Waiting on Wednesday #40

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly anticipating.

Before My Eyes

From the author of LIE, a powerful new young adult novel about a fateful Long Island summer and the lives of three young people who will never be the same.

Dreamy, poetic Claire, seventeen, has spent the last few months taking care of her six-year-old sister, Izzy, as their mother lies in a hospital bed recovering from a stroke. Claire believes she has everything under control until she meets “Brent” online. Brent appears to be a kindred spirit, and Claire is initially flattered by his attention. But when she meets Max, the awkward state senator’s son, her feelings become complicated.

Max, also seventeen, has been working the worst summer job ever at the beachside Snack Shack. He’s also been popping painkillers. His parents—more involved in his father’s re-election than in their son’s life—fail to see what’s going on with him.

Working alongside Max is Barkley, twenty-one. Lonely and obsessive, Barkley has been hearing a voice in his head. No one—not his parents, not his co-workers—realizes that Barkley is suffering from paranoid schizophrenia. Until the voice in his head orders him to take out his gun.

Narrated in turns by Claire, Max, and Barkley, Before My Eyes captures a moment when possibilities should be opening up, but instead everything teeters on the brink of destruction.

What a blurb! I feel like I want to know more about these characters NOW. They all have such intriguing stories to tell; Before My Eyes definitely looks like one to watch out for.    

Due to be released by St Martins Press in February 2014.

 What are you looking forward to this week?  Please share your WoW in the comments!

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7 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday #40

  1. This sounds fascinating. Why does my wishlist get even bigger after reading your Waiting on Wednesday posts? You’re bad for me!

    Thanks for drawing my attention to it, Debbie!

  2. Gosh, I like that line in the synopsis: “Before My Eyes captures a moment when possibilities should be opening up, but instead everything teeters on the brink of destruction”. This sounds like it could be a pretty powerful story. I love books which are written from several p.o.v.s as well, so I’d definitely be interested in this one. Cool pick! 🙂

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