Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (13): My Life in Black and White

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. Visit Breaking The Spine to see more entries!


This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:
My Life in Black and White by Natasha Friend
 Release Date: June 28th 2012 by Viking Juvenile 
 Format: Hardcover
 Goodreads Summary:
What if you lost the thing that made you who you are?

Lexi has always been stunning. Her butter-colored hair and perfect features have helped her attract friends, a boyfriend, and the attention of a modeling scout. But everything changes the night Lexi's face goes through a windshield. Now she's not sure what's worse: the scars she'll have to live with forever, or what she saw going on between her best friend and her boyfriend right before the accident. With the help of her trombone-playing, defiantly uncool older sister and a guy at school recovering from his own recent trauma, Lexi learns she's much more than just a pretty face.
  Reasons I want to read & own this book:
1. The cover. I just love it. I think it's really cool and interesting. The black and white spots kinda look like the tips of arrows so I'm wondering if they allude to the protagonist on the cover being confused about what direction to take in her life. They also seem might signify the shattering of something into little pieces or something along those lines. Regardless, I think it's eye catching.
2. The genre. Contemporary Young Adult. After reading and loving Anna and the French Kiss & Lola and the Boy Next Door, I have been dying to find more YA contemporary/realistic fiction books to read.
3. The synopsis. I am always intrigued about books that talk about physical perfection and deal with how people view themselves in relation to what they look like. It's a topic that affects everybody, regardless of age so it should be interesting to see how the author tackles that topic.


46 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! This sounds like it would be so good. I also really love the cover, it kind of looks to me like it could be little shards of glass like what she went through in the accident! Thanks for sharing this! I can’t wait to read it.

    Darlene @ Leather Bound and Lovely

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    1. I know, right? I'm glad you liked it :)

      And about the cover --> Yess. The shards of glass from the accident. So true. I think it's that, too.

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  2. WOW! Wow, wow, wow, wow... Jen, I'm going to have to start following on Goodreads because I have no idea how you always manage to find so many amazing books that I've never heard of before! x) I love that cover & synopsis too, and I love how you compared this to Anna & Lola -- because those are always the first two books I think of when I see a contemporary book as well! Isn't it the same for everyone? x)

    Absolutely amazing pick for your WOW as always, Jennifer! I can't wait to read this sweet-sounding and touching contemporary book now too! :) <3

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    1. Yay. Thanks so much, Mimi <3 You are such a doll :)

      Actually, goodreads is where I find many of my WoW's :D I'm obsessed with looking for new books on there. Obsessed. I love it, haha! :)

      Yup, I think a lot of people think of Anna & Lola when they see contemporary books. They are just so amazing <3

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  3. OMG!!! Totally! Anna & the French Kiss was one of the books that got me falling for contemporary. Great pick! :)

    Drop by my WoW?
    http://www.tumblinginbooks.blogspot.com/2012/04/waiting-on-pretty-amy-by-lisa-burstein.html

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    1. Oh, really? awesomeee :) Yea, Anna & the French Kiss was amazing. And thanks, glad you liked it :)

      Def will stop by ;) Thanks so much for the invite =)

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  4. I love the interesting cover of this one! Story sounds awesome, too!

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    1. I know, right? I love the cover, too. It's so different!

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  5. Aww it sounds like a sad story, but really good at the same time :) Awesome pick!

    I had the same thing happen to me with the Anna and the French Kiss thing... Ever since I've read it I've been on the look out for more contemporary novels.

    My Waiting on Wednesday

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    1. Thanks. So glad you liked it!

      Yea, I think this one will tug on the heartstrings but will be super good, yup :)

      Oh really? Yay. Lovesss it. Anna was so amazing and it's really cool to hear that it got so many people into contemporary, too.

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  6. I've seen this book around. Not really sure how I feel about it yet though. It has an interesting cover though.

    Thanks for stopping by,
    Livin' Life Through Books

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    1. Gotcha. I think the cover is pretty interesting, too.

      And you're welcome!

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  7. I've read one book by Natasha and like it. This sounds like a good reads as well.

    My WOW
    Safari Poet

    New follower :-)

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    1. Oh really? glad to hear that! :)

      And thanks so much for following =)

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  8. shattering cover lol
    sounds good but still a bit not into it
    hope u get it soon

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  9. Ooh, that summary sounds really good. I'm curious about the guy at school with his own trauma ;)

    Please stop by my WOW

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    1. I know, right? Great minds think think alike because I'm curious about him, too LOL ;)

      Sure thing. Thanks for the invite Vanya =)

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  10. I've been waiting for this for awhile! I love that she's got an uncool sister, I feel like it's rare to find a YA book that focuses on an "uncool" sibling as a secondary character. Sounds like a great contemporary, and I absolutely love the cover (I've always thought the triangles look like stereo buttons - like play, rewind, fast forward, etc).

    Great pick!
    My WoW

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    1. Thanks :) I can't wait for this one either!

      Ohhh. Stereo buttons? Interestinggg. Now that you mention it and I look at it again, so truee! The triangles totally do look like stereo buttons. Good eye ;)

      So with you on the sister. They usually don't tend to focus on the uncool siblings in YA. Should be interesting to read about her and the dynamic she has with the protagonist.

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  11. Awww..sounds like a pretty good book! May have to look into it and add it to my wishlist :)
    You can see my WOW here to see what pre-publication book I'm 'dying' to read!

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    1. Yay. Glad you liked it. And thanks for the invite to your WoW :)

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  12. Oh! Loves the cover :D So pretty ;) And it sounds like an awesome book :) Hope you'll like it ;D
    Thank you for commenting on my WoW. <3
    Love, Carina @ Carina's Books

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    1. I know, right? Love the cover, too :)

      And you're welcome :)

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  13. I think this could really be a great book! I'm always hesitating when it comes to books such as this one because often enough authors try to do something and get a message out and while trying to achieve that, they do the exact opposite. Does that make sense? Anyway, I hope many people will read and review it, so that I'll be able to make a choice as to whether it'd be something for me or not. *g*

    Patricia // My WOW

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    1. It does make sense. And I get why you are a bit hesitant. I'm like you, if I'm not too sure about it, I try to wait for the reviews to come in to get a feel for the vibe of the book.

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  14. I love the cover for this one, and the premise certainly doesn't disappoint either! Brilliant choice this week :)

    I'm your newest follower and look forward to reading more from your blog!

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  15. I like the idea of the book, but I don't like the cover. The black and white is so distracting my eyes want to give up!

    Our WoW is at Book Sake. –Jessica

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  16. This sounds like an amazing read. I don't read much YA contemp, either, but Anna and the French Kiss certainly made me see it isn't all bad.

    My WoW

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      And I'm glad you liked it :)

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  17. I don't read many contemps, but this one sounds interesting :) I like the concept of discovering who you are beyond the shallow confines of physical beauty or lack thereof. Great pick and thanks for visiting my WoW! :)

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  18. This sounds right up my alley. I'm definitely going to have to keep an eye out for it!

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  19. I have to agree, this does sound like a book worth waiting for!

    Thanks for sharing,
    Dani (new GFC follower)
    http://paulettespapers.com/

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    1. An eye-catching cover, enjoy! your choice.

      http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2012/04/waiting-on-wednesday_11.html

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    2. Dani: Glad you liked it and thanks so much for following :)

      Tribute books: Thank you.

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  20. i love contemp YA. this sounds like my kind of book. adding to my wish list... awesome pick :)

    my WoW.

    -michelle

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  21. This book definitely sounds good. I like it when there is a development in the personality of the main character :) and finding out you're more than just a pretty face seems like a big step.

    Visit my WoW!

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  22. I'm waiting for this one too. I love these kinds of books.
    My WoW

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  23. oh wow, this one sounds amazing! great pick. :D not sure how I feel about that cover, though. seems... a bit all over the place, with the triangles. *shrugs*

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  24. Great pick! This sounds so good and is definitely on my list. I love the cover too!

    Thanks for stopping by my post!
    Traci @ The Reading Geek

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  25. I agree - love the cover for this one as well! I just read the synopsis, and it sounds like it would be a fantastic read. I've added it to my TBR list...thanks for sharing and great pick!

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  26. Love the cover and love the synopsis. Can't believe this one wasn't on my TBR list already. Sounds awesome!

    Waiting on Wednesday at Book Brats!

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