Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event held by Breaking the Spine. This event features books that we can’t wait to be released.
This week I am waiting on…
Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard
From Goodreads: It’s hard finding beauty in the badlands of Washokey, Wyoming, but 14-year-old Grace Carpenter knows it’s not her mother’s pageant obsessions, or the cowboy dances adored by her small-town classmates. True beauty is wild-girl Mandarin Ramey: 17, shameless and utterly carefree. Grace would give anything to be like Mandarin.
When they’re united for a project, they form an unlikely, explosive friendship, packed with nights spent skinny-dipping in the canal, liberating the town’s animal-head trophies, and searching for someplace magic. Grace plays along when Mandarin suggests they run away together. Blame it on the crazy-making wildwinds plaguing their badlands town.
Because all too soon, Grace discovers Mandarin’s unique beauty hides a girl who’s troubled, broken, and even dangerous. And no matter how hard Grace fights to keep the magic, no friendship can withstand betrayal.
My thoughts: A book about friendship and self-discovery? Set in the badlands of Wyoming? This book sounds pretty much perfect. The cover is gorgeous as well – I love the simplicity of the pink and green type and the half face of the girl. So intriguing. Finally, if all of this was not enough to convince you…this book was blurbed by Melina Marchetta. THE Melina Marchetta. If it’s good enough for Melina, then it’s good enough for me.
What are you waiting on this Wednesday?