Date Published: April 23, 2019
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Magpie Lewis started writing in her yellow notebook the day her family self-destructed. That was the night Eryn, Magpie’s sister, skipped town and left her to fend for herself. That was the night of Brandon Phipp’s party.
Now, Magpie is called a slut whenever she walks down the hallways of her high school, her former best friend won’t speak to her, and she spends her lunch period with a group of misfits who’ve all been socially exiled like she has. And so, feeling trapped and forgotten, Magpie retreats to her notebook, dreaming up a place called Near.
Near is perfect–somewhere where her father never cheated, her mother never drank, and Magpie’s own life never derailed so suddenly. She imagines Near so completely, so fully, that she writes it into existence, right in her own backyard. It’s a place where she can have anything she wants…even revenge.
Why I Am Excited About It:
Last summer (and basically the rest of the year), I raved about Leno’s 2018 novel, Summer of Salt. So when I was browsing through NetGalley, procrastinating my studies, as usual, I found a new gem that she is releasing! This is abet much dark than her previous novels but it seems to be full of her excellent storytelling nonetheless. I feel like I am going to enjoy reading about Magpie and her world of Near, which I get the feeling that we will be experiencing it first hand. She sounds like a total anti-heroine, which is something that I am always here for.
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme by Jill at Breaking the Spine and is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings.
Cover Image and Synopsis from GoodReads