Wednesday, March 24, 2010

"Waiting on Wednesday" - Inconvenient

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

by Margie Gelbwasser
Publication Date: November 2010 by Flux

Alyssa Bondar’s world is falling apart. She has just entered her sophomore year at Glenfair High, the only place to hang out is behind the CVS, Keith her cross-country crush keeps sending her mixed signals, and her best friend Lana has started the school year with large breasts and a sexy attitude–-attracting the attention of the most popular kids in the school, a group Alyssa clearly doesn’t fit into.

Alyssa’s Jewish, like most of Glenfair, but since she’s also Russian, Alyssa feels even more separated from other teens. How many other Jewish families have a New Year’s tree with ornaments? On top of all this, Alyssa’s once stable home environment has become chaotic.

Alyssa is used to alcohol accompanying every meal and event in the Russian culture. But when Alyssa’s mother loses her job, the usual drink or two changes into a full-time happy hour. While Alyssa's father uses news reports of war unrest in the Middle East as his escape from reality, Alyssa is left to pick up the pieces of her shattered family alone. As her mother’s alcoholism gets worse, Alyssa must decide how much she can and should handle before she crumbles as well.

I met Margie in a Tenners (2010 authors) chat one night and we became friends.  I am so excited to see her book with cover art, finally!  She and I have been trying to work together to get the word out about her book.  It's hard to WoW a book w/out cover art, so now I can!  Margie's book, Inconvenient, doesn't fit your typical YA mold.  The main character is Jewish, which a lot of books won't deal with. Yes, it's set in a high school, like many YA books, but I think Margie will put a different spin on it, that readers will like.  November is a while to wait, but I'm sure this one will be worth it!


Bookfool said...

I have this niggling feeling that I've recently read a YA with a Jewish teen, but maybe I'm just confusing YA with adult or I'm delusional. Anyway . . . the book sounds great. You've definitely got a bit of a wait, though.

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

This one looks excellent! Thanks for sharing, I hadn't heard of it before. It's awesome that you were able to meet the author!

bermudaonion said...

This sounds so good and I think the cover is fantastic!

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