Blog Tour & Giveaway: Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Because You'll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas

I’m thrilled to be a part of the Because You’ll Never Meet Me blog tour. I’ve not read it yet, but I’m really looking forward to it, because I’ve only heard amazing things. I love books that handle multiple POVs well, so SOON.  You guys should check it out, especially if you look for unique novels and books about friendship. First, I have Leah Thomas here to talk to her past self. Then stay put for more info on the book and a giveaway!

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Hello, Leah! We’re happy to meet you!

Write a letter to you pre-writing this book and let past-Leah know all the amazing/scary things coming up.

Dear Leah, circa Fall 2012

You need to stop moping. I say this knowing that at any given moment, you are likely to be moping.

Right now you living in Taipei, where every day it rains at 4pm and often you forget to take your umbrella to the preschool where you teach, and so maybe today you are moping because you’ve stolen – borrowed – a tiny pink umbrella from the stand outside the school doors. You will stand outside the MRT station look at this umbrella and feel ashamed and wonder, again, how anyone could make you, an aimless twenty-two year-old, mostly still a child yourself, responsible for actual children. I know you’re wondering whether you’ll ever grow up. (Of course you won’t. Get over that one quick. You don’t grow up, but you learn to fake it, and that’s what most people do, and that’s okay.)

Remember that you worked to get here. You did the High School, you worked at campgrounds and in dish rooms, you did The College, you did The Degree, didn’t you? And soon after you agreed to take a teaching job, and the job you took allowed you to travel to Asia. To someplace new, someplace old.

Do you take all that for granted? That you’ve been given these opportunities? You dare to mope?

Quit it. Because remember also that you’ve been encouraged for years to keep writing. You’ve had brilliant teachers and supporters and friends. All this moping is unfair to them.

So what if you feel like a stranger in a strange land, and you haven’t sold short stories lately. Have you been writing them? Well, good. Writing them and revising them and taking your rejection letters like medicine? If you are writing, if you are doing whatever small thing you can do to reach your goals, well. That has to be enough. Not every step has to be a bound. Baby steps still get you where you’re going, and living in the rain for a year isn’t a distraction. It’s still forward motion.

And Leah, here’s the tough love: you need to start appreciating what you have. Because over the next few months, you will come to love Taipei. Milk tea and 4pm rain and garbage trucks that sing Jingle Bells, hot Teppanyaki and field trips to the zoo, stressful as those trips might be (always a three-year-old will trip and hit his head and you just have to pick him up again, pick you both up again). And you will come to love a lot of people here, friends and coworkers and students. People who stay briefly, or people you will leave behind in a year. And when you are living without the rain again, you will wonder where the time went, when you were waiting for your life to start. (You weren’t waiting. It’s never stopped starting, and that’s what’s it’s like for most people, and that’s okay.)

Quit. Moping. Because one day, when you are busy waiting with your head down, typing alone in a café rather than looking around you, you will receive word that someone values your voice, and maybe you should stop being the first one to dismiss it. You will hear someone say, “write more for me,” and gosh, you’d better. Because this request is the train you’ve been waiting to catch, and you’d better not miss it now, not after you’ve given things up to catch it. Not after there are people you’ve neglected. Did you even look up at the other people on the platform? Because some of them were amazing people, you idiot.

If this sounds didactic and preachy, well, tough luck. Because that’s how you are, Teacher Leah. Neener neener. And stop mixing your metaphors. Or keep it up. Whatever floats your hair back.

But do find that confidence. Because there are real kids who need you, and soon there are fictional ones: two boys as alone as you, who you’ll scold for moping, just like I’m scolding you.


Preachy Future-Leah, author of Because You’ll Never Meet Me

PS. Return the damn umbrella, Teacher Leah. No harm done.

PPS. This letter is so awkward and life is awkward too, and that’s what it’s like for most people, and that’s okay.

Thanks so much, Leah. That PPS really sums up life in a nutshell. Also, Taipei! Now I want a book set there. :-p

Because You’ll Never Meet Me

Because You'll Never Meet Me - Leah ThomasOllie and Moritz are best friends, but they can never meet. Ollie has a life-threatening allergy to electricity, and Moritz’s weak heart requires a pacemaker. If they ever did meet, they could both die. Living as recluses from society, the boys develop a fierce bond through letters that become a lifeline during dark times—as Ollie loses his only friend, Liz, to the normalcy of high school and Moritz deals with a bully set on destroying him. But when Moritz reveals the key to their shared, sinister past that began years ago in a mysterious German laboratory, their friendship faces a test neither one of them expected.

Narrated in letter form by Ollie and Moritz—two extraordinary new voices—this story of impossible friendship and hope under strange circumstances blends elements of science fiction with coming of age themes, in a humorous, dark, and ultimately inspiring tale is completely unforgettable.

About Leah Thomas:

Leah Thomas frequently loses battles of wits against her students and her stories. When she’s not huddled in cafes, she’s usually at home pricking her fingers in service of cosplay. Leah lives in San Diego, California, and Because You’ll Never Meet Me is her debut novel. Follow her on Twitter @blunderkinder.

Purchase/Info Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indigo | Audible


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One response to “Blog Tour & Giveaway: Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas”

  1. I loved that letter Leah Thomas wrote to herself. I can tell she’s a great writer.
    I haven’t had a friend who was long distance from me. I do try to keep in touch with my friends from HS by meeting up every once in a while.
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