Wednesday, May 11, 2011

"Waiting On" Wednesday: This Beautiful Life

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted here, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

This Beautiful Life
By Helen Schulman
Publication Date: August 2

From HarperCollins website:

When the Bergamots move from a comfortable upstate college town to New York City, they’re not quite sure how they’ll adapt—or what to make of the strange new world of well-to-do Manhattan. Soon, though, Richard is consumed by his executive role at a large New York university, and Liz, who has traded in her academic career to oversee the lives of their children, is hectically ferrying young Coco around town. Fifteen-year-old Jake is gratefully taken into the fold by a group of friends at Wildwood, an elite private school. 

But the upper-class cocoon in which they have enveloped themselves is ripped apart when Jake wakes up one morning after an unchaperoned party and finds an email in his in-box from an eighth-grade admirer. Attached is a sexually explicit video she has made for him. Shocked, stunned, maybe a little proud, and scared—a jumble of adolescent emotion—he forwards the video to a friend, who then for-wards it to a friend. Within hours, it’s gone viral, all over the school, the city, the world.

The ensuing scandal threatens to shatter the Bergamots’ sense of security and identity, and, ultimately, their happiness. They are a good family faced with bad choices, and how they choose to react, individually and at one another’s behest, places everything they hold dear in jeopardy. 


 What's your "waiting on" pick this week?

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61 comments:

Mocha ღ Latte said...

Interesting pick this week though I'm afraid it really isn't my taste.

-Mocha from A Cupcake and a Latte

Lea said...

Whoa! This plot sounds really intense-- sounds almost like a psychological thriller!

Lea @ LC's Adventures in Libraryland

Penelope Lolohea said...

Very interesting book! I like that there are books that are approaching subjects like these: sexting, sending sexy videos in emails, etc.. It's becoming more popular, and the consequences are huge!

Great pick!

Sharon said...

It sounds interesting!

My WoW for this week is here :)

http://obsessionwithbooks.blogspot.com

Carissa said...

This sounds like it's going to be a powerful novel!

Alice said...

dont think it's my cup of tea, but i'll look it up :-) here's mine
http://bookingonthehill.wordpress.com/

Selina said...

Your pick for this week sounds really good. Powerful and relevant for the times we live in where the internet can make you or break you.

Selina @ Fragments of Fiction

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Carina said...

Wow, a very interesting summary and a beautiful cover. Haven't heard of this one, but it sounds intriguing! Thanks for sharing.

Carina @ Fictional Distraction

Tina's Blog said...

This one sounds like one I would enjoy. It's going on my list!

Tristan said...

Great pick this week :)
heres mine http://readswithwrecklessabandon.blogspot.com

Christina T said...

This sounds really good. There are some similar sounding books that have been released or ar soon to be published like Therese Fowler's Exposure. I guess this topic is timely. Thanks for sharing this pick with us.

Karis Jacobstein said...

This looks really good! Thanks for posting it!

DarlingNickey said...

Wow, that sounds really good! Thanks for putting it up!

Nickey @ The Book Shop Assistant

Sarah said...

Hmm....sounds interesting and of course, scandalous! lol

Sarah ♥ I'm Loving Books

Jennifer Stone said...

This sounds really good! Thanks for sharing.

Here's my WoW this week.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Sounds like a nightmare for sure. I don't think it would be one I'd read though.

Mickey @ imabookshark said...

Might have to look into your pick! Nice, thanks :o)

-Mickey @ WoW

Scribal Goddess said...

Thanks for such a great meme, and thanks for sharing. The book sounds interesting.

Darkfallen said...

Nice WoW!!
New follower BTW

Wanna know what we can't wait to get our sticky fingers on at Paranormal Wastelands?
http://paranormalwastelands.blogspot.com/2011/05/waiting-on-wednesday_11.html

bermudaonion said...

I'm reading a book that sounds like it tackles a similar subject. This sounds like it could have been ripped from the headlines.

Neri said...

This books sounds really interesting. I love these types of books. Adding to my tbr list.

Thanks!

After_Dark said...

thanks again,,for sharing,,your book sounds interesting..My WOW is mostly for my daughter,,,,lol she has it marked on her calender,,lol
thanks for sharing
Jennifer

Meg @ A Bookish Affair said...

Wow, this book looks really interesting especially with all the "sexting" stories that seem to be getting a lot of play in the news lately. I'll be on the look out for this one!

Aleetha said...

I love the cover of this book :)

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Oh, wow! This one sounds fabulous! I love stories about bad choices and what happens next....

Here's MY WOW POST

bookchewer said...

Wow..interesting pick! Sounds really good and the cover is really cool!

-Bookchewer from
bookchewer-bookchewer.blogspot.com

Shon said...

Interesting choice this week. The topic is certainly relevant today. I'm adding it to my "download sample" list for my Kindle. Thanks for sharing.

Joy said...

Great pick! I love the drama and suspense it may hold. Have fun reading this week!
Joy at Books and Life

Bunnitaz said...

Sounds interesting and current...here's mine

Hannah said...

Thanks for your post. I'll make a note of this title for my book club because it sounds like we'd have a lot to discuss.

Eleonora said...

I don't know if this book is my taste, but sounds interesting.

Eleonora from My Book Addiction

Heather (booksavvybabe) said...

I love this meme! This is my first week joining in the fun. Thank you for hosting
Book Savvy Babe
http://booksavvybabe.blogspot.com

Kristen said...

That sounds like a really good book! Thanks for making that your pick this week!

Lori @ Romancing the Darkside said...

Sounds like a Lifetime movie!!! Great choice this week.

Carrie Rundhaug said...

Very interesting book! I might have to look into it!!

Carrie
www.just-one-more-chapter.com

bookworm1494 said...

looks like a great book, heres my WOW:

The Book Blog Experieince

LC said...

Looks interesting, I'll have to have a look. I went YA Kim Harrison in my choice.
Lisa from cold moon violet books

My anxious life said...

This week I am waiting for the next book in the Game of Thrones Series!

Angie

MountainLight said...

Thank you so much for starting this! I have already found several promising books, and my "to-read" list is rapidly expanding. LOL Now, for a Kindle and more time!! :)

T.V and Book Addict said...

I love the cover!

Jen @ A Book and a Latte said...

Hmmm... I'd be interested to hear what you think of the book once you read it!

- Jen @ A Book and a Latte

Maria Behar said...

Well, after seeing this book meme on so many other blogs, and doing a bit of ponderfing on whether or not to do this type of thing on my blog, I finally decided to joint the fun!

So I have published my very first WOW post, which I have combined with news about a book giveaway happening on another blog.

Now I'll be keeping up with other blogs' WOW posts as well, including the ones on Breaking the Spine!

Maria @ http://twilightandotherdreams.blogspot.com/

Maria Behar said...

Sorry about the typos....the Keyboard Monster has been bugging me today! : )

Jenny said...

Sounds interesting. I just hope a lesson is learned at the end.

Maria Behar said...

I went back and read the book synopsis, which I must confess I hadn't perused before linking up. Well, I have to say that this plot is very close to what a real-life scenario would be. The Internet has turned into something of a monster, where rumors and gossip are concerned!

While the book does sound intriguing, I must make another confession -- it's not my cup of tea... The type of books I love to read have plots taking place in that other world, the one full of faeries, angels, vampires, green-blooded aliens, and other fantastical creatures.

I'll be checking out your other WOW posts. Hope you have featured some books full of other-worldly characters! But if not, no problem. There's room for all reading tastes and genres in our reality! : )

SimplyMe said...

Interesting Pick!

Linked my W.o.W post for this week!

Nicole said...

Good pick this week. I may have to add it to my list!

Sally said...

This one looks very intense and kind of scary.
Sally.
http://theelifylop.blogspot.com/2011/05/waiting-on-wednesday-18.html

Shelagh said...

Your pick for this week is both relevant and interesting for our modern lives.

Good find.

lulilut said...

Wow, not the meme ;)
I mean the summary and the cover. Their world will crumble like the house of cards with the release of that video and the implications.

mfay2 said...

This is my first WOW.

Kristi said...

This Beautiful Life sounds really good! It is definitely going on my TBR list! Thanks for sharing!

kaye (paper reader) said...

Admittedly I perk up whenever I see New York, but the topic sounds like it could be good if done right. I'm going to check back in on this one and see.

Maria Behar said...

Hey, and thanks for visiting my blog and commenting on my WOW!!

The Bookaholic said...

Sounds like an interesting read!

This was my pick (also my very first WoW):
http://the-bookaholic.blogspot

:)

Pixie

Leah said...

my first time doing waiting on wednesday

Louisa said...

Oo, nice :) Here's mine: http://writingcrazyme.blogspot.com/2011/05/waiting-on-wednesday-3-may-11th.html

Gina @ My Precious said...

Sounds cute, I hadn't heard of this one before.

Gina @ My Precious said...

Sounds cute, I hadn't heard of this one before.

Books4Learning said...

Ok. You have me intrigued! I want to check this one out! Could be a good teaching tool.