Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Most Dangerous Thing by Leanne Lieberman

The Most Dangerous Thing
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Release Date: March 7th 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary


Sixteen-year-old Sydney hates to talk (or even think) about sex. She's also fighting a secret battle against depression, and she's sure she'll never have a boyfriend. When her classmate Paul starts texting and sending her nature photos, she is caught off guard by his interest. Always uncomfortable with any talk about sex, Sydney is shocked when her extroverted sister, Abby, announces that she is going to put on The Vagina Monologues at school. Despite her discomfort, Sydney starts to reexamine her relationship with her body, and with Paul. But her depression worsens, and with the help of her friends, her family, a therapist and some medication, she grapples with what she calls the most dangerous thing about sex: female desire.


Leanne Lieberman is the author of five YA books including Gravity (a Sydney Taylor Notable Book), and Lauren Yanofsky Hates The Holocaust. Her latest YA book is The Most Dangerous Thing, about a girl who coping with depression and anxiety. Leanne also writes adult fiction and is working on a novel entitled Unsettled. Leanne is a graduate of The University of Windsor's MA in Creative Writing. Originally from Vancouver BC, Leanne now lives in Kingston ON with her husband and two sons.

Interview with Leanne Lieberman:
Hi Teresa,
Thanks for asking good questions. I hope you enjoyed reading it.

1. What is your favorite part of this book and why?
My favourite part of the book is when my MC Sydney’s sister Abby puts on the play The Vagina Monologues at her high school even though the school has already told her the play is not “appropriate” for a high school audience. Sydney is horrified that her sister is putting on a play about vaginas, but I think it’s a great moment of feminist disobedience.

2. If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
I would hang out with Paul, the boy Sydney likes. We would ride our bikes to the beach in Stanley Park, Vancouver, and look for shells and rocks to photograph.

3. If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?I would love to have written The Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. The book is written in multiple styles and has an amazing and innovative structure. Every time I read it, I’m awed by his mastery and subversion of the novel form.

4. Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?My characters are from my imagination. Sometimes my characters will use a line of dialogue or a trait from someone I know, but once I start developing them, they becoming independent.

5. What made you want to become a writer?

I’ve always loved the sensation of losing myself in a story. When I was about seven or eight years old and I realized that books were written by authors, I was amazed. I knew that’s what I wanted to do. Now I love creating a world and characters that are entirely imaginary for readers to lose themselves inside. 


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