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Waiting on Wednesday: Sex and Violence by Carrie Mesrobian

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:

Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian

Expected Release Date: October 1, 2013

AT FIRST YOU DON’T SEE THE CONNECTION.

Sex has always come without consequences for seventeen-year-old Evan Carter. He has a strategy–knows the profile of The Girl Who Would Say Yes. In each new town, each new school, he can count on plenty of action before he and his father move again. Getting down is never a problem. Until he hooks up with the wrong girl and finds himself in the wrong place at very much the wrong time.

AND THEN YOU CAN’T SEE ANYTHING ELSE.

After an assault that leaves Evan bleeding and broken, his father takes him to the family cabin in rural Pearl Lake, Minnesota, so Evan’s body can heal. But what about his mind?

HOW DO YOU GO ON, WHEN YOU CAN’T THINK OF ONE WITHOUT THE OTHER?

Nothing seems natural to Evan anymore. Nothing seems safe. The fear–and the guilt–are inescapable. He can’t sort out how he feels about anyone, least of all himself. Evan’s really never known another person well, and Pearl Lake is the kind of place where people know everything about each other–where there might be other reasons to talk to a girl. It’s annoying as hell. It might also be Evan’s best shot to untangle sex and violence.

(summary via Goodreads)

It’s definitely going to be a divisive book.  I can tell that already, based on preliminary reviews and the book’s actual description.  But if it manages to accomplish what Mesrobian is trying to do, it’s going to be thought-provoking, difficult, and definitely worth the time to get through it.  I can’t wait, and some good buzz from trusted librarian friends makes me think this will be a do-no-miss come this fall.

What are you waiting on this week?

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