Waiting on Wednesday: Small Damages

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Summary from Amazon:

Juno meets Under the Tuscan Sun.

It’s senior year, and while Kenzie should be looking forward to prom and starting college in the fall, she discovers she’s pregnant. Her determination to keep her baby is something her boyfriend and mother do not understand. So she is sent to Spain, where she will live out her pregnancy, and her baby will be adopted by a Spanish couple. No one will ever know.

Alone and resentful in a foreign country, Kenzie is at first sullen and difficult. But as she gets to know Estela, the stubborn old cook, and Esteban, the mysterious young man who cares for the horses, she begins to open her eyes, and her heart, to the beauty that is all around her, and inside her. Kenzie realizes she has some serious choices to make–choices about life, love, and home.

Lyrically told in a way that makes the heat, the colors, and the smells of Spain feel alive, Small Damages is a feast for the heart and the soul, and a coming-of-age novel not easily forgotten.

Details:

Small Damages by Beth Kephart will be released by Philomel on July 19, 2012.

Juno meets Under the Tuscan Sun? SOLD! I love books that allow me to travel vicariously, and I’m looking forward to enjoying Spain through the eyes of Kenzie–a narrator who may actually have good reason for resenting being sent to a foreign location. (Does anybody else get really frustrated by teen narrators who whine about having to go to London or Paris or wherever else with their parents? Take me instead!)

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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