Breaking the Spine and features books that we just can't wait to get our hands on!
This week's picks:
The Opposite of Tidy by Carrie Mac
From the publisher's website:
"How do you come clean when your life is a mess?
Fifteen-year-old Junie is barely coping. Her mother has started
sleeping in the chair in front of the TV, and the house is so packed
with junk, newspapers, cupboard organizers and other helpful items from
the Shopping Channel that she can barely get in the front door. Her
father is no help, since he’s always with That Woman. To top it off,
she’s failing math.
So when Wade Jaffre, the hot new guy at school, offers her a ride
home from school, it seems too good to be true. Junie surprises herself
by accepting—and even talking! But as they approach her house, her
parents are outside, screaming at each other. Junie doesn’t have to
think twice about directing him on to her best friend Tabitha’s house,
nor about continuing the charade of pretending she lives there.
Tabitha and her mother are understanding—and willing to go along, for
the moment. But as the weeks go by, Junie’s lies start piling up and
the opportunity to tell the truth seems to slip away. Until the day
Junie’s world—and her mother’s—is literally turned inside out for the
world to see, and Junie and her mother must face the consequences of her
mother’s illness ... and the lies they both told to hide it."
The premise of this one reminds me a lot of Dirty Little Secrets by C. J. Omololu, so I'm interested to see how it compares. There aren't very many YA books involving hoarding so I think it's great to have a new addition!
Mister Death's Blue-Eyed Girls by Mary Downing Hahn
"Based on an actual
crime in 1955, this YA novel is at once a mystery and a coming-of-age
story. The brutal murder of two teenage girls on the last day of Nora
Cunningham's junior year in high school throws Nora into turmoil. Her
certainties, friendships, religion, her prudence, her resolve to find a
boyfriend taller than she is - are shaken or cast off altogether.
Most people in Elmgrove, Maryland, share the comforting conviction
that Buddy Novak, who had every reason to want his ex-girlfriend dead,
is responsible for the killings. Nora agrees at first, then begins to
doubt Buddy's guilt, and finally comes to believe him innocent - the
lone dissenting voice in Elmgrove.
Told from several different perspectives, including that of the murderer, Mister Death's Blue-Eyed Girls is a suspenseful page-turner with a powerful human drama at its core."
This one does indeed sound like quite the drama! I'm thinking that the fact it's based on an actual crime will make it all the more emotionally resonant and genuine. And while books told from several different POVs can be a bit of a gamble, it sounds like the murderer's perspective will definitely add to the creepy, disturbing factor.
What books are you waiting for?