Last month, I reviewed The Coldest Girl In Coldtown, which managed the impressive feat of making vampires exciting again. Author Holly Black graciously agreed to stop by FYA HQ and answer some of my questions about Tana, the aforementioned Coldest Girl and super fierce heroine of the novel. Holly, being a well-mannered guest, didn't come empty handed: she brought some
champers copies of the book to give away!
1. If I asked Pauline to describe Tana--her personality, her strengths, her weaknesses--what would she say?
Ha! I keep thinking about Pauline seeing the video footage of Tana that's been streaming out of Coldtown and being completely gobsmacked.
Pauline would have described Tana as being incredibly loyal, responsible (especially with her family and sister), funny and willing to do crazy stuff. She's a super supportive friend, willing to stay on the phone for hours after a break-up, to help Pauline memorize her lines for the school play, someone who puts aside her own stuff to help her friends get ahead. On the weaknesses side, Pauline would say that Tana won't always stand up for herself, can be kind of a pessimist and has a part of her that's kind of closed off to everyone.
2. What did Tana like more while dating Aidan-- Aidan, or her feeling of power, of winning sex chicken?
I think what Tana liked most about Aidan and their game of sex chicken was that it made her feel like she understood Aidan and he understood her. She liked the feeling of winning, sure, but not as much as she liked the feeling of being understood. I don't think she was wrong either, I just think she scared him. He complained about past girlfriends scolding him, but secretly he liked it. Dating Tana was sometimes like feeling she was better at being Aidan than he was.
3. If there had been a chance for Tana to pack for Coldtown, what personal possessions would she have included in her suitcase?
If Tana had been packing for Coldtown, she would have brought a lot more weapons, clean underwear, peanut butter, and granola bars, as well as a water purifying kid from the camping store, a jar of instant coffee, and a giant bottle of ibuprofen.
4. In Winter's list of "The Top Ten Most Important Things To Bring To Coldtown," #7 is "something to make you stand out from the crowd." What is Tana's #7?
Well, Tana's unmarked skin is probably the thing that makes her stand out the most from the crowd. She has no marks on her arms from wearing shunts, which would be super unusual at a Coldtown party.
But I don't think Tana would necessarily take Winter's advice about what to bring to Coldtown, since she wants the absolute opposite of what Winter's list is designed to make happen.
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As y'all can see, Tana is a badass, and I highly recommend that you get to know her further by reading The Coldest Girl In Coldtown. We're making it even easier to do that by giving away three copies of the book as well as a copy of the audiobook!
Leave a comment with your own #7 for a chance to win, and check out Holly's tour schedule to see if she's bringing her awesomeness to a city near you.