Hi All! It’s Monday and despite feeling sluggish and sleepy, I have a two-fer for you-a review and meme, all wrapped up in one post. First the review.
I received an ARC of Unbreak My Heart by Melissa C. Walker from Netgalley for review. Expected publication is May, 2012.
Clementine Williams made a huge mistake: she fell for her best friend’s boyfriend. As a result, she became a social outcast. Mercifully the school year is over and Clem has an entire summer of brooding planned. Of course, it may be difficult to execute this plan while stuck aboard her family’s small sailboat. When she meets James, a fellow sailor, at their first land stop of the summer she does her best to ignore him, but as their paths continue to cross he becomes the distraction she needs to heal her broken heart.
Unbreak My Heart is told in chapters that alternate between summer on the boat and the school year that broke Clem’s heart. In this way the devastating events of sophomore year are revealed slowly, a snippet at a time. In the same manner, Clem gradually comes to realize that her heartbreak has more to do with losing her friendship with Amanda than any feelings she may have had for Ethan. I loved Clem’s supportive family, James’ unrelenting positive attitude, and the unique setting. Clem’s depression and self-loathing is a bit melodramatic at times, and yet very fitting for a heart-broken sixteen-year-old. Over the course of the summer Clem reflects on the entire situation and the role she played and gradually comes out of her funk. She learns to forgive herself and allow herself to be loved by her family and her new friends. Overall, this was a quick and satisfying read that brought to mind The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart.
Phew! That felt great to get that out there. I swear, by To Be Reviewed list is overwhelmingly out of control! And it’s only going to get longer, because…
That’s right, time to check in with the old TBR pile. Hosted by Book Journey, It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a great way to share what’s on your list as well as add to it! For all you YA lovers, you’ll also want to check out a version of this meme at Teach Mentor Text.
In my car: I am taking a quick break from YA in the car to catch up with Stephanie Plum. BTW, LOVED Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick. Highly recommend and may get around to reviewing…eventually.
On my breaks at work: Everyone is raving about Cinder, the cyborg. I am checking it out now. I love the cover.
My e-book: Thanks to Netgalley, I get to read this ARC. This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers. I really loved Some Girls Are, so I have high hopes for this one.
Walking the dog: Bleeding Hearts by Ian Rankin. I don’t think it can possibly be as AWESOME as Alyxandra Harvey’s book, Bleeding Hearts. Man, I love those Drakes and book 4 does not disappoint!
Books I have abandoned and vow to attend to soon: Little Women and Clash of Kings. Scouts honor, I will finish them in February.
On my nightstand: I am incredibly fortunate to have a well connected friend because I get to read Endlessly months before it is out. I will not rub it in because I am too busy trying not to freak out (also, that is not nice. I would never do that to you).