Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Books I've Loved - Not Otherwise Specified.

I just finished reading this one yesterday and I'm still buzzing on how great it is.

I've loved all Hannah's books, but this one just blew me away. That voice! I dare anyone not to love Etta after a single page...

But it's not just voice. Etta has things to say. About friendship and being labeled and figuring out how to be herself when everyone around her wants her to be anything but.  And it deals with bisexuality which isn't something that gets talked about a lot in YA books.  Or in fact, any books.

I recommend this as highly as anything I've read in forever.

And if you don't trust me, here's the blurb:

Etta is tired of dealing with all of the labels and categories that seem so important to everyone else in her small Nebraska hometown.

Everywhere she turns, someone feels she’s too fringe for the fringe. Not gay enough for the Dykes, her ex-clique, thanks to a recent relationship with a boy; not tiny and white enough for ballet, her first passion; not sick enough to look anorexic (partially thanks to recovery). Etta doesn’t fit anywhere—until she meets Bianca, the straight, white, Christian, and seriously sick girl in Etta’s therapy group. Both girls are auditioning for Brentwood, a prestigious New York theater academy that is so not Nebraska. Bianca might be Etta’s salvation…but can Etta be saved by a girl who needs saving herself?