That's right! I had such a good time running a giveaway contest for Kami Kinard's book that I am now immediately segueing into ANOTHER giveaway!! Too good to be true, you say? Well, there is one catch: I'm giving this book away because I didn't like it.
I bought a hardcover copy of John Corey Whaley's novel, "Where Things Come Back," because I saw that it had won a Printz Award as well as a William C. Morris Debut Award, which of course seemed promising. I struggled to get through it, however, and came away with the feeling that the YA world must be fairly desperate for boy books. But I am not here to pan this novel or to bias you against it. Au contraire! I am here to tell you that PLENTY of others like this book, and that perhaps you will too! Kirkus Reviews, for example, calls it a poignant and hilarious story of loss and redemption which "explores the process of grief, second chances, and even the meaning of life." Well, I ask you: how much more comprehensive can one get?? Yeah. Exactly.
So here are my rules for the contest: Read whatever you want to about this book and its author. Then, leave a comment that convinces me that you have absolutely no respect for my opinion. Prove to me that this book will, at the very least, find a loving home on your shelf, and perhaps even change your life. Make me see that small towns in Arkansas, disappearing brothers, and extinct woodpeckers are, to you, the stuff of dreams. If I consider your comment the most persuasive one I receive, the book is yours. Contest ends at midnight EST on July 31st. My copy of the book is in like-new condition, and its fate lies in your hands.