Commercial Young Adult
Farrar, Straus, Giroux
2 Signed Copies will be given away on Friday, October 30, 2009
About the Book:
What’s your drink of choice? Is it a small pumpkin spice latte? Then you’re lots of fun and a bit sassy. Or a medium americano? You prefer simplicity in life. Or perhaps it’s a small decaf soy sugar-free hazelnut caffe latte? Some might call you a yuppie. Seventeen-year-old barista Jane Turner has this theory that you can tell a lot about a person by their regular coffee drink. She scribbles it all down in a notebook and calls it Espressology. So it’s not a totally crazy idea when Jane starts hooking up some of her friends based on their coffee orders. Like her best friend, Em, a medium hot chocolate, and Cam, a toffee nut latte. But when her boss, Derek, gets wind of Jane’s Espressology, he makes it an in-store holiday promotion, promising customers their perfect matches for the price of their favorite coffee. Things are going better than Derek could ever have hoped, so why is Jane so freaked out? Does it have anything to do with Em dating Cam? She’s the one who set them up! She should be happy for them, right? With overtones of Jane Austen’s Emma and brimming with humor and heart, this sweet, frothy debut will be savored by readers.
Check out our exclusive interview with Kristina Springer!
1) This is such a great book. I read it in one sitting! Where’d you get the idea of matching people together based on their coffee drinks?
Thanks! And believe it or not, the idea came to me while sitting in a coffee shop. I was sitting at the local Starbucks with my husband having drinks. A particular person coming into the store caught my eye and I remember thinking, I know what that person is going to order. So I sorta eavesdropped on her order and it turned out I was right. I told my husband I should write a book about what type of people drink what type of coffee drinks and call it Espressology. He said, Yes! Definitely! He’s always supportive like that. Then I was watching the barista dealing with a customer and I thought no wait, I should have a barista who is an Espressologist and matchmakes people based on their favorite drinks! That became my lucky spot and I wrote the whole book from the same table at that Starbucks.
2) Your character, Jane, seems to be able to read people very well. Is this a personality trait you share?
You know, I do think I am able to read people pretty well. I get a feeling about someone pretty fast and it seems to be right most of the time.
3) What’s your favorite coffee drink and what does it say about you?
Jane and I share the same favorite drink.
Large non fat mocha with no whip
Fun and sweet. A bit naïve. Most often happy. Always friendly. Trying to be health conscious (nonfat milk, no whip) but not that hard (mocha).
4) This would make such a cute movie. Has there been any interest yet? Who can you best picture playing the lead?
There has been some interest and that is fun but nothing official. As for playing the lead? Hmm, that’s tough. Jane looks so specific in my head and I can’t think of anyone who resembles her. Maybe Selena Gomez?
5) This was a fabulous debut novel, what’s up next for you?
I’m super excited about my next book! It’s called, MY FAKE BOYFRIEND IS BETTER THAN YOURS and it’s about two 7th grade BFFs who each think each other’s “boyfriend” is a fake. It becomes competitive (like if one says her boyfriend sent her carnations the other says her boyfriend sent her roses) and hilarious. It will be out in the fall of 2010.
Thanks for having me!!
About the Author:
KRISTINA SPRINGER lives outside Chicago, Illinois. This is her first novel. Visit her online at: www.KristinaSpringer.com
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