Breaking the Spine and features books that we just can't wait to get our hands on!
This week's picks are, of course, psychology-related to fit with Psychtember!
Try Not to Breathe by Jennifer Hubbard
"Ryan spends most of his
time alone at the local waterfall because it’s the only thing that makes
him feel alive. He’s sixteen, post-suicidal, and trying to figure out
what to do with himself after a stint in a mental hospital. Then Nicki
barges into his world, brimming with life and energy, and asking
questions about Ryan’s depression that no one else has ever been brave
enough—or cared enough—to ask. Ryan isn’t sure why he trusts Nicki with
his darkest secrets, but that trust turns out to be the catalyst that he
desperately needs to start living again."
You don't get too many novels dealing with someone who's post-suicidal and just recently been released from a mental health facility, so that's already making this one stand out. Plus it's got a male teen protagonist!
Irises by Francisco X. Stork
"TWO SISTERS: Kate is
bound for Stanford and an M.D. -- if her family will let her go. Mary
wants only to stay home and paint. When their loving but repressive
father dies, they must figure out how to support themselves and their
mother, who is in a permanent vegetative state, and how to get along in
all their uneasy sisterhood.
THREE YOUNG MEN: Then three men sway
their lives: Kate's boyfriend Simon offers to marry her, providing
much-needed stability. Mary is drawn to Marcos, though she fears his
violent past. And Andy tempts Kate with more than romance, recognizing
her ambition because it matches his own.
ONE AGONIZING CHOICE:
Kate and Mary each find new possibilities and darknesses in their sudden
freedom. But it's Mama's life that might divide them for good -- the
question of *if* she lives, and what's worth living for."
I haven't yet read Stork's Marcelo in the Real World, but I've heard some good things about it! However I think I'll really be able to identify with this one, since I have an older sister :) I'm interested to see how the mother's "permanent vegetative state" is handled, as well as the relationships. And the cover is pretty!
What books are you waiting for?