Today we have a special edition of The ABCs brought to you by Alexandra Bracken for her character Etta in her new book Passenger (which is out in stores tomorrow!). And make sure you read all the way to the end to enter the giveaway.
Alex Bracken: This is so fun! While Nicholas and Etta are equal parts main characters, I have to go with Etta for this one—mostly because Nicholas is way too practical (his answers here would be: a compass, an atlas, and a new pair of leather shoes after fishing Etta out of the ocean).
Etta’s a modern day teen in New York City who’s had a pretty different upbringing from most other girls her age. Her training to be a concert violinist, and all of the competitions and travel that involves, has made her have a laser-like focus on reaching that goal… pretty much to the detriment of friendships, boyfriends, and, you know, taking a day off. But her BIG debut is finally, finally, finally coming up.
Accessory: Madewell’s Transport Tote in English Saddle
This thing is a city living staple! When you live in a place like New York City, where you usually leave your apartment in the morning, travel via subway, and aren’t back until the evening—even on the weekends—you need a bag like this to throw whatever you need and gather up throughout the day. Groceries, folders from work, something else from Madewell… you name it! I can see Etta bopping around the city running errands, throwing in her music sheets, a snack, and flowers from the grocery store on the corner before walking a few blocks over to instructor Alice’s apartment. Etta is a pretty no-fuss kind of girl, so I think this suits her perfectly.
Book: Brooklyn: A Novel by Colm Toibin
On a break from her 209809234th reading of The Lives of Great Composers by Harold C. Schonberg and an endless succession of autobiographies and biographies of great musicians, Etta picked this one up after seeing someone reading it on the 4/5/6 train and fell in love with her city all over again reading it.
Clothing: Halston Heritage Cross Neck Chiffon Gown
Etta’s on the verge of her big debut as a soloist and will be in need of a few new formal dresses to rotate through for future performances. I picked this garnet color chiffon gown by Halston Heritage out for her for a few reasons: it looks comfy, it’s conservative enough not to raise any eyebrows but still cool and beautiful enough for an eighteen-year-old to wear, THAT RED IS AMAZING, and, well, she’d get a lot of mileage out of it. Our girl isn’t flashy when it comes to style—classic and understated all the way.
Published by Disney-Hyperion
Published: January 5th 2016
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passage, n.i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.ii. A journey by water; a voyage.iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.
In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.
Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.
Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever
Winner will receive one of 3 finished copies (US ONLY).