Thursday, January 29, 2009

A Great Book YA Read & a Fun Book Signing!

I always like to pass along a heads up when good books come out—especially if they're YA. It is so hard to find good Young Adult (ages 14+) fiction because so much of what's out there today either pushes the moral limits, or it's too preachy and sappy. So when I find a good one, I announce it to the world.

Life in the Pit by Kristen Landon is a good one!

Kristen is in my writers group, so I read the book a few years ago—and loved it! I wanted to publish it but my company was too small to do the book justice. Fortunately, it was snapped up by Bloomingtree Press and it was released just before Christmas.

Here's the backliner:

Brittany sees her life reflected in her high school’s musical production. Her best friend, Amanda, shines on stage as the star of the play, while Brittany is an invisible member of the pit orchestra.

Amanda has a new boyfriend every week, while Brittany doesn’t date much at all. Brittany believes the only time guys talk to her is when they are using her to get closer to Amanda. When the male star of the play starts to pay attention to Brittany, she has difficulty accepting that he is sincere.

Meanwhile, an anonymous note-writer threatens to destroy the play, Amanda and Brittany. Brittany is determined to save the production, her friend and her love life.

What I like about this book is that there's a mystery to solve—it's not just a story about a love-struck teenager. The story line is great and you'll be hard-pressed to figure out who's behind the threatening notes. The characterizations are wonderful. The teenagers sound and act like teenagers, but "good" teenagers—no swearing, no inappropriate intimacy. Parents won't mind their tweens and teens using the main character as a role model—she is no goody two-shoes, but she's also not depressed, suicidal or self-destructive. This is a fun story that will be enjoyed by girls, ages 12 to 16, and us more mature girls who like to read YA.

For this genre, it gets a 5 out of 5 from me. Loved it.

So have I convinced you that you want a copy of this book yet? Yes? Well, more good news if you live in the Utah County area. We have it at my store!

And (this just keeps getting better and better), we're hosting a book signing THIS SATURDAY! Come. Bring your teenage daughter. We'll have door prizes for two lucky visitors, a Humdinger Club Discount card for everyone who comes, and lots and lots of fun.

Meet Kristen Landon
Saturday, January 31, 2009
2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Provident Book (map)

Be there or be square.

If you don't live in the area, you can order the book from our website.


ali said...

Cool! Thanks for the recommendation Karlene!

Nichole Giles said...

Sounds like a winner to me. And I love signings. I may have to come to this one.

Thanks for the great review.


Anonymous said...

I need to move to Utah.

Julie Wright said...

And the author is adorable in every way. I had the chance to spend an evening with her and just can't say enough how much I enjoyed chatting with her

Cindy Beck said...

The book sounds good. Thanks for the review!