As you are reading this, I am probably leaving on a jet plane to New York City. I bet I am nervous and grumbling, bitching under my breath about the annoying passenger in the seat next to me. Or…looking at my iPhone, waiting for Giselle at Xpresso reads to pick me up from the airport. Or…hugging some of my very best friends for the first time. I wrote this on Sunday, preparing for the days I would be gone. I had a lot on my mind that day, but I had work to get done so I would be ready to have shenanigans with my girls.
But before I ramble for too long, this week’s Waiting on Wednesday features two YA contemporary novels I am looking forward, one of which I requested and got declined for. *grumbles angrily* It happens to all of us, trust me. Anyway, as you might no, I’m really picky about my contemporary novels. But Lauren Myracle is one of my favorite authors and the other one sounds unlike anything else I’ve ever read. I hope you find something here you like.
Description from Goodreads: AT FIRST YOU DON’T SEE THE CONNECTION.
Sex has always come without consequences for seventeen-year-old Evan Carter. He has a strategy–knows the profile of The Girl Who Would Say Yes. In each new town, each new school, he can count on plenty of action before he and his father move again. Getting down is never a problem. Until he hooks up with the wrong girl and finds himself in the wrong place at very much the wrong time.
AND THEN YOU CAN’T SEE ANYTHING ELSE.
After an assault that leaves Evan bleeding and broken, his father takes him to the family cabin in rural Pearl Lake, Minnesota, so Evan’s body can heal. But what about his mind?
HOW DO YOU GO ON, WHEN YOU CAN’T THINK OF ONE WITHOUT THE OTHER?
Nothing seems natural to Evan anymore. Nothing seems safe. The fear–and the guilt–are inescapable. He can’t sort out how he feels about anyone, least of all himself. Evan’s really never known another person well, and Pearl Lake is the kind of place where people know everything about each other–where there might be other reasons to talk to a girl. It’s annoying as hell. It might also be Evan’s best shot to untangle sex and violence.
Description from Goodreads: For as long as she can remember, Wren Gray’s goal has been to please her parents. But as high school graduation nears, so does an uncomfortable realization: Pleasing her parents once overlapped with pleasing herself, but now . . . not so much. Wren needs to honor her own desires, but how can she if she doesn’t even know what they are?
Charlie Parker, on the other hand, is painfully aware of his heart’s desire. A gentle boy with a troubled past, Charlie has loved Wren since the day he first saw her. But a girl like Wren would never fall for a guy like Charlie—at least not the sort of guy Charlie believes himself to be.
And yet certain things are written in the stars. And in the summer after high school, Wren and Charlie’s souls will collide. But souls are complicated, as are the bodies that house them . . .
Sexy, romantic, and oh-so-true to life, this is an unforgettable look at first love from one of young adult fiction’s greatest writers.
So?? Don’t these sound freaking fantastic? I can’t wait because I might be able to grab copies at BEA. Also, I will be trying to take pictures for you guys that aren’t going this year so you can see if you want to go next year. And I will be tweeting as much as I can, but I might get overwhelmed in the crowd so I can only say I will do my best. BUT…I will do a huge write-up, maybe two when I get back. Most definitely. And if you can’t go this year, and you are upset or a little green over the bloggers that ARE going, remember many of us were in your shoes last year. This is my first time going and I watched everyone else with envy for two years before I decided to take the leap and do it. YOU CAN DO IT TOO. Anyway, I just needed to say that because I have been there. Leave me a comment and I will promise to try and answer them when I get back. I already miss you guys!