I’m continually forgetting to join so this month, I’M DOING IT. Plus, Creative Market had the cutest Valentine’s graphics that I just HAD to use (and so shoved them all into one post…#notsorry)
Anyway, today I’ll be talking about How to Hug a Grizzly, my f/f contemporary YA romance.
1. How did they first meet?
Molly Zho and Winifred Tang used to be best friends as kids – they met, as kids do, in the playground on the first day of kindergarten. Then, when they were twelve, they kissed – Winnie got all internalised homophobic-y and turned against Molly. Also turned everyone else against her.
(well said, Mr Fry)
However, if we’re talking about POST-twelvie-kiss, they meet again in a library.
2. What were their first impressions of each other?
Molly: Oh look, there’s another kid who’s not white.
Winifred: Oh look, there’s another kid with the same rainbow socks as me.
When they meet again, Molly’s impression is that Winnie – ultra-cool popular girl – is a lot different to what she seems.
3. How long have they been a couple?
By the end of the book…well, that depends on whether you count their slight break-up.
A few months, I guess.
4. How committed/loyal are they to each other? Would they break up over a secret or a disagreement? Could stress drive them apart? Would they die for each other?
Trust is pretty much their biggest issue – or it’s Winnie’s biggest issue, anyway. She’s a pretty insecure person and she has depression so a lot of the time she finds it really hard to tell Molly things. So yep, stress can and does drive them apart.
And like, they’re not obsessed with each other or anything.
5. List 5 “food quirks” they know about each other. (Ex: how they take their coffee, if they’re allergic to something, etc….and feel free to mention other non-food quirks!)
- Black coffee. Because she’s just that hardcore.
- Vegan. This isn’t really a “quirk” but I thought I’d mention it anyway.
- Checks her phone when she’s nervous.
- Pretends to be more confident than she really is.
- Procrastinates by baking.
- Lattes – anything sweet.
- Bites her pinky finger when she’s thinking.
- Eats whole raw carrots just because she can.
- Doesn’t like chocolate (this almost resulted in a break-up).
- Stands with her feet crossed over each other.
6. Does anyone disapprove of their relationship?
Which is why Winnie doesn’t tell her mum. Instead she’s all like:
But yeah one of the conflicts is when her parents find out, and it is NOT pretty.
(Although Molly’s mum is totally cool, since she’s also gay…they made each other coming out cakes, it was great)
7. What would be an ideal date?
Going to the zoo together! Because they both love animals. But even better, hanging out in Molly’s mum’s animal sanctuary – less people, more privacy.
8. What are their personality dynamics? Similar? Contrasting? Do they fight a lot or mesh perfectly?
I mean, they have similarities: they’re both very driven, very thoughtful and contemplative. They both stress out about school.
But then they’re also completely different: Molly is grounded while Winnie’s always in the clouds. Molly’s open where Winnie is closed-off.
But hey – opposites attract, right?
9.What have been their best and worst moments together as a couple?
Best moments: hanging out together, just talking to each other, confiding things.
Worst moments: when Winnie starts lashing out at everyone and cutting off everyone she loves – breaking up with Molly and hurting herself and being self-destructive, basically.
10. Where do they see themselves and their relationship in the next few years?
In this book, I really want to try to be realistic – very few high-school romances last. But Molly and Winnie found each other at a time when they really needed each other, which I think is really important. So they’ll continue to be friends but I’m not sure they’ll last in a romantic sense.
So those are my two lovebirds! Now tell me – what’s your OTP? Or, if you can’t choose one (understandable) what are some of your favourite ships?