Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. It spotlights books that have not yet been released, but ones that you should pre-order today! This week's book that we are anxiously awaiting is WILD AWAKE by Hilary T. Smith.  WILD AWAKE releases on May 28, 2013 from Katherine Tegen Books (Harper).

Things you earnestly believe will happen while your parents are away:

1. You will remember to water the azaleas.
2. You will take detailed, accurate messages.
3. You will call your older brother, Denny, if even the slightest thing goes wrong.
4. You and your best friend/bandmate Lukas will win Battle of the Bands.
5. Amid the thrill of victory, Lukas will finally realize you are the girl of his dreams.

Things that actually happen:

1. A stranger calls who says he knew your sister.
2. He says he has her stuff.
3. What stuff? Her stuff.
4. You tell him your parents won’t be able to—
5. Sukey died five years ago; can’t he—
6. You pick up a pen.
7. You scribble down the address.
8. You get on your bike and go.
9. Things . . . get a little crazy after that.*
*also, you fall in love, but not with Lukas.

Both exhilarating and wrenching, Hilary T. Smith’s debut novel captures the messy glory of being alive, as seventeen-year-old Kiri Byrd discovers love, loss, chaos, and murder woven into a summer of music, madness, piercing heartbreak, and intoxicating joy.
The first thing that drew me to this book was the title, WILD AWAKE.  I don't know what it is about it, but it just seems so hopeful and alive, but with a spark of true emotion.  Then I read the blurb and I knew this was one I needed to read.  I'm always looking for a contemporary that has sadness, but not so much that you want to lock yourself away and cry.  This seems like one of those contemporaries.  Also...I'm thinking this will definitely have some laugh out loud moments.  The cover?  I'm kind of one a line with the cover, not exactly sure if I like it yet.