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Want It Wednesday #11

No, I really didn't plan that both my books this week had similar covers. Both of these books have romance, but the stories seem to go deeper than typical light romance or chick-lit. Does anyone know what that would be called, other than "Sarah Dessen-esque?" (Which I totally just made up!)

Waiting for you by Susane Colasanti

Release Date: May 14, 2009

About the Book: At the beginning of her sophomore year, Marisa is ready for a fresh start and, more importantly, a boyfriend. So when the handsome and popular Derek asks her out, Marisa thinks her long wait for happiness is over. But several bumps in the road—including her parents’ unexpected separation, a fight with her best friend, and a shocking disappointment in her relationship with Derek—test Marisa’s ability to maintain her new outlook. Only the anonymous DJ, whose underground podcasts have the school’s ear, seems to understand what Marisa is going through. But she has no idea who he is—or does she?

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: The plot sounds great and the cover makes me think of a good summer read that's not super light but still full of romance. Plus, the story with DJ and his podcasts sort of reminds me of Sarah Dessen's Just Listen, which I loved!

One Lonely Degree by C.K. Kelly Martin

Release Date: May 26, 2009

About the Book: Finn has always felt out of place, but suddenly her world is unraveling. It started with The Party. And Adam Porter. And the night in September that changed everything. The only person who knows about that night is Audrey—Finn’s best friend, her witness to everything, and the one person Finn trusts implicitly. So when Finn’s childhood friend Jersy moves back to town—reckless, beautiful Jersy, all lips and eyes and hair so soft you’d want to dip your fingers into it if you weren’t careful—Finn gives her blessing for Audrey to date him. How could she possibly say no to Audrey? With Audrey gone for the summer, though, Finn finds herself spending more and more time with Jersy, and for the first time in her life, something feels right. But Finn can’t be the girl who does this to her best friend . . . can she?

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Ok, when I first read this summary, I was confused with all the names that got thrown out there, but I think if I get past the names and learn who's who, this book could be great. I haven't read C.K. Kelly Martin's other offering, I Know It's Over, but from the reviews I've read, it's a great read. I'm looking forward to reading this one as another good summer read-plus it comes out just after my birthday!:)


  1. I want them too. All about friendship and love, and they both sound extremely beautiful.

  2. Sarah Dessen-esque should be a real term. There's no other way of describing books sometimes!

  3. They both sound super good! And I like the covers. Sarah Dessen-esque is too long! Or maybe we could just shorten it to Dessen-esque :D

    Thanks for sharing these! Now I can wait with you

  4. Thao-I love books that have lots of layers, so I'm sure these will be great.

    Steph Su-haha-it should be a real term! What else could you call it?

    Epic Rat-I like it-Dessen-esque should be an offical genre of YA.

  5. I really do love both covers. But i really want to read Waiting For You, I love the idea of the DJ and the podcasts

  6. Sarah Dessen-esque= awesome term!
    Waiting for You does sound like Just Listen (i loved Just Listen!)

  7. These look great--thanks for posting them!!

  8. I'm counting down the days until One Lonely Degree is released. Great choice!

  9. This is my first time to visit your blog. I've written picture books and articles & essays. I'm working on my first YA and need io immersemyself in the genre. Yours is the type of blog i needto follow. Thanks for thetimeyou're devoting to it.
    J. Aday Kennedy
    The Differently-Abled Children's Author


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