In a new Fierce Short titled Amy Abbot is Having a Party, Vikki VanSickle shares her story of what it’s like to be a “Gold” in high school. In career counselor language, that means she’s traditional, responsible and organized — and totally different from the vivacious Oranges that dominate the school’s social scene. In fact, apart from her friend Rebecca, she may actually be the only kid in the school who’s never been to a parent-free party.
Underneath that Gold exterior, Vikki has an artsy streak of Blue; more than anything else, she wants to be an actor. But when she goes to Toronto to audition in front of an audience of agents, all they see is Gold, and she’s advised to go back home and learn to loosen up.
So, with no small amount of trepidation, when she hears about Amy Abbot’s party, she decides to grab some of the life experience that her peers — and the agents — think she so desperately needs.
The night of the party, Vikki tries to step into the role of Cool Girl, but she quickly learns that the costume doesn’t quite fit. Plus, she looks better in gold.
“One of the most inspiring events I have ever attended was a Girls’ Rock Camp Toronto showcase,” says VanSickle. “I was floored by how confident, unique, and supportive the young musicians where. This is exactly the kind of programming we need to foster strong women and strong artists. My story is about learning to be comfortable with who you are, and Girls Rock Camp Toronto gives young women a safe space that allows them to figure that out.”
Amy Abbot is Having a Party is a lighthearted look at what it’s like to try and become the person everyone else thinks you should be. Twenty percent of proceeds will go to Girls Rock Camp Toronto, VanSickle’s charity of choice.
||What is it about?Trying to be someone you’re not, and realizing that you’re happy with who you already are.Who will read it?
Young adults and adults who remember what it was like to be a teen.
When is it releasing?
March 12, 2015
About the Author
Vikki VanSickle is the author of the acclaimed Clarissa books, including WORDS THAT START WITH B (CBA Libris Awards Children’s Book of the Year Finalist), LOVE IS A FOUR-LETTER WORD (Indigo Best Kids’ Books of 2011) and DAYS THAT END IN Y (Best Books for Kids and Teens selection). Frequently referred to as ‘Canada’s Judy Blume,’ Vikki’s most recent novel SUMMER DAYS, STARRY NIGHTS has been called ‘Summer reading at its best’ and is a finalist for the 2015 Red Maple award. After obtaining an MA in Children’s Literature from UBC, Vikki’s career began in book selling at Toronto’s beloved Flying Dragon Bookshop, which earned her the 2011 CBA Young Bookseller of the Year award. Currently she balances writing with her duties as the Marketing and Publicity Manager for the Young Readers’ program at Penguin Canada.
Find her here: https://vikkivansickle.wordpress.com or on Twitter, Facebook or Goodreads.