Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest

Reviews for Out of Nowhere

Publisher's Weekly says: "This manuscript is a very good example of a contemporary coming-of-age novel, with well-rounded characters and honest emotion...Riley's story is thoughtful and grounded, showing the impact of a traumatic event years after the event occurred...Even supporting characters are well-rounded, and the relationships ring true."

Andrea Cremer (NYT Bestselling Author) says:  "Within this burgeoning love story is also a narrative about family, trust, and acceptance...Riley's evolution from a frightened girl who hides behind books and facts to a young woman honestly confronting the grief that is the source of her fear involves a well-drawn, conflicted relationship with her mother....Riley's story is one that garners empathy, and readers will smile as she overcomes the psychological stumbling blocks on her path."

Regina Hayes (President and Publisher of Viking Children's Books) says:  "...there is so much to like in this manuscript: an easy, readable style; many appealing characters; and genuinely touching moments...the romance is believable and sweet, as is Riley’s deep affection for her little brother and her mother... An extremely enjoyable read."

Charlie Olsen (Agent at Inkwell Management) says:  "Well written and (mostly) lighthearted, Out of Nowhere provides a wonderful balance of quirk and levity and pulls all the right pieces together to reach a satisfying conclusion...I’d love to read more by Rebecca Phillips."

Reviews for Just You

"Loved this witty, true to life, coming of age story. Taylor's experiences with high school, parents and first love are thoughtfully written and so real." -- evermore, reader

"...the writing is amazing and the characters are awesome." -- Mary, reader

"The author, Rebecca Phillips, has done an incredible job of creating a coming of age story that is well worth your time. Taylor is probably one of the most interesting characters that I've come across...this is a very realistic and extremely well written story that tackles some tough issues - sex, drugs, drinking, parental distance and infidelity...The author has done an amazing job at capturing what real life is like for these characters...-- Ocean_Angel, reader

"The characters were portrayed believably and the dialogue felt very genuine. The important teen issues such as dating, sex, and divorce have been dealt with in a sensitive and honest manner, something that would appeal to young readers...The narrative voice is 
mature, clear and yet passionate, colloquial, and the familiar plot summoned up a host of nostalgia."  -- Mahak Jain, editor

Reviews for Someone Else

"...the story is extremely well written and the characters are all fun, interesting and well developed - the reader steps right into their lives right along with them." -- Ocean_Angel, reader 

"...I was VERY pleased with this book and its realistic portrayal of the ups and downs of teenage true love. Brought back so many memories and even made me teary-eyed...I loved it." -- evermore, reader  

"This book was great from start to finish and it picks right up where the other one left off. It doesn't leave you guessing or lost in any way. This was a great read weather you're 17 or 30...You'll fall in love with this book." -- Tiffanie, reader


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1 comment:

  1. Wow! To be awarded a trophey like that - just to be told you're a finalist... that has got to be one of the most incredible feelings!

    Well done to you!!!


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