“Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly event hosted by Jill at the Breaking The Spine. It showcases upcoming releases we’re anticipating!
My pick of the week is:
By: Amanda Maciel
Coming: 29 April 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins, Balzer+Bray
Emma Putnam is dead, and it’s all Sara Wharton’s fault.
At least, that’s what everyone seems to think. Sara, along with her best friend and three other classmates, has been criminally charged for the bullying and harassment that led to Emma’s shocking suicide. Now Sara is the one who’s ostracized, already guilty according to her peers, the community, and the media.
During the summer before her senior year, in between meetings with lawyers and a court-recommended therapist, Sara is forced to reflect on the events that brought her to this moment—and ultimately consider her role in an undeniable tragedy. And she’ll have to find a way to move forward, even when it feels like her own life is over.
In this powerful debut novel inspired by real-life events, Amanda Maciel weaves a narrative of high school life as complex and heartbreaking as it is familiar: a story of everyday jealousies and resentments, misunderstandings and desires. Tease is a thought-provoking must-read that will haunt readers long after the last page
Why I’m excited:
I was bullied in elementary and middle school. It’s not a fun thing to experience. I’m interested in seeing how Amanda takes the story of a supposed bully and turns it around to her being bullied.
Why I need you to be excited:
Bullying is something that’s “a part of childhood.” It’s something I’ve experienced. It’s something that I wish no child ever had to experience. Being a bully is never a good or acceptable thing. However, after having been bullied and keeping my mouth shut and letting people walk all over me, I’ve learned to stand up for myself. Everyone should know how to stand up from himself or herself, but I don’t think it should come at the cost of being bullied. Just from the summary, I think this will be a book everyone should read, much like Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.