In my head I know I’ve been in love before, but it doesn’t feel like it. Being in love with you is better than the first time. It feels like the first time and the last time and the only time all at once.
Synopsis: A single second. That’s all it takes to turn a world upside down.
Twelve-year-old Nella Sabatini’s life is changing too soon, too fast. Her best friend, Clem, doesn’t seem concerned; she’s busy figuring out the best way to spend the “leap second”—an extra second about to be added to the world’s official clock. The only person who might understand how Nella feels is Angela, but the two of them have gone from being “secret sisters” to not talking at all.
Then Angela’s idolized big brother makes a terrible, fatal mistake, one that tears apart their tight-knit community and plunges his family into a whirlwind of harsh publicity and judgment. In the midst of this controversy, Nella is faced with a series of startling revelations about her parents, friends, and neighborhood. As Angela’s situation becomes dangerous, Nella must choose whether to stand by or stand up. Her heart tries to tell her what to do, but can you always trust your heart? The clock ticks down, and in that extra second, past and present merge—the future will be up to her.
Tricia Springstubb’s extraordinary novel is about the shifting bonds of friendship and the unconditional love of family, the impact of class and racial divides on a neighborhood and a city, and a girl awakening to awareness of a world bigger and more complex than she’d ever imagined.
Publication Date: June 2016. / Average Rating: 3.93. / Number of Ratings: 280~.
Short Profile: Preferred Nickname: Love Athena Country/Region: USA Languages: English, Latin, Chinese Mandarin, French Preferred Writing Type: Poetry, fanfiction, short stories, scripts, academic writing Preferred Genre(s) to Write: Romance, realistic fiction, nonfiction essays Preferred Genre(s) to Read: classics Favorite Book(s) and Author(s): Tolstoy, Woolf, Austen, Cervantes, etc. Favorite Music Genre(s)/Artists(s): Broadway, pop, folksy– all over the board! I typically don’t listen to a particular artist, just various songs. Favorite Fandom(s): Movies: Almost anything with Emma Stone or Audrey Hepburn in it, Imitation Game, Theory of Everything, Gone with the Wind,etc. TV Shows: Doctor Who, Sherlock, Good Place, blackish, Fresh Off the Boat Anime: Himouto Umaru-chan, Kaichou-wa Maid-sama, Studio Ghibli <3 Comics: Video Games: Hobbies/interests other than writing: singing, playing the violin, drawing, dancing
Extended Profile: Personality Zodiac Sign: Scorpio —Does it match your personality? Yes! Very well. MBTI Type: INFJ —Does it match your personality well? Most of the time! Sometimes I don’t know if that is actually my personality because I don’t want to *say* that I’m super selfless and amazing, but then they say that that is a trait of the INFJ. Introvert or Extrovert? Mostly introvert/reserved, but I do love going out and having fun. Maybe I’m just going through an identity crisis.
Writing Habits Number/Names of WIPs: Favorite book about writing: Planner, Pantser or Plantser? Planner Favorite Outlining Method: The kind that JK Rowling used for Harry Potter! Do you write on a schedule or sporadically? I try to write once a week Any creativity rituals that you use: Closing all my tabs and forcing myself to write for an hour
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In honor of Sherman Alexie’s birthday today, October 7th, we have reviewed one of our favorites, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Alexie tells the story of an aspiring cartoonist and his journey and life growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determine to make it on his own, Junior leaves his school to attend an all-white farm town high school, where he is obviously the only ethnic person.
Funny, heartbreaking, thoughtful and beautifully written The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian tells a realistic and contemporary tale of a Native American boy who desires to break stereotypes and molds inside and outside his community. Alexie retells his life experiences through his art by pulling away from his tribe, breaking free and beatings all the odds.