Okay, I’m gonna be honest: writing today’s post is really surreal. Like, super duper “Am I Dreaming?” kinda surreal.

Because our own Kat Zhang’s What’s Left of Me releases TODAY!

Kat’s been with Pub Crawl since it was a little site called Let The Words Flow—since she was an aspiring writer with no agent or book deal…just a haunting, beautiful manuscript called Hybrid (…a manuscript that would later become What’s Left of Me).

In the years that have passed since then, I think I’ve read about…five different drafts of What’s Left of Me. And each time I read it, I was blown away by the voice, by the questions it raised, by the achingly lovely prose that made me just a *tad* jealous. The opening pages of Kat’s book are still some of the strongest I’ve ever read. And rather than try to sum up the book on my own (because goodness knows I’m awful at summaries), here’s the synopsis:

I should not exist. But I do.

Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else—two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren’t they settling? Why isn’t one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn’t . . .

For the past three years, Eva has clung to the remnants of her life. Only Addie knows she’s still there, trapped inside their body. Then one day, they discover there may be a way for Eva to move again. The risks are unimaginable—hybrids are considered a threat to society, so if they are caught, Addie and Eva will be locked away with the others. And yet . . . for a chance to smile, to twirl, to speak, Eva will do anything.

Sounds awesome, right? Well, it IS. I’m sure some of you are thinking that I’m saying all these nice things about Kat’s book because she’s a good friend and Pub Crawl member, but… I truly did read this manuscript around five times. Sometimes with only an afternoon to read it. I would NEVER have done that if I didn’t love this book 110%. I don’t think I COULD have done it if I didn’t absolutely adore this book.

Don’t believe me? Well, MainStayPro (yes, the people who made those amazing Hunger Games shorts) loved Kat’s book so much that they agreed to make the trailer for the book. (Confession: I kinda cried when I saw the trailer because it was EXACTLY how I’d always pictured Eva/Addie and her world.)

So, back to today being ridiculously surreal. It’s surreal because I can walk into a bookstore and finally see What’s Left of Me on shelves after so many years of waiting. It’s surreal because the rest of the world can finally get a chance to fall in love with the book the way I did. They can read those opening pages and get chills the way I did the first time (and every time) I read the book.

In honor of WLoM releasing and because I love it so darn much, I’m giving away a copy! The contest is US-only and ends next Tuesday (September 25th)! Fill out the form below to enter! 🙂

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Kat: I think I can speak for everyone at Pub Crawl when I say that we are all immensely, immensely proud of you. You are such a brilliant, generous, and wonderful person, and we are HONORED to have you not only as a PC member, but also as a friend. Enjoy every moment of today—and the journey ahead! CONGRATS!!!!


42 Responses to WHAT’S LEFT OF ME releases TODAY!

  1. Natalie Aguirre Sep 18 2012 at 5:42 am #

    So excited for Kat. I was lucky enough to read an ARC for my interview yesterday with Kat. It’s amazing. Since I’m giving away my ARC, I’d love a copy to keep.

  2. Marc Vun Kannon Sep 18 2012 at 5:51 am #

    Congratulations! I wish you every success. Enjoy it, even as you feel frazzled and struggle to keep up. (At the very least you have more knowledge about what to do than I did when my first book came out!)

  3. Erin Bowman Sep 18 2012 at 8:02 am #

    YAY! Happy book birthday, Kat!!! Can’t wait to go buy my copy of WHAT’S LEFT OF ME and proudly display it on my bookshelf. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  4. Megan Duff Sep 18 2012 at 9:04 am #

    This is so exciting, Kat! Congratulations! All of you on Pub Crawl are so inspirational and seeing you all succeed makes anything seem possible. Can’t wait to get my hands on WLoM and start evangelically dealing it like book crack to anyone who will stand my presence (why? because I ALREADY know it will be THAT GOOD. My literary spidey senses are a-tingling) ;D

  5. mclicious Sep 18 2012 at 10:33 am #

    Most excellent! I love your blog and think it’s awesome how you all write and support each other in so many ways. Keep the great books coming!

  6. Kat Zhang Sep 18 2012 at 10:39 am #

    Thank you, Sarah!!! And everyone!! 😀 <3 <3

  7. Jenn @Books & Swoons Sep 18 2012 at 11:10 am #

    I’ve been hearing so much about this book and I’m so excited it finally out. Ever since I heard about it I’ve been trying to get my hands on an ARC but at least I don’t have to wait any longer. But I would still love a chance to win a copy of the book. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

  8. ashelynn hetland Sep 18 2012 at 11:29 am #

    that book trailer is freaking awesome, and I LOVE HOW IT ENDS. and WLOM is so, so gorgeous! I read an ARC and absolutely loved it. <3 Can't wait to have a finished copy! 🙂

  9. alicia marie Sep 18 2012 at 11:32 am #

    Congrats Kat!! Happy book birthday! I cannot wait to go out and buy What’s Left of Me so I can finally read it!!

  10. Krispy Sep 18 2012 at 11:56 am #

    Congrats Kat! I can’t wait to read your book!!!

  11. Kelley Sep 18 2012 at 1:06 pm #

    Congrats, Kat! I have been wanting to read What’s Left of Me for AGES and now I finally can!

  12. Karin Sep 18 2012 at 1:07 pm #

    I have read lots of great reviews about this book and now I’m super syched to read it. Happy book-birthday Kat and congratulations!

  13. Pam Harris Sep 18 2012 at 1:11 pm #

    I’ve been DYING to read this book. Congrats on the release! 🙂

  14. Sydney Sep 18 2012 at 2:18 pm #

    I AM SO EXCITED. I want to read this book so badly, and I’m so incredibly happy for Kat. 🙂

  15. Carl Sep 18 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    Congrats Kat on the release day for WLoM. We wish you and the book all the best kinds of success.

  16. Vivien Sep 18 2012 at 2:44 pm #


  17. Leigh Smith Sep 18 2012 at 3:09 pm #

    I’m so excited about this book! Though why the evil pub industry decided to pub like 4 books that I desperately want on the same day, is too dark to contemplate. I would love to win a copy. I might just save my marriage. Maybe.
    I actually first heard of Kat here on PubCrawl, when I read a blog she did. She just made so much damn sense, I had to follow her. Seriously can’t wait to read this book. What I have read of it is beautiful.

  18. Rachel Sep 18 2012 at 4:10 pm #

    Congratulations 🙂 I can’t wait to read it.

  19. Kateri Ransom Sep 18 2012 at 4:11 pm #

    Regardless of this contest (thanks Sarah!) I’m sooooo buying this book. If someone says it will make met think AND it has such a killer plot, I’m down! Can’t wait!

  20. Alexa Loves Books Sep 18 2012 at 5:29 pm #

    Congratulations Kat on the release of What’s Left of Me! I’ve been excited to read it ever since I first heard of it, so I’m SO EXCITED that it’s finally out in the wild!

  21. Grace Radford/Anna P Sep 18 2012 at 6:19 pm #

    thanks for the giveaway! i read an egalley of this book but I’d like to have a copy I can read any time! The galley expired today, so.

  22. Brandi Ziegler Sep 18 2012 at 6:26 pm #

    Yay! I watched the v-log of Kat reading the 1st 3 pages and… GAH! Sounds AMAZING. Grats, Kat!

  23. JQ Trotter Sep 18 2012 at 6:38 pm #

    This book sound so amazing! The cover art is beautiful, too, and the book trailer…? I can’t imagine anyone turning away. I’ll have to pick up a copy on my next trip to the book store 🙂

  24. Noel Sep 18 2012 at 6:54 pm #

    This seems super fascinating! I can’t wait to read it! 🙂

  25. Molli Sep 18 2012 at 7:43 pm #

    The trailer is AMAZING! I have anticipated this book for so long now, and truly can’t wait to read it!

  26. Maddie Sep 18 2012 at 9:05 pm #

    I have been wanting to read this book. It looks amazing! Thanks for the giveaway!

  27. Sandy Sep 18 2012 at 10:37 pm #

    A huge and happy congratulations for Kat on her release day! I’m sure WHAT’S LEFT OF ME is only the beginning of an awesome career ahead of her 🙂

  28. Marina Sep 18 2012 at 11:36 pm #

    Congrants on the book birthday! The trailer looks awesome! Can’t wait to read it.

  29. Nhi Sep 19 2012 at 1:23 am #

    I want this book because of reasons. I believe that says enough. Oh and maaaybe the fact that it has a really interesting premise. ;D

  30. Jessica C. Sep 19 2012 at 1:30 am #

    Congrats on your having you book out there on the shelf for the world to read, Kat! I’ve followed you guys off and on since you were over at Let the Words Flow and I’m so happy to see so many of you go on to publish your books and have great careers in the industry.

  31. M. Dee Sep 19 2012 at 2:01 am #

    Congrats Kat! I’ve been following LTWF now Pub Crawl as well as Crits for Water. Glad to see that Hybrid (now What’s Left of Me) is now on bookshelves. Can’t wait to read it. Great Trailer 🙂

  32. Courtney Sep 19 2012 at 4:25 am #

    Sooo excited to read this book!

  33. ellie Moreton Sep 19 2012 at 8:47 am #

    Wow! The trailer looks so cool! Can’t wait to read this!

  34. Rachel Sue Sep 19 2012 at 11:07 am #

    That book trailer was killer. Oh, man. Congrats!

  35. Gwen Cole Sep 19 2012 at 2:14 pm #

    I can’t wait to get my hands on this book!!!

  36. Jenelle R. Sep 20 2012 at 5:20 am #

    Yay, What’s Left of Me is already out in the world! 🙂 I cannot wait!!! Seriously- the summary sounds so unique an mysterious! 🙂

  37. Tiffany Sep 22 2012 at 10:23 am #

    This book sounds amazing! I can’t wait to read it! Wouldn’t it be interesting to have 2 souls inside of you instead of just one?
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  38. Emily Sep 22 2012 at 4:10 pm #

    Congrats! I’ve heard so many great things and I absolutely adore the cover! Can’t wait to read it! Cheers!

  39. Noeleen Sep 23 2012 at 3:01 am #

    Buggar – US-based only comp 🙁 Sounds an excellent book.

    Chanced by your site because of KizzyLee’s – you’re on her blog roll. Just wanted to say you’ve got a great buzzing site here. Very interesting 🙂 I’ve got 2 blogs, one is a video diary of getting off alcohol but the other is a book in draft as I’m writing it … & I hope for it to be a ‘book to film’ one day…. one day in the future…

  40. Sara M Sep 23 2012 at 2:18 pm #

    Congrats on the release!

  41. Anna Sep 23 2012 at 7:42 pm #

    Sounds interesting! Now I want to read it so much!

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