Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday: The Turning & Tell Us We're Home

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week I'm waiting on...

The Turning Book 1: What Curiosity Kills by Helen Ellis

Release Date: May 1, 2010

Nobody can know your secret.
Nobody can know your power.
But if nobody knows who you are to begin with...what's stopping you?

I whisper, "What's so special about me all of a sudden?"

Nick says, "The Turning."

Mary feels different, but can't explain why. The fainting, the strange cravings...and worse, the things she's noticed about her body.

Mary doesn't know where to turn. If she tells her parents or her sister, she'll risk losing everything. She has no other family, no way of knowing if what she's going through is normal. Everyone she's ever known and loved could reject her...

-I have two books that I'm waiting on this week because I wasn't sure if The Turning is about a POC. I assumed Mary is a POC because of the cover (which I love, the eyes are so cool!), the girl looks like she could a POC. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong. This book sounds really interesting.

ETA: Read the comment by Jacqueline, she states that Mary's ethnic background is not mentioned but her best friend is black. So I may make this an off-color review. We shall see

Tell Us We're Home by Marina Budhos

Release Date: May 4, 2010

Being the daughter of a maid or nanny, it wasn’t like everyone was so bad or mean or stupid. It was just weird. You knew your mother put extra bleach in the underwear of some girl who was walking up the aisle at assembly in her best corduroy jumper dress. Or those shoes you wore were some hand-me-downs from the kid in the grade above you, and you just prayed she didn’t notice. Or how you hated Monday mornings, when half the class came in sporting sweatshirts with big letters that said I ROCKED AT JONAH’S BAR MITZVAH! Which of course you were never invited to.

Jaya, Maria, and Lola are just like the other eighth-grade girls in the wealthy suburb of Meadowbrook, New Jersey. They want to go to the spring dance, they love spending time with their best friends after school, sharing frappés and complaining about the other kids. But there’s one big difference: all three are daughters of maids and nannies. And they go to school with the very same kids whose families their mothers work for.

That difference grows even bigger—and more painful—when Jaya’s mother is accused of theft and Jaya’s small, fragile world collapses. When tensions about immigrants start to erupt, fracturing this perfect, serene suburb, all three girls are tested, as outsiders—and as friends. Each of them must learn to find a place for themselves in a town that barely notices they exist.

Marina Budhos gives us a heartbreaking and eye-opening story of friendship, belonging, and finding the way home.

-From the author's website I don't know of many stories about immigrants that center around their jobs and the difficulties they have as domestic workers. The premise of this novel is quite original and I like the cover (I'm curious as to why the key is pink).

ETA: I forgot to mention that I first heard about Tell Us We're Home from Kris's blog, Voracious YAppetite


  1. I'm really REALLY looking forward to this book!! I mean, it's Marina Budhos, I *have* to read it. 8D

  2. I finished The Turning about two weeks ago and, from what I remember, there was no mention of Mary's ethnic background. Very little was mentioned about her biological parents and she seems to consider herself white. Her same-age, adopted sister/best friend is black though.

  3. @ah Yuan-I KNOW! Ask Me No Questions was great.

    @Jacqueline C-Thank you for clearing that up. I'll probably just make this an off-color review than.

  4. I'm definitely adding Tell Us We're Home to my TBR list. It sounds like a fantastic book.

  5. Both of these look really good. Tell Us We're Home sounds like nothing I've ever read before. Both are now on my TBR list!

  6. If the blurb for The Turning didn't already intrigue me, its cover alone would be enough to make me read it. It's gorgeous!

  7. I like the sound of both of these, especially Tell Us We're Home. I was actually just thinking recently how it must be so difficult for the children of nannies, knowing that their parent spends so much time with someone else's child - but going to school together must be really weird. I'll definitely check that one out.

  8. I cannot wait for both of these books! I'll be reading Tell Us We're Home for the POC Reading Challenge and I think The Turning is going to be cute. I love shapeshifter books.

  9. @Christina T.-I agree. Also check out Marina Budhos' first book, Ask Me No Questions.

    @Christine-Agreed and I don't want to wait for them anymore!

    @Heather H-That's true, the cover of the Turning is so intriguing and gorgeous :)

    @Lauren-It would be sort of awkward to go to school with the children your mother babysits. tell Us We're Home has an unique perspective that I look forward to reading.

    @Kris-Glad you added both books to your list =) I actually heard about Tell Us We're Home from your challenge list! I'll edit this and give you credit.


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