Meg & Linus by Hanna Nowinski – Excerpt + Giveaway

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Meg & Linus
Hanna Nowinski
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: April 18th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, LGBTQ+, Young Adult

Can friendship, Star Trek, drama club, and a whole lot of coffee get two nerdy best friends through the beginning of their senior year of high school?

Meg and Linus are best friends bound by a shared love of school, a coffee obsession, and being queer. It’s not always easy to be the nerdy lesbian or gay kid in a suburban town. But they have each other. And a few Star Trek boxed sets. They’re pretty happy.

But then Sophia, Meg’s longtime girlfriend, breaks up with Meg. Linus starts tutoring the totally dreamy new kid, Danny—and Meg thinks setting them up is the perfect project to distract herself from her own heartbreak. But Linus isn’t so sure Danny even likes guys, and maybe Sophia isn’t quite as out of the picture as Meg thought she was. . . .

From crowdsourced young adult imprint Swoon Reads comes Meg & Linus by Hanna Nowinski, a fun friendship story about two quirky teens who must learn to get out of their comfort zones and take risks—even if that means joining the drama club, making new friends, and learning how to stand on your own.

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Excerpt 4
We have agreed to study together in the library, but, it occurs to me as I walk down the hall, we forgot to specify exactly where we would meet.

So I am faced with a rather interesting dilemma all of a sudden: do

Do I go in and wait for him there, or is it politer to wait out here for him?

Usually when I’m tutoring people I just start on my own homework in the library until they feel it’s time to show up. But. Is Danny going to be late? I don’t know!

This is absolutely not a big deal and it’s not a complicated decision to make, but it suddenly seems like one. Which means I remain standing outside the glass doors to the library like an idiot, clutching the strap of my book bag and shifting my weight from one foot to the other before I think: What if he is in there already? I am, after all, only five minutes early. And I don’t know how he feels about punctuality, ; he may be in there right now sitting at a table already and waiting for me to show up.

But, I continue my speculation, let’s say he really is already in there. Would it seem overeager to walk in five minutes early, or would it just seem professional, or would it seem like maybe I am just five minutes early because I didn’t keep waiting out in the hall like a moron until it was exactly the right second to walk in?

While I am still pondering this and trying to make up my mind, a voice speaks up right behind me.

“Oh, good, you’re here already!”

Dignified as I usually am, I let out a squeak and jump approximately five feet high before landing back on my feet, face burning and one hand pressed over my pounding heart.

“Danny! Hi! I—um. Didn’t see you there! Um.” Well, I think, wincing. Good thing I keep my eloquence even after nearly leaving my own body with fright.

He scringes, lowers his head a little, rubs the back of his neck with one hand. “Sorry. I didn’t mean to scare you.”

“It’s okay,” I assure him quickly. “I only almost died. No harm done!”

“Good,” he says.

“Uh,” I continue, trying desperately to avoid any awkward silences. “So. Ready to, uh. Make sense of some numbers?”

He nods and gestures for me to go ahead through the large glass doors. “Yeah, sure!” he says. “Looking forward to it!”

Author Bio:

Hanna Nowinski is a language enthusiast and trained translator for German and English who lives in the middle of nowhere, Germany. She has wanted to be a writer since she learned that books were made by real people. As a kid, she made up her own bedtime stories, mostly sending her stuffed animals on adventures around the world. She loves books, music, coffee, and getting way too emotionally invested in TV shows. Meg & Linus is her debut novel.


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