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THE FALLBACK PLAN by Leigh Stein
176 pgs. Expected publication 01-03-12 by Melville Publishing
***Obtained from NetGalley.com ***
Attacking mid-twenty-something angst with sarcasm and brutal honesty, The Fallback Plan is a manic-depressive’s dream read. With its ebb and flow of anxiety one page and humorous introspective the next, the novel keeps you on your toes and unknowingly developing comparisons to your own life.
Esther is a recent college grad who like most others with a diploma has no job and no money. Forced with no other option, she moves back into her parent’s house and anesthetizes her self-loathing with prescription pain-killers. A self-proclaimed hypochondriac, Esther spends her days contemplating how to convince her family doctor she has a condition that qualifies her for disability benefits. She also plans to write a screenplay that sounds an awful lot like a C.S. Lewis book, starring panda’s.
Her parent’s however have a better idea and land her a job as a nanny for the family down the street watching their four year old daughter, May. May’s baby sister died suddenly six months prior while with another babysitter, so Esther knows she’s walking into a delicate situation. But when she finds out that little May is the most stable-seeming of the family, Esther becomes maternally close to her and finds that the child is quickly becoming her confidant. Balance all that with Esther’s lust for her friend Jack, and the summer turns out to be not as boring as she once dreaded.
Author Leigh Stein pens a novel that contains something every twenty-something can relate to. The anxious period between graduation and the rest of your life is tackled head-on with honest feelings that drip with sarcasm. A quick read that brings humor laced with sad reality and keeps your own goals in check.
FOUR out of FIVE stars
HALLOWED (Unearthly #2)
by CYNTHIA HAND
416 pgs -hardcover-
Expected Publication: January 17th, 2012 by HarperCollins
***e-Edition provided by NetGalley***
I’m in awe. There’s so much praise to give this novel, I don’t know where to start! It’s difficult to find a series where the sequel is better than the first book, but author Cynthia Hand exceeded my expectations. No matter how much I adore them, ‘Love-triangles’ make it hard not to choose sides. (Team Tucker/Team Christian, anyone?) And in Unearthlythe reader didn’t get to know Christian Prescott too well. I’m glad he’s brought more into the story now. I think the author wrote Clara’s struggle between the two boys beautifully, noting the conflict between her heart, and what she believes is ultimately her fate.
The most touching part of this story is the way the death of a supporting character is handled. I felt my heart breaking for Clara, and wiped away a tear or two. You can tell Hallowed was written thoughtfuly and flows so seamlessly I finished the book within 48 hours, and that’s only because it was during the week and I had to work. Now, a few days after the book’s end, I’m still submerged in Clara’s world thinking about the scenes the author so vividly described.
Author Hand has grown so much as a writer from book one to book two in my opinion. Almost all the unanswered questions from Unearthly are answered, and we are given more insight on lesser known characters, like Jeffrey, Clara’s brother, and Clara’s Father.
I definitely reccomend this book, and if you have read Unearthly, you NEED to read this. You won’t regret it!
Obviously, FIVE out of FIVE Stars!