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Blog Tour: What Makes Us by Rafi Mittlefehldt (Fill in the Blanks + Giveaway!)

Posted October 18, 2019 by Kait in Book Tours, Fill in the Blanks, Giveaways / 0 Comments

Blog Tour: What Makes Us by Rafi Mittlefehldt (Fill in the Blanks + Giveaway!)

Happy Friday and welcome to my stop on the What Makes Us blog tour!! I’m excited to share some really fun fill in the blanks by Rafi Mittlefehldt with you today! Read on to find out more about Rafi and his book, plus enter to win a print copy of What Makes Us!

Blog Tour: What Makes Us by Rafi Mittlefehldt (Fill in the Blanks + Giveaway!)What Makes Us by Rafi Mittlefehldt
Published by Candlewick Press on October 15, 2019
Genres: YA, Contemporary
Pages: 352
Goodreads

A viral video reveals a teen’s dark family history, leaving him to reckon with his heritage, legacy, and identity in this fiery, conversation-starting novel.

Eran Sharon knows nothing of his father except that he left when Eran was a baby. Now a senior in high school and living with his protective but tight-lipped mother, Eran is a passionate young man deeply interested in social justice and equality. When he learns that the Houston police have launched a program to increase traffic stops, Eran organizes a peaceful protest.

But a heated moment at the protest goes viral, and a reporter connects the Sharon family to a tragedy fifteen years earlier — and asks if Eran is anything like his father, a supposed terrorist. Soon enough, Eran is wondering the same thing, especially when the people he’s gone to school and temple with for years start to look at him differently.

Timely, powerful, and full of nuance, Rafi Mittlefehldt’s sophomore novel confronts the prejudices, fears, and strengths of family and community, striking right to the heart of what makes us who we are.

For today’s post, I have underlined Rafi’s answers to the Fill in the Blanks, and switched to a different font for the prompts I gave him. Enjoy!

Rafi Mittlefehldt is a writer who has worked as a newspaper reporter, freelance theater critic, and children’s author. His debut novel was It Looks Like This. Rafi Mittlefehldt lives with his husband in New York City.

A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR
Shortly after the horrific Boston Marathon bombings in 2013, I read an article that mentioned one of the bombers having left behind a wife and three-year-old daughter. It was a throwaway line, but it stuck with me — I couldn’t stop thinking about that girl, who was too young to understand what had happened. When would she find out who her father was, and how would she process that? How would others react to learning about her family history? Would she keep it a secret? Would her mother?

What Makes Us began very simply as a story exploring those questions. But as I fleshed out the two main characters, Eran and Jade, their personalities took the story deeper, toward matters that are personal to me but relatable to so many. Eran’s volatility and tendency to react instinctively force him to confront issues of impulse control and anger management. And both characters’ uncertainty regarding their own pasts compels them to wrestle with self-determination and to ask, What makes a person? As the novel switches between Eran’s and Jade’s perspectives, we see them reluctantly frame and then try to answer this question, all against the backdrop of a community on the brink of chaos.

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Enter here to win one of FIVE print copies of What Makes Us by Rafi Mittlefehldt!

Does this sound like a great book to you? Are you adding it to your TBR? Let me know in the comments and have a splendiferous day!

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