So, the last two book recommendations I did, WINTERGIRLS by Laurie Halse Anderson and IF I STAY by Gayle Forman BOTH made the NYT bestseller list. Coincidence? Maybe not! Maybe I have the touch! :)
By the way, I buy and read a lot of books by friends in the blogging community, but I don't necessarily do a Book Recommendation. I'm using this feature for those special times I get an ARC and can do a nice little review before the book is out, to help with the buzz and all that. But anyway, I digress. This is not supposed to be about me, it's supposed to be about Jennifer E. Smith's latest book, YOU ARE HERE. Isn't the cover beautiful?
I loved Jennifer's first book, THE COMEBACK SEASON. LOVED it! So of course I said yes when I was asked if I might read an ARC of YOU ARE HERE and provide a little quote for the book if I was so inclined.
Jennifer writes the way I wish I could write. Beautiful prose with little treasures on every page. And her characters are richly developed and unique. In YOU ARE HERE, we meet Emma who has never felt like she fit in with the rest of her family. When Emma discovers a birth certificate and a death certificate for a twin brother she never knew, she feels like maybe there's a reason she hasn't felt completely whole, and feels the need to go searching for her other half. Her next door neighbor, Peter, has been wishing for a way to escape the small town they live in and ends up coming along, making for an interesting, and endearing, road trip.
The cover of the book will say, "YOU ARE HERE doesn't just take you on a memorable road trip, it takes you on a journey of the heart." ~ Lisa Schroeder, author of I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME
YOU ARE HERE is released May 19, 2009, but you can pre-order it from Powell's Books if you'd like.