Check out a Q&A with the author... That's Not What I Heard by Stephanie Kate Strohm (Interview & #Giveaway)

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That's Not What I Heard
By Stephanie Kate Strohm
YA Contemporary
Hardcover, Audiobook & ebook, 368 Pages
January 29th 2019 by Scholastic


What did you hear?

Kimberly Landis-Lilley and Teddy Lin are over. Yes, the Kim and Teddy broke up.

At least that's what Phil Spooner thinks he overheard and then told Jess Howard, Kim's best friend. Something about Teddy not liking Kim's Instas? Or was it that Teddy is moving to Italy and didn't want to do long distance? Or that Kim slid into someone else's DMs?

Jess told her boyfriend, Elvis, that he needs to be on Kim's side. Especially if he wants to keep her as his girlfriend. But Elvis is also Teddy's best friend.

Now, Kim's run out of school for the day. Jess is furious. Elvis is confused. And half the lunch period won't talk to Teddy. Even the teachers have taken sides.

William Henry Harrison High will never be the same again!

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Where did you get the idea of writing a story about rumors in high school?

The initial idea came from my wonderful editor, Matt Ringler. He emailed me, “I want to do a silly break up book that is so extreme the whole school and town gets caught up in it.” The idea spiraled out of control from there!

Would you tell us a little more about your main characters?

Kim and Teddy are the golden couple of William Henry Harrison High. They’re both super nice and sweet, and extremely loyal – both to their friends and to each other. That’s probably why things get so out of hand when they break up!

What did you find most challenging while writing THAT’S NOT WHAT I HEARD?

I was pregnant and in the first trimester while writing it, and I was extremely nauseous. I wrote most of the book lying down in bed, typing with one hand – I was so uncomfortable!

What is your favorite thing about this story?

My favorite thing about this story is being able to tell part of it from the point of view of some of the teachers. I worked in a high school for a year and a half, and I loved being able to share some of my experiences. I’m also such a fan of teachers-falling-in-love plots – just like in Clueless!

What was your least and most favorite thing about high school?

My favorite thing about high school was theatre. I loved being in the plays and musicals, hanging out with my friends, singing and dancing, and celebrating in the diner after shows. My least favorite thing was how self-conscious I was – I was always comparing myself to other girls, and I felt so bad about myself because I didn’t have a boyfriend. Looking back, I wasted way too much mental energy on that!

What are you working on next?

Nothing I can talk about yet – all of my projects are still in their early stages – but lots of potentially exciting stuff!

About the Author

Stephanie Kate Strohm is the author of The Taming of the Drew, Pilgrims Don't Wear Pink, Confederates Don't Wear Couture, It's Not Me, It's You and Prince in Disguise. She grew up in Connecticut and attended Middlebury College in Vermont, where she was voted Winter Carnival Queen. Currently she lives in Chicago with her fiance and a little white dog named Lorelei Lee.

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