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Waiting on Wednesday: Small Damages by Beth Kephart

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.  Its purpose is to spotlight eagerly-anticipated upcoming releases.

This week I’m eagerly awaiting:

Small Damages by Beth Kephart

Expected Release Date: July 19, 2012

It’s senior year, and while Kenzie should be looking forward to prom and starting college in the fall, she is mourning the loss of her father. She finds solace in the one person she trusts, her boyfriend, and she soon finds herself pregnant. Kenzie’s boyfriend and mother do not understand her determination to keep the baby. She is sent to southern Spain for the summer, where she will live out her pregnancy as a cook’s assistant on a bull ranch, and her baby will be adopted by a Spanish couple.

Alone and resentful in a foreign country, Kenzie is at first sullen and difficult. She begins to open her eyes and her heart to the beauty that is all around her and inside of her.

(summary via Goodreads)

The problem with pregnancy books is that they always run the danger of becoming super-preachy.  However, this one looks like it could be really compelling.  I’m interested in the foreign-country aspect, and it’ll be interesting to see how Kenzie’s mother and boyfriend are characterized.  Here’s to hoping everyone doesn’t fall into pat stereotypes!

What are you waiting on this week?

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