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May 1, 2009

Book review: ARCs offer advanced look at upcoming titles

At library conferences, many publishers bring along and give away advance reader’s copies (ARCs) of books that are soon to be published. Every librarian I know loves ARCs as we get an advance look at what is coming out and what we may want to purchase for our libraries.

Below are reviews of some titles I picked up at the American Library Association conference in January. These will be available for checkout at the library upon publication.

‘While I’m Falling: A Novel’

By Laura Moriarty

Veronica, a junior at the University of Kansas, is taken aback when she learns her parents are divorcing. This unexpected event, in what she thought was her reasonably normal family, turns her world upside down. She falls behind in her coursework; wrecks the car of another student for whom she is to house sit for one weekend; and recklessly throws a party at said student’s townhouse where she almost sleeps with super-sexy Third Floor Clyde. This causes a breakup with her boyfriend, who had wanted her to move out of the dorms (Veronica hates her RA job and is about to lose it) and in with him.

When she thinks things cannot get any worse, her mother shows up at her dorm room with the family dog in tow needing a place to stay.

Veronica must figure out what to do about her upcoming final exams and the breakup with her boyfriend, whom she really does want to be with, and sort out her feelings about her parents’ divorce and her family in general.

Kansas author Laura Moriarty has written an excellent, insightful book on family relationships. The characters are realistically portrayed and the family dynamics and campus life believable and on the mark. Highly recommended. (Publication date: August 2009.)

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