blo Teens Read and Write: Angie Smibert (MEMENTO NORA): Teenage Garage Sale

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Angie Smibert (MEMENTO NORA): Teenage Garage Sale

As part of Teen Book Scene's MEMENTO NORA tour, author Angie Smibert is giving us a sneak peak into her past. If she were to have a garage sale from her teenage years, here's what you would find!

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Angie Smibert's Teenage Garage Sale

  • Vintage LP records (which I still have.)
        - Ramones – Rocket to Russia
        - Blondie – Parallel Lines
        - The Cars – The Cars
         Just about every Elvis Costello album
         And many more…
  •  Any cassettes I had have long bit the dust. In fact, we wore out some of them—like the B-52’s Rock Lobster—at the graduation party we held in my basement.
  • 10-year old Mercury Comet – My parents bribed me to go to the university in my home town (which I was really planning to go to anyway.) They told me they’d buy me a car if I stayed home the first year.

  • So they bought me a Comet. (I’d never heard of it either). I let people think it was a Mustang. I really wanted a VW bug.
  • Many pairs wire-rim (and worse) glasses – I started wearing contacts in high school after years of wearing glasses (since I was four).
  • Jeans (lots of them) – My parents tried to hide my jeans when I was about 13. I found them. And I still wear jeans most of the time. (Not the same ones, of course.)
  • Burger King uniform – I worked after school at BK to earn money for college. The uniforms then were a gross brown polyester, and everything smelled like fryer grease or the flame-broiler.

That Comet does look like a mustang! Angie, thanks for stopping by and sharing some insight on your teenage self!

MEMENTO NORA is a gripping dystopian debut. Look for our review Sat, April 16. Next on the tour Kari @ A Good Addiction will be reviewing MEMENTO NORA so be sure to check it out!

Nora, the popular girl and happy consumer, witnesses a horrific bombing on a shopping trip with her mother. In Nora’s near-future world, terrorism is so commonplace that she can pop one little white pill to forget and go on like nothing ever happened. However, when Nora makes her first trip to a Therapeutic Forgetting Clinic, she learns what her mother, a frequent forgetter, has been frequently forgetting. Nora secretly spits out the pill and holds on to her memories. The memory of the bombing as well as her mother’s secret and her budding awareness of the world outside her little clique make it increasingly difficult for Nora to cope. She turns to two new friends, each with their own reasons to remember, and together they share their experiences with their classmates through an underground comic. They soon learn, though, they can’t get away with remembering.


Blodeuedd said...

I can almost smell the grease from that uniform, lol

Natalie Frampton said...

That book looks amazing. Cant wait for that.!!

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Oh you poor thing. Got a Comet and not a 'Stang. I can see how some mistook it. The back looks like one, but not the front. My parents had a bug when I was a kid and wanted it when I was 16, but it died before I became of age. *sobs*

YA Book Queen said...

The sound of that uniform scares me, lol. Awesome guest post! :)

Tales of Whimsy said...

As a lover of all things vintage, I adored this post :)

Orchid said...

Definitely an intersting music collection (now I want to go play Guitar Hero). ^_^

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