Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Waiting On Wednesday (12): Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill of Breaking The Spine spotlighting upcoming releases.

The new website The Contemps has been getting lots of blogger press in the last few days. I finally checked it out this morning and was really impressed with the selections of contemporary realistic YA fiction.

Celebrate realistic YA with The Contemps!

Here is one of the upcoming titles:

Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard
March 8, 2011
It's hard finding beauty in the badlands of Washokey, Wyoming, but 14-year-old Grace Carpenter knows it's not her mother's pageant obsessions, or the cowboy dances adored by her small-town classmates. True beauty is wild-girl Mandarin Ramey: 17, shameless and utterly carefree. Grace would give anything to be like Mandarin. When they're united for a project, they form an unlikely, explosive friendship, packed with nights spent skinny-dipping in the canal, liberating the town's animal-head trophies, and searching for someplace magic. Grace plays along when Mandarin suggests they run away together. Blame it on the crazy-making wildwinds plaguing their Badlands town. Because all too soon, Grace discovers Mandarin's unique beauty hides a girl who's troubled, broken, and even dangerous. And no matter how hard Grace fights to keep the magic, no friendship can withstand betrayal.


  1. Very cool pick! That cover caught my attention right away. But it sounds like an exciting, dramatic book! I'll keep my eye on this one.

  2. I hope you enjoy your book!
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  3. This sounds fantastic and definitely one I need to add to my wishlist!

  4. Hmm...interesting. I'm liking the setting, and I'm curious about the 'mystery' of Mandarin. Nice pick!

    If you'd like, you can check out my WoW post here.

  5. Hi Alison! this came up in my google alerts -- thanks so much for featuring Like Mandarin (and The Contemps) :)


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