Blog Tour + Excerpt: Frannie and Tru by Karen Hattrup

Frannie and Tru
Author: Karen Hattrup
Release Date: 31st May 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, LGBT
When Frannie Little eavesdrops on her parents fighting she discovers that her cousin Truman is gay, and his parents are so upset they are sending him to live with her family for the summer. At least, that’s what she thinks the story is. . . When he arrives, shy Frannie befriends this older boy, who is everything that she’s not–rich, confident, cynical, sophisticated. Together, they embark on a magical summer marked by slowly unraveling secrets.

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Karen Hattrup

Karen Hattrup grew up in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. with her parents and brother, devouring books from an early age. At Loyola University Maryland, she studied journalism and spent a semester abroad in Thailand. She went on to become a newspaper reporter, first in Maryland and then in Indiana, writing features and serving as an award-winning arts critic. Karen later studied nonfiction writing at the Johns Hopkins University. She lives in Baltimore City with her husband, daughter, and son.Twitter:

“Frannie, have you ever had a boyfriend?”

“Oh, sure,” I said, as sarcastically as I could. “I’ve had tons.”

“Just asking, just asking.”

“Have you ever had a boyfriend?”

He laughed loudly at that, which warmed me to the core. I always felt like my laughs from Truman were hard-earned, special.

“Nobody worth writing home about, I guess you’d say. Not really interested in being tied down. You should never have a significant other in high school. That’s a complete waste of your best make-out years.”

I finally saw an opening to ask him all the million questions I’d been wondering about, but, as usual, couldn’t find the words that came so easily when I was alone.

“How, um . . . how is it where you are? Is it, you know, liberal?”

“Well, it’s not Iran. Or Oklahoma. But it’s not San Francisco either. It’s a smallish town, but pretty close to New York City. A very tiny, exclusive, stuck-up school. No LGBT club or anything. But I don’t care about that shit. You’ve probably noticed that the tide of the world is flowing in my direction. I’m going to be fine.”

If it were somebody else, I’d think they were putting on a bit of a brave face or whatever. With Tru, I thought I might believe him.

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