Waiting on Wednesday–The Language Inside by Holly Thompson

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.


If you know me and/or follow my blog, then you know that I LOVE verse novels.  This one has me a little hesitant, however, since it’s dealing with cancer, but I still want to read it.

The Language InsideTitle & Author: The Language Inside by  Holly Thompson

Release Date: May 14th, 2013

Publisher: Delacorte

Summary (From Goodreads):

A nuanced novel in verse that explores identity in a multicultural world.

Emma Karas was raised in Japan; it’s the country she calls home. But when her mother is diagnosed with breast cancer, Emma’s family moves to a town outside Lowell, Massachusetts, to stay with Emma’s grandmother while her mom undergoes treatment.

Emma feels out of place in the United States.She begins to have migraines, and longs to be back in Japan. At her grandmother’s urging, she volunteers in a long-term care center to help Zena, a patient with locked-in syndrome, write down her poems. There, Emma meets Samnang, another volunteer, who assists elderly Cambodian refugees. Weekly visits to the care center, Zena’s poems, dance, and noodle soup bring Emma and Samnang closer, until Emma must make a painful choice: stay in Massachusetts, or return home early to Japan.

“With beautiful language and deep sensitivity, Holly Thompson explores the courage it takes to find your own voice.” —Patricia McCormick, author of National Book Award finalist Never Fall Down

“Thompson’s eloquent novel speaks to us, carrying us along with Emma as she embarks on a life-altering journey from Japan to America. But it’s Emma’s inner journey that’s the true adventure—pulsing with pain and passion, with humor, heart, and hope.” —Sonya Sones, author of What My Mother Doesn’t Know and To Be Perfectly Honest


  1. The cover speaks for itself. I’m totally adding this on the pile, I love the synopsis! Can’t wait to read this, awesome pick!

    Check out my Waiting on Wednesday pick!

    We Fancy Books

  2. This reminds me of another YA novel… Sounds great, though! Added it to Goodreads 🙂

    Alise @ Readers In Wonderland
    My Waiting on Wednesday

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