Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Waiting on Wednesday for Like Mandarin by Kristen Hubbard

It's hard to find beauty in the badlands of Washokey, Wyoming. Fourteen-year-old Grace Carpenter knows it's not her mother's pageant obsessions, or the cowboy dances and pickup trucks adored by her small-town classmates. True beauty is wild girl Mandarin Ramey: seventeen, shameless and utterly carefree.

Grace would give ANYTHING to be like Mandarin.

When the two misfits are united for a project, they embark on an unlikely, explosive friendship, packed with nights spent skinny-dipping in the canal, liberating the town's animal-head trophies, and constantly searching for someplace magic. Grace even plays along when Mandarin suggests they make a pact to run away together. Blame it on the crazy-making wildwinds that plague their badlands town.

But 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, even the best friendships can't withstand betrayal.

This one sounds amazing but it's not out till March 2011 - boo! I just discovered Kristen Hubbard's blog too, it's really great. Check it out here.

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

What are you waiting for?


  1. This sounds great! A lot like a situation from my high school days.

  2. Sounds interesting...especially since I'm a small-town Wyoming girl!

  3. Oh, I love that cover! Hurrah for a fellow 11z!

  4. This just came up in my google alerts -- thank you, Alexa! And Kim, I hope Washokey rings true to you :)


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