In My Mailbox (21)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme sponsored by The Story Siren.  It’s a way for bloggers to share what books they’ve received for review, borrowed from the library, or bought from the store.


Split by Swati Avasthi (Goodreads): This one comes highly recommended, so I picked it up at Borders the other day.  Based off the reviews I’ve read, what I’ve been told, and the summary, I’m assuming this will be a hit with both the boys and girls I have in class.

  • Summary: Sixteen-Year-Old Jace Witherspoon arrives at the doorstep of his estranged brother Christian with a re-landscaped face (courtesy of his father’s fist), $3.84, and a secret.

    He tries to move on, going for new friends, a new school, and a new job, but all his changes can’t make him forget what he left behind—his mother, who is still trapped with his dad, and his ex-girlfriend, who is keeping his secret.

    At least so far.

    Worst of all, Jace realizes that if he really wants to move forward, he may first have to do what scares him most: He may have to go back. First-time novelist Swati Avasthi has created a riveting and remarkably nuanced portrait of what happens after. After you’ve said enough, after you’ve run, after you’ve made the split—how do you begin to live again? Readers won’t be able to put this intense page-turner down.

Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick (Goodreads): Even though it’s nice to buy a paperback for once, I almost wish I had the hardcover copy of this one.  That cover looks a little more gender-neutral than this one, but I’ve compared covers with my students before and they were split down the middle.  Either way, this one has racked up quite a few awards and has come highly recommended.

Received for review:

How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr (Goodreads): I liked Sara Zarr’s last two books and loved her debut, Story of a Girl.  I’ve heard great things about this one, so I’m sure I’ll like it as well.  Hopefully I’ll love it!

Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan (Goodreads): I promised one of my students that I read more science-fiction/fantasy novels this summer so he’ll have some new books to read this coming school year.  Glow sounds like it’s right up his alley!  Plus, I’ve heard great things about this one, so I’m extra excited to read it.  I’m not sure if I’m going to read this one or Split after I finish the book I’m currently reading.

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