Mark, Mr. Popularity, tools around town in the yellow mini left to him by his recently deceased father; his new girlfriend Stacey can’t believe her luck, but doesn’t understand Mark’s odd need to disappear into the woods from time to time; her former friends Mary and Annabelle try to find their place in the world – shy Mary transforms into a concert pianist and Annabelle into an world-changing activist with the idealistic and adoring Christopher by her side. In the background, the teens’ parents struggle with their desire to protect their children, yet give them room to grow into the adults they must become. Each voice tells his or her story in powerful free verse.
I read this book in a single day, very unusual for me. With few words, Lori Weber paints a picture of changing friendships, and how reality can be ever so different than the fantasy. I particularly enjoyed the plot twists. The characters are beautifully drawn, each one lovable despite his or her flaws. This is a powerful and uplifting story.
Nominated for the QWF Literary Award!
Kendra has always felt overshadowed by her older brother, Grayson, whose OCD forces him to live a life of carefully coordinated routines. The only way Kendra can stand out next to Grayson is to be perfect, and she has perfection down to an art — until a cheating scandal threatens her flawless reputation.
Behind the wheel of her car, with Grayson asleep beside her, Kendra decides to drive away from it all — with enough distance, maybe she’ll be able to figure everything out. But even in the midst of the road trip’s flat tires, gas-station food stops, and detours to quirky roadside attractions, eventually Kendra must stop running and come to terms with herself, her brother, and her past.
With undeniable grace and humor, acclaimed author Jennifer Brown explores OCD, the pressure for perfection, and the emotional highs and lows of a complex sibling relationship.
Jennifer Brown continues to amaze me. She takes on difficult topics–school shootings, abuse, and now mental illness–with grace and beauty. Her characters are deep and believable in a way that pulls you in and turns the pages. If you haven’t read anything by her yet, you are missing out!
Nothing Like You, a YA novel about how one girl loses her virginity to the wrong guy, is out in paperback. To celebrate the occasion, my 2k9 classmate Lauren Strasnick made a book trailer. Which totally cracked me up! After watching it, I moved Nothing Like You to the top of my TBR pile.
Here’s the link to youtube.