................................It's such a nice day today–no wind [yes!]. Despite my terrible allergies I went for a walk this morning, drank some Irish Breakfast Tea (yes, the Irish have their own tea), and now I don't feel like working on my English paper. I think I'll give my poor itchy cat a bath instead......then maybe I'll consider sitting back down in front the computer screen. Hope you find some books that interest you; I know I have:
The View from the Top by Hillary Frank (May 13th, 2010)
Eighteen-year-old Anabelle’s last few months in her coastal hometown are bittersweet. Instead of the quiet precollege summer she expects, Anabelle makes some surprising discoveries about herself as she navigates romantic entanglements and changing friendships. Through shifting points of view in seven interconnected stories, we glimpse the limits of how well her friends really know Anabelle . . . and how little she grasps about the way they see her.
With wry observations and quirky humor, critically acclaimed novelist Hillary Frank gives voice and depth to six unique characters whose stories intertwine to form a complete picture of one shared summer.
Choppy Socky Blues by Ed Briant (now in bookstores!)
Jason Smallfield's dad is every kid's ultimate role model—a movie stuntman with a black belt in karate. But to Jason, he's a top-ranking creep for lying and chucking his family. To help make sure he ends up nothing like his dad, Jason is doing all he can to be as different from him as humanly possible. And that means giving up the one thing he loves most: karate.
His plan to be a non-creep is going well until he meets Tinga, a beautiful girl who tells him that she's testing for her blue belt soon. After sputtering that he's about to test for the same rank, Jason realizes he's in deep trouble. Because there's only one person who can get him ready in time . . .
Motorcycles, Sushi, and One Strange Book (Real Life series #1) by Nancy Rue (May 1, 2010)
Four girls are brought together through the power of a mysterious book that helps them sort through the issues of their very real lives. While family dinners and vacations to touristy destinations are ordinary events for her 'normal' friends, fifteen-year-old Jessie Hatcher's normal life means dealing with her ADHD and her mother's bipolar disorder. So why is Jessie shocked when the unexpected happens? Now her 'normal' includes living in Florida with the father she always thought was dead and learning the secrets of sushi from a man who teaches by tormenting her. Life isn't any saner with her dad, but a cute guy and a mysterious book might just be the crazy Jessie needs.
Boyfriends, Burritos, and an Ocean of Trouble (Real Life series #2) by Nancy Rue (May 1st, 2010)
A mysterious book unites four teen girls and unlocks the secret that will get each of them through the real-life struggles they face in their lives. Bryn O'Connor is good at keeping secrets. But when a car accident reveals the marks of her boyfriend's physically abusive behavior, the truth is unleashed. And it starts a tidal wave of trouble in Bryn's life: enemies who were once friends, a restraining order violation, and her world unraveled. If that weren't enough, her grandmother Mim arrives, attempting Mexican cuisine and insisting that Bryn try surfing. It's all too much! Even Bryn's habit of daydreaming won't offer an escape this time. But could a mysterious old book she found hold the secret to riding a tsunami like her life?