The winner of my Devil's Kiss series (who has already been emailed) by Sarwat Chadda giveaway is STEPH from Steph Su Reads! Congratulations :D
It's interesting to me that most people said the lie was love at McDonalds....
The African American Read-In discussion of Bleeding Violet will be held here, at my blog! The winning forum was Twitter but not everyone has Twitter (including one fo the organizers) so it shouldn't have even been an option, I apologize. However, I will use the hashtag #Bleeding Violet from time to time while on Twitter on Feb. 20th (this Sunday!) and if you don't want to comment with your thoughts, you can Tweet me and I will post your comments. I hope that works for everyone. And the international readers can read the questions and participate any time, I'll probably post the first three questions at midnight.
What Can't Wait by Ashley Hope Perez
Release Date: March 28, 2011
"“Another day finished, gracias a Dios."
Seventeen-year-old Marisa's mother has been saying this for as long as Marisa can remember. Her parents came to Houston from Mexico. They work hard, and they expect Marisa to help her familia. And they expect her to marry a boy from the neighborhood, to settle down, and to have grandbabies. If she wants a job, ...more"“Another day finished, gracias a Dios."
Seventeen-year-old Marisa's mother has been saying this for as long as Marisa can remember. Her parents came to Houston from Mexico. They work hard, and they expect Marisa to help her familia. And they expect her to marry a boy from the neighborhood, to settle down, and to have grandbabies. If she wants a job, she could always be an assistant manager at the local grocery store.
At school, it's another story. Marisa's calc teacher expects her to ace the AP test and to get into an engineering program in Austin—a city that seems unimaginably far away. When her home life becomes unbearable, Marisa seeks comfort elsewhere—and suddenly neither her best friend nor boyfriend can get through to her. Caught between the expectations of two different worlds, Marisa isn't sure what she wants—other than a life where she doesn't end each day thanking God it's over.
What Can't Wait—the gripping debut novel from Ashley Hope Pérez—tells the story of one girl's survival in a world in which family needs trump individual success, and self-reliance the only key that can unlock the door to the future.
-I've had this book for awhile but I try to hold off on reading books that aren't being released right away because I tend to review books right after I read them and I don't write reviews very much in advance so...I'll stop now because it's not important. I consider Forever Young Adult to be some of the funniest and toughest book reviewers around so when they wrote this raving review, I knew I needed to read it asap and find out what all the hype was about. Plus I have a lovely interview with the author coming up in a few weeks :) And really what doesn't sound good about this book? Someone who actually-*gasps*-likes calculus and happens to be Latina and working class with the good ole theme of American self-reliance.
Are you waiting on What Can't Wait too? What's your pick for the week?