December means Christmas, the end of the fall semester, saying goodbye to friends new and old, the end of the year, but also the month of some kick-ass releases. Here’s what I’m looking forward to picking up in December.
Wintertown by Stephen Emond
Every winter, straight-laced, Ivy League bound Evan looks forward to a visit from Lucy, a childhood pal who moved away after her parent’s divorce. But when Lucy arrives this year, she’s changed. The former “girl next door” now has chopped dyed black hair, a nose stud, and a scowl. But Evan knows that somewhere beneath the Goth, “Old Lucy” still exists, and he’s determined to find her… even if it means pissing her off.
Expected Publication Date: December 5th 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
After receiving this book at BEA, I knew nothing about it. But I did know that this book looked so cool at first glance.
Don’t Let Me Go by J.H. Trumble
Some people spend their whole lives looking for the right partner. Nate Schaper found his in high school. In the eight months since their cautious flirting became a real, honest, tell-the-parents relationship, Nate and Adam have been inseparable. Even when local kids take their homophobia to brutal levels, Nate is undaunted. He and Adam are rock solid. Two parts of a whole. Yin and yang.
But when Adam graduates and takes an Off-Broadway job in New York—at Nate’s insistence—that certainty begins to flicker. Nate starts a blog to vent his frustrations and becomes the center of a school controversy, drawing ire and support in equal amounts. But it is the attention of a new boy who is looking for more than guidance that forces him to confront who and what he really wants.Expected Publication Date: December 27th 2011 by Kensington Publishing
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
I’m telling you why we broke up, Ed. I’m writing it in this letter, the whole truth of why it happened.
Min Green and Ed Slaterton are breaking up, so Min is writing Ed a letter and giving him a box. Inside the box is why they broke up. Two bottle caps, a movie ticket, a folded note, a box of matches, a protractor, books, a toy truck, a pair of ugly earrings, a comb from a motel room, and every other item collected over the course of a giddy, intimate, heartbreaking relationship. Item after item is illustrated and accounted for, and then the box, like a girlfriend, will be dumped.
Expected Publication Date: December 27th 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Ever since I received this book at BEA, I had been so excited to read it. I haven’t had a chance to pick it up yet, so I look forward to reading it. It may easily turn out to be one of the books that I need to have a finished copy of. Plus… It’s Lemony Snicket’s YA debut! What’s not to be excited about?
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