Wednesday, April 29, 2009

New Releases

I reviewed these books a few months ago, and now they're available in hardcover:

If I Stay
by Gayle Forman
Young Adult Fiction

In an instant, Mia’s life becomes something she no longer recognizes. All of the agonizing decisions that came with her last year of high school are reduced to one simple choice, and she must look back at her life to determine which things are most important to her. Alternating between past and present narratives, Forman builds Mia’s life piece by piece. Mia becomes much more than a character—she is a girl with a family, friends, a great love, and an incredible talent. A roller coaster of emotion, I found myself struggling with the same choice that Mia must make. I couldn’t put this book down.

Because I Am Furniture
by Thalia Chaltas
Young Adult Fiction

Dark and gripping, Because I Am Furniture is a novel told in poems. Its heroine, Anke, lives in a household where every member of her family is abused by her father—except for her. Anke is torn between her fear of her father and her envy of her siblings who, though they are bruised, are at least noticed by their father. At school, Anke joins the volleyball team and finds an unexpected family in her teammates. Her situation at home becomes harder to ignore as she finds her voice on the court and in the halls. Thalia Chaltas brings Anke to life through her spare poetry, creating stark contrasts and weaving complicated situations with just enough words.

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