The Compulsive Reader: May Book(s) of the Month!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

May Book(s) of the Month!

Well, this month, we're going to mix it up just slightly. Instead of having just one book to feature, we're having two! They're both written by the wonderfully smart and talented Susane Colasanti.

When It Happens

As a senior in high school, good girl Sara hasn't ever experienced true love. Her aim is to find it before she graduates. She thinks she has it in Dave, and they even start dating. But then Tobey comes along. Tobey is everything Sara isn't: a slacker, who has a solid C in each and every class. But Tobey is convinced Sara is The One, and so he tries to win her over. But Sara may not be so easily convinced.

When It Happens is magnetic. It's not often that an author comes along who can write from both the points of view of a guy and girl in such a way that is believable and authentic to readers, but Susane Colasanti pulls it off with ease. When It Happens is confident, and peppered with the things that make up teenage life in America today: the dropped swear words, the thoughts about sex, and that quick and sharp humor, but is not overdone. The alternating points of view give this story just the right amount of suspense and variety, and the characters' unfailing raw honesty make this a novel to remember as two teens strive to discover their soul mates, and chronicles that exhilarating, amazing feeling when it happens.

Take Me There

If you just can't seem to really get into reading, or know someone else who is a reluctant reader, be sure to watch out for Take Me There!

Rhiannon has just been dumped without a reason. She's miserable beyond belief. Nicole has just dumped her boyfriend with a reason. She's confused beyond belief. And James...James would do nearly anything to get Rhiannon to stop mooning over her ex and finally notice him as more than her buddy. Over the course of a week, many things will happen to these three friends. There will be confessed secrets, messages on sidewalks, delivered flowers, a ton of photocopied notes, one awesome speech, and lots and lots of karma. But in the end, will they discover what they truly want?

This realistically honest book told in three different points of view will blow you away. Colasanti has such a real talent for capturing the personality of teenagers, it's like she is one herself. Her plot is unique and her delivery attention grabbing. Insightful, humorous, moving and never dull, Colasanti's characters will feel like they're your best friends by the time you have finished this delightful novel.

We're also going to be giving away a copy of each book to one lucky winner! Email your name, address, and email to thecompulsivereader@gmail.com for your chance to win! You have until midnight on May 28th to get your entries in! Winners will be announced on May 29th!


Em said...

Ohh, I've been wanting to read these! Count me in (I'll be sending you an email soon) :-)

Tasha said...

I loved Take Me There!! Great book. I just got a copy the other day of When It Happens and can't wait to read that one.

Unknown said...

These books seem great, must reads! Love the contest! Sent you an e-mail!

Anonymous said...

i read when it happens and i thought it was great!

Anonymous said...

I just love "When it Happens." Everything in that book was related tp my life somehow (Sara is me! We even spell our names the same xD).

I just finished "Take Me There". It was so totally fabulous! Funny how my favorite character was Danny, who didn't even get a POV :p