Wednesday, August 19, 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:

Sonia Hartl
Age/Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: Page Street Kids
Release Date: September 1, 2020
#PlaneBae meets Gilmore Girls in this hilarious and heartfelt story about the addictiveness of Internet fame and the harsh realities of going viral.

Macy Evans dreams of earning enough income from her YouTube channel, R3ntal Wor1d, to leave her small, Midwestern town. But when she meets a boy named Eric at a baseball game, and accidently dumps her hotdog in his lap, her disastrous “meet-cute” becomes the topic of a viral thread. Now it’s not loyal subscribers flocking to her channel, it’s Internet trolls. And they aren’t interested in her reviews of VHS tapes—they only care about her relationship with Eric.

Eric is overly eager to stretch out his fifteen minutes of fame, but Macy fears this unwanted attention could sabotage her “real-life” relationships—namely with the shy boy-next-door, Paxton, who she’s actually developing feelings for. Macy knows she should shut the lie down, though she can’t ignore the advertising money, or the spark she gets in her chest whenever someone clicks on her videos. Eric shouldn’t be the only one allowed to reap the viral benefits. But is faking a relationship for clicks and subscribers worth hurting actual people?
Why I want to read this book

Hartl's previous release, Have a Little Faith in Me, was a full-on filled-me-with-glee took-me-by-surprise hit.  Seriously, this book knocked me over. How could I not want to read her follow-up? I have high hopes for it based on my previous history with Hartl, but I can also imagine her doing some really wonderful things with this premise. And, well, I see Gilmore Girls name dropped and I am all in. A blogger, who I trust and adore, has also declared her love for this book, and that makes me believe me and this book will be a great match. 

It's a Mall World After All

Janette Rallison
Age/Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: Walker Children's
Release Date: October 3, 2006
It's too bad they don't give out diplomas for what you learn at the mall, because I could graduate with honors in that subject. No really. Since I've worked there, I've become an expert on all things shopping-related. For example, I can tell you right off who to distrust at the mall:

1) Skinny people who work at Cinnabon. I mean, if they're not eating the stuff they sell, how good can it be?

2) The salesladies at department store makeup counters. No matter what they tell you, buying all that lip gloss will not make you look like the pouty models in the store posters.

3) And most importantly—my best friend's boyfriend, Bryant, who showed up at the food court with a mysterious blonde draped on his arm.

Yeah, I saw it, and yeah, I told my best friend all about it.

You would think this would mean trouble for Bryant, but you would basically be wrong. Somehow, the evil boyfriend turned everything around, and now I'm the one who has to prove myself! But I will. Even if Bryant—and more importantly his best friend, Colton—keep trying to stop me.
Why I want to read this book

This was another one of Kiersten's "daily deal" purchases. She bought it back in 2013, and she actually read it and reviewed it.  There's the obvious appeal. I live in Jersey, where malls are an institution, and I am always up for a trip to the mall. The title also has me singing THAT song ( you know which one), and my daughter and I both have a special place in our hearts for that ride. Aside from things the book alludes to, Kiersten called it a fun read which was low drama. That is pretty much something I am always in the mood for. I think me and this book will get on just fine. 

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

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