Saturday, August 1, 2009

Contested: Hoosier Pride.

Are y'all ready for this?
Viola in Reel Life Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani

This is what it looks like when a book disparages my homeland and makes me too angry to finish. Each slur against Indiana made me angrier and angrier until finally there was a comment about a teacher not possibly being able to buy leopard print Sketchers in Indiana because they were too cool. (SKETCHERS? REALLY A-TRIG? Not only have I owned similar shoes (and numerous pairs of Sketchers) but I bought them all at reasonable prices and tax rates because I got them in Indiana!)

I gave this book more than enough chances, we are almost to Thanksgiving in the school year and still the Viola has little to nothing good to say about Indiana and so I'm done. I give up, and you get to reap the benefits of my ex-pat Hoosier pride.

You get to participate in my first ever book give-away contest to win this ARC! I think that my state-bias might be clouding my vision to the rest of the story. Especially since I rather liked Big Stone Gap. So, I'm ready to give this ARC on to someone else to read and review. To win this contest write a comment on this post filled with Hoosier love. By which I mean, it must state at least one reason why Indiana is great (or at least, not nearly so bad as A-Trig is making it out to be.) It can be something you experienced, heard about, learned in school, whateva. I will RANDOMLY choose a winner from the comments. Only one comment per person please.

I know my home state has flaws and parts of it smell funny. I know there are a lot of rednecks (so many that some in St. Louis have replaced the word for redneck with "Hoosier.")But, I also know that some awesome people have come from there, spent time there, or were born there (and no, I'm not even including just generally famous people like John Mellencamp or Dan Quayle in that list, but I am looking at you Will Shortz.)

Many of my friends and all of my immediate family live there, and I feel like many of the qualities I have that I actually like about myself come from being raised there and no where else in the world. So let's hear it for the Crossroads of America, and me passing this not even released yet book onto someone who can appreciate it more than I'm capable. The contest ends Monday, August 3rd at 7pm (EST)Indiana Time (well, most of Indiana time!) Don't forget to leave your email address or some other way for me to contact you if you've won!I'll also be posting the winner Monday night.
Commence to commenting!


  1. I would love to be entered. I've only been to Indiana once for Brickyard, but the couple of days spent there were very enjoyable! Plus it's part of the heartland, so of course it's full of love.(I am in Iowa, and there are lots of neg. things spoken about it too, so I feel your pain, lol)We all just a buncha country bumpkins, lol.

  2. I have never been to Indiana, but Meg Cabot, a favorite YA author I love, speaks with pride about her Indiana roots and in fact, has a Meg Cabot Day in Bloomington, Indiana. Plus, one of my college profs, one of the smartest women I have ever met, got her degree in Bloomington, Indiana, and speaks a whole bunch of languages and introduced me to even more wonderful Russian writers than the ones I had previously known about. So yeah, Indiana has the smarts.

    I would like to win this book, btw.

  3. I forgot to leave my email addy - Thanks!

  4. The mere fact that Will Shortz is from Indiana makes it made of awesomeness. I am addicted to crosswords and his are the best!


  5. I think I flew over Indiana when I visited teh States many years ago ^_^ and it must be a great place because the greatest fictional archaeologist is named after it... Dr Jones

  6. Indiana is fabulous because Indiana Jones is named after it, and he's just about one of the most awesome action heroes ever.

    Plus without the middle states like Indiana the rest of the US population would starve. Farms are highly important.

    I drove through Indiana once. The flatness scared this mountain girl. ;-)

    oh, email:

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  8. I finally got my review up! Check it out here: Thanks again!