Because it’s Christmas Eve, I’m doing a super special edition of Waiting On Wednesday. Why so special? Because instead of one book, I’m featuring three! (And, yeah, that really does have more to do with my inability to pick one than Christmas Eve, but it’s still fun).
No More Us For You by David Hernandez
01.27.2009 from HarperTeen
For a life to come together, sometimes it first has to fall completely apart.
Isabel is a regular seventeen-year-old girl, still reeling from the pain of her boyfriend’s tragic death exactly one year ago.
Carlos is a regular seventeen-year-old guy, loves red licorice and his friends, and works at a fancy art museum for some extra cash.
The two have no connection until they both meet Vanessa, an intriguing new transfer student with a mysterious past. While Vanessa is the link that brings these two very different lives together, will she be the one that can also tear them apart?
In his stunningly beautiful second novel, David Hernandez gives his readers a poetic and profound story that tells of two completely different teenagers and how through everyday life and monumental tragedy lies endless possibility.
I haven’t read David Hernandez’s first novel, but doesn’t this sound intriguing?
Project Sweet Life by Brent Hartinger
02.03.2009 from HarperTeen
For most kids, fifteen is the year of the optional summer job: Sure, you can get a job if you really want one, but it isn’t required or anything. Too bad Dave’s dad doesn’t agree! Instead of enjoying long days of biking, swimming, and sitting around, Dave and his two best friends are being forced by their fathers into a summer of hard labor.
The friends have something else in mind, though: Not only will they not work over the summer, but they’re determined to trick everyone into believing they really do have jobs. So what if the lifeguard doesn’t have a tan or the fast-food worker isn’t bringing home buckets of free chicken? There’s only one problem: Dave’s dad wants evidence that his son is actually bringing in money. And that means Dave, Curtis, and Victor will have to get some . . . without breaking the law and without doing any work!
Project Sweet Life is designed for the funny and lazy bone in all of us—a true comedy of errors (without any effort!) from seasoned storyteller Brent Hartinger.
I love Brent Hartinger. He’s just awesome. So I trust that this book will be awesome, even though it doesn’t sound like my usual taste.
Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols
03. 17.2009 from MTV Books
|All Meg has ever wanted is to get away. Away from high school. Away from her backwater town. Away from her parents who seem determined to keep her imprisoned in their dead-end lives. But one crazy evening involving a dare and forbidden railroad tracks, she goes way too far…and almost doesn’t make it back.
|John made a choice to stay. To enforce the rules. To serve and protect. He has nothing but contempt for what he sees as childish rebellion, and he wants to teach Meg a lesson she won’t soon forget. But Meg pushes him to the limit by questioning everything he learned at the police academy. And when he pushes back, demanding to know why she won’t be tied down, they will drive each other to the edge—and over…
This sounds like quite a departure from Jennifer Echols’ previous books, and I can’t wait to see how she handles it. Plus, it just seems interesting.
And that’s it for the Christmas Eve (or Wednesday for those who don’t celebrate Xmas) Super Special Edition of Waiting on Wednesday! Enjoy!