A “Wrench”ing review for ALBATROSS

January 18th, 2010 • Kate

thumb_AlbatrossFinalIt’s been a morning of exciting news, what with the announcements of the winners of the Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz, plus all the other awards from ALA Midwinter, but I’m excited on a personal level to share the following review from Kirkus for Albatross by Josie Bloss:

Music geeks walk the fine line between love and unhealthy obsession. Despite her friends’ warnings about his creepy behavior, Tess falls for intense, pretentious Micah. From the start of their relationship, Micah never fails to let Tess know that she is second to his on-again, off-again girlfriend, Daisy. Micah ignores Tess, makes remarks about her dumb, shallow friends and bites her hard enough to leave a mark, but Tess can’t get him out of her head. Her tolerance of Micah’s behavior echoes the way her mother handled her distant, critical father. Once she finds the bravery to stand up to her dad, she also finds a way to break off from Micah. Bloss shows the ways that emotional bullying can affect a supposedly loving relationship and how one teen repeats—and breaks—the cycle of abuse. Though some moments of Tess’s growth in strength are rendered heavy-handedly, her story will wrench hearts. Girls who believe in the swept-off-her-feet romance may see that a “perfect” boy’s veneer can hide an ugly, domineering personality.(Fiction. YA)

Gratz to Josie!!

The book releases on February 1st — won’t you preorder your copy today at your favorite bookstore?

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9 Responses to “A “Wrench”ing review for ALBATROSS”

  1. Carrie Harris Says:

    OoOoh. Can't wait to read this!

  2. callie Says:

    Sounds like a great message. I love a writer who can manage to get that to come across without making it this heavy-handed moralistic thing. The "message" should always come second to the story. Can't wait to read this!

  3. Karen Says:

    That sounds great! Finally a dysfunctional relationship where the girl actually realizes that it's dysfunctional. Can't wait to read it.

  4. Lisa Gibson Says:

    Sounds like a great story. I've seen too many stories where the girl hangs on at all costs. Much prefer a good healthy message like this and one that's interwoven in a great story.

  5. Julia Says:

    I am lucky enough to have read this already – and it is a great book! Yay, Josie!

  6. Josie Bloss Says:

    Yay! Happiness!

  7. Heather Church Says:

    My feelings echo Karen's (poster #3) – and the storyline resonates with personal experience. Can't wait to read it!

    Congrats, Josie!



  8. Sara Raasch Says:

    That. Sounds. Amazing.

    FINALLY someone wrote about this subject. Consider it in my To-Be-Read pile.

  9. Amy Says:

    I cannot wait to read this! It sounds AMAZING.