Introduction by Melissa Amster
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Sarah Pekkanen burst onto the chick lit scene just as I had started Chick Lit Central. As a result, she holds the title of the “first author to ever contact me about reviewing their book.” At that same time, we learned that we were practically neighbors. (We’ve met up in person quite a few times since then.) Her debut novel, The Opposite of Me, immediately blew me away and I found it impossible to put down! Her novels since that time have been incredible and each one is different from the next. The stories have ranged from twins who are like night and day, to a woman resenting her husband for giving up his wealth, to three 20-something girls living in New York City.
Sarah’s latest offering, The Best of Us, is about a reunion of college friends when they get together for an all-expenses-paid luxury vacation to celebrate one of their birthdays. She’s here today to tell us who she would cast in the movie version. The Best of Us was chosen by Marie Claire magazine as the April book pick – “The perfect book to curl up with on a rainy day.” With writing talent like this, it’s amazing to think that most of her work was done in her car or at Chuck E. Cheese’s! You can find Sarah at her website, Facebook and Twitter.
For THE BEST OF US, here’s who I’d cast:
Allie– Connie Britton from Nashville and Friday Night Lights. Allie is the classic good girl – she takes care of everyone, she stops arguments, she lets people cut ahead of her in traffic with a friendly wave. Connie’s so sympathetic and likeable, and she even looks like Allie, with her red-gold hair and slim runner’s body.
Pauline – January Jones from Mad Men and the movie Unknown. Pauline is a wealthy, uptight, repressed woman who’s like a human teapot – she’s about to release a whole lot of steam. January not only looks like Pauline, the classic blonde ice-queen, but she has that same remote quality.
Tina – Tina’s a voluptuous, curly-haired mother of four. She’s constantly frazzled, behind on the laundry, losing her car keys, and on the verge of losing her mind. Sandra Bullock would be a terrific choice, not just because she’s a new mom, but because she’s warm and funny, just like Tina.
Savannah – There’s one in every group, isn’t there? Savannah’s the flirt, the sexpot, the wild child. With her long sweep of red hair and her surgically-enhanced figure, Savannah grabs the attention in every room, and that’s just the way she likes it. I’d need someone with a naughty gleam in her eye to take on this juicy, over-the-top role, and I’d give it to Jessica Chastain, because it would be amazing to see her take on a role so completely different from her Oscar-nominated turn in Zero Dark Thirty.
Dwight – Dwight’s got a tangled history with all of the women, which is surprising, given that he’s shy and awkward. But Dwight comes into his one – he’s one of those guys who becomes more attractive as you get to know him – and Ryan Gosling wins this part. Ryan’s a physical chameleon, which is necessary for this role. Plus, I’d need to be on the set while Ryan was filming, just in case he needed suntan lotion rubbed on his back. I’d hate for him to get a sunburn.
Thanks to Sarah for visiting with us and sharing her casting choices for such an enthralling novel. If you’re new to her books (or you just want another one for your collection), she’s giving away a signed copy of The Opposite of Me to a lucky reader anywhere in the world.
How to win:
Tell us your favorite vacation or traveling themed movie.
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Giveaway ends May 19th at midnight EST.