Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Can't Wait Wednesday!


Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

I am combining CWW with Books From the Backlog hosted by Carole at Carole's Random Life in Books. This will allow me to feature some newly "rediscovered" books, which I plan on reading, alongside a new release.

This week I can't wait for:
The Year After You
Nina de Pass
Age/Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: March 31, 2020
Goodreads
San Francisco. New Year's Eve. A tragic accident after the party of the year. Cara survives. Her best friend, G, doesn't.

Nine months later, Cara is still struggling, consumed by guilt and grief. In the hopes of giving Cara a fresh start, her mother sends her to boarding school in Switzerland, a place where no one knows what happened--and where they never will, if Cara can help it.

But her new classmates Ren and Hector won't let her close herself off. They are determined to break down the walls she has so carefully built up. And maybe Cara wants them to . . . especially Hector, who seems to understand her like no one else does.

The problem is that the closer Cara gets to Hector, the more G slips away. If moving on means letting go of the past--and admitting what she did that night--Cara's not sure she can.

She's not sure she deserves a second chance.
Why I want to read this book

At this point, I think you all know how much I adore grief and loss books. It sounds like Cara's grief comes with a side-helping of guilt, which will probably add to my level of wreckage, but I want it! AND, we get to leave the US via this book. I am always looking for books in non-US settings, and I don't believe I have been to Switzerland yet.

Between the Notes
Sharon Huss Roat
Age/Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: June 16, 2015
Goodreads
When Ivy Emerson’s family loses their house—complete with her beloved piano—the fear of what’s to come seizes her like a bad case of stage fright. Only this isn’t one of her single, terrifying performances. It’s her life.

And it isn’t pretty.

Ivy is forced to move with her family out of their affluent neighborhood to Lakeside, also known as “the wrong side of the tracks.” Hiding the truth from her friends—and the cute new guy in school, who may have secrets of his own—seems like a good idea at first. But when a bad boy next door threatens to ruin everything, Ivy’s carefully crafted lies begin to unravel . . . and there is no way to stop them.

As things get to the breaking point, Ivy turns to her music, some unlikely new friends, and the trusting heart of her disabled little brother. She may be surprised that not everyone is who she thought they were . . . including herself.

Debut author Sharon Huss Roat crafts a charming and timely story of what happens when life as you know it flips completely upside down.
Why I want to read this book

Roat's followup book, How to Disappear, is an absolute favorite of mine. I knew, after finishing that book, that Roat wrote the kind of books I wanted to read. So, I finally purchased her debut at one point, and as predicted, did not read it. This book sounds quite wonderful to me with the cute little romance and some heartbreaking circumstances. I suspect it will deliver the feels I am seeking.

What are you waiting on?
Any backlog books you want to read soon? 
Let us know in the comments!

44 comments:

  1. The Year After You sounds incredible - I'm very interested in Cara's journey!

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    1. I love healing journeys, and am also eager to see how Cara overcomes her grief

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  2. The Year After You sounds so good. I am going to be watching for your review!

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  3. I remember seeing Between the Notes back when it came out. Hope you get to these soon!
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  4. The Year After You sounds like a heartbreaker. I will add it to my list for when I am in the right frame of mind to let go! I hope that you enjoy Between the Notes. It was one that I really enjoyed. :)

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    1. It's odd, because I have a thing about sad books, but for some reason, grief and loss books, when focusing on the healing part, tend to be ok for me.

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  5. I just added Between the Notes to my TBR. I sounds really good. Nice picks!

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    1. I started reading it this morning, and it's really, really good. I am glad I finally am reading it, because Roat creates some great characters, and she has done so once again in this book

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  6. I haven't heard of either of these but they both look fantastic! I hope they're good ones!

    Ash @ JennReneeRead

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  7. The Year After You is a new one to me but I read Between the Notes a couple of years ago and I remember liking it! I hope you get the chance to read both of these books!

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    1. Between the Notes is wonderful so far. Love the family focus, and Ivy! She is wonderfully frustrating.

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  8. The Year After You sounds like an emotional read. I think your superpower is finding books that deal with grief. ;-)

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  9. I vaguely remember Between the Notes & wanting to read it.

    Hope you enjoy them both!

    Karen @ For What It's worth

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    1. I am loving it so far. I think if the ending is strong, and nothing ridiculous happens, this could finally be my first 5-star read of the new year

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  10. I love books set outside of the usual US setting, that's why I tend to read more Australian YA novels but haven't found one set in Switzerland yet either so I'm super keen to read some early reviews. I'm hoping it's not a case of love curing all but a beautiful friendship that helps her heal. Great choices Sam, I can always rely on you for great recommendations!

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    1. I read mostly US authors, so it's not odd for the books to be set in the US. When I read books set outside the US, they tend to be England, Ireland, France, and Australia (since I read a few Australian authors and quite a few English authors). Finding books with an non-US setting is always a plus for me. I feel like a lot of authors stay away from the love-cures-all these days, and the synopsis eludes to friendship too. Glad this one caught your eye.

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  11. I feel like I've either read or wanted to read Between the Notes and how bad is it I can't remember? I feel like I read it because that cover is so familiar! If I did I enjoyed it but I am drawing a total blank on the whole story. You need to read it just to remind me what happens in it

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    1. Becky - I may finally have a 5-star read this year, as long as things keep going well with this book. So, I am excited. Between the Notes is wonderful so far.

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  12. Nice picks! As usual, both are new to me ones. I hope you will enjoy them both once you read them!

    Here's my WoW

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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  13. These are both new to me. I don't remember seeing Between the Notes at all. That probably has more to do with my memory than anything else :) Both books sound really good and I hope you enjoy them, Sam!

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    1. Between the Notes is great so far, and I have high hopes it is a 5-star read for me

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  14. The Year After You is a new one to me and it does sound really good and emotional too. I do like the sounds of Between the Notes too.

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    1. I love those grief books, and am really enjoying Between the Notes (I started it this morning)

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  15. Both of these books sound good. The Year After Your sounds like it will b e emotional dealing with the topics of loss, grief, and hopefully healing. Between the notes sounds like a book I would enjoy, with the main character having to move on the wrong side of the tracks and hide it. Great picks Sam :)

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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    1. Grief books are my catnip. I don't know why, but I love being part of their healing process.

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  16. The Year After You sounds too pain-filled for me but I can see why you're excited for it!
    I love the sound of Between The Notes as well as the cover. The cover is super pretty. :)

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    1. I read Between the Notes yesterday, and adored it! Finally! A solid 5-star book for me

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  17. Ahhh Between The Notes! I read and loved How To Disappear as well and can't wait to read that one either :D

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    1. Between the Notes was so good. I finally have a 5-star read for January.

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  18. The Year After You sounds wonderful and tragic too nad, figuring out why she feels so guilty is a big part of my attraction to this title.

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    1. I love the wonderful and tragic books, as long as there is a hopeful ending for the MC.

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  19. Ahh The Year After You has such a lovely cover and sounds heartbreaking but... right up my alley. I actually own Between the Notes and have not yet read it so I will need to hear what you think of that one soon!

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    1. I finished Between the Notes the other day. I loved it. The characters were wonderful, and Roat's treatment of the subject matter was very thoughtful

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  20. Grief, guilt and a boarding school in Switzerland? Yep, The Year After You sounds like my kind of read. Great picks this week!

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    1. I am so interested in learning Cara's full story

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