Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Welcome to the Club: Love is Both Wave and Particle by Paul Cody

Love is Both Wave and Particle

by Paul Cody
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Release Date: August 1, 2017
Genre: Young Adult,  Contemporary, Romance
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This achingly beautiful novel considers how to measure love when it has the power to both save and destroy.

Levon Grady and Samantha Vash are both students at an alternative high school for high-achieving but troubled teens. They have been chosen for a year-long project where they write their life stories and collect interviews from people who know them. The only rule is 100% confidentiality—they will share their work only with each other. What happens will transform their lives.

Told from the perspectives of Levon, Sam, and all the people who know them best, this is a love story infused with science and the exploration of identity. Love Is Both Wave and Particle looks at how love behaves in different situations, and how it can shed light on even the darkest heart.

Hi Paul!!  We are so happy to welcome you to the FFBC!!  Thanks so much for taking the time to answer our questions!


Favorite Book?

The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

Favorite TV show? 

The Wire

Favorite movie?

Ang Lee’s Sense and Sensibility 

Favorite Song?

It changes week to week, but at the moment I love The Rolling Stone’s “Out of Control.”

Favorite Food?


Name 3 fictional places you would move to in a heartbeat.

Raymond Chandler’s L.A
Hemingway’s Paris
Paterson’s Terabithia

What were your favorite books growing up? 

L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time, hands down the best.
The Hardy Boys
Dibs: In Search of Self

Favorite Quote?

“No ideas but in things.” –William Carlos Williams

What are your fandoms?

The Rolling Stones; Radiohead; choral music; This American Life

 What were your 3 favorite books from the last year?

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead; Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel; Case Histories by Kate Atkinson


Could you tell our Book Addicts a little bit about LOVE IS BOTH WAVE AND PARTICLE? 

Love Is Both Wave and Particle is about two very bright but troubled seventeen-year-olds, each of whom has always been labeled with one mental disorder or another. They’re thrown together in their school in Ithaca, NY, to do a year-long project: write about your life. Neither wants to do this. They’ve never met. Will they hate each other? Learn anything? Change? Fall in love? At heart, they’ve been two terribly lonely, isolated kids. Stay tuned. 

What 3 words or phrases would you most associate with your book? 

Lonely, longing, smart.

What Hogwarts houses would you put Levon and Sam in?  What about a Patronus for either/both?

Levon would be in Ravenclaw. Sam would be in Gryffindor.
Levon’s Patronus would be the snow leopard, Sam’s would be an owl.

Did you find inspiration in any other story/movie/show to write this book, and how has this affected your writing?

I love novels that are narrated by or that feature odd or quirky characters. Such as Huck Finn, and Christopher in The Curious Incident of the Dog In Night-Time 

Tell us your favorite quote from LOVE IS BOTH WAVE AND PARTICLE.

“I always thought of the closed curtains, and what life must be like for them, and where they came from, and what they did all day,” from Chapter One

Is there a specific scene that you had the most fun to write?  Or which part was the most difficult to get through? 

I loved writing the last chapter, and had a very hard time writing the scene where Sam cuts herself.

If you had to pick one song to be the theme song for LOVE IS BOTH WAVE AND PARTICLE, which one would you pick? 

“All I Need” by Radiohead

Are there any recommendations you could give your readers to be in the “perfect mood” to read LOVE IS BOTH WAVE AND PARTICLE (specific music, snacks…)? 

A quiet rainy day, no music, a really comfortable chair or couch or bed, chocolate.

What’s next for you? 

I’m revising a YA novel about a girl who loses her mom to cancer, and how she grows up strong and well despite her mom’s death. I’m also about two-thirds of the way through a draft of a murder/mystery.

Thank you so much for everything, Paul!  

Thank you! PC

Paul Cody earned an MFA at Cornell University, and has published several novels and a memoir for adults. He lives in Ithaca, New York, with his wife, the poet Elizabeth Holmes, and their two sons. Love Is Both Wave and Particle is his first novel for teenagers.

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  1. This book sounds interesting! I love the author's favorite quote. :)

  2. "What are your thoughts about LOVE IS BOTH PARTICLE AND WAVE? Will you be adding it to your TBR?" I have added it to my TBR, and my thoughts are generous and admiring!

  3. I'm excited to read this book. The "perfect mood" setting is also mine--I love reading in my comfy chair and listening to the rain.

  4. This sounds like a really cute novel. I've spotted it here and there, but aside from noticing the cute cover, I hadn't really read about this one. Glad to know more about it. Thanks, Michelle. :)