books and reading

Waiting on Wednesday: Read Between the Lines by Jo Knowles

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:

Read Between the Lines by Jo Knowles

Expected Release Date: March 10, 2015

Thanks to a bully in gym class, unpopular Nate suffers a broken finger—the middle one, splinted to flip off the world. It won’t be the last time a middle finger is raised on this day. Dreamer Claire envisions herself sitting in an artsy café, filling a journal, but fate has other plans. One cheerleader dates a closeted basketball star; another questions just how, as a “big girl,” she fits in. A group of boys scam drivers for beer money without remorse—or so it seems. Over the course of a single day, these voices and others speak loud and clear about the complex dance that is life in a small town. They resonate in a gritty and unflinching portrayal of a day like any other, with ordinary traumas, heartbreak, and revenge. But on any given day, the line where presentation and perception meet is a tenuous one, so hard to discern. Unless, of course, one looks a little closer—and reads between the lines.

(summary via Goodreads)

Jo Knowles is one of my favorite writers, so there’s no wonder that this book makes my must-read list.  It’s also  being put out by Candlewick, which is one of the publishers doing some of the most boundary-pushing, interesting stuff with YA.  So it’s definitely on my list for those reasons alone.

But it also looks like it’s going to be a really interesting, really thoughtful novel.  I trust Knowles enough to not allow the book to fall into simple stereotypes, and I love the idea of featuring different voices throughout.

What are you waiting on this week?


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