I am delighted to be today’s stop on the blog tour and to be sharing an exclusive book extract for; Love is the Answer by Ben Craib, This book sounds fabulous, plus all Publisher royalties will be donated to MIND charity, this is a course that is close to my heart, so I hope everyone will go out and grab a copy, go on take a look!
About the Book
Love Is The Answer tells the story of grieving seventeen-year-old Scarlett who falls in love with a young ecstasy dealer and DJ and embraces his lifestyle of raves, pills, and underground parties.
Together they’re like two wires completing an electrical circuit – with him she’s lit up, happy and whole – away from him dead.
But when he brutally betrays her she is forced to confront the toxic river of anger they’ve both been trying so hard to avoid.
Love Is The Answer explores the turbulence of first love mixed together with the pressure pot of the complicated effects of grief.
All publisher profits will go to the mental health charity MIND
Elliot goes for people he can never have. Like Aya – the super-manicured Japanese girl in his art class who is so reserved I don’t think she’s ever said more than two words to anyone in college. Totally hot, totally untouchable.
“You know my dad has turned into the You-Must-Study-Nazi,” I say.
“Even people in fascist states need days off,” he says.
Me and Elliot love moaning about how single we are. That’s what I want to do right now, moan about how single I am. I want to kick back on his battered leather sofa and moan until the entire universe has shrunk down to the two of us.
“Not in my fascist state. I’m in a “If-You-Don’t-Make-Your-Leeds-Offer-You-Will-Be-Decapitated-And-Your-Head-Stuck-On-A-Spike-Outside-The-House scenario,” I say.
I’m at the top of my street. Across the road is Paradise Park. It’s just a crappy square of grass but you can get into his garden via a broken bit of the fence.
“You should have asked me,” I say. “I could have checked. Worked on him.”
“It’s Comic Con. We get to laugh at the washed-up bitter actors who used to be hot in Power Rangers and perv over the people in costumes. Plus spend hundreds of pounds we don’t have on merch.”
“I know, I know, I know. I’m coming in the back way,” I say.
“No, you’re not,” he says. “And you can’t come to my house, either.”
“It’s my dad’s birthday. We’re about to go out.”
“So, it means it’s my dad’s birthday and we’re about to go out.”
“Can’t I just stay in your room?”
“Why would you want to do that?”
I used to spend long summer days in the playground here, hanging out with whichever local kids decided to show up. That turned into me and Elliot sneaking in after dark to drink vodka on the swings.
“My dad just told me he has a new girlfriend,” I say.
“And it’s really messing with my mind.”
A gust of wind blows into the phone mic, hurting my ear.
“It hasn’t even been a year!” My voice cracks.
“That must really suck.”
“I just need to be somewhere else right now.”
His mum calls his name from another part of the house.
“Plus, I’m wearing my pyjamas, I don’t have my keys and I’m freezing,” I say.
His mum shouts again.
“Not tonight, okay? Any other night, yes. We’re going to some stupidly expensive restaurant and there’s no way my parents would be cool with you being here. I can meet you before college tomorrow if you want to talk about it.”
The café is closed. There’s nowhere to shelter from this wind unless I lie in a bush, which isn’t going to happen.
“I need you…” I say. But he’s hung up already.
About the Author
Ben was born in Colchester and grew up in London, and now lives in Brighton with his partner Tara and son Theo. In 2020 he ghost-wrote therapist Malcolm Stern’s book Slay Your Dragons with Compassion: Ten Ways to Thrive Even When It Feels Impossible (Watkins Publishing) and continues to ghost-write for various clients. His background is in theatre, where he spent a decade creating, devising and directing plays with and for young people, working for theatres all over London.
Ben’s debut novel Love is The Answer, is a powerful, raw and emotional YA story that follows Scarlett, a teenage girl who is lost in the aftermath of her mother’s death.
It beautifully explores the turbulence of adolescence, the everyday highs and lows of teenage life mixed together with the pressure pot of the complicated effects of grief.
Love is the Answer will be published in May to help mark and raise awareness of teenage Mental Health Issues for Mental Health Awareness Week. All Publisher royalties from Love is The Answer will be donated to MIND charity.
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A big thank you to Zoe at Zooloos Book Tours for the invite to this tour.