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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Guest Post: Clair Voyante - Dream Life by Lauren Mechling

I'm today's stop on Lauren Mechlings Blog Tour for Dream Life, the sequel to Dream Girl. Lauren Mechling is the coauthor of all three 10th-Grade Social Climber books. She has written for the New York Times, Marie Claire, and Seventeen. She lives and writes in New York City. You can visit her at

Greetings and salutations, book lovers! I’m Claire Voyante, the main character of Dream Life, Lauren Mechling’s rip-roaring detective novel (and no, it is not immodest to say that about a book you didn’t write but in which you star—I checked in one of my grandmother Kiki’s etiquette books).

Dream Life is all about what happened after I found out my best friend Becca had just joined a super-exclusive, centuries-old secret society called the Blue Moons. I figured out how to wiggle my way into the club, and, of course, much drama ensued. I warmly invite you to check Dream Life out—it’s available at a bookstore or Internet site near you.

When Dream Girl, the first book in the series, came out, my creator Lauren fielded questions from bloggers and journalists. Lauren is currently underground working on a secret project so I offered to step in and relief pitch. I’m taking a page from Ann Landers's book and writing an advice column. The questions came from fans of the series. The answers came from the heart.

(Warning: I don't have a degree in psychotherapy--use at your own risk!)

Dear Claire,

I’m about to start high school and there’s a language requirement in ninth grade. You’re half-French, right? I’m sort of torn between studying French and Japanese. I love French fashion and I also love manga.


Tongue-Tied At The End Of Eighth Grade, Detroit


Well, have you ever come to the right source! Not only do I speak fluent French, but my father is a French professor.

Here’s the thing: French is pretty useless. Even I, a card-carrying member of a French family that travels to France every summer, don’t really need it (at least not when I'm wearing my headphones). As far as I can tell, people use French to say things about how everything in America is stupid--and always over the loooooongest sit-down dinners (the French have the drawn-out meal market cornered).

So I vote Japanese. And I don’t even like sushi.

L’amour toujours!


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Check out the trailer for Dream Life!

Dream Life by Lauren Mechling -- Trailer from Richie Williams on Vimeo.


  1. What a fun post! I agree with the grandmother that it is totally okay to say that about a book that you did not write but in which you do star.
    And I, also, SO vote Japanese! :-)

  2. it would be cool to learn japanese, but I'm all about french.
    nice post.

  3. I love all the butterflies on the cover!

  4. A delightful post! I want to read it now!

  5. Wonderful post!!!! I have this book on my TBR list.


  6. it would be cool to learn japanese, but I'm all about french.

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