Sarah J. Carlson

Contemporary Young Adult Author

Category Archives: Everything’s Not Fine

EVERYTHING’S NOT FINE is officially out in the world

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My second young adult novel Everything’s Not Fine is out today.

I started this novel over five years ago while feeling homesick living in Singapore. It’s gone through a lot of growing pains since I first started writing it, cutting an entire point-of-view character, cutting an entire storyline, and re-writing the remaining storyline from the ground up. I still cannot believe it’s now a published book.

Ultimately it’s a story about discovering resilience in the face of things you can’t control.

Here’s the back copy, in case you’re curious:

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You can now buy it on Bookshop.org, IndieBound, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Book Depository and many other places. You can alsobuy direct from my publisher and get a discount and instant shipping.

Because of COVID-19, I’m doing my book launch tonight virtually on Instagram Live at 8 PM CST with USA Today best-selling young adult author Kelly Anne Blount. I’ll be giving away a signed copy and some book swag. Join us if you can.

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Goodreads Giveaway for EVERYTHING’S NOT FINE

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There’s currently a Goodreads giveaway running for Everything’s Not Fine. If you’d like a shot at getting an early read of an advanced copy, click here!

Here’s a bit more about Everything’s Not Fine.

Seventeen-year-old Rose Hemmersbach aspires to break free of small-town Sparta, Wisconsin and achieve her artistic dreams at Belwyn School for the Arts after she graduates. Painting is Rose’s escape from her annoying younger siblings and her family’s one rule: ignore the elephant in the room, because talking about it makes it real. That is, until the day Rose finds her mother dying on the kitchen floor of a heroin overdose. Kneeling beside her, Rose pleads with the universe to find a heartbeat. She does—but when her mother is take to the hospital, the troubles are just beginning. Rose and her dad are left to pick up the pieces. Now all that matters are her siblings. Rose doesn’t have room to do to her schoolwork, let alone pick up a paintbrush. Until she’s forced to do the homecoming mural with Rafa, a new senior at Sparta High. Rose and Rafa don’t have an ounce of school spirit between them, but Rose discovers her brain still has room to paint. As Rose fights to hold everything together, and her dreams for the future start to slip through her grasp, she must face the question of what happens when—if—her mom comes home again. And if, deep down, Rose even wants her to.

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It’s hard to believe my second novel comes out in less than two months.

Pre-Order/Library Request Swag for EVERYTHING’S NOT FINE

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Everything’s Not Fine is out in three months! Email me a screenshot of your proof of purchase or request for Everything’s Not Fine from your local library, and I’ll send you custom stickers inspired by the story and an autographed book plate. US/Canada only, must be 18 or have parent permission to enter. As long as supplies last. Offer ends May 26th, 2020. My email is sjcarlson@sjcarlsonauthor.com.

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Seventeen-year-old Rose Hemmersbach aspires to break out of small town Sparta, Wisconsin and achieve her artistic dreams, just like her aunt Colleen. Rose’s love of Frida Kahlo fuels her paint brush and her dreams to attend a prestigious art school. Painting is Rose’s escape from her annoying younger siblings and her family’s one rule: ignore the elephant in the room, because talking about it makes it real. That is, until the day Rose finds her mother dying on the kitchen floor of a heroin overdose. Kneeling beside her, Rose pleads with the universe to find a heartbeat. She does – but when her mother is taken to hospital, the troubles are just beginning. Rose and her dad are left to pick up the pieces. As she’s forced to work with the new kid, who seems to think he’s better than small-town Sparta, she discovers an unlikely compatriot. 

As Rose fights to hold everything together, and her dreams of the future start to slip from her grasp, she must face the question of what happens when – if – her mom comes home again. And if, deep down, Rose even wants her to.

Add it to your TBR on Goodreads!

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Opening a box of Advance Review Copies for EVERYTHING’S NOT FINE ❤️

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This is my second book, but opening the first box of ARCs was just as magical. I worked on writing (and rewriting and rewriting) Everything’s Not Fine for about five years. Getting to see and hold it as a printed, bound book is the most amazing feeling. And they are beautiful inside and out ❤️.

Get on the Early Reader List for EVERYTHING’S NOT FINE

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It’s so hard to believe, but a box of Advance Review Copies for my second young adult novel, Everything’s Not Fine, is on the way! It’s really happening…

If you’re a librarians, book blogger, bookstagrammer, vlogger, or frequent reviewer on Goodreads/Amazon/B&N and want a chance to snag an ARC of Everything’s Not Fine, you can submit your name for consideration on the early reader list.

Here’s a bit more about Everything’s Not Fine:

Seventeen-year-old Rose’s world is shattered when her mom almost dies of a heroin overdose. As Rose tries to pick up the pieces, she discovers the power in admitting everything’s not fine.⠀