Sam knows that he and his friend Lloyd made a colossal mistake when they accepted the ride home. They have ended up in a dark mansion in the middle of nowhere with man who means to harm them. But Sam doesn't know how to get them out. They were trapped, then separated. Now they are alone. Will either of them get out alive? This gripping and hypnotic thriller will have you reading late into the night...Review:
Reading Savita Kalhan’s The Long Weekend is like watching the latest chilling and mystifying thriller movie, as not only is it a freighting read, but it’s one that will keep nearly any reader- from middle-grade to adult- clinging to the page, waiting to know what will happen next, while these two boys land themselves in one colossal mess.
Sam knows his newest friend Lloyd and he should never have gotten into the black shinny car that Friday afternon, but it was raining, cold, and chilly waiting there by the school. In addition, there were so many cool things in the car- movies, CDs, as much junk food as any young boy could eat. However, now he is in the scariest position he has ever been in. Locked in a big mansion with Lloyd and a petrifying man in black, he knows he has to get them out of there if he ever wants to the light of day. Will he be able to? Will he come out unharmed, or will everything lead to the worst death imaginable?
In The Long Weekend, Savita introduces a duo of two unique yet stereotypical tween boys. Sam and Lloyd are both easy to like and root for, and I feel many teen boys will be able to root for Sam’s desire to be strong, and Lloyd’s fight to keep hope in the most dangerous of situations. More importantly, their friendship is fully fleshed out in a way that it not only plays an important part in the book, but also leads to yet another part of the book I adored.
As mentioned before, the premise of this is frightening to no end. However, what it makes it even more so is how situations like these do happen to kids all the time in real life- they make the wrong decision, get in the car with the wrong person, and end up fighting for their life. Better yet, Savita does not sugar coat the situation. Instead she makes it realistic to the point that it leaves an impact on the reader as well as an important message.
In addition, Savita’s writing was also quite good. I thought she did an excellent job of fleshing the plot lines as well as the characters and there feeling out given the book’s short length. Lastly, I really liked how realistic the ending was- it was happy but it still taught a lesson so to say to Lloyd, Sam, and hopefully the reader, and that is all I will say about that.
The Long Weekend is perfect for readers- avid and reluctant alike- looking for a fast-paced book to get lost in- one that while contains not only shock and intrigue but a great underlying lying message as well.
The Long Weekend is now out!
Source: Author- thanks Savita!
Hi Lauren! Thanks so much for inviting me here today! I’m looking forward to answering your questions.
In your opinion, what are the top three reasons why teens (or even adults)should consider picking up The Long Weekend the next time they see it in stores or online?
Well, because everyone says it’s a heart-stopping read, which I’m so chuffed about! Yes, it’s dark, and scary, and some people have problems reading it at night – adults more so than teens! But it’s a good read, full of suspense and danger, and very moving, too.
I hope teens pick it up because it does inadvertently carry a specific message for them – be aware! It’s a message that applies to everyone really, but school assemblies doesn’t have quite the same impact as reading my book. After reading The Long Weekend you’ll almost certainly never ever allow yourself that moment of being a little distracted or unaware when you’re out.
There is also another element to the story that I think is very important. It doesn’t usually appear in many teen or YA stories, but it’s definitely one that should be talked about – between kids as much as adults, parents and grandparents. You’ll know what I’m talking about when you read the book.
The Long Weekend tells the story of Lloyd and Sam so would you mind sharing a little about each? In addition, if you could offer them any advice, what would you say?
Sam and Lloyd are both pretty average kids. They’re both eleven, naive, and all their worlds revolve around football and Play Station. The nightmare that happens to them can happen to anyone at all, and that’s the frightening part.
It’s probably a bit late to give them advice. I’d like to scream - NO! - at them before they get in the car, but it’s too late for that. They might have some for all of us - I think they would want to make sure that no one had to go through what they did. They would want to tell people to just stop and think for a moment before doing anything. That’s all: a moment’s thought.
How did the title The Long Weekend come to be? Was it always the title or did it come later on in the game?
As soon as I started writing the title came to me. I kept it as my working title when I submitted the book to the publishers. They did look at several different titles, but in the end they came back to The Long Weekend.
Do you have a favorite scene or line from The Long Weekend? If would you mind sharing it, or a bit about it to get readers excited to read the book?
My favourite scene is definitely the end of the last chapter – it was really moving to write. (Yes, it makes me cry!) For the reader, the only way to really appreciate it and get the full impact of it, is to read the rest of the book! I hope they trust me when I say I know they won’t regret it! And they’ll definitely want to make sure every single teen they know reads the book too!
Name three things that your readers would be surprised to know about you. Also, is there anything else you would like to add?
I used to study the martial art of Ju Jitsu and stick-fighting! It’s a great self-defence system and there are basic elements to it that I wish had been part of the school curriculum. It’s great for fitness, for building core strength and stamina. I still do boxing, but not as much as I would like!
I used to run a wine bar when I was a struggling student at Uni in Wales! My employers were a pair of completely mad guys from Liverpool who loved having fun and weren’t into the day-to-day running of the wine bar, so I ended up managing the restaurant and bar! It was fun for a while.
I think my readers might also be surprised to know is that the first thing I ever wrote was a very long epic fantasy trilogy – it couldn’t have been more different to The Long Weekend!
You can find out more about me at my website, www.savitakalhan.com Have a look around and please leave me a message on my message board and tell me what you all think of The Long Weekend!
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It was great to be here today. Many thanks, Lauren.
No, thank you Savita! It's wonderful to have you as a guest here today. To find out more about Savita and her books, be sure to visit her website here and follow the rest of the blog tour here. To find out more about buying your own copy of The Long Weekend, head on over here.
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