Thursday, March 5, 2009

Shrinking Violet Contest #2 + 2nd Prize Added

Shrinking Violet by Danielle Joseph
Contest # 2
Book Out: May 5, 2009 (We're getting close now!)

Summary: High school senior Teresa Adams is so painfully shy that she dreads speaking to anyone in the hallways or getting called on in class. But in the privacy of her bedroom with her iPod in hand, she rocks out -- doing mock broadcasts for Miami's hottest FM radio station, which happens to be owned by her stepfather. When a slot opens up at The SLAM, Tere surprises herself by blossoming behind the mike into confident, sexy Sweet T -- and to everyone's shock, she's a hit! Even Gavin, the only guy in school who she dares to talk to, raves about the mysterious DJ's awesome taste in music. But when The SLAM announces a songwriting contest -- and a prom date with Sweet T is the grand prize -- Sweet T's dream could turn into Tere's worst nightmare....

Contest: As Tere is exceptionally shy and finds solace and release in her music, this contest will combine those two. To enter, you have to leave a comment (with your email!) of a song that would suit someone who is shy.
Danielle Joseph is going to help choose the winner, based on your song, and if you DO win...


First Place: An ARC of Shrinking Violet and Danielle will include your song on the book's soundtrack, which you can find on her website:

Second Place: A small Shrinking Violet gift pack (purple again!)-- lip gloss, notepads, and violet gum.

Open too: International (this might be the last contest open to everyone for a little while, so take advantage!)

Ends: Saturday, March 21

This contest is part of the Book Room Reviews Giveaway Carnival:

Another contest (not part of the carnival) can be found in the left sidebar. It's for Willow by Julia Hoban. Click the link for more details.


mindy said...

the first one that comes to mind is express yourself thanks for the giveaway minsthins(at)optonline(dot)net thanks for the giveaway

Alyce said...

I've always been kind of shy, and I really like "Beautiful Flower" by India Arie because it is a song of encouragement for girls who are going through hard times; a song of empowerment, confidence and courage.

akreese (at) hotmail (dot) com

diesel51 said...

Pink, Get this Party Started. This girl needs to come out of a shell and listen to this song and start her own party, life that is.

Amanda said...

The first song that comes to mind is No Way by Pearl Jam, which is about learning to live without worrying about what other people think.

My address is amandagignac [at] gmail [dot] com. Thanks!

livingmyhappilyeverafter said...

OH I have to say either Shy girl by O- Town (yes O-town, I know!)

or Falls apart by sugar ray (which is my fave.)

livingmyhappilyeverafter at yahoo

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Adele said...

"From Where I am Standing" by Schuyler Fisk which is one of my favourite songs ever!
I doubt you know it but here's the first verse-

From where i'm standing
You're the quiet side of the road
And i can't stop looking at you
Your head is hanging trying to beat those goodbye blues
I bet you'll be fine
I bet you'll be fine

Great comp, Lauren (you know my email)

Polo.Pony said...

I think this one would suit the song pick good because I interpret the meaning of it to be breaking out from your shy, keep everything inside, shell to something that is huge and wonderful and bold and free!

The song is: "Reachin' For Heaven"
Singer: Diana DeGarmo

Thank you for the contest!

My email address is:

Rue said...

Keep Myself Awake by Black Lab comes to mind. The "I" in the song just seems lost and unsure and kinda shy.

Thanks for the chance to win!
ruthann (dot) francis (at) gmail (dot) com

Blodeuedd said...
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Blodeuedd said...

Hm, hard one, what song would fit a shy girl...well since I was born in the 80's.
Too shy with Kajagoogoo

blodeuedd1 (at)

Chantele said...

"Shy" by Sonata Arctica comes to mind...:)


Medens G. said...

I choose Invisible by Taylor Swift. Its a song about a girl who really likes this guy but he never even really sees her. He's into someone else that's not all that great and she just wishes that they could be together but her being so shy she knows it could never happen. I think this is an awesome song and it would be perfect for someone shy.

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Erin said...

Not to be, well, shallow - but I like to rock out to "Rockstar" by Miley Cyrus when I'm frustrated by my sometimes-shyness. :)

deltay said...

I'm pretty shy too. :)

As for a song for shy people, I would say that Demi Lovato's This is Me is quite beautiful.

Here are some of the lyrics that I think fit exceptionally well:

Always been the kind of girl, that hit my face. So afraid to tell the world, what I've got to say. But I have this dream right inside of me. I'm gonna let it show, it's time to let you know. This is real, this is me, I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be now; gonna let the light shine on me. Now I've found who I am, there's no way to hold it in, no more hihding who I wanna be. This is me.

The lyrics are very inspiring/empowering.



anyone remember the song wiht the lyrics-- at seventeen I learned the truth...thats the one


anyone remember the song wiht the lyrics-- at seventeen I learned the truth...thats the one

Megan said...

I thought of Listen To Your Heart by Roxette. All shy girls should listen to your heart.

Megan (the book geek)

Ann Diana Dinh, said...

Silent Type - Karl Wolf


Shooting Stars Mag said...

Thanks for all the suggestions!! Best of luck in the contest! :)


Steph Su said...

Ah, shyness. We all know what that feels like. I don't know why, but ever since I read this post, I can't get the song "Beautiful Boy" by John Lennon out of my head. It's not directly about shyness, and it's not even about a shy GIRL, but it's just a simply stunningly soothing song that hopefully makes listeners feel less alone.

Michelle Kuo said...

I think the PERFECT song for a shy person would be Wallflower by Priscilla Ahn. Here are some of the lyrics to let you get an idea of it:

"Do you see me standing there in the corner
I was alone, I always am at these big parties
Watching you, watching everybody
Wishing I was more outgoing
Wishing I was dressed up pretty
Wallflower, I'm not here, no one sees me
Wallflower, I'm by myself, please excuse me..."


velocibadgergirl said...

I think the Counting Crows song "A Murder of One" would be great for a shy person. I sure loved it when I was a shy high school senior :D

velocibadgergirl at gmail dot com

A Paperback Writer said...

Dream, dream dream dream

When I feel blue in the night, and I need you to hold me tight
Whenever I want you, all I have to do, is
I'm afraid I have to disagree with momforever; Janis Ian's "At Seventeen" isn't about being shy. It's about being rejected and lonely because of a society that judges everyone by their looks.
Lennon's "Beautifuly Boy" isn't about shyness either. It's John's song about his then-5-year-old son Julian.

My first thought for a song about shyness was the annoying "He's So Shy" by the Pointer Sisters. But it's obviously about a guy.
The only song I can think of that might be appropriate for the thoughts of a shy girl (or guy) is the Everley Brothers' song "Dream," which is about a person who -- for an unnamed reason -- cannot have a real relationship with the object of her/his affections. Shyness is a possible reason.
Here are a few of the lyrics that might fit:

I can make you mine, taste your lips of wine, any time, night or day
Only trouble is, gee wiz, I'm dreamin' my life away

I need you so that I could die, I love you so, and that is why
Whenever I want you, all I have to do, is

Dream, dream dream dream, dream

She Became A Butterfly said...

time by chantal kreviazuk:
Time, where did you go?
Why did you leave me here alone?
Wait, don�t go so fast
I�m missing the moments as they pass
Now I�ve looked in the mirror and the worlds getting clearer
So wait for me this time
I�m down I�m down on my knees I�m begging for all your sympathy
But you (I�m just an illusion) you don�t seem to care (I wish that I could)
You humble people everywhere (I don�t mean to hurt you)
Now I�ve looked in the mirror and the worlds getting clearer
I�ll take what you give me. please know that I�m learning
So wait for me this time
I should�ve know better
I shouldn�t have wasted those days
And afternoons and mornings
I threw them all away
Now this is my time
I�m going to make this moment mine.
(I shouldn�t have wasted those days)
I�ll take what you give me. please know that I�m learning
I�ve looked in the mirror
My world�s getting clearer
So wait for me this time

pookielocks at ymail dot com

Erika Lynn said...

Princess by Matt Nathanson would be a great song for a shy girl

"Oh princess, your ready for greatness. All edited and weightless, never more alive"

Thao said...

My choice would be Reflection by Jordin Sparks. It's really deep and sad.

JamericanSpice said...

I hope you Dance - LeeAnn Womack

I definitely would love to win!

Thank you.

Kaye said...

I like the Beach Boys oldie, In My Room.
The book sounds really good

Marie said...

I was painfully shy as a young woman also, it took a long time for me to open up and even now I'm still pretty quiet. As far as a song, I would choose 'Nervous' by the Moody Blues.

writemeg said...

I've always been a bit the opposite of shy -- borderline loud but, I hope, not obnoxious! -- but I would have to say my song choice is "Annie Waits" by Ben Folds:

And so, Annie waits
Annie waits, Annie waits
For a call
From a friend

The same
It's the same,
Why's it always the same?

Annie waits
For the last time

The clock
Never stops, never stops
Never waits
She's growing old
It's getting late

So, he forgot
He forgot
Maybe not?
Maybe he's been seriously hurt...
Would that be worse? ...

I've always thought it was about a sweet, shy girl waiting for a guy who's never going to show up. And, eventually, she realizes it doesn't matter -- she's fine without him! :) Better, even!

This book looks great. Thanks for the chance!

Megan --
writing.meg [at]

Belladonna1975 said...

I would say "Just Like I Am" by Landon Pigg

Thanks for entering me


H said...

A song for a shy girl? Hmm well, maybe Teardrops on my Guitar by Taylor Swift. It's not exactly about a shy girl, but about one who can't admit her feelings except to herself, not brave enough to tell the one she loves. She's also comparing herself with other people which we've all done -'the kind of flawless I wish I could be.'

Thanks for the cool contest =) I had fun thinking about it, much more fun than the just leave a comment ones.

Lenore said...

There's this great late 90s band called Tonic and I always thought the song Lemon Parade was quite beautiful. Here are the lyrics:

I wish I'd seen you as a little girl
Without your armor to fend off the world
I would have kept you underneath my wing
I would protect you from everything

Make way for the lemon parade
Make way for my girl
Make way for the lemon parade
Make way for my girl

Did the boys all tease you when they had
the chance
Always left standing when it came time
to dance
Did you hide behind your books girl
Did you find your secret friends
Always I'll want you
Always 'till the end

Aerin said...

Don't Let Me Get Me, by Pink - this was a tough question to answer! :)

Debs Desk said...

Please include me in your giveaway. I would say I hope Dance by Leeann Womack.

Bcteagirl said...

I think the sung version of The Lady of Shallot seems somehow apt?
Thanks for this contest!

Boo Bear's Place said...

Internet by Brad Paisley

please enter me ezziriah (at)gmail (dot)com

Pam said...

I like Clay Aiken's "invisible".

Nora said...

I'm going to say Pretty the World, by Matt Nathanson

show me how pretty the world is.
Cause i envy the way that you move
show me how pretty the world is...cause i
want something just a little bit louder
show me how pretty the world is
cause you're brilliant when you try
show me how pretty the whole world is tonight


Jenn said...

um I think I would have to say At Seventeen by Janis Ian. Please enter me!

demmi said...

true color by cindy laupner con5459(at)gmail(dot)com

nhertel85 said...

Stupid Girls by Pink
nhertel85 AT yahoo DOT com

kathy55439 said...

Please throw my name into the hat Looks like a great book

Qwill said...

Maybe the Sounds of Silence by Simon and Garfunkle. Thanks for the giveaway.

RidgewayGirl said...

I think that "Put Your Records On" by Corinne Baily Rae has a soft wistfulness about it that would suit a shy girl, or maybe the empowerment anthem "You Gotta Be" by Des'ree.

Please enter me in your contest. The book looks like great fun.

eyeslikesugar said...

Reading about the book, the first song that popped into my head was, "The Middle" by Jimmy Eat World. I think Teresa could relate. Lyrics from their official website: Thank you for offering this giveaway! eyeslikesugar [at] gmail [dot] com.

Joanne said...

A song that relates to shyness for me is Mad World sung by Gary Jules. It was originally done by Tears For Fears, but Jules recorded a new version for the movie Donnie Darko. Anyways, the song seems to be coming from the perspective of someone who is on the sidelines watching everything that's going on around them. In my opinion that is a major component of shyness that others may not see - by being shy and perhaps stand-offish a person is able to view the world and the people around them in a very different way than had they been part of what's happening.

Thanks for the cool giveaway :)

Marigold said...

I've had the good fortune to stumble upon this post with my kid sister by my side. And while she is a lovely, talented, beautiful young lady, like anyone on the cusp of High School, she can feel a little out of sorts, not so much shy as lost in the shuffle. Her secret weapon for these occasions? Anna Nalick's Shine. She says it makes her feel like a rockstar. ;)


masonsgranny59 said...

Sounds like a good book! Thanks for the entry .

Helen S said...

I Hope You Dance by Lee Ann Womack. I think that this is a great song.

Sylvia said...

Whoever She Is sang The Maine. It is a really wonderful song and the song actually captures the essence of any girl.
-Sylvia (

sweetmelissa818 said...

Pretty Bird by Jenny Lewis!

Pretty bird, pretty bird
why you so still?
pretty bird, pretty bird
we've been waiting on you

Simply_Megan said...

The song "Outside Looking In" by Jordan Pruitt. It's about a girl who doesn't really have any friends and is left out.

Kate at ReadThisBook! said...

Hmm a song who would suit someone who is shy. I think I'll go with Miss Invisible by Marie Digby! It was actually something true I think, according to Marie. It's a very sad song, but at the end of it, you can tell that there is hope.

Theres a girl
Who sits under the bleachers
Just another day eating alone
And though she smiles
There is something she's hiding
And she cant find a way to relate
She just goes unnoticed
As the crowd passes by
And she'll pretend to be busy
When inside she just wants to cry
She'll say...

Take a little look at the life of Miss Always Invisible
Look a little closer, I really really want you to put yourself in her shoes
Take another look at the face of Miss Always Invisible
Look a little harder and maybe then you will see why she waits for the day
When you'll ask her her name

I suggest you LISTEN to this BEAUTIFUL SONG!

My email: kate.readthisbook (at)

Carol(ina) said...

You Picked Me by A Fine Frenzy

"Like an apple in a tree
hiding out of reach
I was difficult to see
but you picked me"

I love this song!

Email: bookluvercarol(at)gmail(dot)com

Amy said...

cool night by paul davis.

the epic rat said...

These are quite old, but I think they would be perfect for a shy person wanting to break out of their shell

Christina Aguilera's
1) Beautiful
2) Reflection (from Mulan!)

cecilia } cecpham(at)

M said...

Abandon By The French Kicks

Tiqa Khairi said...
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Tiqa Khairi said...

Well, I am not entirely sure how the story goes but I think Teresa's character is like the song Might Have Been by Kate Voegele.

I do hope I win because this book sounds like something I'd truly enjoy and I dont think it would be available here in my country. Of course, not to forget I'm guessing it will help me with my low self-esteem. He he he. Fingers crossed.

my address is the_rulez[at]

jemmafey said...

As a shy girl, I would have to say that Bjork's "It's Oh So Quiet" is the perfect song. It's the quiet ones you have to watch out for, you know? Most shy girls are simply cautious. Once we are cool with people or our surroundings, it's look out! We blow a fuse and the devil comes loose... and then shh, shh.

my email:

Jodi said...

I like the lyrics in "Shy Girl" by O-town!

Shy shy girl
Shy Girl
Yeah, Yeah
Standing with the wallflowers
Wishing you would've stayed at home
You kick yourself for coming
When you're standing there all alone
The centers of attention are busy making all their moves
Oh Girl...
While all the guys are lookin
Then I got my eye on you
Only you
You might think you're nothing special
You might be losing hope
But baby don't you realize
How beautiful you really are

Shy girl
It's written on your face
A mermaid out of water
Feeling out of place
Shy girl
Tryin to hide her blush
Caught you looking for a second
Felt my heart rush
Don't run away
Don't be afraid
Don't be shy girl
So beautiful
Shy shy girl

I'm moving in closer
Slowing trying to break the ice
Shy shy girl
But it's hard to get a lot on your downward glancing eyes
Oh yeah

You might think you're nothing special
But I'm about to lose my heart
Baby don't you realize
How beautiful you really are

Shy girl
It's written on your face
A mermaid out of water
Feeling out of place
Shy girl
Tryin to hide her blush
Caught you looking for a second
Felt my heart rush
Don't run away
Don't be afraid
Don't be shy girl
So beautiful
Shy shy girl

Now I'm standing right in front of you
I confess I'm nervous too
Girl you know there's something going on
And not to give it a chance
Would be so wrong
Oh baby

Shy girl
It's written on your face
A mermaid out of water
Feeling out of place
Shy girl
Tryin to hide a blush
Pretending that there's nothing between the two of us
Don't run away
Don't be afraid
Don't be shy girl

Shy girl
It's written on your face
A mermaid out of water
Feeling out of place
Shy girl
Tryin to hide her blush
Caught you looking for a second
Felt my heart rush
Don't run away
Don't be afraid
Don't be shy girl
So beautiful
Shy shy girl

Hey girl
Don't be shy girl
Don't run away
Shy shy girl
Oh baby
I'm looking at you
Come a little closer
Shy, Shy
Shy girl

JodiMof3 at hotmail dot com

Jinxy and Me said...

I'm an 80s girl, so I have to date myself and say "Too Shy" by Kajagoogoo

towerofbooks said...

Nice contest! I would have to say "Beautiful Disaster" by Jon McLaughlin. :)


Jen said...

Im not sure if Shy by Ani Difranco would fit but its a beautiful song. Its about trying not to be shy.

Paradox said...

You've probably never heard of it, but I think the perfect song would be Snow Rain by Ueda Kana. It's from an anime movie. It's all in Japanese, so I have no idea what is being sung, but it's just a beautiful song, and it seems to suggest shyness and then overcoming it.

Here's a youtube video where you can hear it:

paradoxrevealed (at) aim (dot) com