Let's Try This Again + Giveaway
One girl. Two guys. It's complicated. And hot.
First there is Isaac, the ex-boyfriend who threatens her move to a sunny new life on the west coast when he suddenly comes back into the picture. The chemistry is intoxicating and Josie starts eating, breathing, and sleeping with him again until the move. Things are hard enough saying goodbye to her childhood home and very best friends, but when Isaac makes it seem like he might actually want her to stay, Josie wonders if she’s giving up on him too quickly.
Josie takes the plunge and moves to California.
Then comes Carter. Sweet, doting - and, oh my god! - former boy band heartthrob, Carter. Josie’s new life falls into place, with new friends and a job working as the personal assistant for Carter as he plans the re-launch of his career. When it seems like there might be something between Josie and her new boss, she can’t help but hold back in fear of crossing a line and, worse yet, getting her heart crushed. Once again.
What spirals into a complicated, heart wrenching, unexpected love triangle forces Josie to face a decision that she is not sure she can make. Carter or Isaac. Or - who knows?
It’s Sex in the City meets Bridget Jones Diary under the Hollywood sign. A masterful debut novel of love, sex and rock & roll in the New Adult genre.
I was in the mood for a good comedy. That is what I thought I was getting with this book. Sadly, I was not laughing. Not even by the half way mark. It was a slow start to this book for me. Yet, I was determined to stick it out and give it a chance. Josie's friends were more fun than she was. She did not give me a good vibe. There was a scene where Josie was trying to show up one of Isaac's exs. Yes, I should be cheering for Josie that she got the upper hand but instead she came off as too catty for my taste. This probably had to do with the fact that I could not understand why Josie was with Isaac or what she saw in him. Despite all of this I thought things would turn around for the better once Josie got to California. It was starting to with Carter but not fast enough. I won't see Josie's happy ending.
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Jordyn Woodtke is an exceedingly gifted new author who is destined to take the New Adult genre by storm with her debut novel entitled Let's Try This Again.
A graduate of NYU, she majored in screenwriting with a minor in bottomless brunching, skills she took with her when she moved to Los Angeles to follow her dream of becoming a writer. Jordyn started writing poetry and plays in high school, garnering prestigious awards and accolades from the Hartford Stage, Drexel University, the Waterbury Young Playwrights Festival and the national Scholastic Art & Writing awards, among others.
Now, on any given afternoon you are likely to find Jordyn petting random dogs on her street, noshing at any of the numerous brunch spots in LA, or bingeing Netflix on her couch. She's grateful and dedicated to the art of storytelling because it lets her say all the things she wished she'd said when she had the chance.
And if Let’s Try This Again is any indicator of future success, Jordyn will get to keep saying them for a long, long time.
Connect With the Author:
Q. How long have you been writing?
A. I can’t honestly remember a time when I didn’t identify as someone who enjoyed writing. Throughout elementary school we’d periodically have to write short stories in a fixed amount of time, and that’s my first recollection of loving story telling. But I started taking it seriously, writing longer form content, and hoping to make it into a career in high school through the creative writing program and my amazing creative writing teacher and mentor!
Q. Where do you get inspiration for your stories?
A. The people around me have always inspired me. The old adage “write what you know” is definitely true, but it helps when complex, challenging, interesting people who either directly or indirectly influence your work surround you. Looking at the small subtleties of every day life and interactions has always fascinated me, so I get inspired by the little moments that might go unnoticed. I usually take an image, thought, or connection that has stuck with me for whatever reason and go from there.
Q. Any hobbies? What’s a quirky thing you like to do?
A. I love food so, so much. So a lot of my hobbies center around eating, cooking, exploring new restaurants, etc. Brunching is my favorite activity and trying adventurous dishes is a passion — the weirder the combination of foods, the better.
Q. What advice would you give budding writers?
Q. In today’s tech savvy world, most writers use a computer or laptop. Have you ever written parts of your book on paper?
A. I keep a lot of pocket journals; they’re my favorite things to collect. I like to have them close by incase a line or idea pops into my head, and I’m not near my computer. Throughout the process of writing Let’s Try This Again there were plenty of moments I was struck by something that I wanted to write about, so I have lots of notes written down in different journals that ended up in the book.
Q. What genre do you write and why?
A. I like to write dramedies, a nice mix of drama and comedy. I think it’s the genre that most closely resembles true life besides non-fiction. Life isn’t always funny and it isn’t always tragic and the two aren’t mutually exclusive. I like writing about honest things I’m sure other people have thought about and talked about and want to know that someone else has felt the way they did. Knowing that fact can make the anxiety or burden or just the weight of those feelings easier to bear and connecting with an audience on a visceral level, for me, is the ultimate goal.