Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.
This week's pick is All These Lives by Sarah Wylie, coming June 5, 2012 from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Sixteen-year-old Dani is convinced she has nine lives. As a child she twice walked away from situations where she should have died. But Dani’s twin, Jena, isn’t so lucky. She has cancer and might not even be able to keep her one life. Dani’s father is in denial. Her mother is trying to hold it together and prove everything’s normal. And Jena is wasting away.
To cope, Dani sets out to rid herself of all her extra lives. Maybe they’ll be released into the universe and someone who wants to live more than she does will get one. Someone like Jena. But just when Dani finds herself at the breaking point, she’s faced with a startling realization. Maybe she doesn’t have nine lives after all. Maybe she really only ever had one.
My Thoughts: I don't even know what to really say about this concept and premise, besides wow. Love the nine lives elimination thing, then being faced with what is maybe quite obvious- there is really only one. This one sounds absolutely intense and emotional and amazing, and I so cannot wait. I want to see the relationship between Dani and Jena, see the family dynamic, and see how Dani handles everything that is obviously being thrown at her. And I love this cover, it's so simple and gorgeous, and totally appealing, and I think it will end up being even more amazing after reading the book. Um. I want. Now.