In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren. I got a couple of books this week!
Shrimp by Rachel Cohn
"With Shrimp, pop culture wordsmith Rachel Cohn successfully resurrects Cyd Charisse, the irrepressible punk princess from her breakout hit, Gingerbread. C.C. is back from an emotional summer in NYC where she met her biological father for the first time and nursed her karmic wounds after a messy breakup with her short-statured surfer boyfriend, Shrimp. Now, it is the start of senior year in San Francisco, and C.C. is determined to get the surfer boy of her dreams back. She is aided and abetted by new friends, Helen and Autumn, and "old" girlfriend, sunny octogenarian Sugar Pie. When Cyd's cool half-sib Danny invites her back to NYC for a long weekend, will C.C.'s turn eastward--away from Shrimp's surfer dreams? Shrimp's bright cover belies the frank, sexy narrative within that is definitely not for the tween audience of Cohn's middle-grade novel, The Steps. But older teen fans are going to love guessing what their unapologetic, espresso- and Nestle Crunch bar-addicted antiheroine will do next. Are Shrimp and C.C. destined to move in together after graduation? Or will Shrimp's brother's wedding give them second thoughts? Whatever happens, Cyd Charisse is convinced that "at the end of the road, there will always be a Shrimp." Cohn's Shrimp is a witty, sparkling sequel that was definitely worth the wait."
I liked Gingerbread, but I hope this sequel is better.
North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley
"Born with a port-wine stain birthmark covering her entire right cheek, Terra Rose Cooper is ready to leave her stifling, small Washington town where everyone knows her for her face. With her critical, reproachful father and an obese mother who turns to food to deflect her father's verbal attacks, home life for Terra isn't so great either. Fueled by her artistic desires, she plans to escape to an East Coast college, thinking this is her true path. When her father intercepts her acceptance letter, Terra is pushed off-course, and she is forced to confront her deepest insecurities. After an ironically fortuitous car accident, Terra meets Jacob, a handsome but odd goth Chinese boy who was adopted from China as a toddler. Jacob immediately understands Terra's battle with feeling different. When Terra's older brother invites her and her mother to visit him in Shanghai, Jacob and his mother also join them on their journey, where they all not only confront the truth about themselves, but also realize their own true beauty. North of Beautiful is the engaging third YA novel by Justina Chen Headley. This is a gorgeously-written, compelling book featuring universal themes of defining true beauty, family bonds, personal strength, and love."
This book looks really awesome, and I love the cover. When I saw it at the library I had to grab it.
Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson
"Three Georgia peaches are in for one juicy summer . . .
. . . but Birdie would rather eat Thin Mints and sulk in the A/C.
Leeda would prefer to sneak off with her boyfriend, Rex.
And Murphy would much rather cause a little mischief.
Together these three very different girls will discover the secret to finding the right boy, making the truest of friends, and picking the perfect Georgia peach."
I saw this at my library's used book store, and I got hardback for only four bucks! I'm eager to start it.
That's it, everyone! What did you get this week?