Hello! Today we have the character, Sanna, with us today from Dark Parties by Sara Grant for a “this or that” post. Welcome Sanna and Sara!
Sara Grant was born and raised in Washington, Indiana. She graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, with degrees in journalism and psychology, and later she earned a master’s degree in creative and life writing Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Sara is senior commissioning editor for Working Partners, a London-based company creating series fiction for children. She has worked on ten different series and edited more than 75 books.
Dark Parties is her first young adult novel.
Hi Ivy! Thanks for inviting me on Ivy Reads. It’s a rare pleasure to focus on Sanna – the lively best friend of Dark Parties main character Neva. Sanna is one of my favorite characters. She’s lively and rebellious but also has a sadness about her.
Milkshake or Slushie?
Slushie. Sanna would love some wacky flavour, no doubt.
Valentine’s Day or Christmas?
Valentine’s Day. At the beginning of Dark Parties, Sanna has just started dating her first real boyfriend, Braydon. She’s never been the romantic kind until now. As for Christmas, her mother is dead, her father is missing and her brother’s part of a secret underground movement. The government assigned her to guardians so Christmas is probably not much fun.
Movies or TV Shows?
TV Shows. Sanna doesn’t have the longest attention span.
Reading or Writing?
Writing. Sanna wants to make her mark and rebel against the government. She would be more about creating her own adventure than reading about someone else’s.
Singing or Sports?
Either. She’s not uber athletic, but she loves to be the center of attention. Everyone loves Sanna.
Action or Drama?
Action. Sanna would take the flash over substance any day.
Email or Txting?
Texting. Sanna wouldn’t have either in the closed society in which she lives. But she’d love texting. She’d be the type of teen that would have a million friends and use her monthly allotment of texts in one week.
Dog or Cat?
Dog. I suppose she’s more like a dog. She needs attention. And she’s Neva’s best friend.
Coffee or Tea?
Coffee. Probably a double shot of espresso!
Sanna probably has the most dramatic and difficult journey in Dark Parties. The feminine camaraderie between Sanna and Neva is the underlying pulse of the book. Neva and Sanna complete each other. They finish each other’s sentences. Neva grounds Sanna and serves as her surrogate family. Sanna provides Neva with a spark and an energy.
Sanna reminds me of two of my best friends. She’s part my oldest and dearest friend Courtney. We met in college. She’s the one who understands me like no other – and likes me anyway. We have been friends for more than twenty years. We have grown up and weathered many trials and tribulations together. We are separated by a big ocean but no matter how long between our phone calls, it’s like we were never apart. She knows the right thing to say no matter what my conundrum.
Sanna is also part my newest and dearest friend. From the moment we met in 2005, we had an instant connection. We are both Americans named Sara who married Brits and now live in the UK – and have a deep love for Mexican food. She has boundless enthusiasm and is never at a loss for big ideas. She never ceases to amaze me. I can always count on her.
So thanks for letting me spend a little more time with Sanna!
Thanks Sara and Sanna for an interesting post!
Sixteen-year-old Neva was born and raised in an isolated nation ruled by fear, lies, and xenophobia. Hundreds of years ago, her country constructed an electrified dome to protect itself from the outside world. What once might have protected, now imprisons. Her country is decaying and its citizens are dying.
Neva and her friends dream of freedom.
A forbidden party leads to complications. Suddenly Neva’s falling for her best friend’s boyfriend, uncovering secrets that threaten to destroy her friends, her family and her country — and discovering the horrifying truth about what happens to The Missing. . .
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