Gabriella Goliger is here today with her main character, Toni, courtesy of the Teen Book Scene blog tour for her book, Girl Unwrapped. Thank you for being here today, Gabriella and Toni! You can follow along with the tour here, or by clicking through the banner. Enjoy!
If you could change one thing about the world/your world. What would it be and why?
Toni: "My first thought was inequality of the sexes. It's so unfair that girls and boys are judged by a double standard. My second thought was prejudice against homosexuals. People judge us without knowing anything about us. But actually - since you are giving me godly powers - I wish I could erase narrow-mindedness in general so that we could all step in each other's shoes a bit more. Hey! Books help with that, don't they?"
What is your ideal date?
Toni: "Cute, smart, makes me laugh, gives me butterflies in my stomach and…, yikes, so far every date I've ever had was just like that at first and then revealed some icky surprises so I better add another ingredient: kindness."
What one song do you think sums up how you view your world/life?
Toni: "I'm going to have to dip into my future for this because my present (up to 1970) doesn't quite give me what I want. So I choose "Rise Up" by Parachute Club."
What's your favorite dinosaur?
Toni: "Gee, I'm glad you asked. I'm going to dip into the future again and choose one discovered by the Canadian Museum of Nature in 2001. In fact, maybe I'll be the one who identifies and names those bones. Why not? The sky's the limit when your life hasn't been fully written yet. So, my favorite dino is Vagacerops irvinensis, a horned vegetarian with a nifty frill on its head that lived about 65 million years ago in what is now Alberta. If you want to see one in the (reconstructed) flesh, click here: http://nature.ca/discover/3dcntr/3dmvie_sway_e.cfm
Describe yourself in 5 words.
Toni: "Spunky, passionate, curious, honest, shy"
Thank you for being here today, and answering my questions, Toni and Gabriella!
Gabriella Goliger can be found on her website.
Girl Unwrapped is a girl's coming-of-age story set in 1960s Montreal about the burdens and blessings of history, the divided self, and the quest to be whole. Toni Goldblatt's awakening to taboo desire conflicts with her Holocaust-scarred parents' expectations. Yearning to reinvent herself, she flees to Israel in the wake of the 1967 war, but the Zionist dream doesn't save her; only on her return, when she discovers kindred spirits in the underground lesbian bar scene, does Toni begin to find her own path. Girl Unwrapped is a novel about love, isolation, and the search for personal truth despite the stranglehold of family.
Synopsis taken from goodreads.