Recently, I've stumbled upon two books- one adult and one YA- that sounded so great, I couldn't help but feature both of them this week!
Audition by Stasia Ward Kehoe
When high school junior Sara wins a coveted scholarship to study ballet, she must sacrifice everything for her new life as a professional dancer-in-training. Living in a strange city with a host family, she's deeply lonely-until she falls into the arms of Remington, a choreographer in his early twenties. At first, she loves being Rem's muse, but as she discovers a surprising passion for writing, she begins to question whether she's chosen the right path. Is Rem using her, or is it the other way around? And is dancing still her dream, or does she need something more? This debut novel in verse is as intense and romantic as it is eloquent.Ooh, this one sounds so good, and I love, love, love the cover! The words in backgroud are just perfect! Best of all, not only does Stasia have her own fun blog, but she is also hosting a "Year of Audtions."
Audition will be released October 13, 2011!
The Art of Forgetting by Camille Noe Pagan
A moving and insightful debut novel of great friendship interrupted. Can the relationship survive when the memories are gone?Dosen't this one sound great as well? The premise sounds great- I feel like there will be lots of secrets and drama from the sound of it- and the cover is also awesome! One of my favorite authors, Sarah Pekkanen has a great blurb for it as well:
Marissa Rogers never wanted to be an alpha; beta suited her just fine. Taking charge without taking credit had always paid off: vaulting her to senior editor at a glossy magazine; keeping the peace with her critical, weight-obsessed mother; and enjoying the benefits of being best friends with gorgeous, charismatic, absolutely alpha Julia Ferrar.
And then Julia gets hit by a cab. She survives with minor obvious injuries, but brain damage steals her memory and alters her personality, possibly forever. Suddenly, Marissa is thrown into the role of alpha friend. As Julia struggles to regain her memory- dredging up issues Marissa would rather forget, including the fact that Julia asked her to abandon the love of her life ten years ago- Marissa's own equilibrium is shaken.
With the help of a dozen girls, she reluctantly agrees to coach in an after-school running program. There, Marissa uncovers her inner confidence and finds the courage to reexamine her past and take control of her future.
The Art of Forgetting is a story about the power of friendship, the memories and myths that hold us back, and the delicate balance between forgiving and forgetting.
“The Art of Forgetting is a lively, thoughtful examination of a woman's tangled relationship with her closest friend. After a traumatic accident re-shapes her oldest friend's personality as well as her memory of pivotal moments in their shared history, Marissa Rogers is forced to take a second look at her own life choices. This book captivated me from the first page, and I couldn't bear to put it down until I finished."
—Sarah Pekkanen, bestselling author of The Opposite of Me and Skipping a BeatThe Art of Forgetting will be released June 9, 2011! You can read an excerpt here.