OK, hate it and love it. But come on, the world is so crowded with books, do we really need to encourage newcomers?  And competition?  Does anyone actually LIKE competition?  The word itself makes me cringe.  I keep meaning to write a dystopian futurist novel about a world in which all books except mine are banned, and everyone has to buy lots of copies and read them all the time because there’s NOTHING ELSE.

But enough about me.

So, there’s this person called Andrea Seigel, and I think she lives in California. From her picture she looks young, which I also hate.  She should be suffering now, so she can find fulfilment as an old person (see also, me).  And really, I didn’t want to read her dumb book.  I’ve got my own hopeless plotless nightmare to finish, not to mention unread manuscripts piling up everywhere.  So, I read a few pages, knowing I could throw it away with a clear conscience when it turned out to be awful.

And damn it, it was fantastic. The last thing I liked this much was written by a Pulitzer Prize winner. (Yes, mom, I know I’m prone to hyperbole, but this writer’s got a VOICE.)

Anyway, it’s called The Kid Table (not sure about the title, my only complaint), it’s ostensibly YA (but really, much too good to share with anyone under the age of consent) and Bloomsbury wants to put a very very silly cover on it so people think it’s teen chicklit, which it’s not. I’ve inserted two mock-ups just to prove that the cover-misery thing transcends borders. The book won’t be out till September, and then only in the US, so I guess all us ex-pats better move back home and stop acting so superior.

Well done, Andrea.  Damn damn damn.


5 thoughts on “Don’t you hate it when someone else writes a really good book?

  1. andrea seigel 9 years ago

    i’d love to be able to hate you back. but first, your books have the same problem of being good. and second, you did this.

  2. Katherine Langrish 9 years ago

    Yes, I do hate it when somebody else writes a really good book, but actually if it’s really a really good book I only hate it for a couple of split seconds. Because – really – we all love good books. Will look out for this one!

  3. bookwitch 9 years ago

    So how come you got to read it so early? And is that the same Andrea Seigel commenting?

    1. Meg 9 years ago

      The editor sent it to me hoping for a blurb. One of maybe 100 mss I’ve had this year. And I believe it is the same, though please note we are not friends or relations, or even acquaintances.

  4. nicola baird 9 years ago

    Sadly Ive not published any fiction (probably added too long an acknowledgements list at the start & the yeast infection would be an old friend…(!)) but the best books I read always seem so deceptively simple, as if you could have written it yourself – if only you’d thought of the plot FIRST. I’m thinking at the mo of David Nicholls/One Day, it’s not really young adult but it’s a great journey for YAs to chart. Not that they’ll believe the getting old bit. Meg, your blog entries are so funny. Thanks.

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