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Title: F#@! BOMB
Author: Naomi Rabinowitz
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Shane Morgan
Genre: New Adult
Fatty. Freak. Friendless. Failure. Sadie Abramowitz is used to being alone. The morbidly obese college freshman literally doesn’t fit in anywhere and was constantly the butt of jokes in high school.
So far, life at Cunningham University isn’t much better. Her roommate only communicates in grunts while Sadie’s “dream job” at the school paper has her interviewing her fellow students with questions that practically invite them to insult her.
Things change when she’s assigned a story on Griffin Greenberg, the freshman track star who was one of Sadie’s high school bullies. At first, she’s reluctant to work with the gorgeous Griffin, but soon discovers that he’s not such a bad guy. Plus, he’s been keeping a secret: he’s gay.
As their friendship grows, Griffin challenges Sadie to do something she never thought possible: train for a marathon. Meanwhile, she supports him as he slowly comes to terms with his sexuality. Together, they help each other survive their first year of college – and also learn how to stand strong on their own.
*This book is a New Adult novel with some mature language and situations. It is recommended for readers 14 and up.
When I reconnected with my high school/college friend, Scott, I was initially embarrassed to see him in person. He was a chubby kid who’d grown into a handsome, fit man who ran marathons… and I’d been a thin girl who’d morphed into an obese woman. I was afraid he’d judge me and even warned him ahead of our face-to-face reunion that I had gained “a little bit” of weight.
Scott was anything but judgmental and our friendship quickly picked back up where it had left off. He also had something big to share: “You should know, I’m gay,” he told me.
From there we found that we could talk about anything, and to our surprise, discovered that being overweight and gay brought us some points in common. Our parents hadn’t expected us to turn out as we had… and we didn’t always meet society’s expectations. “There is one huge difference, though,” I noted. “I can change. You can’t.”
Scott has become one of my biggest champions in helping me lose weight – 100 pounds so far and counting! – and I was the matron of honor in his recent wedding to a wonderful man, Christopher.
Still, our friendship goes beyond my size and his sexuality. He’s gone on several trips with my husband and me, and has us over every Christmas. When I broke my leg, Scott was in the doctor’s office with me when I had my bone snapped back into place. His husband has become a close friend and both are like my brothers. They look out for me and always tell me the truth, even when I don’t want to hear it.
Some people haven’t understood our friendship. My late grandmother was wary of me spending time with a man who isn’t my husband. But it’s those boundaries in my relationship with Scott that have made us so close. Knowing we’ll never cross that line into anything romantic is freeing and has allowed me to be open in a way that I couldn’t be with a straight male friend.
When Scott suggested I write a book about our friendship, I agreed it would be an interesting to craft a non-romantic love story – and to depict a realistic look at the complex dynamic between a gay man and straight woman. Since I didn’t want to write a memoir, I decided to create a fictionalized version of our relationship.
Thus, I came up with the basic plot for F#@! BOMB. My narrator, Sadie, is an overweight college freshman who befriends Griffin, a closeted jock. He persuades her to train for a marathon while she encourages him to come to terms with his sexuality. The title comes from the idea of “Fat” being such a negative word in our society. It’s not just a description; it’s an insult. “Fat” is also one letter off from a certain derogatory term for gays.
I thought it would be interesting to combine the two character’s stories against a college backdrop. Though F#@! BOMB is told from Sadie’s point of view, we see Griffin’s progression through her eyes. I made my characters college freshmen so they’d be entering a new phase of their lives in a new place.
Sadie was fairly easy to write; after all, her life was based somewhat on mine. But Griffin’s characterization posed more of a challenge. I wanted to create a young man who was interesting and flawed, but didn’t fit into gay stereotypes. I also didn’t want him to be too much like Scott, even though Scott served as inspiration for the character.
After having many talks with gay friends, I heard different takes on what it was really like to come out. All of the guys I know are currently out and proud, but for some, it took many years to reach that point. I took their stories into account when telling Griffin’s, putting together a tale that’s complicated and messy, but hopefully uplifting. I also tried to make his story parallel to Sadie’s as both deal with prejudices relating to their identities.
Throughout the book, Griffin and Sadie grow and change, and I found myself cheering for them as if they were real people. I hope they inspire my readers as much as they inspired me.
About the Author
Naomi Rabinowitz is a writer, musician and jewelry designer. She’s currently training to complete Avon’s 39.3-mile Walk To End Breast Cancer. She lives in NYC with her husbamd, Jonathan, and their cat, Maya.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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