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Friday, November 4, 2011

TGIF over at GReads!

The awesomeness that is Ginger (or G, as I like to call her) over at GReads! has created a great meme that is tons of fun. Each Friday, she poses a question for anyone to answer. Go check her out and join in!

This Friday's Question:

Gateway Books:

Which particular books
opened you up
to a new genre?

Well G, you know my answer to this one all too well...since you're the face behind the book that brought me over to the contemp side! And since November is Just Contemporary month (see the cute little button down on the right?), it's a perfect time to showcase the two books that opened my eyes to the world of Contemporary YA!

Going Too Far
by Jennifer Echols

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All Meg has ever wanted is to get away. Away from high school. Away from her backwater town. Away from her parents who seem determined to keep her imprisoned in their dead-end lives. But one crazy evening involving a dare and forbidden railroad tracks, she goes way too far...and almost doesn't make it back.

John made a choice to stay. To enforce the rules. To serve and protect. He has nothing but contempt for what he sees as childish rebellion, and he wants to teach Meg a lesson she won't soon forget. But Meg pushes him to the limit by questioning everything he learned at the police academy. And when he pushes back, demanding to know why she won't be tied down, they will drive each other to the edge -- and over....

Forget You
by Jennifer Echols

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There’s a lot Zoey would like to forget. Like how her father has knocked up his twenty-four- year old girlfriend. Like Zoey’s fear that the whole town will find out about her mom’s nervous breakdown. Like darkly handsome bad boy Doug taunting her at school. Feeling like her life is about to become a complete mess, Zoey fights back the only way she knows how, using her famous attention to detail to make sure she’s the perfect daughter, the perfect student, and the perfect girlfriend to ultra-popular football player Brandon.

But then Zoey is in a car crash, and the next day there’s one thing she can’t remember at all—the entire night before. Did she go parking with Brandon, like she planned? And if so, why does it seem like Brandon is avoiding her? And why is Doug—of all people— suddenly acting as if something significant happened between the two of them?

Zoey dimly remembers Doug pulling her from the wreck, but he keeps referring to what happened that night as if it was more, and it terrifies Zoey to admit how much is a blank to her.

Controlled, meticulous Zoey is quickly losing her grip on the all-important details of her life—a life that seems strangely empty of Brandon, and strangely full of Doug.

Ginger forced me to read these two books, and I couldn't be happier that she did. I mean, I always knew about the contemporary genre, and I had even read a couple of contemps here and there. But these two books really opened me up to the great books out there that I was missing out on...so a huge thanks to my pal G, and to Jennifer for some great writing!


  1. You are welcome ;-) Jennifer Echols is the reason I fell in love with YA contemps, too. I mean how can you not after reading that?! LOVE.

  2. I'm so glad you mentioned Jennifer Echols. I just recently read her books and I think she's amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I haven't read her books yet, but I've been planning too. Happy Friday! :)

  4. JEchols ROCKS! I can't wait to read Endless Summer. Hope to this week.

  5. really? I'm surprised. Even though my first series is contemporary, I don't usually consider myself a fan.