Waiting on Wednesday – Like Mandarin by Kristen Hubbard

“Waiting On” Wednesday spotlights upcoming releases that everyone’s excited about
(created by Jill at Breaking The Spine.)

“I want to be beautiful like you, I thought, as if Mandarin were listening.

I want apricot skin and Pocahontas hair and eyes the color of tea. I want to be confident and detached and effortlessly sensual, and if promiscuity is part of the package, I will gladly follow your lead. All I know is I’m so tired of being inside my body.

I would give anything to be like Mandarin.”


It’s hard finding beauty in the badlands of Washokey, Wyoming, but 14-year-old Grace Carpenter knows it’s not her mother’s pageant obsessions, or the cowboy dances adored by her small-town classmates. True beauty is wild-girl Mandarin Ramey: 17, shameless and utterly carefree. Grace would give anything to be like Mandarin.

When they’re united for a project, they form an unlikely, explosive friendship, packed with nights spent skinny-dipping in the canal, liberating the town’s animal-head trophies, and searching for someplace magic. Grace plays along when Mandarin suggests they run away together. Blame it on the crazy-making wildwinds plaguing their badlands town.

Because all too soon, Grace discovers Mandarin’s unique beauty hides a girl who’s troubled, broken, and even dangerous. And no matter how hard Grace fights to keep the magic, no friendship can withstand betrayal.

The cover of Like Mandarin is bright and inviting, and so’s the summary, don’t you think? It seems unique and (I know I’ve said this before), unlike any book I’ve read before :)

Like Mandarinย will be released onย March 8th, 2011ย from Delacorte Press.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?


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    It's a Book Thing

    November 3, 2010

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    November 3, 2010

    I can't wait for this release too! Like Mandarin sounds amazing :)

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    Kirsten Hubbard

    November 3, 2010

    thanks for featuring LIKE MANDARIN, Hafash!

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    November 3, 2010

    This book sounds excellent! I'd heard about it before, but I'm glad you reminded me again.

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    Little Miss Becky : )

    November 3, 2010

    I'm waiting for this one as well, it looks pretty intense!

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    November 3, 2010

    Haven't heard of this one.

    Here's mine: http://jessica-agreatread.blogspot.com/2010/11/waiting-on-wednesday.html

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    November 3, 2010

    I'm looking forward to this one too!

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    Actin' Up with Books

    November 4, 2010

    This one is going on my wish list soon! I first heard about it from The Contemps Challenge. I can't wait.

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    November 4, 2010

    I hadn't heard of this one before, but it sounds very intriguing. Great pick!

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    November 4, 2010

    I've heard of this before!
    Awesome pick!

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    November 4, 2010

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    November 5, 2010

    Thanks for stopping by yesterday. I am following you back.