March 14, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Alice on Board and Who I Kissed

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and features books that we just can't wait to get our hands on!

This week's picks are both contemp YA reads:

Alice on Board by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

From the publisher's website:

"In her last adventure before starting college, Alice takes to the open sea for the summer—and nothing can stop the tides of change.

Everything Alice has ever known is about to change—from where she sleeps at night to how close her closest friends will be. So Alice is meeting that seasick feeling head-on by setting sail as staff on a Chesapeake Bay cruise ship. And like any last great adventure before starting college, Alice knows she’ll need sunblock, an open mind, and…oh yeah, all her best girlfriends. It’s the perfect summer job.

Perfect, that is, when things are going perfectly. But when they’re not, Alice has to figure out how to weather unexpected storms of all sorts. Which could be perfect after all—perfect training for her next big adventure—college."

I grew up reading and loving the Alice series, and I think this is the second last book. While I've kind of "grown out" of Alice's story in a way, I still have a sentimental attachment to this series. I think I'll be a little sad when the final book comes out!

Who I Kissed by Janet Gurtler

Goodreads' description:

"Janet Gurtler's WHO I KISSED, in which a girl struggles with boy problems and serious regret after accidentally killing a boy she barely knows when she kisses him after consuming a peanut butter sandwich, not aware he has a deathly allergy to peanuts."

I haven't read either of Janet's other books, but I particularly love this premise. Students are often warned about bringing anything with peanut butter to their lunches at school because of the potential for a serious allergic reaction from a fellow student. Mix that up with a "kiss of death" and you have an awesome hook for a story!

What books are you waiting for?


  1. I love that someone has written a book about peanut allergy, I'll definitely keep an eye out for it!

  2. I love the peanut allergy one, I remember hearing something like that on the news a few years back. It sounds really interesting!

  3. It is sad when a beloved series ends, even if we have "grown out" of it.

    Girl Who Reads

  4. Both of these have something out of the ordinary about their premises, even though they are contemporary - cool choices!


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