Showing posts with label laura silverman. Show all posts
Showing posts with label laura silverman. Show all posts

Friday, April 7, 2017

Recommendation: Girl Out of Water - Laura Silverman: Surfing and One-Armed Skaters

In GIRL OUT OF WATER, surfer girl Anise has to move from Santa Cruz to Nebraska when her aunt has an accident.
What intrigued me: Always there for cute contemporaries!

Bittersweet and Unique

GIRL OUT OF WATER hit me out of nowhere. With lyrical prose and a voice that packs a punch, it reads like it's written from the heart. Silverman's narration is captivating, sassy, essentially teen, and just an absolute delight. 

I'm especially happy to see a protagonist in YA contemporary that I'm very sure I've never seen before. When was the last time you read about a surfer girl-turned skater? So interesting to read about and the nuanced way Silverman writers about the bittersweet experience of leaving home hit very close to home for me personally.

GIRL OUT OF WATER is a story about family, friendships, and growing up. It's quiet, it's funny, it's bittersweet - it's just the perfect read for spring and summer and I'm very happy that I chose to give this one a shot. However, don't expect fast-paced action when picking this one up, GIRL OUT OF WATER is quiet first and foremost and capitalizes on its fantastic characters. If you fall in love with them, this will be even more fun for you and I can wholeheartedly recommend this if you like character-driven contemporaries.

Diversity Done Right

I was especially happy about the casual diversity. Anise's best friend Tess is Samoan, there are sapphic background characters, and the love interest is a black one-armed skater. It's very rare that you'll find a book that doesn't capitalize and advertise with its diversity, but uses it as a given. Our world is diverse. People are diverse. 

I absolutely enjoyed about these characters who just happen to be marginalized and whose marginalizations don't involve huge plot complications or are used as plot devices - I have to remark that because unfortunately a lot of books do this. Not this one though. GIRL OUT OF WATER reflects our diverse world beautifully in a quiet manner that just made me squeal with joy. I wish this was the norm. More like this please.




Overall: Do I Recommend?

GIRL OUT OF WATER is quiet and fun contemporary with a sassy narrator that I'm sure teens will love. If you like Ashley Herring Blake and Jenny Han, you'll adore this. With a black amputee love interest, a Samoan BFF and sapphic side characters, the background diversity made me really happy. That's so nice to read.

Additional Info

Published: May 2nd 2017
Pages: 320
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: YA / Contemporary
ISBN: 9781492646860

"Anise Sawyer plans to spend every minute of summer with her friends: surfing, chowing down on fish tacos drizzled with wasabi balsamic vinegar, and throwing bonfires that blaze until dawn. But when a serious car wreck leaves her aunt, a single mother of three, with two broken legs, it forces Anise to say goodbye for the first time to Santa Cruz, the waves, her friends, and even a kindling romance, and fly with her dad to Nebraska for the entire summer. Living in Nebraska isn’t easy. Anise spends her days caring for her three younger cousins in the childhood home of her runaway mom, a wild figure who’s been flickering in and out of her life since birth, appearing for weeks at a time and then disappearing again for months, or even years, without a word.

Complicating matters is Lincoln, a one-armed, charismatic skater who pushes Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. As Anise draws closer to Lincoln and takes on the full burden and joy of her cousins, she loses touch with her friends back home – leading her to one terrifying question: will she turn out just like her mom and spend her life leaving behind the ones she loves "
(Source: Goodreads)

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Top 10 2017 YA Debuts I'm the Most Excited For feat. Angie Thomas, Rebecca Barrow & more | Top 10 Tuesday

This was the hardest blog post I ever made. There are about 40 books in my 2017-releases shelf on Goodreads in this very moment and I could think of at least 10 more. It was awful to have to choose. A-W-F-U-L

This blurb very much sounds like magical realism, painting, and queerness and I am very much ready for that. Goodreads

ONE OF US IS LYING by Karen McManus
Honestly I cannot get enough of books with unreliable narrators. Bathe me in them. Goodreads

ALLEGEDLY by Tiffany D. Jackson 
I've been lusting after this for months now. The premise of the protagonist having murdered a child is the most interesting thing and I just want to read it! That combined with fantastic reviews from author friends who have been able to get an early copy.... *hisses* I want it. Goodreads

THE LOVE INTEREST by Cale Dietrich
Okay but this book you guys. Two guys compete for one girl and end up falling in love with each other. I ache for this. I need this in my life. Goodreads

THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas
With an almost instant movie deal this book is probably going to be one of the most important releases of 2017. It's inspired by Black Lives Matter and tackles police brutality. Goodreads

This is about girls who can manipulate beauty through magic and the second this blurb went live, my body was ready for this. Omg. Goodreads

GIRL OUT OF WATER by Laura Silverman
A one-armed swoony love interest. From that blurb I can already tell that I'm going to fall for this guy. Goodreads

I love reading about accidental pregnancies. This one also features adoption and I'm just like ????? give this book to me now?? Goodreads

Oh how I long for more books about elemental magic! Let's bring those back I love this so much, so excited to read it. Goodreads

LIKE WATER - Rebecca Podos
This bisexual performing mermaid had me lurking the second I read the blurb. I can't wait!!! Goodreads

Which 2017 debuts are you most excited for?

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

16 Fantastic 2016/17 YA Books by Disabled Authors | #DiversityBoost

This month's #DiversityBoost focuses on disabled authors and their fantastic upcoming or recent releases.

Do yourself a favor, diversify your shelf, and add all those fantastic books to your TBR on Goodreads.


THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS - Marieke Nijkamp
An intense contemporary about a school shooting. (Jan 2016, Sourcebooks Fire) Goodreads

ON THE EDGE OF GONE - Corinne Duyvis
An exciting sci-fi about humanity having to colonize a new planet after a comet hits Earth. (Mar 2016, Amulet Books) Goodreads

GENA/FINN - Hannah Moskowitz & Kat Helgeson
Told in blog posts, texts, and chats, two girls bond over message boards and fan fiction. (May 16th 2016, Chronicle) Goodreads

RUN - Kody Keplinger
A delightfully queer contemporary about friendship that you don't want to miss. (Jun 2016, Scholastic Press) Goodreads


A contemporary with a blind protagonist whose eyesight gets restored but has been told lies about his crush's looks. (Jan 2017, Little, Brown Books) Goodreads

UNFOLDING - Jonathan Friesen
A mystery with a protagonist that has frequent seizures. (Jan 2017, Blink) Goodreads

A house-bound agoraphobic girl falls in love with her cute next-door neighbour. (Jan 2017, Clarion) Goodreads

A queer contemporary set at comic con. (Mar 2017, Swoon Reads) Goodreads

The sequel to THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE, a fantastically diverse time travel high fantasy with pirates! (Mar 2017, Greenwillow Books) Goodreads

GIRL OUT OF WATER - Laura Silverman
A coming-of-age novel in the wake of a tragedy. Very excited for this one (May 2017, Sourcebooks Fire) Goodreads

More adventures from Wonder Woman, this time YA style! We all need this in our lives. (Aug 2017, Random House) Goodreads

(other covers yet to be revealed but not any less exciting)

THE STATE OF GRACE - Rachael Lucas
This one features a teen with Asperger's. Uh. Exciting! (April 2017, Macmillan Children's Books) Goodreads

27 HOURS - Tristina Wright
A queer sci-fi set in space. (Oct 2017, Entangled: Teen) Goodreads

GRAY WOLF ISLAND - Tracey Neithercott
Five teens are looking for a treasure on an island. I love a good adventure novel! (2017, Knopf Books for Young Readers) Goodreads

Time travel and magic in 1988 East Berlin. (2017, Albert Whitman) Goodreads

FLOWERS OF LUNA - Jennifer Linsky
A sapphic sci-fi romance involving mining ships in space. (2017, KDP) Goodreads

Special shoutout to Corinne Duyvis, author of OTHERBOUND, ON THE EDGE OF GONE and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: COLLECT THEM ALL, who is super lovely and nice and helped me a lot with this list! Give her a follow on twitter.

Which book sounds the most interesting to you?

More #DiversityBoost:

#DiversityBoost is a monthly feature on my blog where I boost and highlight upcoming and recent diverse books or books by diverse authors. 

If you're a diverse author/ have written a diverse book and would like to be in one of my posts, follow my twitter to never miss a submission call!

Previously: 18 Upcoming 2016/17 Books by Latinx Authors

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