The "Friday Finds" meme is hosted by MizB at the Should Be Reading blog. She asks "What great books did you hear about / discover this past week? Share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!"
This week I received two review copies of new Jewish-interest YA novels from the publicists at Blue Slip Media, and they look like they'll be a lot of fun to read:
Lotus Lowenstein's life is merde. She dreams of moving to Paris and becoming an existentialist. Yet here she is trapped in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with a New-Agey mom, an out-of-work dad, and a chess champion brother who dreams of being a rock star. Merci à Dieu for Lotus’s best friend, Joni, who loves French culture enough to cofound their high school’s first French Club with Lotus. At the first meeting, the cutest boy in the world walks in. His name is Sean, and he too loves French culture and worships Jean-Paul Sartre.
Queen of Secrets by Jenny Meyerhoff (FSG, 2010). I interviewed this author briefly at a party at the Planet Esme Reading Room last summer; you can hear the interview in the episode Planet Esme! The key thing I recall from this interview is that the story is loosely based on The Book of Esther, as was recent adult novel Good for the Jews. A new trend, perhaps?
Here's how the publisher describes Queen of Secrets:
This year, Essie Green’s life is going to be different. She’s made the cheerleading squad and caught the eye of the captain of the football team. However, she didn't expect her estranged cousin to join the football team. Micah is instantly branded a freak for praying during games, and Essie doesn’t want anything to do with him. As the football team’s teasing of Micah shifts into hazing, Essie is forced to make a choice between the boy she might love and the cousin she barely knows.
The Pillow Book of Lotus Lowenstein by Libby Schmais (Delacorte, 2010). Here's how the publisher describes the book:
At first, Lotus thinks Sean is the best thing to happen to her in years. He’s smart, cultured, and adorable. Unfortunately, though, Joni feels the same way. And having an existentialist view of love, Sean sees nothing wrong with enjoying both girls’ affections. Things come to a head when all three depart for Montreal with their teacher, Ms. G, on the French Club’s first official field trip. Will Sean choose Joni over Lotus? And will Lotus and Joni’s friendship ever recover?
And for your viewing pleasure, a book trailer for Pillow Book: