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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday

WoW is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine!


This Girl is Different by JJ Johnson
Peachtree Publishers/5.1.2011
Description (from Goodreads):
This girl is different… That’s what Evie has always told herself—and it’s true. Home-schooled by her counter culture mom, she’s decided to see what high school is like for the first time—for her senior year. And what a year it is.

As it turns out, it’s not just Evie who’s Different. Lots of people are. Many of her assumptions about others are turned on their heads as she makes friends with kids her own age for the first time, discovers what’s good and what’s bad about high school, and learns lessons about power and its abuse—both by the administration and by Evie herself.



It was this cover that caught my eye, but the description sounds interesting as well... abuse of power in a high school? Who would've guessed...? :/


Putting Makeup on Dead People by Jen Violi
Hyperion/7.26.2011
Description (from Goodreads):

It's been four years since Donna Parisi's father passed away, but it might as well have been four days. Donna makes conversation and goes through the motion, but she hasn't really gotten on with life. She's not close with anyone, she doesn't have a boyfriend and she's going to college at the local university with a major that her mother picked. But one day Donna has an epiphany. She wants to work with dead people. She wants to help people say goodbye and she wants to learn to love a whole person—body and soul. She wants to live her life and be exceptional...at loving, at grieving and at embalming and cremating,too. Even as she makes the decision, things start to change. Donna makes friends with the charismatic new student, Liz. She notices the boy, Charlie, at her table and realizes that maybe he's been noticing her, too. And she begins to forgive the rest of her family for living their lives while she's been busy moping.
Jennifer Violi's gentle, moving story of a girl who finds a life in the midst of death will appeal to any reader who's felt stuck and found inspiration in an unexpected place.

I've always been drawn to novel about grief and moving on and this looks like an entirely new take on the subject... and I feel like it has the potential to be something really, really moving.

14 comments:

  1. I just got This Girl is Different from netGalley - check out there to see if you can get it too. Bonus, it's free and you can read it way before the release date. I haven't started it yet, but I'm going to soon. It does sound intriguing.
    And Putting Makeup on Dead People sounds great. I might just have to check it out myself one of these days.
    Happy reading!

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  2. Heading over to Netgalley now! Thanks! :)

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  3. Ooh, I like description of The Girl is Different. The second one too, although it's a little creepy. Great WoW choices! =)

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  4. Both of these sound like interesting reads. Great picks!

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  5. The cover for This Girl is Different is... different. And so cool! Both covers are really great, actually. I'd pick them up in a bookstore.

    And buy, judging by the descriptions. Hadn't heard of either, so great picks!

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  6. I've been thinking about reading This Girl is Different on netgalley. Wicked picks!

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  7. Two great picks!! I'm especially excited for Putting Makeup on Dead People!! It sounds so unique!!

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  8. Both of theses are awesome picks! Love the covers on both of them. Wow. Nice! They're on my TBR list now. Thanks.

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  9. Well I guess great minds think alike! Doesn't Anna Dressed in Blood sound amazing :)

    I am excited for This Girl Is Different too, I actually just got it from netgalley. But I haven't heard of Putting Makeup on Dead People -- it looks great!

    Sarah
    That Bookish Girl

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  10. here's mine http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2011/01/waiting-on-wednesday.html

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  11. This Girl is Different is on my TBR list too. I have it from netgalley, but have not had a chance to read it just yet.

    My WOW

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  12. Haven't heard of either one of these but I am really interested in the take of Putting Makeup on Dead People.

    My WOW

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  13. both of these really do sound good. I love the covers.

    -Lauren

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