I haven't done that in forever, have I? Here are some new additions to my 'what comes out in 2009' list, featuring books I found that deal with hard premises. I may make this like a regular feature - 'From the tragic wing' or something - depending on how many more I find!
(August 11th, 2009 // Viking Juvenile - Amazon | Indiebound)
Who would leave their own baby in the trash to die?
Certainly not someone like Devon--a straight-A student, soccer player with Olympic dreams, more mature than her own mother. But desparation and panic drover her to do what most people can't even imagine. Now Devon's in a juvenile detention center, charged with attempted murder. If she's tried as an adult, she faces life in prison.
Does Devon deserve that punishment? Your answer depends on whether you believe her story--that she didn't even know she was pregnant. Was she buried in a denial so deep that she was unable to register the seemingly obvious signs of pregnancy? Or were her actions the result of a more devious, premeditated plan?
Steph: I've read it and it is indeed very good. You can see a dedicated post for it here.
Positively by Courtney Sheinmel
(Sept 15th, 2009 // Simon & Schuster Children's - Amazon | Indiebound)
Steph says: Interested to see in how this pans out. I would also love to see more of a synop (what are the circumstances??), but in any rate, I'll definitely keep an eye out for this one.
(August 11th, 2009 // Candlewick - Amazon | Indiebound)
What I could find about it:
Jo said it used to be called SLUT.
One pregnancy. Four friends. It all adds up to a profound time of change in this poignant, sensitively written YA novel.
Tells, from four points of view, the ramifications of a pregnancy resulting from a "one-time thing" between Ellie, who feels loved when boys touch her, and Josh, an eager virgin with a troubled home life.
Steph says: I am sold.
Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr
(October 1st, 2009 // Little, Brown - Amazon | Indiebound)
Samara Taylor used to believe in miracles. She used to believe in a lot of things. As a pastor's kid, it's hard not to buy in to the idea of the perfect family, a loving God, and amazing grace. But lately, Sam has a lot of reason to doubt. Her mother lands in rehab after a DUI and her father seems more interested in his congregation than his family. When a young girl in her small town is kidnapped, the local tragedy overlaps with Sam's personal one, and the already-worn thread of faith holding her together begins to unravel.
Steph: I gotta say, I'm not big on religious inner conflict, but I have a feeling Sara Zarr can make me enjoy it. I also love the title--I wonder if it alludes to the 'once' of the past or innocence. We'll see.
(August 4th, 2009 // MTV/Pocket Books - Amazon | Indiebound)
Lenore asked Laura what the book is about (as there is no description anywhere), and here's a portion of it:
How It Ends grew out of some haunting, unanswered questions and two completely separate, very disturbing images I've had tucked away in the back of my mind for years. The unanswered questions were born as a result of several people who were dear to me passing away and me realizing -- after it was too late, of course -- that there were so many things I'd never asked them, stories only they knew that I should have taken the time to listen to and mostly, odd fragments of info discovered after their deaths that couldn't be resolved and will now always remain mysteries.
You can find the rest on Lenore's blog by clicking here.
Steph says: Ooo!
I'm one of those people who love sad-sounding stories because they often resonate with me. And I know I can't be the only one. Who's with me?