“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine to shine a spotlight on upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
My Beautiful Failure
By Janet Ruth Young
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 320 pages
To be released Nov. 2012
The haunting account of a teen boy who volunteers at a suicide hotline—and falls for a troubled caller.
Billy is a sophomore in high school, and twice a week, he volunteers at Listeners, a suicide hotline.
Jenney is an “incoming,” a caller, a girl on the brink.
As her life spirals out of control, Jenney’s calls become more desperate, more frequent. Billy, struggling with a deteriorating relationship with his depressed father, is the only one who understands. Through her pain, he sees hope. Through her tears, he feels her heart. And through her despair, he finds love. But is that enough?
Acclaimed author Janet Ruth Young has written a stunning and powerful story with no easy answers; it is about pain and heartbreak, reality and illusion, and finding redemption and the strength to forgive in the darkest of times.
Also the author of THE BABYSITTER MURDERS and THE OPPOSITE OF MUSIC, Young is known for writing suspenseful, psychologically accurate stories about mental illness.
— Amazon.com description
Sounds serious and sad, but I’m in the mood for something deep and psychological. Plus, I sort of adore the idea of these two people meeting and connecting over the phone.