Back in March I entered Semester Aboard in the prestigious Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards 2014. In July I was stunned and beyond thrilled to have been named a finalist. I’ve been holding my breath since then, trying to stay calm and prepare myself for disappointment. I promised myself that, whatever happened, I could be proud that I made it far enough to be a finalist. No matter who won, I had that. I would always have that.
I hoped, but tried not to get psyched up, that I would at least make it as far as Honorable Mention, maybe even Bronze. Only in my wildest dreams did I dare to take a moment to hope for Gold.