Wednesday, June 30, 2010

One Question to Rule Them All

Lauren Baratz-Logsted's latest YA novel, The Education of Bet, is due out on July 12, 2010. To help promote, Lauren has been visiting a variety of blogs answering just one question at each stop.

Lauren of Shooting Stars: In the Education of Bet, Bet goes to school in the place of Will. If you had to pretend to be a boy to do something, what would you hope to accomplish?

Lauren Baratz-Logsted: Ooh, since females can do pretty much anything they want these days, at least in developed countries, that's a tough one. I know! I'd set a new trend! I'd be the boy who, if after a date I said I'd call the girl, I'd really call the girl. I realize that sounds like a small thing. But can you imagine how different male/female relations might be if the supposedly stronger sex actually did whatever they said they were going to do? Girls could stop fretting "Will he call or won't he?" and get on with the larger business of taking over the world.

Summary from Amazon:

When Will and Bet were four, tragic circumstances brought them to the same house, to be raised by a wealthy gentleman as brother and sister. Now sixteen, they’ve both enjoyed a privileged upbringing thus far. But not all is well in their household. Because she’s a girl, Bet’s world is contained within the walls of their grand home, her education limited to the rudiments of reading, writing, arithmetic, and sewing. Will’s world is much larger. He is allowed—forced, in his case—to go to school. Neither is happy.

So Bet comes up with a plan and persuades Will to give it a try: They’ll switch places. She’ll go to school as Will. Will can live as he chooses. But once Bet gets to school, she soon realizes living as a boy is going to be much more difficult than she imagined.


Everyday Mom Ideas said...

This looks like such a fun read! Ill have to check it out.

Nikola said...

What a witty answer - and i understand completely. As a gay male, I rarely get called back. And I KNOW I'm good looking! :D