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Friday, August 8, 2014

Recently Read: Upcoming Titles to Add to Your TBR Pile (5)

If you follow me on Goodreads and Twitter, you might have noticed that I'm one of those lucky readers who sometimes receives review copies of upcoming novels early. I won't lie, there are many really great things about advanced reader copies, but there are also negatives... namely being unable to finish a book and go out and encourage others to read it immediately. So I've decided that the next best thing is to feature these titles here at The Hiding Spot, no matter how early I've read them. Then you can add these books to your ever expanding to-be-read pile. Of course, nearer to the novel's release, I'll post my full review!

I Was Here by Gayle Forman

Available January 27, 2015 from Viking Juvenile

Cody is shocked when her best friend commits suicide. For Cody, there were no warning signs, no reasons to think that Meg might take her own life. It falls to Cody to pack up Meg's college apartment, the place she spent the last few months on her life. It's here that Cody begins to uncover the secrets Meg had kept hidden from those back home, dark secrets that Cody is certain contributed to Meg's actions. I Was Here is Gayle Forman's most emotionally powerful novel to date. An tender exploration of family, friendship, love, and forgiveness, readers will  identify with Cody's confusion and anger while simultaneously being drawn to the mystery of Meg's actions.

Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho

Available October 9, 2014 from Viking Juvenile
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Althea and Oliver have been best friends since age six, their very different personalities somehow balancing and combining to form a whole. Life without the other is unimaginable, until Oliver develops a sleeping illness tears them apart for weeks and months at a time. While Oliver loses chunks of his life to the disorder, Althea is adrift. Confused and angry, she makes an irreversible mistake from which their relationship might never recover. Althea and Oliver is one of those dirty, raw, and honest books that it almost hurts to read. Readers will clearly see that the characters are making mistakes, but are, of course, powerless to stop them. At the same time, it's almost cathartic to see Althea and Oliver fail, fail, then begin again. Not everyone will love this novel,with it's messy characters and imperfect conclusion, but those who do will unabashedly champion it. I'm definitely the latter.

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

Available February 10, 2015 from Balzer+Bray
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Aysel is sure she wants to die, she just doesn't know if she can do it alone. When she stumbles upon FrozenRobot's listing for a suicide partner, she's sure the one obstacle standing in her way is taken care of. She never expects that there might be other things holding her back. Questions about physics and potential energy, the desire to see the man who ruined her life one last time, and an unexpected spark lit by none other than FrozenRobot, the last boy Aysel ever imagined she'd have a connection with. My Heart and Other Black Holes is sometimes sad, sometimes funny, and always honest. It tackles the difficult topic of suicide with tact while still allowing for laughter and, yes, even romance, acknowledging that life is messy and sad and happy all at once.


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