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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine and lets bloggers spotlight the upcoming releases they’re anxious to read.

Yes, this is another “the book-is-far-off-from-release-date-yet-I-post-it-as-a-WOW-post.”  Like I did with Daisy Whitney’s The Mockingbirds, I’m posting about another far off release.

This time it’s Nova Ren Suma’s Imaginary Girls.  There’s very little to go on here, but I managed to make a mockup cover that I like, which is pictured to the right.

Why do I want to read it?

  • Nova’s first novel, Dani Noir, just kills me. It’s so good, and so perfect. I re-read it occasionally before I tackle my own work-in-progress because it’s one of my favorite examples of first person for a young girl.
  • It has gothic fiction elements, and is compared to Shirley Jackson.
  • The plot.

Here’s the synopsis from Publishers Weekly:

The novel, which is tentatively slated for summer 2011, features various spooky elements—Penguin called it “reminiscent of Shirley Jackson’s supernatural family dramas”—and follows two sisters, one of whom is shunned by their town after discovering a dead body in the local reservoir.

And here’s what Nova has to say in my interview with her in September 2009:

It’s the story of Chloe, little sister of Ruby, the girl everyone in town looks to and wants to be. But one night something goes horribly wrong and a dead body is found. When the sisters are torn apart, Ruby will do whatever she can to make it right.

Alas, summer 2011 is a very long time.  In the meantime, visit NovaRen.com and read Dani Noir!

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine and lets bloggers spotlight the upcoming releases they’re anxious to read.

My W.O.W this week is The Summer Before by Ann. Martin. It comes out March 2010.

Why? Because it’s only the greatest thing ever.  It’s the new Baby-Sitters Club novel! A prequel about the summer before the girls form the club, right before Stacey moves to Stoneybrook.

I love the BSC. I want to name my daughter Claudia. I have about 89% of the series, plus all the episodes, a few of the dolls, even a pin.   There’s probably a day that doesn’t go by I refer to the series in some way.  It taught me valuable life lessons, history (New York, New York taught me about The Cloisters!), literature (who doesn’t think of Claudia and the Genius of Elm Street when playing Scrabble?), art (I discovered Andrew Wyeth thanks to Claudia and the New Girl). I was able to empathize with Stacey as a divorced child, and I thought Dawn was awesome.

Let’s face it. I’d buy this novel if it was about Mary Ann starting her own Avon business at the age of 45. (Call me, Scholastic!)

That’s a mockup cover I made. Time well spent.


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine and lets bloggers spotlight the upcoming releases they’re anxious to read.

My W.O.W for this week is The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney.



Okay. There’s no cover for this book. (that’s a mockup one I made for this post because I miss doing graphic design in my media classes and I had a spare five minutes. And I’m a little nerdy)

There’s no release date for it either, except for Fall 2010.  But what it does have is an intriguing synopsis!

From author Daisy Whitney’s site:  “The story of a student-run, underground justice league at a prestigious boarding school and the complications that ensue during a date rape case. The group takes its name and inspiration from Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.

  • I’m a law and crime fiction junkie, and to see that translated a bit into the YA genre is great.(Just ask my friend the lawyer who I make spout legal jargon)
  • The synopsis is killer.
  • I thought I’d be interesting if a class was to read To Kill a Mockingbird and then The Mockingbirds in tandem.
  • The author is awesome and does interesting work with media (one of my degree’s interests)
And next week’s is the new Babysitters Club novel, a prequel that lands in March 2010!  2010 is going to be a good release year..  wait till you see the mock cover for that book

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine and lets bloggers spotlight the upcoming releases they’re anxious to read.
My W.O.W for this week is Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu.
  For sixteen years, Lucy has kept her mother’s hoarding a secret. She’s had
to—nobody would understand the stacks of newspapers and mounds of garbage so
high they touch the ceiling and the rotting smell that she’s always worried
would follow her out the house. After years of keeping people at a distance, she
finally has a best friend and maybe even a boyfriend if she can play it right.
As long as she can make them think she’s normal.

When Lucy arrives home
from a sleepover to find her mother dead under a stack of National Geographics,
she starts to dial 911 in a panic, but pauses before she can connect. She barely
notices the filth and trash anymore, but she knows the paramedics will. First
the fire trucks, and then news cameras that will surely follow. No longer will
they be remembered as the nice oncology nurse with the lovely children—they’ll
turn into that garbage-hoarding freak family on Collier Avenue.

With a
normal life finally within reach, Lucy has only minutes to make a critical
decision. How far will she go to keep the family secrets safe?


February 2010, from Walker Books

Why?  Like everybody else in America, I am fascinated by the television shows on hoarders.  With the psychology of such actions always on everyone’s mind, a novel such as this is going to be riveting.  I actually was curious if there was such a YA novel, then I heard about this on Twitter. 

Waiting on Wednesday is an event started and hosted by Breaking the Spine. Every Wednesday, you spotlight the releases you’re awaiting.

My first W.O.W. is Claire Zulkey’s An Off Year. I first read about this release in an interview with the editor by Lauren B Jorkman at the Class of 2K9 blog. Looking it up brought me to the author’s website, the hilarious Zulkey.com.

Cecily has always done everything as she was supposed to: taken the right classes, gotten the right grades, applied to the right colleges. But after a lifetime of following the rules, she surprises everyone by arriving for her freshman year of college . . . and turning around. There are infinite possibilities for Cecily’s unexpected gap year. She could volunteer, or travel around the world—but, for now, Cecily is content to do absolutely nothing. What follows is a year of snarkily observed self-doubt and selfdiscovery during which Cecily must ask herself, for the first time, what does she really want to do with her life?

September 22, 2009

As somebody who has absolutely been there in that gap between high school and college (and went to college anyhow for a frustrating couple of years), I can totally relate. Plus I’ll read anything with the word “snarkily” in the description. Also, that cover just catches your eye immediately.