New Girl interview with Paige Harbison

h3NewGirlh3pWhatifnobodyknewyournamebrEversinceIarrivedattheprestigiousManderlyAcademyIvejustbeenknownasnewgirl.ButIhaventgoneunnoticedbecauseofher.brbrBeccaNormandythatsthenameoneveryoneslips.ThegirlwhosepictureIseeeverywhere.ThegirlIcantcompareto.Hergoingmissingistheonlyreasonaspotopenedupformeattheacademy.Andeveryonestaresatmelikeitsmyfault.brbrExceptforMaxHollowaytheboywhosenameshouldntbespoken.Atleastnotbyme.EveryonethinksofhimasBeccasboyfriendbutshesgoneandhereIamreplacingher.Iwishitwerethateasy.brbrSometimeswhenIthinkofMaxIcanimaginehowBeccaslifemusthavebeensomuchbetterthanminecouldeverbe.Andmaybeshesstillouttherewaitingtotakeitback.brbrstrongNewGirlstrongbrHarlequinTeenbrAuthorPaigeHarbisonbrPrice19.99brbrbrph3InterviewwithPaigeHarbisonh3pstrongQuestionstrongWhatinspiredyoutocreateacontemporaryyoungadultretellingoftheclassic1938bestsellerRebeccabyDaphneduMaurierbrbrstrongPaigeHarbisonstrongItsjustsosocreepy.IthinkthereissomuchawesomestuffoutthereintheYAmarketbutthiskindofthingseemstobeavintagesortofthingofthepastnow.IthinkitshouldcomebackGoodbyevampireshelloghoststoriesbrbrbrstrongQuestionstrongCanyoutalkingaboutthewritingprocessofNewGirlbrbrstrongPaigeHarbisonstrongItwasdifficultinaway.Iknewalotofthecharacterswouldbeunlikeable.TheywerentreallyverylikeableinRebecca.Eventheunnamedmaincharacter.Intheoriginalshewasspineless.Totaldoormat.IchangedthatbecauseIjustdidntthinkitwouldflyinthesetimes.brbrbrstrongQuestionstrongHowmuchofyourinspirationcomesfromreallifeandrealpeoplebrbrstrongPaigeHarbisonstrongAllofit.IhaveneverincludedanythingthatIhaventseenorheardof.Myfirstnovelgotslackforthemaincharacterbeingsuchabi.ButAthatsthepointandBpeopleareoddcreaturesthathaveitinthemtobetrulytrulyevil.InNewGirltheresalotofdrinkingdrugsandsexualcontent.Iincludednothinginthatrespectthathasnthappenedinmylifewhethertomeorsomeoneelse.Lifeisfilledwithalotofmessedupstuffanditisveryintentionaltoincludealotofitinmybooks.Idontthinkfictionisaplacenecessarilyforplayingpretend.Fictionisabouttakingtherealworldandalteringit.Itsnotaboutpretendingsillythings.Theydontjustfallinloveinsummervacation.Sometimestheycrushonthewrongguyandthereisntsomeperfectotherguyrightthere.MaxinNewGirlisnotaknightinshiningarmor.Hesdamagedanddoesntmakegoodchoices.Hesnotperfectforanyonerightnow.Hesarealteenageboy.Sometimestheyjustdontfitinandbeingthemselvesdoesnthelp.Sometimeswhatdrivespeopleishalfintheirheadsandhalfreality.TomeNewGirlisalltruth.Itsallpossible.brbrbrstrongQuestionstrongWhatisthebestthingaboutcreatingacharacterlikeBeccabrbrstrongPaigeHarbisonstrongIlikeherbecausesheisjustdreadful.SamereasonIlikeBridgetfrommyfirstbook.Shesterriblebutshesalsonotstupid.Sheknowswhatshesdoingbutshesalreadyhalfwaydownthespiral.Iloveflawedcharacters.Particularlytheoneswhohaveameanstreakandarentafraidtouseit.brbrbrstrongQuestionstrongWhatisthebestthingaboutNewGirlbrbrstrongPaigeHarbisonstrongIthinkthebestthingaboutitisthatitisunrelentinginitshonestyabouttheteenagecondition.Im22.Imnotthatfaroutofhighschoolthoughitseemsitonlygetsworseeveryyear.Irememberwhatitwaslikenotthatlongago.Ilikethefantasticalworldofaboardingschoolfilledwithscandal.Alwayshave.IlovedthecreepinessandthedramaofRebeccathefactthatalotofbadchoicesweremadeandthateveryoneisntjusthappyintheend.Ilikedthateveryoneisalmostonthebrinkofmadnesstheentiretime.Itriedtoweavethatthroughmybook.brbrbrstrongVerdictstrongThebookNewGirlwrittenbyPaigeHarbisonisarewriteoftheoriginal1938bestsellerRebecca.ThebooktellsthestoryoftwogirlsthefirstknownonlyasNewGirlissurprisedtofindsheisnotwelcomedathernewschoolandstrugglestofindherplace.ThesecondgirlRebeccaBeccaisthemostpopularnewgirlinschoolwhosepopularitywasonlyoutshonebyhermysteriousdisappearanceattheendofjunioryear.brbrThebookfollowsNewGirlsstoryassheisthrownintotheworldofboardingschooleducationinherfinalyearofhighschool.WhenNewGirlfindsherselfonthebottomofthepopularitylistsheisconfusedandendeavourstofindoutwhy.ThatswhenshediscoversthatthereasonaspotbecameavailableatManderlyAcademywasbecausethegirlwhosespotsshestakenwentmissingthepreviousMay.TomakethingsworsethegirlBeccawasalsothemostpopulargirlinschool.InfacttheonlystudentsofarthathasbeentrulynicetoNewGirlistheoneshewaswarnedawayfromMaxBeccasboyfriend.brbrThebookalsofollowsBeccastaleofherjunioryearandtheeventsthatleduptoherdisappearance.BeccalikeNewGirlwasoncethenewgirlatManderlyAcademy.UnlikeNewGirlthoughBeccawasnotunwelcomeandstrovetobethemostpopulargirlintheschoolbyhavingthebestboyfriendthebestfriendsandintroducingtheschooltotheworldofpartiesalcoholandsex.brbrWhileeveryoneincludingNewGirlbelievesthatBeccaslifeisperfectonlyBeccaknowsjusthowinsecureshereallyisandwhenherboyfriendMaxbeginstodiscoverthetruthBeccasworldbeginstocollapse.brbrThisbookistheperfectbalanceofmysteryromanceandthestruggletobelong.Whilethecharactersarenotalwayslikeableitiseasytorelatetothemandtobecomeinvolvedintheirstory.Ifoundmyselfonmorethanoneoccasionunabletoputthebookdown.AsIbecamemoreandmoreattachedtothecharactersIwantedtofindoutwhathappensnextIwantedtoknowifBeccawouldsuddenlyreturn.brbrWeveallbeenthenewgirlonceandknowhowharditistotrytofindaplacewhereyoubelong.Itswhethertoholdtruetoyourselfortofitintowhatevereveryoneelsewantsyoutobethatisthestruggle.NewGirlshowsusthatlyingaboutourselvesisoftennotthewaytowinpeoplesheartsintheendandthatifwearestrongwewilleventuallyfigureoutwhoweare.brFionaTewppnbspppnbspp


 



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