books and reading

Waiting on Wednesday: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Liven

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:

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Liven

Expected Release Date: January 5, 2015

The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this compelling, exhilarating, and beautiful story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

(summary via Goodreads)

I mean, I’m not the only person who sees a book pitch start with something “meets” something else, especially when the two things being compared are wildly popular.  But it’s not the book’s fault that the book packager lacks any sort of originality, right?  The fact that the blurb also name-drops some of the brightest YA writers right now hints at a sort of desperation, too, but I’m willing to overlook it if the book is good on its own.

At any rate, the book looks interesting enough without being shuffled to the sides by comparisons to successful authors.  I’ll definitely be checking this one out when it’s released in January.

What are you waiting on this week?


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