Saturday, 25 June 2011 | By: Nicole @ Nicole About TOwn

On My Wishlist #2

On my Wishlist is a weekly meme hosted by Book Chick City that runs every Saturday.  Its a fun meme where you get to list some of the books that you really, really want, but haven’t had the chance to buy yet.  They can be new, upcoming, or previously released books.  Personally, I am going for either previously released books that I want, but don’t have yet.  So let’s see what’s on my wishlist this week.

Title: Speak
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Publisher: Puffin

When Melinda Sordino's friends discover she called the police to quiet a party, they ostracize her, turning her into an outcast -- even among kids she barely knows. But even worse than the harsh conformity of high-school cliques is a secret that you have to hide.

So this one is a classic apparently.  Why don't I already own it?  I have no idea, but I plan to rectify that immediately.

Title: Heartbreak River
Author: Tricia Mills
Publisher: Razorbill

Hailey Abbott’s Summer Boys takes a weepy turn in this story of one girl’s attempt to tell her childhood friend how she really feels about him.

Alex thought she’d be spending the summer focused on her family’s rafting business, burying the memories of her father’s death last year, and leaving behind all the messes she made in its wake.

But when Sean returns to town, she is forced to reckon with her mixed-up crushy feelings for him—more powerful than ever before. It takes another tragedy to make Alex realize Sean has loved her, and forgiven her, all along.

Yeah, I'm kind of obsessed with that cover.

Title: Exposure
Author: Therese Fowler
Publisher: Ballantine Books

In Exposure, Therese Fowler has written her most gripping novel to date—a ripped-from-the-headlines story of ardent young love and a nightmarish legal maelstrom that threatens to destroy two families.

Amelia Wilkes’s strict father does not allow her to date, but that doesn’t stop the talented, winsome high school senior from carrying on a secret romance with her classmate Anthony Winter. Desperately in love, the two envision a life together and plan to tell Amelia’s parents only after she turns eighteen and is legally an adult. Anthony’s mother, Kim, who teaches at their school, knows—and keeps—their secret. But the couple’s passion is exposed sooner than planned: Amelia’s father, Harlan, is shocked and infuriated to find naked pictures of Anthony on his daughter’s computer. Just hours later, Anthony is arrested.

Despite Amelia’s frantic protests, Harlan uses his wealth and influence with local law enforcement and the media to label Anthony a deviant who preyed on his innocent daughter. Spearheaded by a zealous prosecutor anxious to turn the case into a public crusade against “sexting,” the investigation soon takes an even more disturbing and destructive turn.

As events spiral wildly out of control and the scandalous story makes national news, Amelia and Anthony risk everything in a bold and dangerous attempt to clear their names and end the madness once and for all.

A captivating page-turner, Therese Fowler’s Exposure is also a deftly crafted, provocative, and timely novel that serves as a haunting reminder of the consequences of love in the modern age.

It's pretty much ripped from the headlines.  How could I not read it?


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