Marianna Baer is here today with a Teenage Garage Sale post courtesy of the Teen Book Scene blog tour for her book, Frost. Thank you for being here today, Marianna! You can follow along with the tour here. Enjoy!
Thanks for having me on your blog, Corrine! I’ll be setting up a Pay Pal account shortly to deal with the stampede of readers rushing to buy these late ‘80s items! :)
1. Two mix tapes. $10 each.
~The Frost House "nap mix,” which my roommates and I listened to when we’d sprawl around one of our rooms during breaks from classes and catch up on sleep we weren’t getting at night. The song I remember best is a melodramatic Italian love song called Te Amo.
~A mix tape that my best friend and I would listen to on our many road trips. Songs include Rocky Raccoon by the Beatles, Me and Bobby McGee by Janis Joplin, and Sympathy for the Devil by the Rolling Stones.
2. “The Outfit.” $100 – You know how there’s that one outfit that you wish you could wear everyday, because it makes you feel so good? Well, here’s mine from senior year: black silky rayon top, with a perfect v-neck and slight flutter cap sleeves; faded Levis with patches in various floral patterns; dark brown nubuck clogs; thick silver cuff Navajo bracelet. Sexy yet earthy.
3. Oil paintings by me. $5 each – Choose among a large, scary self-portrait; landscapes from the coast of Maine; an expressionistic nude; and several still-lifes.
4. A used but good condition girls’ field hockey stick. $10 – You too can experience the great feeling of the thwack when wooden stick hits rubber ball, the satisfaction of a cross-field wallop, the fresh smell of the grass, the pain in your thighs from running that is so bad you won’t be able to walk up the stairs to your third-floor dorm room…
5. Copy of Ichabod. $200 – My first published book. Well, okay, not really published published. But my first book! As a senior project, my friend and I wrote and illustrated a children’s book, then made hand-bound and hand-colored copies. It’s a bit derivative of William Steig, I have to admit, but it has its charms.
6. Laura Ashley prom dress. $125 – Scoop neck, fitted bodice, elbow-length fitted sleeves, knee-length, three-tiered skirt. In a cotton print, black with large-scale flowers and leaves, mostly in deep pinks and greens. Perfect for going swimming at a pond when you ditch the dance early. (Remove dress before entering the water.)
7. Big box of letters. $10,000 – As good as a box full of amazing books! I promise – my friends and family were/are so funny, it won’t matter that you don’t know the people who wrote them. Memorable letters include an episode about a surprisingly jolly flasher in the hills of England, and an entertaining (if tragic at the time) explanation of why Boy X couldn’t bring himself to go out with me.
Lots of exciting finds at your garage sale! That box of letters sounds like a blast! Thank you for being here today, Marianna!
Leena Thomas’s senior year at boarding school begins with a shock: Frost House, her cozy dorm of close friends, has been assigned an unexpected roommate: confrontational, eccentric Celeste Lazar. But while Leena’s anxiety about a threat to her sanctuary proves valid, it becomes less and less clear whether the threat lies with her new roommate, within Leena’s own mind, or within the very nature of Frost House itself. Mysterious happenings in the dorm, an intense triangle between Leena, Celeste, and Celeste’s brother, and the reawakening of childhood fears, all push Leena to take increasingly desperate measures to feel safe. Frost is the story of a haunting. As to whether the demons are supernatural or psychological . . . well, which answer would let you sleep at night?
Synopsis taken from goodreads.