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Waiting On Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

Waiting on WednesdayWaiting on Wednesday is a weekly event brought to you by Breaking the Spine where we spotlight upcoming books we can’t wait to read.

Last year I read The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer, an engrossing literary fiction title about life & friendship, rivalry, New York, and creative types. Good news, YA fans! Meg Wolitzer is making her first foray into YA with Belzhar. If the title sounds like Bell Jar, that’s no accident. Wolitzer’s inspiration is Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar. In Wolitzer’s newest book, a depressed girl is sent to a special boarding school to heal after her boyfriends’ death. She takes an English class that focuses on Sylvia Plath. With a touch of magical realism, the girl’s journal writing leads her to Belzhar, a place where she can meet her lost love again.

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

Publication Date: September 30, 2014 from Dutton Juvenile

About Belzhar:


If life were fair, Jam Gallahue would still be at home in New Jersey with her sweet British boyfriend, Reeve Maxfield. She’d be watching old comedy sketches with him. She’d be kissing him in the library stacks.

She certainly wouldn’t be at The Wooden Barn, a therapeutic boarding school in rural Vermont, living with a weird roommate, and signed up for an exclusive, mysterious class called Special Topics in English.

But life isn’t fair, and Reeve Maxfield is dead.

Until a journal-writing assignment leads Jam to Belzhar, where the untainted past is restored, and Jam can feel Reeve’s arms around her once again. But there are hidden truths on Jam’s path to reclaim her loss.

From New York Times bestselling author Meg Wolitzer comes a breathtaking and surprising story about first love, deep sorrow, and the power of acceptance.

Underneath the covers: I like all the details in the cover like the Joy Division t-shirt, headphones, The Bell Jar book, journal, sunglasses, sneakers and spoon! I seriously cannnot wait to read this one, but in the meantime I’ll check out the 1963 Sylvia Plath classic to have that point of comparison.


What book is on your radar this week?

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Waiting On Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

Waiting on WednesdayWaiting on Wednesday is a weekly event brought to you by Breaking the Spine where we spotlight upcoming books we can’t wait to read.

I went looking for a Valentine’s Day-ish cover for this week’s WoW and Let’s Get Lost caught my eye. Isn’t it pretty?

Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

Publication Date: July 29, 2014 from Harlequin Teen

Title Summary:

Let's Get Lost

Five strangers. Countless adventures. One epic way to get lost.

Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named LEILA. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most.

There’s HUDSON, a small-town mechanic who is willing to throw away his dreams for true love. And BREE, a runaway who seizes every Tuesday—and a few stolen goods along the way. ELLIOT believes in happy endings…until his own life goes off-script. And SONIA worries that when she lost her boyfriend, she also lost the ability to love.

Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. And when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But it is during Leila’s own 4,268-mile journey that she discovers the most important truth— sometimes, what you need most is right where you started. And maybe the only way to find what you’re looking for is to get lost along the way.

(source: Goodreads)


I like the concept of this coming of age road trip of self-discovery and can’t wait to see how it plays out. Leila is at the center of it all but I believe this book is all from the POV of the four people she touches on her journey. The map-style cover of the book really appeals to me, and Loss, Hope and Love marked on the route makes me think this will be quite an emotional read.

What book is on your radar this week?

Waiting On Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan

Waiting on WednesdayWaiting on Wednesday is a weekly event brought to you by Breaking the Spine where we spotlight upcoming books we can’t wait to read.

This week I’m featuring a contemporary YA title that caught my eye. It’s a witty coming of age about secrets, sisters, friendships, and love, and it’s supposed to appeal to fans of Rainbow Rowell and John Green. Plus, it’s already been optioned for film by Warner Bros.

Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan

Publication Date: May 1, 2014 from Dial

Book Info:  Goodreads * Amazon * Author’s FB

Title Summary:

love and other foreign words

Can anyone be truly herself–or truly in love–in a language that’s not her own?

Sixteen-year-old Josie lives her life in translation. She speaks High School, College, Friends, Boyfriends, Break-ups, and even the language of Beautiful Girls. But none of these is her native tongue–the only people who speak that are her best friend Stu and her sister Kate. So when Kate gets engaged to an epically insufferable guy, how can Josie see it as anything but the mistake of a lifetime? Kate is determined to bend Josie to her will for the wedding; Josie is determined to break Kate and her fiancé up. As battles are waged over secrets and semantics, Josie is forced to examine her feelings for the boyfriend who says he loves her, the sister she loves but doesn’t always like, and the best friend who hasn’t said a word–at least not in a language Josie understands.

(source: Goodreads)

I like this style of cover, even though we’ve been seeing it a lot. And the navy background and typography is so clean and pretty. Humorous YA is always appealing to me, and it does sound like LOVE would make a great movie, what with the wedding and all.

What book is on your radar this week?

Waiting On The Other Way Around by Sashi Kaufman

Waiting on WednesdayWaiting on Wednesday is a weekly event brought to you by Breaking the Spine where we spotlight upcoming books we can’t wait to read.

I recently came across this contemporary YA book, and bonus – it’s set on Thanksgiving! How timely!

The Other Way Around by Sashi Kaufman

Publication Date: March 1, 2014 from Carolrhoda LAB

Book Info: Author * Goodreads * Amazon * Author Q&A

Title Summary:

The Other Way Around

Andrew West goes to an all-girls school and he still can’t get a date. If that’s not bad enough, his Mom is the headmaster. Everyone seems to have the wrong idea about Andrew. His teachers think he’s a good student who doesn’t apply himself -he really is trying. The kids at his old school thought he was a goth. His cousin Barry thinks he’s gay.

When his Thanksgiving break goes tragically awry he decides to run away. He catches a ride with a strange group of older teenagers. The Freegans are street performers and dumpster divers. As Andrew travels the country with his new friends he leaves behind the expectations of others and discovers what he expects of himself.

(source: goodreads)

I’ve read a couple books from Carolrhoda Lab recently and they have some pretty interesting titles, and it sounds like this book is no exception. The Other Way Around is Sashi Kaufman’s debut novel and is about a guy who attends an all-girl’s school (what?) and wants to find his place in the world. Along the way there’s even a Thanksgiving road trip with Freegans! Sounds very quirky to me, and I can’t wait to check it out.

What book are you eagerly anticipating this week?

Oh, and Happy Thanksgivukkah!

Waiting On Guy in Real Life by Steve Brezenoff

Waiting on WednesdayWaiting on Wednesday is a weekly event brought to you by Breaking the Spine where we spotlight upcoming books we can’t wait to read.

There are so many great sounding contemporary books due out in 2014! One of the books that has me excited is Guy in Real Life, a book about two strangers who literally crash into each other on their bikes & find what they didn’t know they were looking for.

Guy in Real Life by Steve Brezenoff

Publication Date: May 27, 2014 from Balzer + Bray

Book Info: Author * Goodreads * Amazon

Title Summary:

Guy in Real Life




Lesh and Svetlana, two teens from St. Paul, Minnesota, are adrift in a sea of social coterie, desperate for something to change. When they crash into one another in a drunken bicycle accident at two am, they don’t yet know how close they are to finding it. For now, Svetlana is simply looking for a fifth member to legitimize the Central High School Gaming Club, and Lesh is looking to escape his being grounded for said drunkenness by entering, reluctantly, the world of online role playing games.

Lesh’s gaming life takes an interesting turn as, unable to figure out how to speak to Svetlana, he “becomes” her in-game. When real life and in-game life inevitably become entwined, Lesh and Svetlana both start to realize that the lines they draw to keep their lives in order are not so easy to maintain. Especially when you no longer understand why you drew them in the first place.

(check out an author Q&A @ EpicReads)

The cover is clean and appealing, and reminds me a bit of the style of Eleanor & Park. I like how the title and cover give a nod to the gaming aspect of the story, and the pixelated characters show their different styles but that they have things in common. Though I’m not a gamer myself I inevitably enjoy reading about gamers and Lesh & Svetlana’s story sounds so intriguing to me.

What book are you eagerly anticipating this week?

Waiting On Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Waiting on WednesdayWaiting on Wednesday is a weekly event brought to you by Breaking the Spine where we spotlight upcoming books we can’t wait to read.

I read two books by Rainbow Rowell this year, and we have a little wait for the next book, but at least we have a cover and a description to tide us over.

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Publication Date: July 8, 2014 from St. Martin’s Press

Book Info: Author * Goodreads * BookLikes * Amazon

Title Summary:

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now.

Maybe that was always besides the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .

Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened? (source: publisher)

I like that Rainbow writes for both YA and Adult, and that her books are accessible to so many readers. And they are all set in Nebraska, so it would be cool if some of the characters would crossover to other books. Landline, like 2011′s Attachments, is an adult title. It sounds like the main character gets to revisit the past to try to save her marriage. Maybe there’s a magical rotary phone that acts as a time machine! Landline has such a fab cover too- definitely one to pick up in print.

What book are you eagerly anticipating this week?

Waiting On Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano

Waiting on WednesdayWaiting on Wednesday is a weekly event brought to you by Breaking the Spine where we spotlight upcoming books we can’t wait to read.

I was looking for a spooky book to feature this October and came across Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano.

Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano

Publication Date: March 25, 2014 from Kathy Dawson Books

Book Info: Goodreads * BookLikes * Amazon

Title Summary:

Nearly Gone

Bones meets Fringe in a big, dark, scary, brilliantly-plotted urban thriller that will leave you guessing until the very end.

Nearly Boswell knows how to keep secrets. Living in a DC trailer park, she knows better than to share anything that would make her a target with her classmates. Like her mother’s job as an exotic dancer, her obsession with the personal ads, and especially the emotions she can taste when she brushes against someone’s skin. But when a serial killer goes on a killing spree and starts attacking students, leaving cryptic ads in the newspaper that only Nearly can decipher, she confides in the one person she shouldn’t trust: the new guy at school—a reformed bad boy working undercover for the police, doing surveillance. . . on her.

Nearly might be the one person who can put all the clues together, and if she doesn’t figure it all out soon—she’ll be next. (source: Goodreads)

The cover and title got my attention, but the synopsis sounds amazing. The character’s name is Nearly, and I’m wondering why can she decipher the serial killer’s clues, and why are the police tracking her? I want to know!

What book are you eagerly anticipating this week?


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