* I received an ARC of Leap by Jodi Lundgren from Second Story Press

My first comment is that I really hope the back cover is completely different on the finished copy. At the top it says in huge writing “when life is changing, sometimes you have to take a LEAP of faith in yourself” and there’s a cheesy image to go with the cheesy words.  Then the “blurb” tells basically the entire story, ruining any surprises the book may have offered, had I not read the back first. This is like when movie trailers give away the best jokes, it drives me crazy.

The book itself spent a lot of time making fun of books and readers. I thought that was a bit odd considering the medium of the story. Some of that was amusing, like the description of the library book sale;

“They’d traveled into beds, onto the backs of toilets, and under the edges of plates, to be water-marked and food-stained. Their plastic jackets were cracked and peeling, and their sides were stamped in red: Greater Victoria Public Library. Like tattooed convicts, they could leave the prison, but they would never really escape their past.”

Most of the parts about books involved Natalie comparing her mother’s reading to the binges of an alcoholic or person with an eating disorder. It rubbed me the wrong way, probably because I read about as much as her mother.

Truthfully, for the most part of the book I was very aware it was an adult writing about young characters. It didn’t feel like genuine teen dialogue and the cautionary tale of a good girl who goes very wild and then regrets it felt forced. Natalie was an inconsistent character, who seemed completely different one moment to the next. I liked the part where Natalie talks about how around fifteen we realize the adults in our lives don’t have everything under control, and we are left feeling like we have adult responsibilities without the resources adults have. That was about the only time where I felt connected with Natalie.

On the plus side:

  • The dancing parts are pretty cool
  • this book makes teens aware of birth control and STI prevention, something I don’t think schools do enough
  • having things set in Canada was nice, I’m not used to recognizing locations so much
  • deals with divorce in a pretty realistic manner
  • deals with homosexuality of a parent, something not done enough in YA

I gave away 2 advanced reading copies of Leap to Canadians fill out the form


Im My Mailbox

virtual me and mailboxIMM is hosted by The Story Siren, please see her blog to participate.

 This week I got books. Shocking right?

The first package I got was books I ordered from Chapters.

Warped and The Water Wars will both be going towards the 2011 Debut author challenge! They are both beautiful as you can see.

I reviewed Dr. Horrible earlier today. Feel free to check that out.

 Next I received Scaredy Squirrel at Night  and it’s the special edition with the puppet and puppet stage. This isn’t YA but can you see how much I love my little Scaredy? He’s smaller than I was picturing when I ordered him but his fur is so delightfully soft I don’t care. The kids @ storytime are going to love him. If you follow my other blogs you may recall my Scaredy Squirrel pumpkin being featured on his official Facebook page. I’m really disappointed in the “stage” that is too small to move him around in or do much of anything with and was kinda hard to assemble. 

The next day I went to the Friends of The Library Book Sale (still going on now outside the library @ Piccadilly mall!) and I bought Thirst 2, City of Ashes and The Prophet of Yonwood. I only paid $2.50, so that’s a pretty good score. I almost bought some Pretty Little Liars books but I lost track of what I already owned.

Today I received some ARCs from Second Story Press (thanks!). 6 copies of Foster Girls and 6 copies of Leap. I received these in my capacity as a founder of and blogger for CLASY. These are going to be incentives for library staff to participate in CLASY. So if you work in a library and would like to contribute ideas, blog posts, pathfinders, anything that will support other staff helping teens in libraries please contact clasy.for.ya@gmail.com.  

 In my e-mail inbox I also received word this week that I will be heading to Halifax for the Canadian Library Association Conference. I’ll be attending everything relating to children or teens as well as a bunch of other sessions. Let me know if you’re going to be there!