3 Sides to a Circle by Jolene Perry and Janna Watts
Age Group: New Adult
Release Date: February 25, 2013
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Love is the ultimate rush.
Freshman year of college isn't easy. But with a friend like Libby Patterson, it is unforgettable.
Libby is honest and fearless and adorable. She's the girl on campus that everyone knows. The life of every party. Infectious and addictive, Libby captivates all those around her. Particularly her roommate Honor and their boy bestie Toby.
But three isn't always a magic number. And there's more to this trio than what everyone sees.
When Honor finds herself falling for an artist, and Libby doesn’t approve, and Toby finds himself watching Libby more than he should...the sides of their circle become strained.
The three are suddenly stretched between friendship, love and taking sides. They must fight to hold on to each other. But the tighter the hold, the harder it gets. Especially when Libby's unpredictability turns dangerous. Now it's up to Honor and Toby to save her from the downward spiral that could break their circle for good.
Today we’re going to discuss how to take on the manic pixie trope and win. First, you need to understand that this is a lesser known character trope than Mary Sue, but it is still highly criticized in some circles.
So how did we end up with a book that is about a manic pixie? Well, we did it on purpose. We wanted to systematically take on a character like this and give her depth and complexity and a fully developed arc. And we wanted to do it without any of it being from her point of view.
Libby is that girl. The one we’ve all met at some point in our lives. She’s the girl that everyone wants to be or everyone wants to be with. Until she’s not. Until all the cracks in her person start to show and instead of “full of energy” you start to see “dangerously ungrounded”.
In T3 Sides to a Circle, we wanted to write about this girl from the POVs of the two people closest to her. We wanted to see how they fell in love with her initially like everyone else and how they figured her out in the end like no one else could.
The truth is, we’ve all had manic pixies in our lives. The trope does, in fact, come from somewhere. (Think Rayanne from My So-Called Life). But the more important part of the truth is that manic pixies are far more complicated than they appear. Libby has a complicated emotional landscape and at the end of the day, we decided we couldn’t totally trust her to tell her own story. She needed Honor and Toby to do it for her. And we hope that they did her justice.
Favorite Libby lines:
“That laugh is amazing. It’s like the best girl laugh I’ve ever heard. Gorgeous and musical and all of those things and it makes you even prettier. You should laugh more, Honor. Seriously. Guys will be pounding down our door to screw you if they hear that laugh.”
“It is way too early in the game for either of the two of you to consider messing around. Trust me on this. It’ll ruin us and I like how we are right now. So you’re both going to need to hold that thought for a little bit longer. Until I get sick of the two of you. Or you get sick of me. Now stop looking at each other like that and let’s get off campus. I have a plan.”
~Jolene and Janna
Jolene wears juvenile T-shirts, worn-out Chucks, and eats too much chocolate. She makes up words, drinks Shirley Temples, and suffocates a little without her iPod.
Janna wears juvenile pajama pants, worn-out Chucks, and wakes up ridiculously early. Pen name abuser. Rule Breaker. Trouble maker. Corrupter of youth. In books.
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