“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by breaking the spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:
I normally don’t feature books that are going to be posted this far out but I think once you see them you will understand why I did. I am so excited for both of them.
The Hate U Give by A.C. Thomas
Publication Date: June 2017
Genre: YA Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Social Issues
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter navigates between the poverty-stricken neighborhood she has grown up in and the upper-crust suburban prep school she attends. Her life is up-ended when she is the sole witness to a police officer shooting her best friend, Khalil, who turns out to have been unarmed during the confrontation – but may or may not have been a drug dealer. As Starr finds herself even more torn between the two vastly different worlds she inhabits, she also has to contend with speaking her truth and, in the process, trying to stay alive herself.
Why I’m waiting for this one? I have been dying to read this book since I first heard of it months ago. And it’s going to be agony until June. It’s going to be one of the most real, panic inducing books I will ever read but it will probably be one of the most important books written of our time right now. Everyone needs to put this book on their TBR list, it’s not going to be an easy book to read, but let’s be honest, that’s the point. Angela thank you for writing this book, we really need it. I ♥ you for it.
Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman
Publication Date: May 2017
Genre: YA Contemporary, Disabilities
Anise Sawyer plans to spend every minute of summer with her friends: surfing, chowing down on fish tacos drizzled with wasabi balsamic vinegar, and throwing bonfires that blaze until dawn. But when a serious car wreck leaves her aunt, a single mother of three, with two broken legs, it forces Anise to say goodbye for the first time to Santa Cruz, the waves, her friends, and even a kindling romance, and fly with her dad to Nebraska for the entire summer. Living in Nebraska isn’t easy. Anise spends her days caring for her three younger cousins in the childhood home of her runaway mom, a wild figure who’s been flickering in and out of her life since birth, appearing for weeks at a time and then disappearing again for months, or even years, without a word.
Complicating matters is Lincoln, a one-armed, charismatic skater who pushes Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. As Anise draws closer to Lincoln and takes on the full burden and joy of her cousins, she loses touch with her friends back home – leading her to one terrifying question: will she turn out just like her mom and spend her life leaving behind the ones she loves.
Why I’m waiting for this one? I’ve been looking for diverse books to read and I honestly can’t remember how I found Laura Silverman, it might have been in a chat but I’m seriously glad that I did. I love following her on twitter, which has just increased my excitement for her book, she is an amazing person. This book deals with a lot of things I don’t have a lot of experience with. I’ve had some experience with people with physical disabilities, I have some of my own, but none like the ones in the books. I am definitely interested in reading about experiences different from my own and Laura’s book looks to give me that in spades, if you’ve not added this book to your TBR list you need to!
NEITHER OF THIS COVERS ARE THE REAL BOOK COVERS. I am OCD and I NEED some type of photo/cover for books when I post about them or it bugs the hell out of me for ever, I literally get shaky at the idea of not having one, so I made my own. Please don’t spread these around as the real ones. Thank you.