Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday # 6

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine. The goal is to spotlight upcoming books that I am super excited for.

This week’s W.O.W is Learning Not to Drown by Anna Shinoda.

Expected Publicaion: April 1, 2014

Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers

There is a pecking order to every family. Seventeen-year old Clare is the overprotected baby; Peter is the typical, rebellious middle child; and Luke is the-can't-do wrong favorite. To their mother, they are a normal, happy family. And then there are the roles we give ourselves. Clare: the ambitious striver; Peter: the angry ticking time bomb; and Luke: a drug addicted, convicted felon who has been in and out of jail for as long as Clare can remember. To Clare, they are a family on the verge of disaster. Clare has long refused to believe her brother is truly bad...he dotes her, doesn't he? But as Clare starts piecing together the truth about her brother's stints in jail, it starts changing the way she thinks about him. It has also changes the way the community views the family. The only thing it hasn't changed is the way their mother feels about Luke. Each time she welcomes him home with open arms and brushes off his crimes as "wrong place and wrong time," Clare can feel a little piece of her happy home life being taken away. And when her mother does the unthinkable--takes Clare's hard-earned college savings to post bail for Luke's latest transgression--Clare has to decide if sticking up for herself and her future means selfishly turning her back on family...or if it's the only way to keep herself from drowning along with them.

Debut novelist Anna Shinoda's raw, gritty, powerful novel cuts right to the bone and brings to life the skeletons the lurk in the closet.

First off I just love this cover. It’s gorgeous. It’s the first thing that I noticed. This one sounds like a really interesting and realistic YA contemporary read. I’m excited to read it. I just hope that the content is as intriguing as it sounds.

Does this one sound appealing to you? What are you excited for this week??


  1. This one is new to me but I LOVE that cover. Underwater shots like that are my favorite.

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  2. I agree. Underwater covers are beautiful. Thanks for checking out my Wow.

  3. This sounds terrific and I am always interested in trying a new author. I agree, the cover is wonderful. Thank you for stopping by my WOW.
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  4. Nice pick! I've seen this recommended in enough places to add it to my wishlist and yes, that cover is gorgeous!

  5. Great pick. I've been seeing this a lot lately. Thanks for sharing :) It sounds good.



  6. I'm torn on this one. I do love that gorgeous cover and it sounds intriguing, but I get so frustrated by books where the mom steals from her children. I'll keep my eye out for your review before I make up my mind, I think.
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  7. Oh my gosh. That is a beautiful cover. I really hope you like the book!

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