Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Guest Post: Heidi Acosta


Hey Y'all,

Today I would like to welcome Heidi Acosta, author of Barbie Girl to Wholly Books! Heidi has written an incredible guest post for you guys about First Love! Be sure to share the love in the comments! :)

Guest Post:


First, a big thank- you to Ashley for inviting me to do a guest post on Wholly Books. I was recently talking to one of my teenage friends, trying to get some good ideas on what to write for this post. I asked her what interested young adults. She was so quick to respond with a dreamy eyed look, “ first love!” This got me thinking about the first time you fall in love that rush, the butterflies in the stomach, the ache to be with that person. When you are not with them, the ache is knowing that your time together will never be enough. Now everyone’s first love is different: how we meet the person, how the love came to be. In the end, we all want the same thing: love and acceptance. I am no exception to this desire.

I met a boy in high school when I was fifteen. He had sandy blond hair that fell in his face, covering his light green eyes. He always seemed to be in trouble, getting detention or being called out by a teacher for disruptive behavior. Nevertheless, I was smitten instantly! I could not wait to get to class each day to see him. I would write swirly hearts around our initials. One day in gym class, he decided to talk to me as we jogged around the track. He jogged backwards, striking up a conversation, teasing me on my running, like boys tend to do when they like a girl. His teasing ended when he tumbled over backwards! My friends and I jogged on, giggling at his ridiculous behavior. Over the next week, he did anything and everything to get my attention.  I did what any lovesick girl would do, ignore his every move. Ignoring him was probably the longest week of my life.

He asked me out at his football game that Friday. His poetic invitation came in the romantic form of "Hey, you like wanna go out or something?" Of course, he had me at "or something”. We were inseparable the rest of that high school semester. He soon became my whole world. It was fabulous and wonderful and fast. He made me happy. I made him happy. But, sometimes he broke my heart, and other times, I broke his. We thought that we would be together forever and even that seemed like too short of a time.

Eventually summer came, and life happened. He moved away and that broke my heart. We swore that we would be together as soon as we could, at every holiday. But we know how these things go. It did not work out, and I thought I would simply die without him. School had no point without him. Every movie or song reminded me of him and sent me into tears. Now I did come out of it, and I could eventually breathe again. He was my first love, but not my last. Don't worry, the story has a happy ending. We reunited a few years later, got married, and have a wonderful little girl.

 But when I watched my young friend turn into a melted puddle just thinking about her boy friend, it made me question a few things. What makes us feel that we will positively die if we are not with that person? That every tortured moment is painful without this person? So what I would like to say to my teenaged friend is what I would have said to the teenaged me and to every girl who feels the desperation of life not being able to go on. I want to tell all those girls to enjoy the moment, but don't lose yourself over it. Keep your friends and your dreams. It will all will work out in the end, whether it was meant to be or not. Enjoy your youth while you can. Boys will come and go break your heart, but you will always have yourself. What you do to make yourself a strong, independent young woman is the most important. And remember, to love yourself first. Only then will you be able to truly love someone else.

Lots of love,

Heidi

About the Book:


The only thing that 17 year old Barbie Starr wants to do is graduate high school so she and her little brother, Everett, can get out of Alabama. She doesn’t care about the rumors that are spread around about her like wild fire. Rumors are nothing new to her. Sure, maybe she could change her reputation, but why bother. She is leaving Alabama as soon as she can. That is, if she can pass algebra and graduate.
The only thing Dylan Knight would like to do is go through high school unnoticed; he has had enough of the drama that is high school. He took the whole of last summer to bulk-up, finally he is not being called names or being shoved into lockers. He wants to remain on the outside of the circle of constant rumors that surround the so-called popular kids who get all the attention. He would not, however, mind if his long time crush Katie took notice of him.

But it is Barbie, who notices Dylan and she offers him a deal he can’t pass up, if he helps her pass algebra, she’ll help him get the girl of his dreams. Dylan agrees, but, as it turns out, nothing is simple when it comes to Barbie. Somehow, she can’t help but draw attention to herself — and to him. Soon Dylan finds himself tossed into the whirlwind of rumors that seem to follow Barbie everywhere. Can he save his reputation and still get the girl of his dreams? Or will Barbie be the one to break through his carefully-built facade?

About the Author:


Heidi Acosta was born on Long Island, New York. Moving around a lot when she was younger, she has lived in New York, Arizona, New York (again), Washington, Georgia, and Florida, in that order. Each place offered her something special, but she will always consider New York her home.

Heidi started writing as soon as she could spell. When she was three, Heidi’s mother gave her a copy of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House in the Big Woods; thus beginning her lifelong love affair with literature.

Writing soon also became a form of therapy for Heidi, when she realized that no matter what was happening in her life, she could find emotional escape while writing. Some of her earliest stories featured her as a princess who explored new worlds with her horse Buttercup. If it sounds romantic, it wasn’t, there was no prince charming in those fairy lands (boys where yucky).  

Heidi now resides in Florida with her husband, very active daughter, one hyper Chihuahua, two sweet cats, and one very fat moody cat.

Barbie Girl is the first Novel of Heidi’s new, four-book, Baby Doll Series: Barbie Girl,Barbie WorldDoll Face, and Southern Sugar.

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