Saturday, January 31, 2009
Boy Meets Girl by Meg Cabot
She Went All The Way by Meg Cabot
Sixteen edited by Megan McCafferty
These were all from bookmooch!
The Season by Sarah MacLean
For review! Wohoo!
Bittersweet Sixteen by Carrie Karasyov and Jill Kargman
JUST missed a bus so I popped into the Barnes and Noble right next door to the building I usually seek warmth in, in the morning and browsed their clearance section. Found this book for $2.
Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Third Angel by Alice Hoffman
Got these from the Library Book Store.
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
I won this from Free Book Friday Teen! And it's signed!
Take the Reins (Canterwood Crest #1) by Jessica Burkhart
Geek Charming by Robin Palmer
Wake by Lisa McMann
You can't say blogs don't work. I kept reading about the Canterwood Crest books recently and today I checked out the website for the series here. I needed to have it! And check out the Cover Story for Take the Reins over at Melissa Walker's blog here. The covers are gorgeous! Geek Charming I featured on Waiting On Wednesday a few weeks ago and Wake recently came out in paperback so I had to get it!
Killing Yourself To Live by Chuck Klosterman
The Dashwood Sisters' Secrets of Love by Rosie Rushton
Irish Girls About Town
Make Him Look Good by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez
Carol told me about the 3-day $1 sale Barnes and Noble was having so I had to head over to my local store, these are the books I found!
The Makedown by Gitty Daneshvari
Girl Most Likely To by Poonam Sharma
The Makedown is for review, this book sounds great! And Girl Most Likely to is from Bookmooch!
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Twelve-year-old Lonnie is finally feeling at home with his foster family. But because he’s living apart from his little sister, Lili, he decides it’s his job to be the “rememberer”—and write down everything that happens while they’re growing up. Lonnie’s musings are bittersweet; he’s happy that he and Lili have new families, but though his new family brings him joy, it also brings new worries. With a foster brother in the army, concepts like Peace have new meaning for Lonnie. Told through letters from Lonnie to Lili, this thought provoking companion to Jacqueline Woodson’s National Book Award finalist Locomotion tackles important issues in captivating, lyrical language. Lonnie’s reflections on family, loss, love and peace will strike a note with readers of all ages.
Peace, Locomotion is a hopefully book that speaks of the different definitions of family. Biological family, foster family, and your country. I believe the book is set around current issues but really it's relevant for any time period. I hadn't realized when I started reading, that this is a companion book to the book, Locomotion, but I felt it had to power to stand alone just fine.
The book is a series of letters that Lonnie Collins Motion aka Locomotion writes to his little sister Lili. After losing their parents in a fire they are put into separate foster homes and don't get to see each other as often as they would like it. In his letters Lonnie tells his sister all about his life, his classes, his poetry, his friends and also his foster family who has a son in the war.
I thought this was a sweet book that deals with some heavy issues in a very hopeful way. It made me smile but also made me a little teary eyed. The character of Lonnie is wise beyond his years and his love for his sister and foster family is touching. It's inspiring to see what a good person he remains after having to deal with so much at a very young age. The author has captured his voice perfectly.
Peace, Locomotion was released on January 22nd.
ARC received from publisher
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
"Waiting On" Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine!
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Prior to today I was NOT aware of the Open Shelves Classification. Apparently I don't scroll down the pages much! I might be interested from time to time in classifying a book (if I remember). I tried to check it out on the Great Gatsby's page just now and it said something to the effect of this round of classifications are over. So I couldn't really see the new feature to try it out.
Sometimes it's hard to classify a book, what do you think?
Monday, January 26, 2009
For a life to come together, sometimes it first has to fall completely apart.
Isabel is a regular seventeen-year-old girl, still reeling from the pain of her boyfriend's tragic death exactly one year ago.
Carlos is a regular seventeen-year-old guy, loves red licorice and his friends, and works at a fancy art museum for some extra cash.
The two have no connection until they both meet Vanessa, an intriguing new transfer student with a mysterious past. While Vanessa is the link that brings these two very different lives together, will she be the one that can also tear them apart?
In his stunningly beautiful second novel, David Hernandez gives his readers a poetic and profound story that tells of two completely different teenagers and how through everyday life and monumental tragedy lies endless possibility.
This is a sweet and sometimes humorous book that deals with death, grief, life, and love. It wasn't exactly what I was had thought it would be like but there is nothing wrong with that! I loved reading the alternating perspectives of Isabel and Carlos, their private fears and wishes, and their thoughts about each other and their friends. I was expecting to get to know Vanessa a lot more than I actually did and I felt there were some loose endings left with her storyline.
I liked Carlos's perspective the most, everytime he was in the art gallery that he worked at as a security guard my ears perked up. I loved it all, the strange artwork, the crazy man that comes into the gallery to destroy artwork, and the artist that comes in to repair his neon sign piece that has partially burnt out. It was a great atmosphere that the author created. You could definitely tell the author has a background in the arts! This passages really shine for me!
I found this a hopeful book that shows a great snapshot of teen life but felt like it barely scratched the surface of what the author had created for himself to play with.
No More Us For You is released on January 27th.
ARC received from publisher
What's your favorite book that alternates perspectives?
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Paige, Spencer, and Madison have it all: the looks, the connections, the money, the boys. As the daughters of three of the most prestigious families on Philadelphia's Main Line (read: old money, and lots of it) and the ruling juniors at Bradford Prep, nothing can stand in their way....except, perhaps, their own dark secrets. When an old frenemy from Paige's hidden past shows up at Bradford and plays nice--too nice--Paige is desperate to smother the threat. How far will she go to silence the truth?
This was a gossipy, scandalous, fashionably good time! I really liked reading the thoughts of Spencer via her blog posts, especially the little love triangle that she has gotten herself into. Because most of the blog posts are from her point of view (in this book) I felt I got to know her the best of all the characters. It was also really nice hearing from some of the other characters on the school blog, The Bradford Blog, I hope to get to know them just as well in future books.
What initially attracted me to this book was how it's working on multiple platforms, we have the book, which is essentially a collection of blog posts and a few emails and then probably a good dozen or so websites, from myspace profiles, to twitter pages, a Bradford Prep official website, and websites for other locations in the book. I loved the idea of being able to poke around online and get to know the characters better.
I think most of the fashion and label references got lost on me since I don't know much about fashion, so I wouldn't have minded a few less, but I'm sure there are people out there that love them! Also, I don't know if this is showing my age or what but some of the acronyms I had to look up. A little glossary of terms in the back of the book would have been very helpful to someone like me!
I'm definitely looking forward to where the second book, Fashionista picks up! There is somewhat of a mystery brewing and I really want to know the truth!
GoldenGirl is released on January 27th.
Check out the Bradford Novels website here!
ARC received from publisher
Have you ever read a book that uses a lot of blog posts? I'd love to hear about it!
1. The book that’s been on your shelves the longest:
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
I'm just taking a guess here but I recall reading this book over and over again when I was little and learning how to read. Before I could even read I'm pretty sure I just memorized it and said it over and over again (like I was reading) before I could actually read the words! I'm not sure if anyone in my family could actually remember how much truth there is to that but that's what I remember!
2. A book that reminds you of something specific in your life (a person, a place, a time, etc.):
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Again, I'm depending on my memory here but, I believe one of my cousins gave this to me when I visited Lebanon when I was 9 years old. I have no idea why they gave it to me but I'm pretty sure that's where it came from. And sadly enough, I still haven't read it! I think for awhile I assumed I was too young to understand it but now I have no excuse!
3. A book you acquired in some interesting way (gift, serendipity in a used bookstore, prize, etc.):
An Idiot Girl's Christmas by Laurie Notaro
So, I was on vacation a few years ago with my family somewhere, no idea where, and of course I go into all the bookstores I see. I went into one and found this little tiny clearance section and this book was in it for a 50 cents or a dollar. I had read another of the author's books and liked so so I picked this one up. When up to the cash register to pay and the guy just looked at me, laughed and said "Just take it". So I said "Are you sure? I can pay." and he was like "No, it's fine". So I just slowly backed away and left. Very bizarre, for the life of me I have no idea what that was about, but I wasn't about to argue! And of course, still haven't read it!
4. The most recent addition to your shelves:
Red: Teenage Girls in America Write On What Fires Up Their Lives Today
So this is one of a few of the most recent books I got. I think I originally heard about it on Melissa Walker's Blog a few months ago. I'm really excited to dive right into this, hopefully in the next few weeks. It's a great concept and I can tell there is going to be sure a diverse set of voices here, there is no way that this book could be bad, NO WAY!
5. A book that’s been with you to the most places:
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
So this book I bought while I was studying abroad in London for the month of July in 2004. I had brought The Catcher of the Rye with me and finished it. I didn't think I would have tons of reading time, which I really didn't. But wanted to find another book to read, so me and a friend or two went into a bookstore and had a grand old time looking at all the books we knew but with different covers! I'm not sure if I knew about this book before hand (I saw the movie at sometime not sure if it was before or after) but I remember being really taken with this cover. So I bought it and started reading it but then my friend insisted I borrow her copy of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants because it was so addicting, so I ended up reading that instead. Still haven't finished this book yet! :/ It did travel back to college with me and then home after I graduated.
6. A bonus book that you want to talk about but doesn’t fit into the other questions:
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
In the 11th grade we read The Great Gatsby in my English class, I adored it and proclaimed it to be my favorite book! Basically in class we decided people either love it or hate it. I loved it while my good friend hated it. That Spring I had to get all of my wisdom teeth removed and my friend gave me a gift saying "You can't open it until after it is all over with and you are awake." So I think, on the way home I'm sitting there crying from the pain, I open the gift from my friend and it's my very own copy of The Great Gatsby! I was so touched that she would get it for me especially considering how much, she herself hated it! It totally brightened my spirit right away!
So wow, this was really fun to do! I'm going to tag a few people, feel free to do it or not do it (but it's really fun) I don't think you've done it yet but you may have and also anyone else fell free to do it too!
I'm going to tag: S Krishna of S. Krishna books, Sharon of Sharon Loves Books and Cats and Shalonda of Shalonda's blog!
1. My favorite song randomly shuffling on via my ipod.
2. Getting everything on my to-do list done.
4. Friends, Family, and Blogger Buddies.
5. Reading a really great book or watching a really great movie.
6. The weekend.
I'm in lazy mode so I'm not going to tag anyone, feel free to play along!
Saturday, January 24, 2009
7 Things I Did Before:
1. Went to college.
2. Worked in a photography lab.
3. Drank lots of regular soda.
4. Lived on Instant Messenger.
5. Watched movie trailers obsessively online.
6. Visited Lebanon for 3 weeks.
7. Created zines and comics.
7 Things I Do Now:
1. Work as a graphic designer.
2. Work out (for the time being).
3. Take the bus.
4. Live on Twitter.
5. Go to the library book store weekly.
6. Wish I had more time for my hobbies.
7. Eat string cheese :P
7 Things I Want to Do:
1. Buy a car.
2. Travel a lot more.
3. Move out.
4. Find more time to read.
5. Go to The Strand and Powells.
6. Get back to working on my zines and comics.
7. Spend more time with my friends.
7 Things That Attract Me to the Opposite Sex:
1. Nerdy glasses
3. Similar interests
5. Artistic Abilities
6. A cute smile
7 Favorite Foods
I can't answer this one, it will make me sad to think about all the foods i'm not eating because I'm trying to eat healthier!
7 Things I Say Most Often
1. Oh my god.
2. My (insert body part) hurts. (I complain a lot)
4. Did I get any packages? (To my sister over the phone)
5. No way!
6. How are you?
7. I think that should work (at work)
I'm not going to tag anyone but let me know if you do it, I'd love to come see your answers! Mine are pretty random! :)
Monday: no mail day!
Kiss My Book by Jaimie Michaels
King Dork by Frank Portman
Kiss My Book came from the awesome Vanessa of What Vanessa Reads via Bookmooch. And King Dork came from the very sweet Zoe of Zoe's Book Reviews via a Book Swap!
Chasing Boys by Karen Tayleur
Adios to All The Drama by Diana Rodriguez Wallach
Amigas and School Scandals by Diana Rodriguez Wallach
Chasing Boys came for review which I featured on a Waiting On Wednesday post a few weeks back and the other two (long titles!) came from the great Carol(ina) of Bookluver- Carol's Reviews!
Just Like That by Marsha Qualey
The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen
The World According to Bertie by Alexander McCall Smith
Got these at the library book store! Just Like That, mainly because I wanted to be like Shalonda who I noticed had it in her bookshelves post this week :P
Sweethearts by Sara Zarr
Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty by Jody Gehrman
Red: Teenage Girls in America Write On What Fires Up Their Lives Today edited by Amy Goldwasser
Got these from Amazon! I've been so excited for those first two to come out in paperback and doesn't Red sound amazing!
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
I think my reading is inspired by a lot of things. My interests are always growing and changes so that's reflected in my reading. It seems I get really excited about a genre for a year or more and then move onto another (but still remain interested in the rest as well, so I basically go around collecting more genres that are of interest to me) I think the last few genres I started reading were: memoirs, short stories, graphic novels, and now YA.
I'm also inspired by what others are reading and talking about. That's why the book blogosphere is so great! Browsing a bookstore or looking at recommendations online are great too. I also love falling in love with the idea of a book through its cover, hoping the book is as great as the cover.
Usually when I find out about something that I think may be of interest I always look to see if there is a book about that subject matter!
Not sure if that really answers the questions by yeah...
What inspires your reading?
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
"Waiting On" Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I used the check out the Swap This Book function when I first joined LibraryThing. I think that's how I first heard about Bookmooch. Eventually I joined Bookmooch and haven't really looked at that function since.
When I first saw it I thought it was kind of interesting and it got me thinking about joining Bookmooch. (I also looked into the other swap sites before picking Bookmooch) Before I joined Bookmooch I used to take my books to Half Price Books. It was never very many but every so often I had a bag full. Bookmooch is much more fun!
Elite Eli University junior Amy Haskel never expected to be tapped into Rose & Grave, the country’s most powerful—and notorious—secret society. She isn’t rich, politically connected, or…well, male.
So when Amy receives the distinctive black-lined invitation with the Rose & Grave seal, she’s blown away. Could they really mean her?
Whisked off into an initiation rite that’s a blend of Harry Potter and Alfred Hitchcock, Amy awakens the next day to a new reality and a whole new set of “friends”—from the gorgeous son of a conservative governor to an Afrocentric lesbian activist whose society name is Thorndike. And that’s when Amy starts to discover the truth about getting what you wish for. Because Rose & Grave is quickly taking her away from her familiar world of classes and keggers, fueling a feud, and undermining a very promising friendship with benefits. And that’s before Amy finds out that her first duty as a member of Rose & Grave is to take on a conspiracy of money and power that could, quite possibly, ruin her whole life.
A smart, sexy introduction to the life and times of a young woman in way over her head, Secret Society Girl is a charming and witty debut from a writer who knows her turf—and isn’t afraid to tell all....
Monday, January 19, 2009
On a windy September day, twenty-five-year-old Slater Brown stands in the back of a bicycle taxi hurtling the wrong way down the busiest street in San Francisco. Slater has come to “see the elephant,” to stake his claim to fame and become the greatest writer ever. But this city of gleaming water and infinite magic has other plans in this astounding first novel—at once a love story, a feast of literary imagination, and a dazzlingly original tale of passion, ambition, and genius in all their guises...
Slater Brown lays siege to San Francisco like Achilles circling Troy—until he crashes headlong into reality. Out of money and prospects, he applies for a job at a moribund weekly newspaper called the Morning Trumpet—and, as if by fate, is given a very special parting gift from a moonlighting mystic.
Suddenly Slater has an exclusive on every story in the city. With his uncanny knack for finding scoops, he’s bringing the Trumpet back to life, infuriating a corrupt mayor and falling in love with the woman destined to become his muse. But it is the astonishing inventor Milo Magnet—a man obsessed with harnessing the weather—who will force Slater to navigate the most dangerous straits.
For as Milo unleashes his power on San Francisco and the ravishing Callio de Quincy entrances Slater with hers, as storm clouds gather literally overhead, Slater will become at once a pawn, a savior, and the last best hope for a city that needs him—and his knack for the truth—more than ever before.
Going To See The Elephant is a hilarious, quirky, and very full of great little details. It felt to me that the story was set in an alternate universe San Fransisco. For the life of me I couldn't figure out what time period it takes place in and I loved it for that. It's truly original.
The characters in this book are priceless. A sleek young reporter that somehow always has the biggest scoop, the crazy over-eating Mayor, the genius of everything that decides he wants to produce his own weather, the chess prodigy who is as sweet as can be, and don't forget the mini weather packets moving around the city. These characters make the story.
And on top of all these fabulous characters are all the back stories that the author weaves in, my favorite being the history of the newspaper, The Morning Trumpet. I felt like I was reading a really great classic, full of quirks and originality.
I went into this story looking for a coming of age story of a 25 year old man which sounded great to me but it was so much more than that, I don't even have the words to describe it. If you like a story full of random details and humor this is for you!
Going To See The Elephant was released in Hardcover on December 30th.
ARC provided by LibraryThing Early Reviewer's Program
What's a book you enjoy with quirky characters?
Sunday, January 18, 2009
When 16-year-old Scarlett Wakefield transfers from St. Tabby’s to Wakefield Hall Collegiate, she is relieved that no one knows her dark, haunting secret. A few months ago, Scarlett was invited to an elite party with a guest list full of the hottest names in British society, including Dan McAndrew. Before the party, Scarlett had only imagined what it would be like to have her first kiss with Dan, but on the penthouse terrace, Dan leaned in close and she no longer had to wonder. Their kiss was beautiful and perfect and magical, and then . . . Dan McAndrew took his last breath as she held him in her arms. No one knows how or why Dan died, and everyone at St. Tabby’s believes Scarlett had something to do with it. But now that she’s safely hidden away at Wakefield Hall, Scarlett would rather forget that it ever happened. Only she can’t. Especially when she receives an anonymous note that will set her on the path to clearing her name and finding out what really happened to the first and last boy she kissed.
Kiss Me Kill Me is a fun and thoughtful story. I really liked the main character, Scarlett. She is your everyday girl, sort of quiet and funny, has a few close friends and enjoys gymnastics. She has a crush on a popular boy so when she gets the chance to possibly see him at a party she drops her friends and hangs out with the popular girls. She feels bad about it but does it anyway. That night her life will change forever.
I like how we have the chance to get to know Scarlett instead of being dunked head-first into the mystery, so then, by the time Scarlett has to hold this heavy burden of thinking she killed Dan with a kiss we are rooting for her all the way. I also like the sleuthing tactics that Scarlett uses, which usually involve her gymnastics (swinging from trees, fitting into very small spaces etc). It's great fun to watch her set out to solve the mystery of how Dan actually died.
When Scarlett starts attending Wakefield Hall which her grandmother runs, she's determined to keep her past a secret and not get involved with any other boys. She doesn't want to risk killing anyone else with her kiss. It doesn't turn out so easy for her though, with another student Taylor, snooping through her things and the attractive groundskeeper Jase being so sweet to her.
I don't think I was ever truly shocked by anything that happened in the book but it was still great fun to read! The book ends with a lot of questions still unanswered so I can't wait to see where the story goes in the sequel Kisses and Lies.
Kiss Me Kill Me was released in Paperback on January 13th and is also out in Hardcover.
Review copy received from publisher
Do you know of any other teen mysteries?
Ranger's Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan (Book One) by John Flanagan
They have always scared him in the past—the Rangers, with their dark cloaks and shadowy ways. The villagers believe the Rangers practice magic that makes them invisible to ordinary people. And now 15-year-old Will, always small for his age, has been chosen as a Ranger’s apprentice. What he doesn’t yet realize is that the Rangers are the protectors of the kingdom. Highly trained in the skills of battle and surveillance, they fight the battles before the battles reach the people. And as Will is about to learn, there is a large battle brewing. The exiled Morgarath, Lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night, is gathering his forces for an attack on the kingdom. This time, he will not be denied. . . .
This e-book will be available until February 15th! You can download it here!
Night World 1 by L.J. Smith (Book One Secret Vampire)
In Secret Vampire, Poppy thought the summer would last forever. Then she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Now Poppy's only hope for survival is James, her friend and secret love. A vampire in the Night World, James can make Poppy immortal. But first they both must risk everything to go against the laws of Night World.
This week, J. Kaye discovered that you could download the first book in Night World 1, Secret Vampire from Amazon for a limited time. Click here to check it out!
Jumble Pie by Melanie Lynne Hauser
JUMBLE PIE is the story of the elusive nature of friendship, sometimes clinging, other times liberating; a story for any woman who has ever lied to her best friend just to make her feel better - and who has been brave enough to tell the truth, even when it hurts. And of course, it's a story about the remarkable healing power of pie.
Check out the website here, to see how to get your own copy!
The Luxe by Anna Godbersen
Irresistible boys with mischievous smiles and dangerous intentions.
White lies, dark secrets, and scandalous hookups.
This is Manhattan, 1899.
Beautiful sisters Elizabeth and Diana Holland rule Manhattan's social scene. Or so it appears. When the girls discover their status among New York City's elite is far from secure, suddenly everyone—from the backstabbing socialite Penelope Hayes, to the debonair bachelor Henry Schoonmaker, to the spiteful maid Lina Broud—threatens Elizabeth's and Diana's golden future.
With the fate of the Hollands resting on her shoulders, Elizabeth must choose between family duty and true love. But when her carriage overturns near the East River, the girl whose glittering life lit up the city's gossip pages is swallowed by the rough current. As all of New York grieves, some begin to wonder whether life at the top proved too much for this ethereal beauty, or if, perhaps, someone wanted to see Manhattan's most celebrated daughter disappear...
In a world of luxury and deception, where appearance matters above everything and breaking the social code means running the risk of being ostracized forever, five teenagers lead dangerously scandalous lives. This thrilling trip to the age of innocence is anything but innocent.
Click here, to Browse Inside of The Luxe. Harper Collins has many books that you can Browse Inside, click here to see more!
Daily Lit is a really cool website that allows you to read any of a selection of books in small installments daily in your email or RSS feed for free. Since I first visited this site a few years ago, it looks like they have gotten a ton more titles! Lots of the titles are Classics and Romance. Check out the site here!
Dear Reader emails you 5-minute portion of a title every day for free. You get a different book every week which allows you to sample about 2 to 3 chapters of each book. The great thing about this site is there are different Book Clubs to sign up for including Teens, Fiction, Pre-publication and Audio-Books among others. So there's a good chance you'll be interested in the titles you preview each week! Check out the site here!
So these are just a few e-books and other ways to read online that I thought of off the top of my head. I'm sure there are many more, feel free to share them in the comments! And also, if you try and of these out let me know how you like them!
Thanks to Holly of Writer's Block Reviews for giving me the Butterfly Award!
Thanks to the 99 people following me on blogger, subscribers, lurkers, people that send me emails, and to people I don't even know read my blog. Thank you!
Thank you to those that comment regularly or just every once in awhile!
Thanks to those who chat with me on Twitter, YA Book Swap and tons of other places!
And also a very big thank you to everyone that's been sending me Lookalikes to post and just telling me how much they enjoy seeing them and also to those that have been suggestions Hardcovers vs. Paperbacks. It's all about collaboration so I love seeing what you guys come up with and also add in the comments! So it's not just me coming up with these amazing finds, we have a lot of awesome people to thank for these crazy fun lookalikes!
Thanks to all the suggestions I've gotten, we have Lookalikes set to post through the beginning of April!
So to everyone THANK YOU! You always brighten my day!
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols
All but two of these came in the mail, so thanks to everyone that made that happen!
So, what's the most exciting book you got this week?
Friday, January 16, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
With Audrey gone for the summer, though, Finn finds herself spending more and more time with Jersy, and for the first time since September, for the first time in her life maybe, something feels right—absolutely, stunningly right. But Finn can't be the girl who does this to her best friend...can she?
"Waiting On" Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole life has been one big non-event. Then he heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-butboring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into a new life, and steals his heart. After. Nothing is ever the same.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Polly has an idea that she can't stop thinking about, one that involves changing a few things about herself. She's setting her sights on a more glamorous life, but it's going to take all of her focus. At least that way she won't have to watch her friends moving so far ahead.
Jo is spending the summer at her family's beach house, working as a busgirl and bonding with the older, cooler girls she'll see at high school come September. She didn't count on a brief fling with a cute boy changing her entire summer. Or feeling embarrassed by her middle school friends. And she didn't count on her family at all. . .
Ama is not an outdoorsy girl. She wanted to be at an academic camp, doing research in an air-conditioned library, earning A's. Instead her summer scholarship lands her on a wilderness trip full of flirting teenagers, blisters, impossible hiking trails, and a sad lack of hair products.
It is a new summer. And a new sisterhood. Come grow with them.
ARC received from publisher
Sunday, January 11, 2009
She is a writer, established and successful, with a full life and supportive friends. Then he walks into a book signing and back into her life 30 years after he broke her heart. This time, things seem different. The pair reconnects through emails, messages and fragments of conversation. But love leaves her with a nasty case of writer’s block. Looking for inspiration in the texts around her—optimistic horoscopes, evasive fortune cookies and the inane suggestions from books on writer’s block—she tries to find a way through the relationship that has seemingly stolen her gift for language.
Spinning us through the whirlwind love of her nameless protagonist, award-winning author Diane Schoemperlen weaves a stylish, innovative novel out of to-do lists and text messages. Exploring the different emotional languages spoken by men and women, At A Loss For Words is a charming take on the modern romance, warm and witty right through to its surprising and delicious resolution.
ARC received from publisher