Waiting on Wednesday: August 31st


According to sixteen-year-old Zander Osborne, nowhere is an actual place—and she’s just fine there. But her parents insist that she get out of her head—and her home state—and attend Camp Padua, a summer camp for at-risk teens.

Zander does not fit in—or so she thinks. She has only one word for her fellow campers: crazy. In fact, the whole camp population exists somewhere between disaster and diagnosis. There’s her cabinmate Cassie, a self-described manic-depressive-bipolar-anorexic. Grover Cleveland (yes, like the president), a cute but confrontational boy who expects to be schizophrenic someday, odds being what they are. And Bek, a charmingly confounding pathological liar.

But amid group “share-apy” sessions and forbidden late-night outings, unlikely friendships form, and as the Michigan summer heats up, the four teens begin to reveal their tragic secrets. Zander finds herself inextricably drawn to Grover’s earnest charms, and she begins to wonder if she could be happy. But first she must come completely unraveled to have any hope of putting herself back together again.
I admit, I was drawn to this because of the title. You probably have never seen it, but there is a wonderful and wonderfully random 1968 musical called The One and Only Genuine Original Family Band. It's centered around the 1888 election between Benjamin Harrison and Grover Cleveland. Because of that musical and my love of it, I know all of these random facts about Grover Cleveland. So when I was cruising the Publisher's Marketplace deals a couple months back and stumbled upon this, I rushed to Goodreads and manually added this book.

Luckily, the plot sounds very interesting and insightful. It won't just be a case of cover and title love. Character-driven mental illness and bereavement are two of my favorite sub-genres of contemporary, and this book is guaranteed to have them both.

I am counting down the days until December for this book. Screw Christmas.

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  1. Oh, I like the sound of this. I hope you get to read, and enjoy, it soon. Thanks for sharing, and happy Wednesday! :)
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    1. I hope I like it as well! And happy Wednesday to you too. Thanks for stopping by! :D

  2. I hadn't heard of this one until now, but it sounds really good! Thanks for bringing it to my attention.
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    1. I'm glad I could introduce you to it! And I hope you like it, if/when you read it. :D


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