Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
I read Rowell's first book, Attachments, with uneven results. I adored the first third of the book. Loved the hushed setup full of awkward longing. Unfortunately, the pacing stuttered for me after that and it was a chore to finish. Many loved it though, and I always sort of planned on checking out what she wrote next. This one takes place in 1986 and features a couple of misfits wrestling with first love and mix tapes. I am in deep smit with that cover. Everything about it is awesome. And check out that cover blurb. Not too shabby.
Due out February 26th
Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff
And here's one by a lady who comfortably resides on my "I read whatever she writes first and ask questions later" list. Described by the author as "a heartrending future classic" (hehehe), it is rumored also to include Easter eggs and copious amounts of French toast. It's the rain-spotted, neon sign cover with the dog on top that really gets to me, though. With Rosoff it's anyone's guess what you'll find inside. Thank the gods for authors who surprise me.
Due out March 7th