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Sunday, September 4, 2011

In My Mailbox

From my very generous cousin:

Title: Amy and Roger's Epic Detour
Author: Morgan Matson
Published: 2010

Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut to start anew—just in time for Amy's senior year. Her dad recently died in a car accident. So Amy embarks on a road trip to escape from it all, driving cross-country from the home she's always known toward her new life. Joining Amy on the road trip is Roger, the son of Amy's mother's old friend. Amy hasn’t seen him in years, and she is less than thrilled to be driving across the country with a guy she barely knows. So she's surprised to find that she is developing a crush on him. At the same time, she’s coming to terms with her father’s death and how to put her own life back together after the accident. Told in traditional narrative as well as scraps from the road—diner napkins, motel receipts, postcards—this is the story of one girl's journey to find herself.
Title: Prep
Author: Curtis Sittenfeld
Published: 2005

Lee Fiora is an intelligent, observant fourteen-year-old when her father drops her off in front of her dorm at the prestigious Ault School in Massachusetts. She leaves her animated, affectionate family in South Bend, Indiana, at least in part because of the boarding school’s glossy brochure, in which boys in sweaters chat in front of old brick buildings, girls in kilts hold lacrosse sticks on pristinely mown athletic fields, and everyone sings hymns in chapel.

As Lee soon learns, Ault is a cloistered world of jaded, attractive teenagers who spend summers on Nantucket and speak in their own clever shorthand. Both intimidated and fascinated by her classmates, Lee becomes a shrewd observer of–and, ultimately, a participant in–their rituals and mores. As a scholarship student, she constantly feels like an outsider and is both drawn to and repelled by other loners. By the time she’s a senior, Lee has created a hard-won place for herself at Ault. But when her behavior takes a self-destructive and highly public turn, her carefully crafted identity within the community is shattered.

Ultimately, Lee’s experiences–complicated relationships with teachers; intense friendships with other girls; an all-consuming preoccupation with a classmate who is less than a boyfriend and more than a crush; conflicts with her parents, from whom Lee feels increasingly distant, coalesce into a singular portrait of the painful and thrilling adolescence universal to us all.

What did you get in your mailboxes?

3 kommentarer:

Jessica@a GREAT read said...

Haven't read these, but hope you enjoy them!

Happy Reading! Here's my IMM

Have a GREAT day!

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Nina said...

I still haven't read or bought Amy and Roger's Epic Detour! I really want too, especially when there are so many readers who loved it. Looking forward to your review.

Bere said...

Oh my goodness, Sara, you definitely need to read Amy and Roger's Epic Detour. I loved this one. In fact I was just thinking about it the other day. I'm thinking I might read it again. Love it. Prep sounds interesting. Can't wait to hear your thoughts on both. Happy reading! =D