Spotlight Friday (103)

Hello everyone!  It’s the start of my spring break, so I’m really hoping I can spend some quality time this week reading and catching up on books!  Sounds like a great spring break, right?  Yes.

Far From You by Tess Sharpe

Release Date: April 8, 2014

Summary (from Goodreads):

Sophie Winters nearly died. Twice.

The first time, she’s fourteen, and escapes a near-fatal car accident with scars, a bum leg, and an addiction to Oxy that’ll take years to kick.

The second time, she’s seventeen, and it’s no accident. Sophie and her best friend Mina are confronted by a masked man in the woods. Sophie survives, but Mina is not so lucky. When the cops deem Mina’s murder a drug deal gone wrong, casting partial blame on Sophie, no one will believe the truth: Sophie has been clean for months, and it was Mina who led her into the woods that night for a meeting shrouded in mystery.

After a forced stint in rehab, Sophie returns home to a chilly new reality. Mina’s brother won’t speak to her, her parents fear she’ll relapse, old friends have become enemies, and Sophie has to learn how to live without her other half. To make matters worse, no one is looking in the right places and Sophie must search for Mina’s murderer on her own. But with every step, Sophie comes closer to revealing all: about herself, about Mina and about the secret they shared.

What’s To Like: I’m really drawn to mysteries.  Always have been.  And I can relate to feeling misunderstood and not having anyone listen to you when you know you’re right.  That’s part of why I want to read this. I wouldn’t be surprised if there is a romance in there somewhere, but it’s nice to just have a novel of self-discovery, of finding answers, of being yourself.

My review of Far From You

The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder

Release Date: April 10, 2014

Summary (from Goodreads):

Loyalty. Envy. Obligation. Dreams. Disappointment. Fear. Negligence. Coping. Elation. Lust. Nature. Freedom. Heartbreak. Insouciance. Audacity. Gluttony. Belief. God. Karma. Knowing what you want (there is probably a French word for it). Saying Yes. Destiny. Truth. Devotion. Forgiveness. Life. Happiness (ever after).

Hannah and Zoe haven’t had much in their lives, but they’ve always had each other. So when Zoe tells Hannah she needs to get out of their down-and-out New Jersey town, they pile into Hannah’s beat-up old Le Mans and head west, putting everything—their deadbeat parents, their disappointing love lives, their inevitable enrollment at community college—behind them.

As they chase storms and make new friends, Zoe tells Hannah she wants more for her. She wants her to live bigger, dream grander, aim higher. And so Zoe begins teaching Hannah all about life’s intangible things, concepts sadly missing from her existence—things like audacity, insouciance, karma, and even happiness.

An unforgettable read from the acclaimed author of The Probability of Miracles, The Museum of Intangible Things sparkles with the humor and heartbreak of true friendship and first love.

What’s To Like: I really liked Wendy Wunder’s first novel, The Probability of Miracles.  It was touching and funny and everything I could have wanted out of a YA novel.  So I’m looking for something similar with this one.  I expect it’ll be funny while being heart wrenching at the same time.  And I’m looking forward to every minute of it.

My review of The Museum of Intangible Things.

Pointe by Brandy Colbert

Release Date: April 10, 2014

Summary (from Goodreads):

Theo is better now.

She’s eating again, dating guys who are almost appropriate, and well on her way to becoming an elite ballet dancer. But when her oldest friend, Donovan, returns home after spending four long years with his kidnapper, Theo starts reliving memories about his abduction—and his abductor.

Donovan isn’t talking about what happened, and even though Theo knows she didn’t do anything wrong, telling the truth would put everything she’s been living for at risk. But keeping quiet might be worse.

What’s To Like: Here’s, appropriately, another novel about finding answers and discovering who you are as a person.  That seems to be today’s theme, doesn’t it?  As a dancer myself (mostly like…show choir/Just Dance stuff), I’m really interested from that standpoint.  I really want to know Donovan’s story though.  Kidnapped for 4 years and trying to return to normal life?  How heartbreaking is that?  I already want to give this kid a hug.

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