Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (16)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme event created by Breaking the Spine to help showcase upcoming releases. I first learned about it through WORD for Teens.

This week I'm waiting for Family by Micol Ostow.

Summary from Goodreads:

i have always been broken. i could have. died.
and maybe it would have been better if i had.

It is a day like any other when seventeen-year-old Melinda Jensen hits the road for San Francisco, leaving behind her fractured home life and a constant assault on her self-esteem. Henry is the handsome, charismatic man who comes upon her, collapsed on a park bench, and offers love, a bright new consciousness, and best of all a family. One that will embrace her and offer love. Because family is what Mel has never really had. And this new family, Henry’s family, shares everything. They share the chores, their bodies, and their beliefs. And if Mel truly wants to belong, she will share in everything they do. No matter what the family does, or how far they go.

Told in episodic verse, family is a fictionalized exploration of cult dynamics, loosely based on the Manson Family murders of 1969. It is an unflinching look at people who are born broken, and the lengths they’ll go to to make themselves “whole” again.
Family is one of the titles in the YA Contemps Challenge, so of course it's on my to-read list just for that alone. However, I think the story sounds really intriguing--another one of those dark contemporary novels that I absolutely love to read. I think the cover's pretty cool, too.

Family will be published by EgmontUSA on April 26.

What are you waiting for?
Take a moment to read something by Dr. Seuss in honor of his birthday!

EDIT: I actually got this from the publisher last week, so now I'm just waiting to read it!

Enjoy your reading!


  1. this one sounds and looks interesting. great pick--hope you enjoy it :)


    P.S. thanks for stopping by our IMM post!

  2. Sounds unique, but the "episodic verse" part sounds too deep for me.


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