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Genisis Girl by Jennifer Bardsley.
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Genesis Girl by Jennifer Bardsley
Release Date: June 14, 2016
Eighteen-year-old Blanca has lived a sheltered life. Her entire childhood has been spent at Tabula Rasa School where she’s been protected from the Internet. Blanca has never been online and doesn’t even know how to text. Her lack of a virtual footprint has made her extremely valuable and upon graduation Blanca, and those like her, are sold to the highest bidders. Blanca is purchased by Cal McNeal, who uses her to achieve personal gain. But the McNeal’s are soon horrified by just how obedient and non-defiant Blanca is. All those mind-numbing years locked away from society have made her mind almost impenetrable. By the time Blanca is ready to think for herself, she is trapped. Her only chance of escape is to go online.
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The Inspiration Behind “Genesis Girl”
I love all types of young adult books, but my favorites are ones that have twists, turns, virgins and bad boys. In fact, that’s the tagline for my Facebook page, The YA Gal. “Twists, turns, virgins and bad boys. I love a good YA read, do you?”
When I was writing “Genesis Girl” my goal was to craft a book that I would be excited about reading. High school locker drama was out. High speed motorcycle chases were in.
I wanted my main character, Blanca, to be an understated badass. Nobody really knows what Blanca is capable of—not even her, but anyone who underestimates her is an idiot.
I gave Blanca an iconic look, because I thought that was cool. She has an all-white wardrobe and a platinum cuff. But she’s not drop-dead gorgeous. Blanca is more of your “girl next door type,” because that seemed more relatable.
Once I had my main character, my next step was creating a concept. In “Genesis Girl” Blanca is a teenage girl who has never been on the Internet. Her lack of a digital footprint makes her so valuable that she gets auctioned off to the highest bidder.
The futurist world of “Genesis Girl” is similar to our lives today, but cranked up a notch. Instead of cell phones, people have finger chips implanted in their hands. Everyone that is, but Blanca. She’s my digital virgin.
After that, the only thing left was to add the bad boy, Seth, and enough twists and turns along the way to keep readers guessing. I love a book with big reveals, and “Genesis Girl” is packed with them.
About the author
Jennifer Bardsley writes the parenting column “I Brake for Moms” for The Everett Daily Herald. Her debut YA novel, “Genesis Girl” will be published by Month9Books on June 14, 2016, with the sequel releasing in 2017. “Genesis Girl” is about a teenager who has never been on the Internet. Jennifer however, is on the web all the time as “The YA Gal” with over 20,000 followers on Facebook, and 15,000 followers on Instagram. On Facebook, she hosts the weekly instant book club called #TakeALookTuesday where YA Gal friends geek out, share pictures of what they are reading, and chat about books. Jennifer is a member of SCBWI, The Sweet Sixteens debut author group, and is founder of Sixteen To Read. An alumna of Stanford University, Jennifer lives near Seattle, WA where she enjoys spending time with her family and her poodle, Merlin.
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