Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday

Putting Makeup on Dead People by Jen Violi

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


It's been four years since Donna Parisi's father passed away, but it might as well have been four days. Donna makes conversation and goes through the motion, but she hasn't really gotten on with life. She's not close with anyone, she doesn't have a boyfriend and she's going to college at the local university with a major that her mother picked. But one day Donna has an epiphany. She wants to work with dead people. She wants to help people say goodbye and she wants to learn to love a whole person--body and soul. She wants to live her life and be loving, at grieving and at embalming and cremating,too. Even as she makes the decision, things start to change. Donna makes friends with the charismatic new student, Liz. She notices the boy, Charlie, at her table and realizes that maybe he's been noticing her, too. And she begins to forgive the rest of her family for living their lives while she's been busy moping.

Jennifer Violi's gentle, moving story of a girl who finds a life in the midst of death will appeal to any reader who's felt stuck and found inspiration in an unexpected place.

Well.... if you can't say anything else, at least you can say it's unique!
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  1. Great pick!! I really want to read this one as well. :) It sounds like it will be really interesting!

  2. I have seen this one floating around and I think it looks great. Good pick!

  3. This is one of the books I am most looking forward to this year it sounds so good.

  4. Huh, that does sound really interesting. (It also looks like it won't be as depressing as it could be.)

  5. I just got approved to read this on NetGalley! So excited... awesome pick!!

  6. This book sounds so interesting!

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  7. I hope that when you get it, it will be everything you hope it to be. Wanna see what I am Waiting on Wednesday for? Check it out.

  8. Ohmigosh this book is just makes me so... curious. The title obviously isn't a very little subject, but the cover is all flowery and pink!

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  9. This was one of my WoW picks a while ago - I agree, it does sound really unique! I think it'll definitely stand out amongst the typical contemp YA fare. Love that she's going to college, we don't have enough YA books featuring college students.

  10. I saw it on Netgalley. It looks good. I'll have ot check it out when it comes out.


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