WoW [89]

Waiting on Wednesday [WoW] is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

The Grown Ups by Robin Antalek
Expected Publication: January 27, 2015
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

The summer he’s fifteen, Sam enjoys, for a few secret months, the unexpected attention of Suzie Epstein. For reasons Sam doesn’t entirely understand, he and Suzie keep their budding relationship hidden from their close knit group of friends. But as the summer ends, Sam’s world unexpectedly shatters twice: Suzie’s parents are moving to a new city to save their marriage, and his own mother has suddenly left the house, leaving Sam’s father alone to raise two sons.

Watching as her parents’ marital troubles escalate, Suzie takes on the responsibility of raising her two younger brothers and plans an early escape to college and independence. Though she thinks of Sam, she deeply misses her closest friend Bella, but makes no attempt to reconnect, embarrassed by the destructive wake of her parents as they left the only place Suzie called home. Years later, a chance meeting with Sam’s older brother will reunite her with both Sam and Bella—and force her to confront her past and her friends.

After losing Suzie, Bella finds her first real love in Sam. But Sam’s inability to commit to her or even his own future eventually drives them apart. In contrast, Bella’s old friend Suzie—and Sam’s older brother, Michael—seem to have worked it all out, leaving Bella to wonder where she went wrong.

Spanning over a decade, told in alternating voices, The Grown Ups explores the indelible bonds between friends and family and the challenges that threaten to divide them.

Why I Can’t Wait…
This one sounds AMAZING! Plus I love how it takes us through 10 years. I love seeing how people change over time…for the good or bad.

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  1. It does sound interesting, but at the same time I cringe a bit when the same male stereotype of fear of commitment is a staple in the romance scenario. To be fair, I feel jsut as cringeworthy for the women that are always having to find out the mans inability to commit "After: they have conveniently had, and been having sex. "But babe, we are so good together. I like you a lot, what do you want me to say..."

    Being a single Father of 8 Daughters (Being a "Southern Girl, you would guess quickly where our antebellum roots are after seeing their names.) I can sympathize with the Mother abandoning the home, and leaving the Father floundering to pick up the pieces, and re-constructing them to adapt to a new lifestyle.

    Interesting indeed. And I like the cover, so there! ;-)

    Guy Vestal @ Counter Culture Critic

  2. I love the cover of this and it sounds like a very, emotional read and like you I'm excited to see that it spans the course of ten years.
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    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

  3. Seems like an interesting one. Like the realness of the cover and the blurb is intriguing. Thanks for sharing.

    Happy Hump Day!

    Shane @ Itching for Books

  4. Don't know if it's for me, but I'll still give it a try. :)

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    Kirsty @ StudioReads

  5. Sounds interesting and I'm adding it to my wishlist... Hope it turns out good! :)

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  6. This one sounds GOOD, Monica! I'm going to have to add this to the pile, I think - ha! ;) Thanks so much for sharing!