Author Stories Podcast Episode 1262 | Carol Dines Interview

Today’s author interview guest is Carol Dines, author of The Takeover Friend.

A really good story about the very complex world of trying to find out who you really are.”-Judith Katz, author of The Escape Artist and Running Fiercely Toward A High Thin Sound.

On the second day of ninth grade, introverted Frances meets Sonja, a wildly funny newcomer from France, and the girls form a fast friendship. Frances adores Sonja’s worldliness, and Sonja adores Frances’s family, especially her older brother, Will. Frances and Sonja immediately declare themselves “The Poets” and rally their homeroom to enter the homecoming parade with a poetry-mobile built from Frances’s father’s old band bus. But respective family crises begin to escalate, and tensions come to a head when Sonja temporarily moves in with Frances’s family – forcing each friend to decide how close is too close. Alternatingly funny and poignant, The Take-Over Friend is a smart page-turner that focuses on the importance of finding your own voice in relationships.

Carol Dines has published three previous Young Adult books including two novels, Best Friends Tell the Best Lies (Delacorte), The Queen’s Soprano (Harcourt), as well as a collection of short stories, Talk to Me (Delacorte.) In addition, she has published a collection of short stories for adults, This Distance We Call Love (Orison Books, 2021). Her short fiction has been published in numerous literary journals including Ploughshares and Colorado Review. She is a recipient of the SWCA’s Judy Blume award as well as a recipient of Minnesota and Wisconsin State Artist Fellowships. She currently resides in Minneapolis with her husband and standard poodle.

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