Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday [@goelman @mackidsbooks]

Waiting On Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine

My pick for this week:



THE INNOCENCE TREATMENT by Ari Goelman

You may believe the government protects you, but only one girl knows how they use you.

Lauren has a disorder that makes her believe everything her friends tell her--and she believes everyone is her friend. Her innocence puts her at constant risk, so when she gets the opportunity to have an operation to correct her condition, she seizes it. But after the surgery, Lauren is changed. Is she a paranoid lunatic with violent tendencies? Or a clear-eyed observer of the world who does what needs to be done?

Told in journal entries and therapy session transcripts, The Innocence Treatment is a collection of Lauren's papers, annotated by her sister long after the events of the novel. A compelling YA debut thriller that is part speculative fiction and part shocking tell-all of genetic engineering and government secrets, Lauren's story is ultimately an electrifying, propulsive, and spine-tingling read.


published October 17th by Roaring Brook Press

add to your Goodreads shelf // pre-order from Book Depo // or Amazon


Why?

I really love novels that are told through journals or transcripts or other writings, not quite epistolary novels (though I love those, too) but not straight first or third person narration, either. I like the insight it can give us into the characters but also the things it is able to leave out that a regular narration would not. It can make for a very compelling read.

I also like stories where what the character believes or remembers so impacts how they see and react to the world.  Whether they're the only ones seeing the truth  or they're seeing things that aren't there (literally or metaphorically). It not only poses intruging questions, but you can't be sure, usually, of what hte truth really is.

I loved Angie Smibert's Memento Nora a few years ago and, while they're very different sounding stories, it also sounds like they have some similar themes so I think I'll really enjoy reading it.




That's my pick for this week, what's yours? Tell me in the comments and/or link me to your own post!

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