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Amy Zhang

This Is Where the World Ends

Hello friends! Today is the day you can find my sophomore novel, This Is Where the World Ends, in stores!

Guys, this was an incredibly hard book for me. I have a lot of feelings about it. I want to blog about unlikeable characters and toxic friendships and why I made a few of the decisions I did. But I sat down to write those posts and–you know what? Today’s just not the day for it. Today I CELEBRATE and DRINK (water) and DANCE AROUND because my baby is on bookshelves! I’d like to share with you a few of my favorite things about this book, besides the book itself. Yeah, it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. But it was also one of the most rewarding, and it was often incredibly fun. Instagram Project Some of you might remember that I did something similar leading up to the release of Falling Into Place, and I loved it then, too. (Honestly? I just love Instagram. Follow me. ;D). Here are a few of my favorite shots:   IMG_1342 “I whirl around to meet his eyes–whoosh, shampoo commercial hair. Eyes glittering, light dimming, and just my voice, siren to sailor: ‘Come, my fellow ninja. We’re going on an adventure.'” Towards the end of last summer, my best friend and I dragged her younger sister to Washington Square Park in the 100-degree heat and spent all day taking pictures for this Instagram project. The set-up of this picture was actually her idea, and I love the way it turned out. IMG_0175 “We’ll burn that bridge when we come to it.” I snapped this shot right before I climbed five mountains. Yup. Five. Every year, my school organizes hiking trips to all 46 peaks of the Adirondacks, with the goal of getting a student on each peak. My group only technically covered two (the third missed the 4,000 ft. qualification mark by a couple hundred feet), but we also had to climb back over them. In hindsight, it was one of the best weekends of my life. But at the time I thought I was literally going to die. IMG_0153 “Someone had to show him that there was more to life than watching.” Taken on our way to McDonalds towards the end of the aforementioned photoshoot day, because we were dangerously dehydrated at that point. IMG_0322 “I always knew I’d make it to the top one day.” This picture was actually taken over a year ago with the Instagram project in mind (shocking, I know, but occasionally I do plan ahead). Over winter break, a couple of my friends and I went to our favorite stretch of beach on Michigan and risked frostbite for a few gorgeous shots. #noragrets FullSizeRender 11 “For her friends, she would have done anything. Anything.” This was one of my favorite pictures from our photoshoot day. The body language, the exhaustion, the heels…ugh. These two. <3 Also featuring the NYU Stern School of Business….but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯   Doodling Janie keeps a journal, which she doodles in constantly throughout This Is Where the World Ends. One of the coolest things I got to do for this book was try my hand at illustrating. Since Janie’s journal entries are scattered throughout, my editor asked me to draw on a few corners as Janie might have. IMG_8209

The original sketches

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Aaaaand the final version! I’m really happy with how these turned out. I can’t wait for all of you to see the rest of the doodles!

Janie’s Art Projects

Janie keeps rocks on her person at all times, so I decided to paint some rocks as she might have. I used nail polish and sharpies, partly because these are the materials I could imagine her using, but mostly because I did this in my dorm and nail polish and sharpies were all I had.

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Janie spends a lot of This is Where the World Ends making a pair of wings out of fairy tale pages. I happened to be taking a sculpture class while editing, and decided to make a version of Janie’s wings myself. It’s a good thing I was editing, because it turns out making wings is a lot more labor-intensive than I thought.

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And now, the fun part. I want to give you these things. Well, not the wings. Those are broken in a dumpster somewhere, unfortunately…but if you wanted defaced copies of This Is Where the World Ends, swag, or painted rocks, enter below! xoxo


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22, 2016 |


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