Waiting on Wednesday

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?

About Jen

For as long as I can remember, I have loved to read. I have always viewed words as having a magical quality-able to transport, illuminate and inspire. I was able to parlay this love of reading into a career as a language arts teacher and am able to encourage students every day to find books that "speak" to them. I decided to blog about the books I read because books are meant to be shared and discussed. :)
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6 Responses to Waiting on Wednesday

  1. Great pick! I’ve had my eye on this one too. I really like the cover as well.

  2. Sandy says:

    I do love the cover but I haven’t yet added this book to my TBR list because I don’t know if I’d like it. Its on my to-consider list though. I’ll wait for your review before I pick it up :) .
    I’d love it if you checked out my WoW pick :)

    -Sandy

  3. Jenny says:

    I’m actually really excited for this one as well even though I don’t read much contemporary YA, but this one sounds too good to pass up. And I love the colors and simplicity of the cover, it’s just so pretty:) Fantastic pic Jen!

  4. Becky says:

    This one sounds really good! I’d seen the cover around, but this is the first time I’ve read the synopsis…definitely adding it to my wishlist!

  5. hi Jen! thanks so much for featuring Like Mandarin! I love that you’re a Melina fan — she’s one of my all-time favorite authors :)

    • Jen says:

      Ahhhh! Aaahhhh! Kirsten Hubbard has commented on my blog! I am so thrilled. I am happy to feature Like Mandarin. It looks amazing and I am so excited to read it! :) Thanks for stopping by!