Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: March 10, 2015
Victoria Matherson's summer to-do list looked something like this:
1. Get organized for college
2. Complete summer job at Dad’s office
3. Spend a romantic summer with Adam
During the first week of her summer vacation, Victoria’s super planned life suddenly swerves completely off track. Her boyfriend breaks up with her unexpectedly, she gets in a near-fatal car wreck, and her parents announce the end of their twenty-year.
Victoria decides to live life messily, to take chances, and finally to rebel. Taking on the new name of “Tori,” she creates a checklist of rebellion:
#3 Get an extreme haircut
#6 Pierce something
which she’ll use to show everyone around her that all the changes to her perfectly organized life haven’t affected her in the least. Even though they have.
With the help of her quirky and cute co-worker Zack, Tori will check off the crazy items on her list and learn what it means to give up control and be free. But just how far will she go?
This book and its character was totally inspired by my stepdaughter, Victoria. She was hanging out one day just sitting on the couch staring off into space as she looked deep in thought. Then she just started talking about things she wanted to do.
Like things she needed to do as soon as possible. Things like, dye her hair, pierce something, get a tattoo. I laughed because these things were pretty out of character for her. She kept listing things in similar fashion and I jokingly said, “It sounds like you’re making a rebellion checklist.” That was it.
I loved the way the phrase sounded. I loved the idea of a rebellion checklist because it’s so non-rebellious to make a list of rebellion. I wrote down the title and thought about a character backstory of why this girl would want to suddenly go on this journey of having a list and I sat down and wrote the first draft.
After writing the book I chopped all my hair off into a pixie cut. It was something I’d always wanted to do and I finally got up the nerve and did it. The only rebellious act my stepdaughter has done is to get a tattoo.
Susan Soares lives in a small town in Massachusetts where she balances writing fiction with raising her three daughters. When she’s not writing she can be found reading, experimenting with photography and planning her next Disney World trip.
Susan recently received her master’s degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University, and will be pursuing teaching soon. She is available for guest posts and interviews.