Waiting on Wednesday–The Sharp Time by Mary O’Connell

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.  It’s designed for bloggers to spotlight the upcoming releases that they simply can’t wait to read.

I polled my students this past school year to find out what they prefer to read.  This didn’t surprise me, but a majority of my students prefer realistic fiction.  I think I’m going to make it a goal to bring attention to as many upcoming realistic fiction titles as I can in my Waiting on Wednesday posts.  I don’t remember where I heard about The Sharp Time, but oh man does it sound good!  Plus, the cover is haunting and intriguing.  Based on the summary, this one sounds like the perfect book to add to my classroom library!

Title & Author: The Sharp Time by Mary O’Connell

Release Date: November 8, 2011

Publisher: Delacorte Press (Random House)

Summary (From Goodreads): Sandinista Jones is a high school senior with a punk rock name and a broken heart. The death of her single mother has left Sandinista alone in the world, subject to the random vulnerability of everyday life. When the school system lets her down, her grief and instability intensify, and she ponders a violent act of revenge.  Still, in the midst of her crisis, she gets a job at The Pale Circus, a funky vintage clothing shop, and finds friendship and camaraderie with her coworker, a boy struggling with his own secrets.  Even as Sandinista sees the failures of those with power and authority, she’s offered the chance to survive through the redemptive power of friendship. Now she must choose between faith and forgiveness or violence and vengeance.

What are you waiting for this week? 🙂


  1. I love realistic fiction, and this one definitely sounds like a great one. It’s been on my list for a while, really looking forward to reading it. Great pick! =)

  2. Greta at PW says:

    Very cool!! I want to read it now!

    Paranormal Wastelands’ WoW:

  3. I’ve seen this book on a few blogs and it sounds really good! Great pick 🙂 Here’s my WOW:

    Crystal @ Elegantly Bound Books

  4. Haven’t heard of this one but sounds great!

  5. Sounds very awesome. Can’t wait for this one.

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