Recently i got an email from a teenage reader about So Much For My Happy Ending. She loved the book and wanted to know what happened to the characters after the last chapter.
The funny thing is that when my previous agent shopped So Much For My Happy Ending she really wanted me to sell it as part of a two book deal that included a sequel but I resisted. I wanted people to decide for themselves what happened to April (my protagonist) and I wanted it to end with April having infinite possibilities.
But now that years have passed I kinda do know what has happened to April. She's doing okay. I know that the most romantic answer would be to say that she ended up with Jeremiah but I don't see that as being in the cards. Jeremiah was there for April when she really needed him. He helped her find herself and her true path...but her path wasn't his. Jeremiah did move to LA and I think he made a living as a musician/singer although I doubt he became an A-lister rock star. Still, he's happy and he's doing what he loves. Anyone who read that book knows that's what he really wanted anyway. April found that her path would lead her over many bumps and hills. There is no such thing as an easy life. But she's making it and she's come into her own. She's working as a curator and although there are times of stress she, like Jeremiah, is happy. She trusts herself and believes in her own strength. She's stayed close with Allie and Caleb and there is romance in her life. Sometimes she thinks of Jeremiah in a nostalgic, wistful kind of way but for the most part she is just grateful for the time they did share and grateful for her current situation.
As for Tad...I don't think he ever really pulled it together although my guess is that he's surviving. He'll probably have to make the same mistakes over and over again before he settles down a bit. With a little luck he'll stay out of jail. Within a few years he'll convince himself of a revisionist history in regards to his marriage to April and I'm sure there will be lots of other women because, let's face it, Tad can be seriously charming when he wants to be.
If you haven't read the book you'll have to trust me when I tell you that I haven't given away as much as it seems (and if you want to take a look at it know that Barnes & Noble shelves this separately from the Sophie books and puts it in the regular fiction section, not the mystery section). I also want to give parents a heads-up about this book. The reader whose questions I'm addressing in this blog is 15. I think there are some lessons in So Much For My Happy Ending that could actually be very helpful for a high-school aged girl (although that wasn't something I was thinking about when I wrote it). That said there is some fairly explicit sex scenes in the book, particularly toward the end. I KNOW my mother wouldn't have had a problem with my reading this novel when I was 15 but my mother went to Berkeley in the 60s so her views on sexuality might be a tad more liberal than yours ; )
Oh, on an entirely different note, I want to thank everyone who signed The Sophie-Katz-Project petition! We got more than 250 signatures is a matter of 4 days! It just goes to show that I really do have some of the most awesome readers in the world (seriously, that's not just hyperbole). You all have done so much to support me and support Sophie...well, I can't even being to put my appreciation into words. If you haven't signed yet (or have no idea what I'm talking about) check the petition out and if you agree with it adding your name certainly couldn't hurt. We've exceeded our goal but to be honest the more signatures we get the better. There seems to be some movement on the Hollywood front. I'm trying REALLY hard not to jinx myself but do cross your fingers for me!
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