The JJJ Book Club was lucky enough to chat with the filmmakers about turning J.J. Howard‘s book into a movie with Taylor and The 100 actress Marie Avgeropoulos and we also got an exclusive excerpt just for you!
Jennifer Besser, Vice President and Publisher of G. P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, told JJJ, “We’re delighted to be partnering with Temple Hill on this exciting novel. J.J. Howard has kept the fast-paced spirit and action of the film alive with her cinematic writing, while cleverly expanding on the dangerous romance and the characters’ backstory. A thrilling ride from start to finish.”
Temple Hill producer Marty Bowen added, “I’m so excited about this collaboration between our fantastic movie starring Taylor Lautner, and what we’ve been able to accomplish with J.J. Howard on this incredible novel. What makes this joint venture so special is that we’ve been able to delve even deeper into the minds of our characters from the film with this book, and I can’t wait for fans of Taylor and parkour to read what we’ve accomplished.”
Click inside to read the excerpt from “Tracers”…
“Tracers” summary: Cam has come to accept the rhythm of his life as a bike messenger: racing up and down the streets of New York City from one run to the next. With no family to rely on and a mountain of debts, at least it’s an honest way to help pay off his dangerous debtors. Cam’s whole world comes crashing down on him one day when he runs into a beautiful stranger.
After falling out of the sky and wiping out Cam and his bike, she disappears before he can find out anything about her. When he starts to see her around town, he quickly realizes that she is part of an underground group of teens who have turned NYC into their own parkour playground—running, jumping, seemingly flying through the city like it’s an obstacle course.
Cam becomes fascinated with the sport—and the beautiful stranger, Nikki. He falls in with the group, and they offer him the chance to make some extra money. But when the stakes become life or death, Cam is torn between following his heart and sacrificing everything to pay off his debts.