Breaking the Spine and features books that we just can't wait to get our hands on!
This week it's a Psychtember version of Waiting on Wednesday, and here are my picks:
Out of Reach by Carrie Arcos
"How do you find
someone who doesn’t want to be found? A girl searches for her missing
addict brother while confronting her own secrets in this darkly lyrical
novel.Rachel has always idolized her older brother Micah. He
struggles with addiction, but she tells herself that he’s in control.
And she almost believes it. Until the night that Micah doesn’t come
Rachel’s terrified—and she can’t help but feel responsible.
She should have listened when Micah tried to confide in her. And she
only feels more guilt when she receives an anonymous note telling her
that Micah is nearby and in danger.
With nothing more to go on
than hope and a slim lead, Rachel and Micah’s best friend, Tyler, begin
the search. Along the way, Rachel will be forced to confront her own
dark secrets, her growing attraction to Tyler…and the possibility that
Micah may never come home."
Addiction has always been an area of interest for me, and that plus the mystery of this anonymous note Rachel receives gives this one a promising premise. I like the simple design of the cover, conveying nicely the dark tone of the story.
Trinkets by Kirsten Smith
Shoplifters Anonymous meetings are usually punctuated by the snores of
an old man and the whining of the world's unhappiest housewife. Until
the day that Tabitha Foster and Elodie walk in. Tabitha Foster pretty
much has everything she wants: money, friends, popularity, a hot
boyfriend who worships her...and clearly also a yen for stealing. So
does Elodie, who, despite her goodie-two-shoes attitude pretty much has
"klepto" written across her forehead in indelible marker. But both of
them are nothing compared to Moe.
Tabitha, Elodie, and Moe: a
beauty queen, a professional wallflower, and a burnout-- a more unlikely
trio high school has rarely seen. And yet, when Tabitha challenges them
to a steal-off, they set off down a road of strange friendship linked
by the thrill of stealing and the reasons that spawn it."
This one looks a good deal lighter than Out of Reach, but I'm hoping that there'll be some exploration of the psychology surrounding kleptomania. Shoplifting pops up fairly often in YA novels, but is usually treated quite casually, and is not on a clinical sort of level. I'm interested to see how Kirsten Smith tackles the motivations and behaviour of teens who can't stop stealing.
What books are you waiting for?