I know, I’m late. Oops! Better late than never, though.
Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert
7.21.2009 from MTV Books
Amazon hasn’t posted a cover or summary for this one yet (which is why I included a picture of the author rather than the book’s cover) but here’s Stephanie Kuehnert‘s inspirations for the book, from her website:
Greek myths (the epic fall and rise out of the ashes that makes you a person)
Suburbia (the place and the 80s movie)
Family (the one you are born into and the one you chose, which often mirrors the problems of the original family but also fills the void)
“Fitting in”/Jenga/house of cards
And then the main characters:
Adrian is imagery of the worn cuff of your jeans slowly being worn away as you walk without you even knowing it.
Maya is scarlet lipstick stains on a cigarette butt.
Liam sang Johnny Cash as a little kid not the Beatles like everyone else.
Kara is the bastard child of a PJ Harvey song and a Screaming Trees/Mark Lanegan song.
Doesn’t that sound great??? And knowing what an awesome writer Stephanie is (I loved her first book
), I’m sure it’s not just great but FANTASTIC. I absolutely cannot wait for July!