.
One by one, unanswered questions rise. No one will tell her why a line is painted across the island or why she is forbidden to cross it. Her every move—even her performance at the school dance—is graded as part of a competition to become valedictorian, a title that brings rewards no one will talk about. And Anne discovers that the parents of her peers surrender million-dollar possessions to enroll their kids in Cania Christy, leaving her to wonder what her lowly funeral director father could have paid to get her in and why.
As a beautiful senior struggles to help Anne make sense of this cloak-and-dagger world without breaking the rules that bind him, she must summon the courage to face the impossible truth—and change it—before she and everyone she loves is destroyed by it.
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Ben Zin’s Mixed Tape for Anne Merchant
Ben’s note, held with an elastic band around the tape Anne will never receive:
I hope you know I didn’t mean what I said in quad today – although I fear you take everything I say at face value and, in turn, hate me.
Nothing I’ve said to you is close to what I’ve wanted to.
Even now, even in a simple note, I can’t be direct. I can’t be real. I know how frustrated that makes you – the secrecy, the half-truths – but please trust me when I say that I would rush to tell you everything you need to know if blood oaths of secrecy didn’t hold my tongue.
Know my intentions are good, A.M. Know you have been on my mind longer than you can imagine. And know that there’s a part of me that worries you would run from me if you knew the truth.
My dad used to make my mom mixed tapes to say he was sorry. If you’re not too mad at me or too busy with Pilot, please listen closely to this one – to Side A in particular. And remember that I’m doing my best to share the truth with you without breaking any rules. I really need you to listen as closely as you look, okay? Please.
Your friend, in spite of what I said,
Side A: For Your Head
Lost in My Mind – The Head & The Heart
Bury Me With It – Modest Mouse
Secrets – OneRepublic
Do You Realize? – The Flaming Lips
One Step Closer to Knowing – U2
Side B: For Your Heart
Crazy for You – Madonna
Lovesong – The Cure
Help Me – Joni Mitchell
Walkin’ After Midnight – Patsy Cline
Silver Road – Sarah Harmer
Listen to the playlist of Anne Merchant, including these selections from Ben Zin, here
About Joanna Wiebe:
By day, Joanna is a copywriter and the co-founder of CopyHackers.com and Page99Test.com, a critique site for published and unpublished writers. As an undergraduate student, Joanna won several academic awards for excellence in creative writing: Canada's James Patrick Folinsbee Prize, which she won twice, as well as the Godfrey Prize.
After graduating, she lived for a year on the remote northern island of Hokkaido, Japan, which is the inspiration for the verdant Wormwood Island of the V Trilogy. She holds a BA in Honors English and an MA in Communications from the University of Alberta and lives with her partner Lance in Victoria, British Columbia.
The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant is her first novel and the first installment in the V Trilogy.
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