Waiting on Wednesday (173)

Aug 24, 2016

is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine that 
showcases upcoming releases people are very much anticipating.

I saw this book on A Reader of Fictions's Cover Snark (the reason why I look forward to Thursdays) and was immediately intrigued by the cover and, even more so, the title. It felt like a book that was right up my alley. I sincerely hoped the synopsis would be just as enticing, and, my gosh, IT WAS. The only problem? It doesn't publish for eight months.

TitleGrendel's Guide to Love and War
Authors: A.E. Kaplan
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publishing Date: April 18, 2017
Pages: 320
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The Perks of Being a Wallflower meets Revenge of the Nerds in this tale of a teen misfit who seeks to take down the bro next door, but ends up falling for his enemy’s sister and uncovering difficult truths about his family in the process.

Tom Grendel lives a quiet life—writing in his notebooks, mowing lawns for his elderly neighbors, and pining for Willow, a girl next door who rejects the “manic-pixie-dream” label. But when Willow’s brother, Rex (the bro-iest bro ever to don a jockstrap), starts throwing wild parties, the idyllic senior citizens’ community where they live is transformed into a war zone. Tom is rightfully pissed—his dad is an Iraq vet, and the noise from the parties triggers his PTSD—so he comes up with a plan to end the parties for good. But of course, it’s not that simple.

One retaliation leads to another, and things quickly escalate out of control, driving Tom and Willow apart, even as the parties continue unabated. Add to that an angsty existential crisis born of selectively reading his sister’s Philosophy 101 coursework, a botched break-in at an artisanal pig farm, and ten years of unresolved baggage stemming from his mother’s death…and the question isn’t so much whether Tom Grendel will win the day and get the girl, but whether he’ll survive intact.
 

Does your pick this week sound like it's right up your alley?

2 comments:

  1. It is too bad that it's so far away. Great blurb, though. I've added this one to my to be read list. Revenge of the Nerds? Heck yes! Nice pick.

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  2. Whoops this one looks promising <3

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