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Jen's January Books

PEARL by Jo Knowles

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Well, of course I loved this book about Bean and Henry and their whacko moms. Then again, this talented writer could scribble me a note on the back of a I-Hop bill and I'd be raving about it for the rest of my life. Thank you, Jo, for another touching and oh-so-real story.

BLOOD WOUNDS by Susan Beth Pfeffer

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Willa's life is blown to bits when her estranged father murders his second family and then heads her way...

THE FUTURE OF US by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

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If I could've seen my future on Facebook before it was actually invented, I'd be filthy rich by now...but I'm not a teenage. A fun read!

THE LAST DAY THE DOGBUSHES BLOOMED by Lee Smith

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A word about this particular gem: it was originally published in the sixties and I first read it as a very naive eighth-grader, OMG. Bad move (adult themes). Year later, as an adult, I tried to find it in the library, but had no luck. Now that it's been revived as one of Louisiana State Press's Voices of the South, I ordered a copy from Amazon and devoured it in one day. Set in the deep south, the book has a YA "feel" to it though the main character is only nine, and is written in a swift, yet dreamy style. Disturbing, unforgettable, and highly recommended by MOI.

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jbknowles
Jan. 26th, 2012 06:57 pm (UTC)
Wow. Thank you!!!!!!!!! I gotta steal that for a blurb. ;-)

xoxo

Oh, gotta put that Smith book on my list. Sounds great! Thanks for the rec!
onegrapeshy
Jan. 27th, 2012 06:44 am (UTC)
It's all yours, lol! xox And if you get to read Dogbushes, let me know what you think.
d_michiko_f
Jan. 26th, 2012 07:11 pm (UTC)
I loved PEARL, too! And I have BLOODLINES on my pile of To Read. My teen daughter has THE FACE OF US, so perhaps I'll borrow it once she's done! :)
onegrapeshy
Jan. 27th, 2012 06:45 am (UTC)
We are totally on the same wavelength, Deb. :)
lalam
Jan. 26th, 2012 08:06 pm (UTC)
You know, I have Blood Wounds here (got it at BEA last year) and still haven't gotten around to it.

I haven't read Pearl yet. Just not enough hours in the day to read and do other things. Haven't heard of the last book.

I tried The Future of Us. I need to get back to it.
onegrapeshy
Jan. 27th, 2012 06:46 am (UTC)
Nobody's heard of Dogbushes, lol. It's a hidden gem.
edgyauthor
Jan. 27th, 2012 01:04 pm (UTC)
Haven't read any of these books before, but wow, they all sound great! The premise of Blood Wounds especially seems like something I'd enjoy. I'll have to keep my eyes peeled for all of these....
onegrapeshy
Jan. 27th, 2012 03:36 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed Blood Wounds but it's actually less of a thriller and more of a "what happens after your life falls apart" story.
edgyauthor
Jan. 27th, 2012 04:30 pm (UTC)
That's just as fun, if not more-so sometimes! ;)
onegrapeshy
Jan. 30th, 2012 01:02 am (UTC)
VERY true.
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