New YA: February 14.
Hardbacks out today:
Graffiti Moon, by Cath Crowley:
The dialogue pops, the voices and perspectives ring true, and Leo—Ed’s partner in crime—writes poetry that occasionally brings to mind early Tom Waits. I dog-eared so many pages that it would take less time to reread the book than it would to go back and find all of the passages I want to remember. Like Anna and the French Kiss, it’s a book that I loved so much that I hugged it when I was done reading. Yes, literally.
Various Positions, by Martha Schabas:
It's beautifully written. That should already be apparent from the excerpt above. But it's not just in the way that Schabas strings her words together. It's in the depth of emotion, and in Schabas' complete honesty. Georgia is a sharp observer—which is fitting in a book so full of cruel truths—but she doesn't always understand what she observes; she's extremely self-aware, but doesn't always understand her own feelings; she's very composed on the surface, but her insides are a mass of confusion. She's a difficult—for herself, those who know her, and those of us in the audience—mixture of mature and immature, understanding and confusion.
Paperbacks out today:
Blessed (Tantalize), by Cynthia Leitich Smith:
Pros: Everything. Writing, characterization, plotting, surprises, chemistry, originality, action, confidence in and respect for the audience, EVERYTHING. I love these books. LOVE. THESE. BOOKS.