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This Page Turner Thursday lists YA novels (and one adult novel perfect for older YA) that focus on books where music is a major theme. Here are several that I think music fans will love:
TAKE A BOW by Elizabeth Eulberg: Goodreads
STANDING OVATION to Elizabeth Eulberg for writing another outstanding YA novel, TAKE A BOW. I started this late last night and couldn’t put it down until I finished it some time in the wee hours of the morning. Worth every second I gave up for a good night’s sleep.
TAKE A BOW is narrated by four different characters: the lovable, talented, and unsure-of-her talents Emme, the self-destructive and brilliantly gifted Ethan, the former child actor Carter who is searching for his identity, and the selfish and arrogant Sophie who will stop at nothing for fame. Then add a cast of supporting characters: Jack and Ben are funny, wonderful, dedicated, loyal friends to Ethan and Emme. They’re as much a part of this novel as the rest, and even though they’re not center stage, Elizabeth Eulberg does a fantastic job giving them strong voices and bringing them to life as members of TEENAGE KICKS, the band they play in with Ethan and Emme. Then there is Amanda, a prickly, jealous girl who fits right in with Sophie. All of these YA attend the prestigious, highly competitive New York City High School of the Creative and Performing Arts.
What transpires over one year at the CPA will leave readers completely engrossed in these characters’ stories. You’ll fall in love, cheer, sneer, and have your heart crushed. This is writing at its finest! I loved this novel. The biggest disappointment was finishing the last page. It’s a story I wanted to last and last and last. But like any superb novel, you can imagine the characters’ futures because the author did a tremendous job giving you plenty of glimmers within its pages.
TAKE A BOW has heart, it has music, it has a clear view of the fierce and competitive nature of performing arts’ schools, and it has an authenticity that will make you hope that we’ll see these characters gracing the big screen some day.
Bravo, Elizabeth Eulberg. Thank you for writing such a fine novel!
HOW TO KILL A ROCK STAR by Tiffanie Debartolo: Goodreads
A perfect novel for college students and above. Would How to Kill a Rock Star quality as NA & the 20 something crowd? Yeah, I think so!! But any age adult will love it.
How to Kill a Rock Star is a lyrical read about the love of music with an unforgettable storyline and fantastic characters who have you rooting for them and at times completely pissed off for their stupidity – but in a good way. 😀 I had started this novel months ago – read a few pages then stopped. But when I picked it up this time, I read it straight through, unable to put it down. The setting in the Big Apple is perfect – touching upon Sept 11, which fits right into Eliza’s phobias of flying. Readers will love Eliza’s quirks and want to strangle her too. They’ll love Paul Hudson and his unyielding ways. Their are so many memorable things about this book: the band Bananafish, Doug Blackman, Loring, the Michaels, Rings of Saturn and the bartender John the Baptist! One of my favorite lines(view spoiler)
Thank you to Jaime Arkin of fictionfare.blogspot.com for recommending this book to me! I absolutely loved it.
AMPLIFIED by Tara Kelly: Goodreads
BE DARING, PURSUE YOUR DREAM!
Amplified was recommended to me by Jaime Arkin ofhttp://fictionfare.blogspot.com and if I’m honest, I’m not sure I would have picked this book up without that recommendation. The book did not disappoint! The characters were layered and interesting.
From moment one, I hated Jasmine’s father, a rich cardiologist who kicks his daughter out of the house because she wants to take time off and defer going to Stanford U. This guy is a doofus for not recognizing how amazing his daughter really is. It’s like he will never get it! She wants to explore her passion for playing guitar, and that just won’t do for him. No wonder Jasmine takes off. She arrives in Santa Cruz. There she meets some great people who are in a band called C-Side. Each one has their own issues, including Vera, the lead singer with psychic abilities and her brother
Sean. Sean is awesome. At first he’s cold to Jasmine, but as time passes and he becomes more and more dazzled by Jasmine’s guitar playing these two become quite the interesting pair. As Jasmine faces obstacles, she tries to reach out to her father. He barely makes time for her. She made her bed and now he was damn well sure she was going to sleep in it with the hope she’d crawl back home with her tail between her legs. I HATE parents like this! I could really go on about this, but I’ll spare you. Read the book. But if you have a parent like this, take heart from this novel!
This is a great book for any YA contemporary novel fan, especially those who have a passion for music. Thanks, Jaime! Great recommendation.
AUDREY, WAIT by Robin Benway: Goodreads
AUDREY, WAIT! was published in 2008 and what made me want to read it were a few recent reviews from some of the people I follow on Goodreads. What a creative, fun, wild ride into the music scene. When Audrey breaks up with her boyfriend, Evan, he writes a song that instantly becomes a hit. Not only does Evan become famous but so does Audrey who is sometimes admired, sometimes hated but just about always watched by a public willing to hack into her email account, call her phone, set up fan pages, and even track her down in school. The reader gets to be along for the ride as Audrey deals with her unwanted fame. There’s a great BFF named Victoria with a devoted bf named Jonah. Victoria is bent on getting Audrey to go out with semi-geeky but definitely cute James, her co-worker at Scooper Dooper – an ice cream shop. As it turns out they connect and maybe what they have is true love?
Audrey, Wait! is a fun read certain to please those who love YA novels big into the music scenes.
NICK & NORAH’S INFINITE PLAYLIST by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan: Goodreads
NICK & NORAH’S INFINITE PLAYLIST is written from two different perspectives by two extremely talented writers. Both Nick and Norah have struggled with painful breakups that have left them with emotional scars and plenty of doubts about themselves. When Nick’s ex-girlfriend starts walking over to him after he and his band have finished playing, Nick turns to Norah, a girl he’s never met before, and asks her to be his five-minute girlfriend. She answers him by wrapping her arms around his neck and kissing him. And that is the start of a roller coaster evening of intense emotion, intense physical attraction, and some heavy sexual activity. As they discover each other, they discover themselves. This novel is definitely appropriate for older YA. The “F” word is used a lot and one particular sexual encounter is graphic (love the humorous twist!).
A secondary “character” in this novel is music and the music scene of NY. For those who have a passion for music, you will LOVE this.
Besides the concept of self-discovery and recovery from bad relationships, I liked how Nick and Norah moved into the space of just being themselves instead of what they perceived they SHOULD be for other people. Nick does a “SInging in the Rain” act in Times Square and Norah lets her vulnerable side show instead of being all tough. It proves that when you find the “right” person, he or she will appreciate you for your true self. And why would you want to surround yourself with anyone else?
FIVE FLAVORS OF DUMB by Antony John: Goodreads
Dumb is a name of a HS rock band in Seattle, WA. The group won the Battle of the Bands – teen division. After an impromptu concert on the steps of their HS Piper, the MC who is a deaf girl, tells them what they need to do to get Dumb’s name out into the world. She becomes their manager and the experience not only transforms Dumb, but it changes Piper. Her job is a tough one but she does it well. For those who love music and Seattle’s rich musical history this is a wonderful read. Piper’s family dynamics are fascinating too, especially how they relate to Piper and her being deaf. There’s also a sweet romance that blooms as the band goes through its transformations.
VIRTUOSITY by Jessica Martinez: Goodreads
I picked up VIRTUOSITY because of three reviews on Goodreads: Hayden’s, HD’s, and Melina’s. After their awesome write-ups, I couldn’t resist. Among many things, Melina’s review talked about addiction to music, to prescription drugs etc, and she was definitely correct. Hayden related VIRTUOSITY to his own experience, and HD loved the novel for its writing etc. All three of them connected to this novel differently and they were dead-on as far as a five star review. VIRTUOSITY definitely pulls at you with the power of music, the power of family, the power of love, the power of medication, the power of standing up for yourself, and the power of turning a wrong into a right, even knowing it could cost you something that you love – like becoming one of the best violin players in the world. Overall, this novel will leave you aching for Carmen and the pain she had to suffer to discover her inner strength, her love for playing violin, and her discovery into what is truly important. She has a huge weight to deal with, one so great that in the end what is most admirable about her is her guts, her determination, her inner strength. Toss into the equation a young man named Jeremy who not only is Carmen’s biggest competition, but is the heart of the conflict in her life. Love his raw honesty, his complicated personality!
VIRTUOSITY has it all: wonderful writing, a pull-me-in story arc, relatable characters, life-changing decisions. It’s a winner. Put it on your must-read list!
I wanted to post yesterday. Unfortunately, time got away from me. Page-Turner Thursday is a series of posts with various book themes.
Titanic: Voices From the Disaster, by Deborah Hopkinson
My take: This is an outstanding non-fiction book filled with first-person accounts and records from the sinking of the Titanic. It follows a number of people including first, second, and third class individuals and staff through a chronological order of events. Some of those people are young adults and it’s refreshing to hear their point-of-view. The book has numerous documents including a menu, photos, launch information, letters, facts and figures, and information on the Carpathia, the ship that came to rescue the Titanic. It seems well researched, documented, and thorough in its account and easy to read. I learned a lot of new information from this book. Though I would hardly say I’m an expert on the Titanic, I certainly have read other books and enjoyed seeing some documentaries. This book definitely adds new information to what’s already out there. I believe this is an outstanding book to include in libraries and schools and for Titanic history buffs. Definitely recommend!
Critically acclaimed nonfiction author Deborah Hopkinson pieces together the story of the TITANIC and that fateful April night, drawing on the voices of survivors and archival photographs.
Scheduled to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the tragic sinking of the TITANIC, a topic that continues to haunt and thrill readers to this day, this book by critically acclaimed author Deborah Hopkinson weaves together the voices and stories of real TITANIC survivors and witnesses to the disaster — from the stewardess Violet Jessop to Captain Arthur Rostron of the CARPATHIA, who came to the rescue of the sinking ship. Packed with heartstopping action, devastating drama, fascinating historical details, loads of archival photographs on almost every page, and quotes from primary sources, this gripping story, which follows the TITANIC and its passengers from the ship’s celebrated launch at Belfast to her cataclysmic icy end, is sure to thrill and move readers.
To learn more about the book and Deborah Hopkinson: http://www.deborahhopkinson.com
Endangered by Eliot Schrefer (This is a FICTION novel that reads like non-fiction. Eliot Schrefer did extensive research and this is a book that will definitely shed light to war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo and bonobos. Read my review and you’ll understand why I have included this book for this blog post.) Endangered is a Finalist for the 2012 National Book Award.
My take: You’ll most definitely be in danger of falling in love with bonobos!
Endangered is an extraordinary tale of survival in war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo through the eyes of fourteen-year-old Sophie and the journey of a bonobo named Otto. Sophie was forbidden by her mother who runs a bonobo sanctuary to purchase bonobos, but Sophie couldn’t so a injured bonobo with a man and she just couldn’t leave the bonobo behind. (She names this bonobo Otto.) It was a huge mistake, especially when her mom had explained that she doesn’t want adult bonobos killed so that the babies can be stolen and sold. Bonobos are used for food, too by people who are hungry. So, the descriptions of these magnificent primates, so close to us human beings, being killed for meat could be quite traumatizing. When rebels take over the Kinshasa, the capitol, and move on to destroy and pillage the villages and the sanctuary, Sophie, who should have gone on a UN transport, finds herself locked in a “safe” electrified haven with some bonobos. But once the electricity is down, she is no longer safe from the evil men. Her long journey to find her mother who is at a release site for bonobos is beyond imagination – unless of course you’re Eliot Schrefer who did extensive research to bring this book to the world. This is a harrowing tale of survival where we are witnesses to the very worst that human beings could possibly be. What is so striking about this book is the details of the bonobo behavior, their relationships, and how similar they are to human beings.
What is so impressive about this novel is that you really feel like you’ve been transported to this land and are witnessing what is happening to Sophie and Otto. You’ll feel their hunger, their bug bites, their fear, their thirst, their love for one another.
There is a Q & A at the end of the book. What struck me was what we can all do to help save the environment, endangered animals. The first place is to observe your own environment. Wow, how perfect is that?!
I received a copy of Endangered at BEA. Highly recommend.
I also want to point out that Jillian of Heise Reads wrote a great review of this book. I read her review and knew I had to read Endangered right away. http://www.heisereads.com/2012/10/endangered-by-eliot-schrefer.html
The compelling tale of a girl who must save a group of bonobos–and herself–from a violent coup.
The Congo is a dangerous place, even for people who are trying to do good.
When one girl has to follow her mother to her sanctuary for bonobos, she’s not thrilled to be there. It’s her mother’s passion, and she’d rather have nothing to do with it. But when revolution breaks out and their sanctuary is attacked, she must rescue the bonobos and hide in the jungle. Together, they will fight to keep safe, to eat, and to survive.
Eliot Schrefer asks readers what safety means, how one sacrifices to help others, and what it means to be human in this new compelling adventure.
For Middle Grade Students:
The Camping Trip That Changed America by Barb Rosenstock (Goodreads Author), Mordicai Gerstein (Illustrator)
My take: I learned a lot about how our National Park Service started from this short, simple, beautifully illustrated book. It’s a good resource for teachers and students. President Theodore Roosevelt and naturalist John Muir got together for a camping trip to see the beauty of Yosemite. It was from that experience that began our government’s commitment to preserving land in its natural state. Roosevelt’s actions changed the landscape of America. I loved how Muir had a vision to preserve our country’s resources so that future generations could appreciate it. I also believe that this is a great book for parents to share with their children before they take a trip to a National Park. It’s good to share the history with them and put some context to the experience. Definitely thought-provoking.
Caldecott medalist Mordicai Gerstein captures the majestic redwoods of Yosemite in this little-known but important story from our nation’s history. In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt joined naturalist John Muir on a trip to Yosemite. Camping by themselves in the uncharted woods, the two men saw sights and held discussions that would ultimately lead to the establishment of our National Parks.
To learn more about the book and the author Barb Rosenstock: http://www.barbrosenstock.com
To learn more about the illustrator Mordicai Gerstein: http://www.mordicaigerstein.com
Note: There also is a helpful publisher’s readers guide in the back of the book. The questions created by me were done before I saw the guide. Use them both.
Rescued by a stranger.
Haunted by a secret
Sometimes, love isn’t easy…
He watched her, but never knew her. Until thanks to a chance encounter, he became her savior…
The attraction between them was undeniable. Yet the past he’d worked so hard to overcome, and the future she’d put so much faith in, threatened to tear them apart.
Only together could they fight the pain and guilt, face the truth—and find the unexpected power of love.
To see my Goodreads review, click here: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/443052366
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This week’s edition of Page-Turner Thursday is devoted to a few YA series you many not have read, but should:
The Stork Series – Stork, Flock, and Frost by Wendy Delsol
I absolutely love the voice Wendy Delsol gives to her characters. Her novels are beautifully written, incorporating Icelandic folktale blended with modern society. Stork starts out with Katla & her mom in the MN town where Katla’s mom grew up. There, Katla has a special relationship with her grandfather and helps him run his convenience store. It doesn’t take long for extraordinary things to occur, including Katla’s introduction to the ancient Stork Society. And then there’s Jack – certainly not the average smart boy jock. Readers will fall in love with him as much as Katla.
Frost is next. THROW AWAY expectations. I loved this continuation of Wendy Delsol’s Icelandic folktale, bringing to life THE SNOW QUEEN in such a creative and enthralling manner. This novel focuses a lot on Jack, but fans of Jack and his special powers will love it. The integration of the folktale to NOW is totally fascinating to me. Wendy does a wonderful job of intertwining Katla and Jack and those who will stop at next to nothing to keep them apart & use Jack for selfish, evil reasons. Instead of making Katla a whiny, obnoxious character who expects her bf to be at her side all the time, Wendy writes a young woman who exhibits strength, confusion, determination, resilience, maturity. I like that.
Flock is the last novel in the series. Here was my impression: Wendy Delsol’s writing is so lyrical and brilliant. From page one, I was sucked right back into the story of Katya and Jack and a cast of supernatural Nordic mythological characters. I want to assure readers that there is nothing quite like this in the YA market. The entire STORK series will appeal to those who thrive on mythology, love fantasy, love the supernatural, love a good romance, love strong characters set in a believable setting. Norse Falls is such an interesting location that I believe some might be tempted to look it up on Google, just to be certain it’s not real. Let me save you the trouble—it’s not!
So, relish in these pages, dive into this mythological world of incredible powers and root for Kat as she’s once again put into life and death circumstances.
A note for TEACHERS: The STORK series would lend itself well to ANY mythology unit. Greek and Roman mythology are often covered in school, but Wendy Delsol’s addition with Nordic mythology also will capture students’ imaginations.
For more information about Wendy Delsol and her novels: http://www.wendydelsol.com
Dairy Queen Series: Dairy Queen, The Off Season, and Front and Center by Catherine Gilbert Murdock.
The entire Dairy Queen Series had me laughing out loud. Loved the MC, D.J., loved the setting on a Wisconsin farm. D.J. is one tough girl and the reader would have a tough time not rooting for her. She’s faces some tough obstacles, including running the family farm – milking cows, cutting and baling hay. In walks a spoiled rich boy who doesn’t know a day’s hard labor ––Brian. He learns quickly to pull his weight, develops a deep crush on D.J, not his usual type since he’s the quarterback for a rival football team and is used to the cute, thin cheerleader. But what he and DJ has is so much more. D.J goes through numerous trials and tribulations that show the reader what it means to cope with difficult situations and how these challenges can inspire and fortify you in unexpected ways. The strength of family, the power of love and friendship definitely makes a huge difference. I highly recommend this series.
To learn more about Catherine Gilbert Murdock and all her novels: http://www.catherinemurdock.com/cm/home.html
Page-Turner Thursday this week is dedicated to two frequently banned books. I am a firm believer in the freedom to choose reading material, and that parents and teachers and teens can make appropriate decisions together. The right to read these novels should never, ever be taken away from others. These books save lives. These books give hope. These books give a voice to YA who often believe they don’t have one.
Crank by Ellen Hopkins
From Goodreads: In Crank, Ellen Hopkins chronicles the turbulent and often disturbing relationship between Kristina, a character based on her own daughter, and the “monster,” the highly addictive drug crystal meth, or “crank.” Kristina is introduced to the drug while visiting her largely absent and ne’er-do-well father. While under the influence of the monster, Kristina discovers her sexy alter-ego, Bree: “there is no perfect daughter, / no gifted high school junior, / no Kristina Georgia Snow. / There is only Bree.” Bree will do all the things good girl Kristina won’t, including attracting the attention of dangerous boys who can provide her with a steady flow of crank.
Soon, her grades plummet, her relationships with family and friends deteriorate, and she needs more and more of the monster just to get through the day. Kristina hits her lowest point when she is raped by one of her drug dealers and becomes pregnant as a result. Her decision to keep the baby slows her drug use, but doesn’t stop it, and the author leaves the reader with the distinct impression that Kristina/Bree may never be free from her addiction.
My review from April, 2011: Extraordinary book about the use of crystal meth and heroin by a young woman who had lived a near perfect life until her first hit. Then the monster took over, changing her life forever. Written in prose, one of the most unique books I’ve ever read. Loosely based on Mrs. Hopkins’ personal experience with her daughter.
Why I believe this is an important YA novel: Just once. That’s all it takes for a person to become addicted to crank. This novel is raw and brutal and direct and real. It’s exactly what some YA need to read. Yes, there’s drugs, sex, alcohol and everything else that will make a person squirm. Good. Squirming is good. Dying from a drug overdose happens way too often. I personally know people who have been addicted to drugs. It’s a living nightmare. For the YA. For the adults. Save a life – share this with others.
For more information on Ellen Hopkins and her novels, check her website: http://ellenhopkins.com/YoungAdult/
Scars by Cheryl Rainfield
From Goodreads: Kendra, fifteen, hasn’t felt safe since she began to recall devastating memories of childhood sexual abuse, especially because she still can’t remember the most important detail– her abuser’s identity. Frightened, Kendra believes someone is always watching and following her, leaving menacing messages only she understands. If she lets her guard down even for a minute, it could cost Kendra her life. To relieve the pressure, Kendra cuts; aside from her brilliantly expressive artwork, it’s her only way of coping. Since her own mother is too self-absorbed to hear her cries for help, Kendra finds support in others instead: from her therapist and her art teacher, from Sandy, the close family friend who encourages her artwork, and from Meghan, the classmate who’s becoming a friend and maybe more. But the truth about Kendra’s abuse is just waiting to explode, with startling unforeseen consequences. Scars is the unforgettable story of one girl’s frightening path to the truth.
Watch the book trailer here:
My review from November, 2010: I recently heard the following statistics: 1 out of 4 girls are sexually abused and 1 out of 6 boys are sexually abused. Scary numbers indeed! Scars is an important, emotional story about sexual abuse and cutting. It is hard to read, but even harder to put down. Whether you or someone you know has been abused or whether you want to understand the physical/spiritual/sexual/emotional impact, this novel is IT! There is a lot of intrigue and questions as the reader is led on a journey with the MC to discovering her perpetrator so that she can move forward on her path to healing. This novel will haunt you long after you put it down. Truly memorable. A must read.
Why I believe this is an important YA novel: Scars is one of the most daring, bold novels I have read on the subject of abuse and cutting. So many young adults don’t know whom to turn to when they’re abused. They may even begin to self-mutilate by cutting to deal with the pain. No one should ever have to experience what transpired in this Scars. But it happens, much more frequently than any of us want to believe. This novel gives voice to those YA. This novel will help guide them to getting the help necessary. For those who wonder why a teen would need a book to help them figure this out, instead of talking to an adult, it’s because many don’t know how. They don’t know what to do, and the pain is so great, they don’t believe others will believe them or will help protect them from a sexual predator. Scars has the ability to change that. Don’t be afraid of it. Don’t take it lightly. Read it, pass it along to others who may need it, too. Even if all is well, in your life, Scars can be a reminder of the blessings in life! Don’t take it lightly.
For more information on Cheryl Rainfield and her novels, check out her website: http://www.cherylrainfield.com/
Without any doubt, there are some outstanding YA novels out there. Lately, I’ve lost quite a bit of sleep because I couldn’t put a novel down. So, I decided to share with you thee of them on PAGE-TURNER THURSDAY. In no particular order:
TIME BETWEEN US by Tamara Ireland Stone. I read the ARC, which I received at the BEA. (Pub date: October 9th)
Anna and Bennett were never supposed to meet: she lives in 1995 Chicago and he lives in 2012 San Francisco. But Bennett has the unique ability to travel through time and space, which brings him into Anna’s life, and with him a new world of adventure and possibility.
As their relationship deepens, the two face the reality that time may knock Bennett back to where he belongs, even as a devastating crisis throws everything they believe into question. Against a ticking clock, Anna and Bennett are forced to ask themselves how far they can push the bounds of fate, what consequences they can bear in order to stay together, and whether their love can stand the test of time.
My impression: Trust me – everyone will be buzzing about TIME BETWEEN US! Time-travel novel perfection. I absolutely LOVED this novel. From page one I was drawn in and could not stop reading. There were so many twists and turns and unexpected moments that my heartbeat seemed to quicken with each chapter. And when I reached the last page, I wanted to start all over again. Anna and Bennett are one of my most favorite YA couples. Tamara does a such a beautiful job writing this story that it’s easy to suspend disbelief and completely embrace this time-travel story.
I was so excited about the novel that I tweeted Tamara immediately. As you can see, I couldn’t keep my enthusiasm to 140 characters!
For more information on Tamara Ireland Stone and TIME BETWEEN US visit her webpage: http://tamarairelandstone.com/
MY LIFE NEXT DOOR by Huntley Fitzpatrick –
The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, numerous, messy, affectionate. And every day from her balcony perch, seventeen-year-old Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs her terrace and changes everything. As the two fall fiercely in love, Jase’s family makes Samantha one of their own. Then in an instant, the bottom drops out of her world and she is suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?
A dreamy summer read, full of characters who stay with you long after the story is over.
My impression: OMGosh – I fell in love from page one. This was a novel I had put on hold from the library. I was the first to get a copy and read it. Honestly, MLND is so good that I bought my own. I raved to the librarians. I’ve raved on Twitter. I’ve raved on Facebook. I’m a sucker for a fabulous romance and really believe that MLND has a shot at winning an award from the Romance Writers of America in the YA Contemporary Category. Unfortunately, I can’t vote.
I highly encourage you to read this novel, and when you’re done please tweet: @HuntleyFitz #MoreGarretts – You’ll understand exactly what I mean the second you finish turning the last page, if not before! <3 <3 <3 We need more Garretts. Help us with this Twitter campaign!
For more info on Huntley Fitzpatrick and MY LIFE NEXT DOOR, visit her webpage at: http://www.huntleyfitzpatrick.com/
BLINK ONCE by Cylin Busby
West is a high school senior who has everything going for him until an accident leaves him paralyzed. Strapped down in his hospital bed, slipping in and out of consciousness, West is terrified and alone. Until he meets Olivia.
She’s the girl next door—sort of. A patient in the room next to his, only Olivia can tell what West is thinking, and only Olivia seems to know that the terrible dreams he’s been having are not just a result of his medication. Yet as West comes to rely on Olivia—to love her, even—certain questions pull at him: Why has Olivia been in the hospital for so long? And what does it mean that she is at the center of his nightmares? But the biggest question of all comes when West begins to recover and learns that the mysterious girl he’s fallen in love with has a secret he could never have seen coming.
My impression: I had to read this because I saw a review from Hayden Casey, a YA Blogger I respect. Since he loved it, I immediately added the novel to my to-read list. What else can I say except THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
BLINK ONCE is AMAZING! Teachers, parents – this is a great novel for those reluctant readers out there. And don’t let the cover keep you from recommending this to boys! It’s perfect for boys! (Actually, I hope the paperback will have a cover that will be appealing to boys, because they definitely need to read this! It’s written from West’s point-of-view, for goodness sake! But hey, I get it. Girls read more than boys? Let’s change that!
This is the review I posted on Goodreads and on Amazon.com – Cylin Busby’s Blink Once is an engrossing, mysterious novel that will keep you guessing. In many ways, it reminded me of Megan Miranda’s outstanding novel Fracture. The reader learns quickly that West has been in a biking accident and is now paralyzed and unable to speak because of a breathing tube. The description of his hospital experience is at times heart breaking and touching. As the story unfolds, we are introduced to Olivia, a sick girl who’s room is next to West’s. Olivia, a vivacious, sad, bold girl who helps bring West out of his shell. She devises a plan of communication. Blink once means yes, blink twice means no. Her visits provide friendship and courage and hope. And in time, West and Olivia fall in love.
With every page, the reader is pulled deeper and deeper into the mystery of West and his paralysis. Will he recover? What will happen between Olivia and him?
I loved this novel and I think it is perfect for reluctant readers. Guaranteed to draw them in.
Definitely a winner, put it on your must-read list.
For more info on Cylin Busby and BLINK ONCE, visit her webpage at: http://www.cylinbusby.com/
I hope to continue with PAGE-TURNER THURSDAY in future posts.