Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine. This feature highlights an upcoming release that I am excited about.
A Season for Fireflies by Rebecca Maizel
Release Date: June 28, 2016
Total Pages: 256
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Goodreads Book Description
A story of second chances from the author of Between Us and the Moon, which Kirkus Reviews called “what first love is meant to be.”
A year ago, Penny Berne was the star of her high school’s theater department, surrounded by a group of misfit friends and falling in love for the first time. Now her old friends won’t talk to her, her new best friend is the most popular girl in school, and her first love, Wes, ignores her. Penny is revered and hated. Then, in a flash, a near-fatal lightning strike leaves Penny with no memory of the past year—or how she went from drama nerd to queen bee.
As a record number of fireflies light up her town and her life, Penny realizes she may be able to make things right again—and that even if she can’t change the past, she can learn to see the magic where she never could before.
This captivating new novel about first love, second chances, and the power of memory is perfect for fans of Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall and Katie Cotugno’s How to Love.
Why I’m Excited
I’m always a sucker for a new release from an author that I’ve previously read. I read Between Us and the Moon, and while I had my issues with it, my issues were more around the story and not the author or her writing ability, so I’m more than willing to give A Season for Fireflies a shot. A few things in the synopsis intrigue me:
- Amnesia: I just finished a series that also involved amnesia and boom, here it is again! I enjoyed how this played in that series, it added an interesting element to how things unfolded and who the character was. I’m looking forward to seeing how it impacts this story and how Penny deals with it, learns from it, grows despite it, etc.
- Self-Discovery: It sounds like Penny is (sort of) starting from “scratch” and will get the chance to redo some of her past. This idea is an intriguing one – I’m sure we all have things we wish we could change, so I think it will be interesting to read about what changes Penny makes (although, to make this truly impactful we’ll need some glimpses into her past that she forgot and why she did some of the things that she did, which hopefully we’ll get).
- Fireflies: Okay, this is random and weird, but I just heard that fireflies are going extinct! Insert sad face here. Hopefully it isn’t true and it was just a friend messing with me, but the mention of the fireflies in this book peaked my interest because I had just heard that fact.
What is the upcoming release book that you’ve got on pre-order?