Sarah Pekkanen takes us on “Vacation” and has a book to give away


Photo by Hilary Schwab

Introduction by Melissa Amster

**Giveaway is now closed**

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.

Final Cover_The Best of Us by Sarah Pekkanen (2)THE BEST OF US is the story of four old friends from college who reunite with their spouses for the vacation of a lifetime in a private villa in Jamaica (right as a hurricane strikes!)

For THE BEST OF US, here’s who I’d cast:

AllieConnie 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.

PaulineJanuary 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.

oppositeThanks 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.

Please include your e-mail address or another way to reach you if you win.

Giveaway ends May 19th at midnight EST.

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26 Responses to Sarah Pekkanen takes us on “Vacation” and has a book to give away

  1. pascale says:

    Without a doubt, Eat Pray Love. This movie was beautiful. Julia Roberts is so good. I did not read the book when it came out: read it two weeks before the movie came out. I know there were lots of gripes about the author, but the book did not bother me.

    I just bought the dvd last week ($5 at target!).

  2. Suzy says:

    I love Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris.” The scenery, the authors, the quirkiness. Win win!

  3. A travel themed movie that I LOVE is The Holiday with Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet. One of my all time favourite movies!
    I also enjoyed Eat Pray Love and I adored Midnight in Paris! 🙂

  4. Suzanne Fine says:

    Just for the laughs, the original Vacation with Chevy Chase… I’m sitting in my office and now I’ve got Lindsey Buckingham singing “Holiday Road” in my head!! More recently – The Holiday.

  5. Michele says:

    Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant shined in, “Notting HIll.” I agree with Juliet as well- LOVED, “The Holiday.”

  6. girlfromwva says:

    “Under the Tuscan Sun” with Diane Lane; I watch it all the time!

  7. Emily Lewis says:

    I traveled to both Ireland and Scotland and fell in love with that region of the world!


  8. itzhunic says:

    I fell in love with the scenery from the movie, The Holiday. Notting Hill is also a favorite of mine.

  9. Ann Ellison says:

    My favorite vacation was two years ago when my three sisters made a trip to NYC together. It was a trip we won’t soon forget. I would love to win a copy of the book.

  10. It would have to be National Lampoon’s Vacation. Thanks for the chance to win Sarah’s new book. I love her stories and this one sounds so great. suzebomb(at)

  11. Jennifer says:

    underneath the Tuscan sky!

  12. susieqlaw says:

    How Stella Got Her Groove Back!

  13. My favorite vacation is when I went to Las Vegas and San Francisco to visit with my Uncle Tony, Aunt Leslie and my cousins Mary Jo and TJ. It was awesome because it was the first time I had been on a plane all by myself and I felt like an adult because it was me making decisions for myself.

    Vegas Vacation with Chevy Chase is my favorite travel-themed movie because the characters antics is just uproariously hysterical.

  14. Melinda Garza says:

    How Stella Got Her Groove Back!

  15. Ana says:

    My fav would be “Eat Pray Love”, though I enjoyed the book more than the movie. Thank you for this amazing giveaway and thanks for making it international.


  16. Jennifer Huelsebusch says:

    My favorite vacation so far was in Charleston! We packed so much in in a long weekend and I want to go back!!!

  17. Bridget O'Neill says:

    The Holiday! 🙂

  18. Katrin W says:

    Under the Tuscan Sun is a wonderful movie. And if the traveling parts of Pride&Prejudice count for it as travel-themed movie, that would be my Nr.1! 😀 Personally my favourite vacation destination is Scandinavia!

  19. Jeryl M. says:

    My favorite vacation movies is Dirty Dancing.

  20. So many good travel and vacation movies… I am going to have to go with The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert as it combines travel with ABBA. Oh, or maybe Mamma Mia … so good too.

  21. It has to be Eat Pray Love. It makes me cry every time I watch it and I would LOVE to go to Italy simply so I can spend all my time eating too! The book is one of my all time favourites 🙂

  22. jpetroroy says:

    I also loved Under the Tuscan Sun!

  23. Linda Sullivan says:

    I would have to say my favorite “travel” movie is Letters to Juliet. It takes place in Tuscany, Italy … such a beautiful love story and it stars Amanda Seyfried and Vanessa Redgrave. I ordered it for my Kindle so I can watch it any time I like. Great movie!!

  24. Summer Grinstead says:

    My favorite “travel” movie is Under the Tuscan Sun. Love that movie!

  25. Thanks to everyone for participating! chose one winner from all entries with contact info.

    Congrats to Jeryl M!

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