Waiting on Wednesday

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

I'm a little late today, but here goes anyway.

Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Here's my pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection:

Tricks by Ellen Hopkins

From bn.com:

Hopkins sharply portrays extreme adolescent turbulence with her biggest cast yet, as five disparate, desperate teens are sucked into the Las Vegas world of selling sex. Indiana farm boy Seth is kicked off his family's farm for being gay; optionless, he follows a controlling sugar daddy to Vegas. In Boise, Eden's first romantic relationship spurs her "hellfire-and-brimstone-preaching" Pentecostal parents to declare, "You are obviously possessed by demons," and send her to Tears of Zion reform camp, where unwilling sex is her only hope for escape. In California, Whitney craves male attention, while Ginger realizes that the rapes she's endured throughout childhood were orchestrated by her mother for cash. Cody's in Vegas, already drugging and gambling but crushed when his stepfather dies. All five are "spinning. Spiraling. Clinging to / the eye of the tornado." Hopkins's pithy free verse reveals shards of emotion and quick glimpses of physical detail. It doesn't matter that the first-person voices blur, because the stories are distinct and unmistakable. Graphic sex, rape, drugs, bitter loneliness, despair-and eventually, blessedly, glimmers of hope.

I can't say enough about Ellen Hopkins! Really looking forward to this one. And I think her books would be a great way to get uninterested adolescents back into reading!

Release date August 25, 2009


ANovelMenagerie said...

Thanks for coming by and introducing yourself! I can't wait to start reading your blog!


A Novel Menagerie

Miel Abeille said...

Hi Jenny,

There's a surprise waiting for you at Reminder List. Come on over!

jackie tracy said...

Is this the same lady that wrote "Crank" and that other one?

Jenny said...

Yeah, Crank and Glass... and also Impulse which is the one on my coffee table right now about suicide.

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