Sunday, October 09, 2011

In My Mailbox #31

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren where you can talk about the books you bought or received this week.


The Absolute Value of -1 by Steve Brezenoff
Noah, Lily, and Simon have been a trio forever. But as they enter high school, their relationships shift and their world starts to fall apart. Privately, each is dealing with a family crisis—divorce, abuse, and a parent's illness. Yet as they try to escape the pain and reach out for the connections they once counted on, they slip—like soap in a shower. Noah’s got it bad for Lily, but he knows too well Lily sees only Simon. Simon is indifferent, suddenly inscrutable to his friends. All stand alone in their heartache and grief.

I loved Brooklyn, Burning by Steve Brezenoff, so I'm excited to read his debut!

I Know It's Over by C.K. Kelly Martin
(Amazon / Goodreads)

PURE. UNPLANNED. PERFECT. Those were Nick’s summer plans before Sasha stepped into the picture. With the collateral damage from his parents’ divorce still settling and Dani (his girl of the moment) up for nearly anything, complications are the last thing he needs. All that changes, though, when Nick runs into Sasha at the beach in July. Suddenly he’s neck-deep in a relationship and surprised to find he doesn’t mind in the least. But Nick’s world shifts again when Sasha breaks up with him. Then, weeks later, while Nick’s still reeling from the breakup, she turns up at his doorstep and tells him she’s pregnant. Nick finds himself struggling once more to understand the girl he can’t stop caring for, the girl who insists that it’s still over.

I've heard great things about C.K. Kelly Martin - I can't believe I haven't read anything by her yet!

Lessons from a Dead Girl by Jo Knowles
(Amazon / Goodreads)

Leah Greene is dead. For Laine, knowing what really happened and the awful feeling that she is, in some way, responsible set her on a journey of painful self-discovery. Yes, she wished for this. She hated Leah that much. Hated her for all the times in the closet, when Leah made her do those things. They were just practicing, Leah said. But why did Leah choose her? Was she special, or just easy to control? And why didn’t Laine make it stop sooner? In the aftermath of the tragedy, Laine is left to explore the devastating lessons Leah taught her, find some meaning in them, and decide whether she can forgive Leah and, ultimately, herself.

Jo Knowles is another author I've heard great things about, and Lessons from a Dead Girl sounds right up my alley! Plus, the cover is awesome, in a very creepy way, so I'm excited to read this one!

Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John
(Amazon / Goodreads)

The Challenge: Piper has one month to get the rock band Dumb a paying gig.
The Deal: If she does it, Piper will become the band's manager and get her share of the profits.
The Catch: How can Piper possibly manage one egomaniacal pretty boy, one talentless piece of eye candy, one crush, one silent rocker, and one angry girl? And how can she do it when she's deaf?
Piper can't hear Dumb's music, but with growing self-confidence, a budding romance, and a new understanding of the decision her family made to buy a cochlear implant for her deaf baby sister, she discovers her own inner rock star and what it truly means to be a flavor of Dumb.

I wrote this book off because of the title and the cover - it just didn't seem like my thing - but now that I've read the description, Five Flavors of Dumb sounds great - it's such an original idea!

What did you get in your mailbox this week?


  1. Oh. Lessons from a Dead Girl sounds great! I've never seen it before. Great haul!

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  2. I Know it's over is such a grest book. It is also the first book by c.k. Kelly Martin that I've read too. I got swept up in the story that I was still thinking of Nick and Sasha long after finishing.

    Enjoy your books!

  3. Another week and more amazing books! Have fun reading all of your new editions! :)

    Come visit my IMM!

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  4. Five Flavors of Dumb looks like a must.

    Happy Reading

  5. I Know It's Over and Five Flavors of Dumb look like great reads! I totally just requested both from my library. :D

    I'm a new follower, and my IMM is over here if you'd like to stop by. Enjoy your new books!


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