Sara Benincasa Lives Here

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My debut YA novel GREAT (a modern teen spin on Gatsby) is in the Top 10 in its category on Amazon Kindle! Hooray! Buy it here (in Kindle or hardcover) or in a local indie bookshop. Let’s make it #1 so it beats Rush Limbaugh! (Yes, he wrote a YA novel. No, I’m not kidding. And my book features girls in love with each other so how amazing would it be if scandalous young queer love beat RUSH?!)

My debut YA novel GREAT (a modern teen spin on Gatsby) is in the Top 10 in its category on Amazon Kindle! Hooray! Buy it here (in Kindle or hardcover) or in a local indie bookshop. Let’s make it #1 so it beats Rush Limbaugh! (Yes, he wrote a YA novel. No, I’m not kidding. And my book features girls in love with each other so how amazing would it be if scandalous young queer love beat RUSH?!)

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Anonymous asked: I just finished "Great"! I read it in under a day. I love how you handled the queer characters so that the queer subtext was not ignored, but it wasn't the most important defining part of Jacinta and Delilah's relationship- they just kind of were. I felt that Skags' story line made the "gay is okay" point while also showing the adversity queer people face and the varying degrees/ways that people can be queer. I can't wait to read the next book you have for us!

Thank you very much! It was my goal to do exactly that, so you picked up what I was putting down and for that I am very grateful. The more important part of Delilah and Jacinta’s relationship in Great is the fact that their love is pretty dysfunctional — based partly on Jacinta’s longing for lost innocence and her lost happy life, and partly on Delilah’s enjoyment of being worshiped. At least that’s how I read it, and it’s not everybody’s interpretation! Whereas Skags, who I love, is just so with-it and cool and doesn’t give an F-stop what people think of her and has this very healthy relationship. These happen to be girl-girl relationships, but I think that they hit on elements that can occur in any combination of genders (or non-genders!)

BTW, Great is available here and in your local indie bookshops too.

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Anonymous asked: So, I wanna get it shape. I'm not in bad shape, but I could be better. Here's the thing: I can't excercise from home cause I don't know how to do sit-ups or push-ups (pathetic, I know). I'm embarrassed to go out running/jogging cause of what people would think. For the same reason, I'm afraid of the gym. Even with friends I'd be embarrassed. What do?

Walk! I went to a fancy health spa and paid a lot of money for them to give me this tip: start with 10 minutes per day. Each week, increase by 5 minutes until you get up to 30 minutes of uninterrupted walking a day. After that, you can try varying your speed, sprinting and then walking, or just walking really fast or walking in time to music.

I also have gym fears related to sucking at gym class as a kid. So I get you. Walking is therefore the easiest and best exercise for me. Bonus points: it’s easier on your knees than running! This means you will be able to do this exercise for many years, God willing, rather than burning out once you burn out your knees.