Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (109) Essential Maps for the Lost

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 12:30 AM with 7 comments
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. Click the link to see the original post plus a whole slew of links to other blogs. After you read this one, of course.

Essential Maps for the Lost

Author: Deb Caletti
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: April 5, 2016

Synopsis from Goodreads:

From beloved author and National Book Award finalist Deb Caletti comes a fresh and luminous novel about the grief that can tear us apart and the people who can make us whole again.

When Madison makes a startling discovery, the body of a dead woman floating in the middle of a lake, the summer after her senior year becomes more complicated than she ever expected.

Madison (Mads to everyone who knows her) is staying with her aunt and uncle in Seattle after graduating from high school. Being away from her needy, unstable mother who's been pressuring her to take over the family business is such a relief. Now all Mads has to worry about is taking classes, swimming laps, and fighting off the sadness that threatens to overtake her.

That is, until the traumatic moment Mads collides with a body in the middle of the lake. After swimming the body back to shore, Mads becomes obsessed with uncovering the identity of the woman and what drove her to leap off of the Aurora Bridge. Determined to discover more, Mads parks outside the woman's home and sees the woman's son: the sweet and tormented Billy Youngwolf Floyd.

Through a series of not-so-happenstance meetings, Mads and Billy realize that desperate mothers and rescue missions are not the only thing that bonds them. Billy carries a map in his pocket, the one of the museum from The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, and it's his dream to visit the museum one day. And though book-loving Mads is expected to return home to her already-decided future, her dream is to run away to a life of her choosing.

As the unlikely pair fall hard for each other and as the summer draws to a close, Billy and Mads must decide whose story to follow: their family's or their own.

Why I'm Excited:
Despite owning, like, five books by this author, I have yet to read anything by her. I seriously need to make a dent in my I-own-it pile before buying, downloading, or borrowing more. Anyhoo...this sounds intriguing. It sounds sweet and serious at the same time. The synopsis kind of reminds me of Golden, which I loved. I'll definitely be keeping my eye out for this one. 

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  1. OOh, this is a gorgeous cover! Thanks for sharing!

  2. LOL, I haven't read this author yet either, but this definitely sounds intriguing. And such a pretty cover!

  3. I have never read anything by this author either and this one sounds intriguing. It sounds like a good summertime read for next year! Great pick!

  4. Ohh a mystery! I like the sound of this. :)

  5. The synopsis is intriguing!
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  6. Ok, adding this one to the TBR list. The fact that he carries of a map of the museum from The Mixed of Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler? One of my absolute favorite books as a child. Love him already!! ~Pam


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