and bonus! a few more "best lines" from the book i read on 4th of july by the pool. those lines in a moment, but first:
is it just me, or is the blogosphere slowing down for summer? a handful of blogs i follow are on hiatus for various reasons - summer events like vacations or internships - summer family time, etc..
it also sounds like quite a few people are taking a break from writing right now.
finally, with agents and editors taking their own vacations or preparing for summer conferences, it seems news about deals and signings is a little slow too.
it's giving me the blues, because i felt like i had a lot of momentum going this winter, and now that my own path to publishing has slowed down, i don't even have as many other folks to live through vicariously. le sigh.
looking forward to fall when things get hopping again!
NOW... about those best lines.
last weekend, i read Rebecca Stead's award-winning "When You Reach Me."
i was half done with the book before i thought to start earmarking pages for quotes. it just reads so fast and smooth you almost don't notice the amazing one-liners, because you feel like you're living the book instead of reading it. (or maybe that's just fan-girl me)
so much of this book is about discovery as you go, so there are many many great lines i can't quote here, because they would give away something in the story. however, these two are spoiler-free and just as lovely:
"It soaked into me like water into sand, fast and heavy-making."
"Sometimes I wanted to squeeze Colin's cheeks until his teeth fell out."
love love love those lines.