“Waiting” on Wednesday: Sway

Waiting on WednesdayWaiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming releases that we are excited for.

Sway - Kat SpearsSway by Kat Spears

Hardcover: 320 pages
Publication date: September 16, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
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In Kat Spears’s hilarious and often poignant debut, high school senior Jesse Alderman, or “Sway,” as he’s known, could sell hell to a bishop. He also specializes in getting things people want—term papers, a date with the prom queen, fake IDs. He has few close friends and he never EVER lets emotions get in the way. For Jesse, life is simply a series of business transactions.

But when Ken Foster, captain of the football team, leading candidate for homecoming king, and all-around jerk, hires Jesse to help him win the heart of the angelic Bridget Smalley, Jesse finds himself feeling all sorts of things. While following Bridget and learning the intimate details of her life, he falls helplessly in love for the very first time. He also finds himself in an accidental friendship with Bridget’s belligerent and self-pitying younger brother who has cerebral palsy. Suddenly, Jesse is visiting old folks at a nursing home in order to run into Bridget, and offering his time to help the less fortunate, all the while developing a bond with this young man who idolizes him. Could the tin man really have a heart after all?

A Cyrano de Bergerac story with a modern twist, Sway is told from Jesse’s point of view with unapologetic truth and biting humor, his observations about the world around him untempered by empathy or compassion—until Bridget’s presence in his life forces him to confront his quiet devastation over a life-changing event a year earlier and maybe, just maybe, feel something again.

Thanks to Kristin @ My Parahangover for bring this one to my attention! I love Cyrano de Bergerac retellings! If you don’t know the story, it’s basically about this guy who is hired to by guy #2 to woo a girl for him (see the tag line on the book! Which I totally love, haha)

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Author: Cyn

noun. a bum a student again. A master’s student…oooh. procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.

0 Replies to ““Waiting” on Wednesday: Sway”

  1. I picked this book up at ALA and I can’t wait to read it. Every time I see this title, I get Blue October’s song Sway stuck in my head! Which isn’t a bad thing. 🙂

    Hope you enjoy it!

    arlene @ winterhaven books

  2. This sounds wonderful, and I like the Cyrano de Bergerac twist you desribed with the modern setting. Which I don’t think I read before in YA and from Sway’s pov too. Great pick, Cyn! I can’t wait to see what you think of Sway 🙂

  3. I do love that tagline. Thanks for sharing this one. I’m totally adding this to my TBR list 🙂

    My WoW

  4. I’ve seen this one around. It looks good.

    Happy Hump Day!

    Shane @ Itching for Books

  5. This one sounds great! It is the first I have heard of it. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Happy reading, Sharon – Obsession with Books

  6. I saw this one being advertised as a publisher new release and I’m interested, it sounds like a great contemporary but I’ll have to read more reviews to decide first. Lovely pick!

  7. Didn’t even know it was a retelling, oops. But it sounds fun and ugh, such a cute cover, I mean, just look at it! 🙂

    Here’s mine

    Kirsty @ StudioReads

  8. This sounds really good. I hope you enjoy reading it.
    My WoW

  9. This looks awesome! Great choice 🙂

  10. Hah, I like the premise of this one! It reminds me also of 10 Things I Hate About You, which if its even half that cute, means it will be a great read! Thanks for sharing!
    My WoW.

  11. This sounds like such a cute read, I’m really curious about it 🙂

    My WoW

  12. Hmmm, I’ve never heard of this one, Cyn! It’s funny – I just read The Vault of Dreamers, and the “Cyrano de Bergerac” story is referenced several times! I’d never heard of that until I read The Vault of Dreamers today. And now it shows up again! Perhaps it’s a sign. Of something. Heh! I hope you enjoy this book when you read it!!

    Have a fabulous week! 🙂

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