Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Waiting On Wednesday: The Contemps Addition

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Have you heard aboutThe Contemps yet? If not, here's some info about them straight from their website:
We're the Contemps, a group of YA authors with contemporary novels releasing over the course of a year. We are passionate about realistic fiction because these are the books that remind us we're not alone in this real world. Our mission is simple - to spotlight contemporary fiction for young adults through blog posts, author events, and (over)sharing from our teen years.
Very Cool, huh?

Anyhow, I thought since they just launched their website I would spotlight a few of their releases I'm really looking forward to, and since I'm excited about all of them I decided I would only spotlight the newest ones I've heard about lately.

For example, Sean Griswold's Head by Lindsey Leavitt? It sounds funny and oh so amazing! I simply can't wait!

Payton Gritas needs a focus object—something to focus her emotions on after discovering that her father’s been hiding his multiple sclerosis. Her guidance counselor suggested something inanimate but Payton chooses the thing she stares at during class: Sean Griswold’s head. They’ve been linked since third grade (Griswold-Gritas, it’s an alphabetical order thing), but she’s never really noticed him before. Payton starts stalking—er, focusing on—Sean’s big blond head, and her research quickly grows into something a little less scientific and a lot more crush-like. As Payton gets inside Sean’s head, Sean finds a way into her guarded heart. But obsessing over Sean won’t fix Payton’s fear of her dad’s illness. For that, she’ll have to focus on herself.

Back When You Were Easier to Love. Amazing cover, much? It sounds great as well, and the cover? LOVE IT! :)

WHO ZAN IS: Blow-your-mind brilliant. Stop-your-heart gorgeous. Hold-your-breath clever. WHO ZAN WAS: Joy’s boyfriend. WHY JOY NEEDS HIM BACK: So she can breathe again. WHAT THAT MEANS: An elaborate road trip involving a SAAB 900, Sprite, and Barry Manilow. Oh, and Noah, Zan’s irritating-but-almost-charming ex-best friend. Original and insightful, quirky and crushing, Joy’s story is told in surprising and artfully shifting flashbacks between her life then and her life now. Exquisite craft and wry, relatable humor signal the arrival of Emily Wing Smith as a breakout talent.
Next is Want to Go Private by Sarah Darer Littman. It dosen't have a cover, but it sounded too spectacular to skip, and since I loved Sarah's previous book Life, After, I just know I'm going to love this one as well.
When Abby meets Luke online, she can’t believe her luck. He’s nice. He’s funny. He listens to her and he thinks she’s pretty. He even gets jealous of other guys, which is adorable. Without Luke, Abby’s not sure how she’d make it through her first year of high school. Everyone, including her mom and her best friend, Faith, tells Abby that if she just made more of an effort, she’d be having fun instead of dreading each and every day as if it’s a prison sentence. But there’s nothing fun about being the lowest link in the social food chain. Abby knows she’s not supposed to chat with random guys online. But Luke isn’t random, and he isn’t a stranger. Best of all, he really loves her. So what if she never goes out with her friends anymore and her grades are slipping? All she needs is Luke. Luke is her secret, and she’s his — it’s perfect that way. So when Luke suggests that they meet each other in person, Abby agrees. And then she’s gone. Missing. Without a trace. And everyone is left to put together the pieces. If they don’t, they’ll never see Abby again.

Last but not least is Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler. Okay, I admit it, I've heard about this one a long, long time ago, but the cover is too good not to buzz about, and the premise makes it sound great!

"We all long for what could have been."
Things in Delilah Hannaford's life have a tendency to fall apart. She used to be a good student, but she can't seem to keep it together anymore. Her "boyfriend" isn't much of a boyfriend. And her mother refuses to discuss the fight that divided their family eight years ago. Falling apart, it seems, is a Hannaford tradition. Over a summer of new friendships, unexpected romance, and moments that test the complex bonds between mothers and daughters, Delilah must face her family's painful past. Can even her most shattered relationships be pieced together again?

I could go on for a least ten more books but I'll stop myself for now, and tell you to head on over here to check out the Contemps' website to find out more about them and their books. And be sure to take a look at the Contemp Challange!

*All covers and summaries taken from*


  1. I love all the Contemps stuff!! I really need to check out their site! I can't wait for Sean Griswold's!! Great picks!!

  2. Sean Griswold's Head looks like a great read! My Wows are here

  3. Each and every one of those books you mentioned sounds amazing! They seem like really fun reads. And their covers are so perfect! Lovely picks.

  4. Omg we are twinsies with the WoWs today! Win.

    All of these sound AWESOME. Fixing Delilah is totally amazing. You'll love it. :D

  5. I love contemporary novels, so I love this idea even more. I've already read some of the authors' works before and look forward to their upcoming releases. Oh, and I definitely want to do the challenge. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I love contemporary books too. Those you put up in this post sound ultimately amazing, especially Fixing Deliah.


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