Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Wishlist: Take Two

Wishlist description: A post about books that have already been published that I unfortunately can't get my grubby hands on either because the bookstores in my country don't carry them or due to insufficient funds. *sniff* 

'Take two' because the 300+ books in my mountainous TBR pile is clearly not enough that I'm doing another wishlist. As the saying goes, my fellow reading friends, 'you could never have too many books'.  

Seventeen-year-old Luke lives and works at the Moonflower Motel in Moab, having fled New York City where his father Frank drowns his sorrows after the death of Luke’s mother. Back in New York, eighteen-year-old Ava meets Frank at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. When these lost souls converge in Moab, what happens transforms them all.  

A story of love and grief, addiction and redemption, set in both NYC’s Upper West Side and in the red rock desert of Moab, Utah.

What attracts me to this novel is its cover. I love the boy sitting on the edge with the girl standing behind him with that breathtaking view surrounding them. They are in a relax pose, leaning back while looking overhead and it makes me wonder what's their story; how did they end up there.

The summary reads like a potential good read and this book gives me a similar vibe like Amy & Roger's Epic Detour (which I LOVE!) so naturally, it is in my wishlist. Interesting fact: the author of this book is the granddaughter of Madeleine L’Engle (A Wrinkle in Time, anyone?)

Hilda and best friend Benji are obsessed with celebrity deaths. One celebrity death leads them to an apartment room of Hank, an odd old bat. Hilda becomes attached to Hank in his sad, solitary room and a level of understanding when he presents her a tile from Jayne Mansfield’s pool. One day as she stops by his apartment to share in their enjoyment of old American classic films she finds not Hank in her room, but Jake—Hank’s downstairs neighbor. Jake is a 19-year-old high school dropout, Hollywood screenwriter, whose ambition led him where he is today. Jake it seems has been taking care of Hank, but Hilda is the only who will get all of Hank’s secret: One haunting enough to try to commit suicide.

Characters that are obsessed with death? They sound quirky and a little off to me which I think, will make a perfectly fascinating read! And with epic lines like the one below, it's a no brainer this book is in my wishlist. Its presence, justified.

"what the hell do ya think I'm gonna do? My cock's been useless for years. I'm lucky to get any piss out of it, let alone make it stand to attention long enough to get my rocks off" 

Vera's spent her whole life secretly in love with her best friend, Charlie Kahn. And over the years she's kept a lot of his secrets. Even after he betrayed her. Even after he ruined everything.

So when Charlie dies in dark circumstances, Vera knows a lot more than anyone—the kids at school, his family, even the police. But will she emerge to clear his name? Does she even want to?
Okay, this book? It's going to be a great read. I just have this gut feeling it's going to put me in an emotional spinner of heartbreaks and tears then spit me back out when the glimmer of hope starts to rise from the horizon. It probably doesn't make any sense but I just know.  

Kara hasn't been back to Oak Park since the end of junior year, when a heroin overdose nearly killed her and sirens heralded her exit. Four years later, she returns to face the music. Her life changed forever back in high school: her family disintegrated, she ran around with a whole new crowd of friends, she partied a little too hard, and she fell in love with gorgeous bad-boy Adrian, who left her to die that day in Scoville Park....

Amid the music, the booze, the drugs, and the drama, her friends filled a notebook with heartbreakingly honest confessions of the moments that defined and shattered their young lives. Now, finally, Kara is ready to write her own.

Good stuff has been said for this book and so, I am ready to devour this book. Sadly, I couldn't find it anywhere in my country. 

The sad thing about a wishlist is, I don't know when I'll be able to read these awesome books :( That being said, I'm currently in a mood for some dark, sombre, tears-falling kind of books.
Make my day and donate me a book will you? V(^.^)V


Elle said...

Damn, all of these books sound awesome! I think I would really love the last two. Shame I have insufficient funds, too... and way too many books already to read. :/

PS, Great post!

T.V and Book Addict said...

Whoa! We have really really similar taste in books. Thanks (or no thanks?) for making me add new seemingly awesome books to my ever growing tbr list. :) Seriously, these sound great. I already had that A.S King book in my tbr list, but gosh I desperately want to read it already! It sounds amazing. Edges sound extremely fascinating and so does John Belushi is dead. Okay, headed to goodreads now...

Soon Hana said...

Awesome, I'm so happy you guys find them interesting too! Thank you so much for commenting ^^

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