RTW: Best Book in January

It’s time for Road Trip Wednesday!

From YA Highway:  Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.

This Week’s Topic is: What’s the best book you read in January?

Well… I didn’t read much this much.  I ended up falling into a book rut that I am determined to pull myself out of and make up for this month.  But, I can definitely say that my favorite book of the month was Falling for You by Lisa Schroeder.

The novel is about Rae, a teenager who doesn’t have the best home life but is able to find happiness at the flower shop that she works at and in conversations with Leo, the boy who works at the coffeeshop next door.  But when Rae begins to date Nathan, the new guy at school, her relationship may threaten all of that.

Lisa Schroeder generally writes verse novels, but she deviated from the norm with this novel.  There was poetry included throughout the novel, however, and I loved how she pulled poetry into the book.

This book is hard to describe because it’s so much more than just a love story, but it’s hard to discuss it all without giving too many details.  At the start of the book, the reader gets a glimpse of what’s to come, and then the novel goes back in time.  The author interspersed these “glimpses” throughout the novel.  This format created a tension in the novel and made it nearly impossible for me to put this book down.  I wanted to know all of the details!  On Goodreads the author stated that this is a book about darkness and light.  There was a lot of darkness, but there was also a lot of light, and at the end that’s what I took away from this novel so it was a satisfying read.

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    Sam M
    February 10, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Hey Crystal! Loved your answers to my Bloggers of the Month questions! Just letting you know you've been picked! What photo would you like me to display? And are there any social media links? 🙂

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    Optimistic Existentialist
    February 10, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Sounds like an intriguing book!!

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    February 28, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    I started reading the preview on Amazon… and I got sucked right in. I'll have to check this one out. Even though I don't read a lot of contemporary, Rae is a great character.

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