Whew! After all the chaos of moving, starting to get settled, visiting friends in Toronto, and Mr. S's birthday today, I'm thrilled that I managed even one book this week! Happily, it was a pretty excellent one. (I'm a little nervous posting this--it's not out yet, and while I really loved it, I always kind of feel like when people get to read it they'll disagree and think I'm dumb. But I feel strongly enough about this one that I'm going to stick my neck out for it.)
Anyway, probably one more light week, and then after Labor Day, Mr. S will start his new job, and I will be writing/blogging/reading/reviewing/beta-reading full-time! Hooray!
What I Read This Week:
Blink Once by Cylin Busby
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Wow, ok. I don't want to say too much. I will say this: I know there's a big clamor for male narrators, and this book has an excellent one. West has been in an accident and is, essentially, trapped in his body. He meets Olivia, and she starts to change everything for him. Throughout all of this--a devastating accident, a grueling and uncertain recovery process, wildly changing relationships--West's voice felt true to his teen guy self. So I think a lot of you will enjoy this book based on that alone. But the storytelling is impeccable, pulling me in, getting me invested, and then totally knocking me back. Don't be put off by the "trapped in his body" thing, either--that is a weird phobia of mine (awake in coma, buried alive, Across The Universe situation) so I was a little leery about this one, but that part actually isn't TOO terrible for the reader. DO pick this one up when it comes out on September 4th--I think a lot of folks will be talking about it. It's definitely one I would recommend to students (despite some language and violence, I think it's a worthwhile read and one many of my kids would really enjoy.)
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