Saturday, September 12, 2009

In My Mailbox (6)

IMM is a weekly meme that explores the contents of one's mailbox. IMM was started by Kristi at The Story Siren.

From the Library:
Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
(HC/September 2005/Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Is it possible to grow up while getting younger?

Welcome to Elsewhere. It is warm, with a breeze, and the beaches are marvelous. It’s quiet and peaceful. You can’t get sick or any older. Curious to see new paintings by Picasso? Swing by one of Elsewhere’s museums. Need to talk to someone about your problems? Stop by Marilyn Monroe’s psychiatric practice.

Elsewhere is where fifteen-year-old Liz Hall ends up, after she has died. It is a place so like Earth, yet completely different. Here Liz will age backward from the day of her death until she becomes a baby again and returns to Earth. But Liz wants to turn sixteen, not fourteen again. She wants to get her driver’s license. She wants to graduate from high school and go to college. And now that she’s dead, Liz is being forced to live a life she doesn’t want with a grandmother she has only just met. And it is not going well. How can Liz let go of the only life she has ever known and embrace a new one? Is it possible that a life lived in reverse is no different from a life lived forward? This moving, often funny book about grief, death, and loss will stay with the reader long after the last page is turned.

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
(PB/August 2008/Speak)

19 Katherines and counting...

When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton's type is girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact.

On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun — but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl.

Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins
(PB/December 2007/Harper Trophy)

She wished something would happen.

Something good. To her. Checking her wish for loopholes, she found one. Hoping it wasn't too late, she thought the word soon.

Meanwhile, in another part of town, he felt as if the world was opening. Life was rearranging itself; bulging in places, fraying in spots. He felt himself changing, too, but into what?

So much can happen in a summer.

Books I won:

Going Bovine by Libbra Bray
(ARC/Releases September 22, 2009 in HB/Delacorte Press)

All 16-year-old Cameron wants is to get through high school—and life in general—with a minimum of effort. It’s not a lot to ask. But that’s before he’s given some bad news: he’s sick and he’s going to die. Which totally sucks. Hope arrives in the winged form of Dulcie, a loopy punk angel/possible hallucination with a bad sugar habit. She tells Cam there is a cure—if he’s willing to go in search of it. With the help of a death-obsessed, video-gaming dwarf and a yard gnome, Cam sets off on the mother of all road trips through a twisted America into the heart of what matters most.

I won this from RandomBuzzers! They hold a contest every Friday and you have a chance to win a book if you enter. I've actually won two Fridays in a row. :)


  1. Wow, great books. I really want to read Going Bovine! Criss Cross was really cute(:

  2. Elsewhere and An Abundance of Katherines are really good. I'm really looking forward to Going Bovine as well. Enjoy your books!

  3. Great week! I really want to read Elsewhere 0 I've heard it's pretty amazing!

  4. Awesome books this week! Criss Cross sounds super exciting!

  5. I didn't love Elsewhere. I'm looking forward to reading what you think about it.

    Criss Cross sounds interesting. :)

  6. Oooh, Elsewhere was so good, very interesting. Happy reading!

  7. I love dystopias. Elsewhere sounds fascinating. I'm adding it to my TBR pile.

  8. You had some great books. I have yet to read Elsewhere and really need to get it. Anything John Green is Spectacular and Going Bovine is next on my TBR list

  9. Thanks everyone. I'm glad to see that most of you enjoyed the books I've received.


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