Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday (6)

Waiting on Wednesday is brought to us by Jill at Breaking the Spine. (Saying that always makes me think of Sesame Street. This blog post was brought to you by the letter L and the number 13.)

This week we have two totally different books that I'm waiting on. The first one is:

After by Amy Efaw

(Summary stolen from Reviewer X because I can't find one anywhere else. I also borrowed the picture from there because it too was impossible to find.)

Who would leave their own baby in the trash to die?

Certainly not someone like Devon--a straight-A student, soccer player with Olympic dreams, more mature than her own mother. But desparation and panic drover her to do what most people can't even imagine. Now Devon's in a juvenile detention center, charged with attempted murder. If she's tried as an adult, she faces life in prison.

Does Devon deserve that punishment? Your answer depends on whether you believe her story--that she didn't even know she was pregnant. Was she buried in a denial so deep that she was unable to register the seemingly obvious signs of pregnancy? Or were her actions the result of a more devious, premeditated plan?

One of the reasons I want this so badly is a woman near where I live is being charged with abandoning a child in a Wal-mart bathroom, and I've watched a bunch of shows about woman who didn't know they were pregnant (TLC marathon) so, personally, the denial line irks me enough to make me super curious about it. The cover is gorgeous, too. So simple but striking.

Amazon link to preorder if you want to.

Next up, and much lighter than After, is:

Vibes by Amy Kathleen Ryan.

Nothing is beyond Kristi Carmichael’s disdain—her hippie high school, her friend Jacob, her workaholic mom. Yet for all her attitude and her mind-reading abilities, Kristi has a vulnerable side. She can hear the thoughts of her fellow students, calling her fat and gross. She’s hot for Gusty Peterson, one of the most popular guys in school, but of course, she’s sure he thinks she is disgusting. And she’s still mad at her father, who walked out on them two years ago. Soon, a school project brings her together with Gusty, her father comes home and drops a bombshell, and a friend comes out of the closet, and suddenly she is left doubting that she can read people at all.

I think this one sounds really cute, and the cover reminds me of Skye Sweetnam's Myspace (whose music I love as I'm sure you all know).

Summary from

Well, it's almost 7am and I only got four hours of sleep last night, so I'm going to go get some sleep now. Goodnight, all!
Peace and cookies,
(P. S. Pictures too big?)


  1. Both books are great choices. After seems like the type of book that would stay with you long after it has been read.

  2. Those look like good books. Have a nice nap Laina.

  3. I love watching documentary's and TLC especially:) Apparently, baby dumping happens often. I do love the cover too. I like stories like this-thought provoking and developed...vibes is good too(read it)

  4. My old neighbor found out a week before she was due, that she was pregnant. She was a size 2 and I always thought that was kinda crazy, that she was lying or something, but now that I've seen this happen more, I realize it really does happen to people.

    What interesting book choices! They both look really good.

  5. Ravenous Reader: Yeah, it does. And the kind you recommend to every single person you talk to, lol.

    J.J.: Thank you. :)

    Mary: I think so too, thanks for your comment!

    Amy: You should check out the TLC show, it's called "I Didn't know I was pregnant," and it's quite interesting. Vibes does look good,too!!

    Amelia: Lots of the time, woman don't gain that much weight during pregnancy. If I'm not mistaken, most women only gain twenty pounds or so. And think about it this way. If they randomly gained some weight for no reason, they'd try to lose it, right? Plus not all pregnancies have the symptoms you think of when you think of pregnancy, and due to the position of the baby, many women don't ever feel it move. Add that they get spotting and assume it's a period, plus many of them take more than one pregnancy test that comes back negative, is it no wonder that they don't know they're pregnant?

    Sorry for the rant, lol, I've been watching too many of those shows.

  6. Oh the first one sounds so great. And I agree the cover is just GORGEOUS <3

    Wdebo :)

  7. Cool, thanks for the comment. :)


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