Several months (just checked my review and it was almost a year ago! wow) ago I gushed about a book. It was a book that I LOVED, that I recommend to family, to friends, that I got my not-very-readerly mother to read...and LOVE; it's a book that I signed up for on Book Crossing, and passed along to a totally random 15 year old girl in South Carolina (I live in New England). It was a book that took me by surprise, that made me laugh, made me cry (more like bawl my eyes out), and that I will always remember.
It was also the most absolutely perfect book to post about today, Memorial Day.
Because the book happens to follow a teen girl dealing with her father being off in the war.
That book was Alice Bliss by Laura Harrington. And it is being released in paperback tomorrow (May 29th), with a gorgeous new cover and hopefully tons of new readers.
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
"Nothing less than a fully realized vision of a young complicated girl." —Entertainment Weekly
Tomboy Alice Bliss is heartbroken when she learns that her father, Matt, is being deployed to Iraq. Matt will miss seeing Alice blossom into a full-blown teenager: she'll learn to drive, join the track team, go to her first dance, and fall in love—all while trying to be strong for her mother, Angie, and her precocious little sister. But the phone calls from her father are never long enough. At once universal and very personal, Alice Bliss is a profoundly moving story about those who are left at home during wartime and a small-town teenage girl bravely facing the future.
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