Breaking the Spine and features books that we just can't wait to get our hands on!
This week's picks:
Intentions by Deborah Heiligman
From Goodreads: "Rachel thought she was
grown up enough to accept that no one is perfect. Her parents argue, her
grandmother has been acting strangely, and her best friend doesn’t want
to talk to her. But none of that could have prepared her for what she
overheard in her synagogue’s sanctuary.
Now Rachel’s trust in the people she loves is shattered, and her
newfound cynicism leads to reckless rebellion. Her friends and family
hardly recognize her, and worse, she can hardly recognize herself. But
how can the adults in her life lecture her about acting with kevanah,
intention, when they are constantly making such horribly wrong decisions
themselves? This is a witty, honest account of navigating the daunting
line between losing innocence and entering adulthood—all while figuring
out who you really want to be."
I'm interested to know exactly
what she hears in the synagogue and why it has such a profound effect on
her behaviour! I'm hoping the Jewish aspect of this one will help to
set it apart from other contemp YA reads.
From Goodreads: "On the surface, there’s
nothing remarkable about Anna Rogan: She gets average grades, she’s not
especially fashionable, she spends most of her time just hanging out
with her best friend Rei. But Anna does have a remarkable secret: she
has the ability to do astral projection. She uses her out-of-body
experiences to explore the universe, until one day when there’s an
accident at school and her classmate Taylor gets into her body. Now
Taylor’s using her new identity to accuse an innocent boy of murder and
she shows no signs of leaving Anna’s body. The only person who knows
Anna’s secret is Rei, and as her feelings for Rei grow she must face a
future where they can never touch...unless they can get find a way to
get Taylor out of Anna’s body, stop the murder trial, and discover the
true nature of Anna’s power."
I must admit, I'm a little wary of how the astral projection is handled...but I think it has a lot of potential to switch things up, and it hasn't been done much in YA! Also, beautiful cover alert here.
What books are you waiting for?