Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine. This feature highlights an upcoming release that I am excited about.
Ripple by Heather Smith Meloche
Release Date: September 20, 2016
Total Pages: 320
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Goodreads Book Description
When their too-adult lives lead them down self-destructive paths, these broken teens find a way to heal in this YA novel perfect for fans of Ellen Hopkins.
With her impossible-to-please grandmother on her back about college and her disapproving step-dad watching her every move, Tessa would do anything to escape the pressure-cooker she calls home. So she finds a shot of much-needed power and confidence by hooking up with boys, even though it means cheating on her boyfriend. But when she’s finally caught red-handed, she’ll do anything she can to cover up what she’s done.
Jack is a prankster who bucks the system every chance he gets—each transgression getting riskier and riskier. He loves the thrill, and each adventure allows a little release because his smug smile and suave demeanor in the face of authority doesn’t make life at home with his mom any less tough. He tries to take care of her, but the truth is he’s powerless in the face of her fragile mental health. So he copes in his own way, by defacing public property and pulling elaborate pranks, though he knows in the end this’ll only screw up his life even more.
As they both try not to let their self-destructive patterns get the best of them, Tessa and Jack gravitate toward one another, discovering the best parts of themselves in the process. An honest portrayal of the urges that drive us and finding the strength to overcome them.
Why I’m Excited
Okay, similar to others out there in the bookworm universe, I’m not the biggest fan of cheating in books. It’s difficult to read, it makes me hate characters, and I generally just disagree with it. However, I try to be as open minded about it as I can, and don’t let that dictate and become the sole reason why I refuse to pick up a book. Whew, okay now that we have that out of the way… everything else about this book sounds great! We all have urges, or things that we do to cope, and maybe not all of them are particularly healthy, so I think that the deep down lessons and themes of this book will be very relatable. I’m always a sucker for a “bad boy”, so Jack sounds lovely, though I am hoping for a cool collision that bring him and Tessa together. I’ll be disappointed if it’s something boring.