What was the hardest thing about writing this book?
I think the hardest thing about writing this book was blending reality and fiction. Going back in my memory to moments that really happened and trying to figure out ways to either dramatize them in a more creative way or in some cases, dramatize them less. There were instances while writing this book that I had to really think about what really happened and what came from my imagination. It was a real trip.
Which scene in the book is your favorite?
I guess I’d have to say my favorite scene in the book is when the kids are out on the reservoir in the raft. I love the safety they feel with one another. The idea that they all feel a certain sense of courage out in the middle of this huge body of water so that they are then able to reveal these vulnerable sides of themselves. Sometimes we need to move out of our comfort zone in order to actually figure out who we really are. I also love the idea that this bond happens between three unlikely “friends” in the most unexpected place.
Which part of the book was the easiest to write?
I would have to say the easiest part of the book for me to write were all the moments that took place out on the reservoir. I guess I had been building up to this section of the book for so long (since I wrote it in order) that when I finally got there, it just sort of poured out of me.
Which actors would play the main characters in the movie version of the book?
What a great question! Let’s see. A younger Ellen Page could be Roberta. A younger Elle Fanning could be Annie. And a younger Michael Cera could be Mervin.
Which songs would be on the soundtrack of the movie version of the book?
Not to completely steal an entire soundtrack, but compelled to do so at the same time, I’d have to say, the soundtrack to the movie, “Juno,” is pretty fantastic from beginning to end. I love how this soundtrack is practically a character within itself. I would simply steal all of these songs and use them!
Any future books in the works?
Yes! I have been writing another YA book called, “Scoops” about a girl from the Jersey shore who works at an ice cream parlor the summer before her senior year of high school. There’s lots of betrayal, backstabbing, romance, and of course, ice cream.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Liz Maccie was born and raised in New Jersey and attended Bucknell University. After college, she moved out to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and television writing. She has had two movies produced, “The Thirst” and “Black and Blue.” She went on to work at The Disney Channel until she found a home at the breakout ABC Family show, “Make it or Break it.” She is currently adapting the wildly popular YA book, “The List” for MTV as a television show. “Lessons” is Liz’s debut novel.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
"Liz Maccie's debut novel is as tough, optimistic, and beautiful as her heroine, Roberta Romano. Roberta's voice is heartfelt and funny. Her story is exceptionally moving and honest. I love this book and the hope it has for young women everywhere." —Stephen Chbosky, New York Times bestselling author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The most important lessons aren't learned in the classroom.
It’s the first day of sophomore year for Roberta Romano, but instead of the comfort of her local high school, she's been thrust into the elitist embrace of the affluent Meadowbrook Academy.
Surrounded by wealth, Roberta battles her own insecurities to prove her worth and maybe land the boy of her dreams. With the help of two unlikely allies—and an inflatable toy raft—Roberta embarks upon a journey of dark secrets and self-discovery to learn the true meaning of friendship and acceptance.
"Roberta will charm and delight you with a voice that’s candid, hilarious, and hopeful, as she narrates her first day at a new high school, reminding us of the epic nature of each hour in our adolescent lives. Lessons I Never Learned at Meadowbrook Academy will make you laugh, cringe, cry, and cheer for the power of friendships that can change us in a single day." —Ava Dellaira, author of Love Letters to the Dead
"You wish your first day of prep school was this epic! Every single page of Lessons I Never Learned sparkles with heart and humor. Like a teenage Bridget Jones, Roberta Romano will make you laugh, cry, and cringe as she tries to navigate her first day at Meadowbrook Academy. She finds friends and enemies, earns detentions and serious respect, and makes memories that will last her a lifetime." —Siobhan Vivian, author of The List
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