Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Amy Spalding Takes the Dare!

I am super excited for our guest post today because it's from none other than my good friend, Amy Spalding! She is also one of my critique partners, which means I am lucky enough to have read her debut THE REECE MALCOLM LIST, a novel I love with all of my heart. Because truly, what's not to love about books that tackle musical theater, complex family dynamics, and boys with good hair? Unfortunately, you have to wait until February 2013 to read this book, but in the meantime, why don't you add it here on Goodreads?

Speaking of boys with good hair, Amy kind of, sort of (totally) loves Zac Efron. And because I am evil, the list of dares I sent included publicly professing her love for him. Or, more specifically:

Compose an ode to Zac Efron

So she did:

Amazing, right? No, seriously. Guys. She did that. And here is the ode written out for posterity and your entertainment:
Ode to Zac Efron
 O ye of High School Musical fame
Whose ridiculous looks I tried to resist
With hair which no gel or mousse could tame
Who if others mock I will OH YES get pissed
He danced on a golf course and got all groovy
He had a ghost brother and also a ghost lay
He went to war and—oh never mind
You can excuse me for missing a Nicholas Sparks movie
Your taste might be lacking but, Zac Efron, it's OK
I'm in this for your hair, not for your mind!

I think he's okay with that.

Amy, you took on this dare like a champ. I'd bet money that this tops the odes to Zac Efron recited whilst holding a Zac Efron doll from High School Musical. So thank you.

Next up on the blog is . . . me! Send me your truths and dares here, please.

Amy Spalding grew up in St. Louis, but now lives in the better weather of Los Angeles. She received a B.A. in Advertising & Marketing Communications from Webster University, and currently works as the Digital Media Planner for an independent film advertising agency. Amy studied longform improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, and can be seen performing around L.A. Her debut novel, The Reece Malcolm List, will be published by Entangled Teen in 2013, and combines many of her favorite things in life, including Stephen Sondheim and boys with great hair. You can find out more about Amy at her website, Twitter, or Goodreads.


  1. Oh, Amy, you are so brave! And iambic tetrameter for Zac Efron? I am in awe.

    But I think we need to hear more about why you're afraid of fish. I'm intrigued.

  2. Amy. This was amazing!!! You are so brave! (Not to mention charming and hilarious--I giggled several times throughout your video.) I'm totally picking up TRML now. You know...for the boys' fab hair ;)

  3. Man, do I love people who wear cool glasses. Amy Spalding, I'm in this for your eyewear, not your mind...

  4. I love that being your friend means I can make this kind of stuff happen. Thanks for playing, Ames!

  5. Thanks for having me, Brandy and co.! And thanks, everyone, for the compliments!

  6. Hilarious!!

    I, too, need more details on fish fears...

  7. Hey lady, you are a gutsy, brave individual.

    I must confess I'm into you for your balls,
    not your mind (or glasses).

    Although they are both a tanker-truck full of AWESOME SAUCE!

  8. Ha ha ha. And I totally agree! I LOVE me some Zac Efron too. So hot. So so hot! :)

    And btw, your book sounds amazing! I can't wait to read it.

  9. Ha! Love it! I hope he sees this and enjoys, it, too.

  10. Classic!!!! I would like to request a follow-up video in which you explain how eating sushi makes you feel like you're winning.

    Great ode.