Caboodle Firsts: Get one of 100 copies of YA tear-jerker When Haru Was Here before it's out in September 

When Haru Was Here

We're giving 100 booklovers the chance to get a copy of Dustin Thao's When Haru Was Here – a novel for young adults, about loneliness, complicated friendships, and what it means to let go – before it's out in September. 

After the devastating death of his best friend and his sister leaves home without even a note, Eric Ly finds himself alone in the world. Struggling to deal with reality, Eric invents imaginary scenarios in his head where everything is still okay. Until one of them comes to life – Haru Tanaka, the guy he briefly met last summer, the one he has been dreaming about.

In a magical turn of events, Eric suddenly has someone he can talk to – even if no one else can see him. For the first time since not getting into college, losing his best friend and sister, he has someone to connect with. Someone to make things right.

But the longer they spend together, Eric starts to question what’s real and what isn't. When this begins to interfere with his real-world relationships, Eric must finally confront his reality, even if it means losing Haru forever.

We Are Okay meets Wandavision in this novel from the Dustin Thao, the author of the bestselling TikTok sensation You've Reached Sam.

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This competition ended on 11/04/2024

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100 people will receive a copy of Dustin Thao's When Haru Was Here

  • By entering this competition, you also agree to the Caboodle Terms and Conditions
  • Closing date: 11:59pm, Thursday 11th April 2024.
  • No purchase necessary.
  • Only one entry per person will be accepted. Entrants may not win more than one prize.
  • The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, and Republic of Ireland except employees of the Booksellers Association and Book Tokens Ltd., their families, employees of participating bookshops, and anyone else connected with this promotion.
  • Entrants must be aged 16 or over.
  • The Promoter accepts no responsibility for entries that are incomplete, illegible, incorrect, corrupted or fail to reach the Promoter by the closing date for any reason. Automatically generated entries or entries via third parties are invalid and shall not be considered.
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  • The prizes are non-transferable and there are no cash alternatives, and are subject to availability. The Promoter reserves the right to amend the specification of the prize or offer an alternative prize. In exceptional circumstances, the Promoter reserves the right to foreclose the competition without notice.
  • Prizes are sent to winners prior to publication and so the cover may differ from the image shown, and may be an uncorrected proof copy.
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  • The Promoter will choose winners at random from all qualifying entries.
  • Winners will receive the prize to the address they provided upon entering.
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