Hearts for the Day
For Valentine’s Day – pink and red books due for release after Valentine’s Day. Hearts on all, but a mix of love and love endings. Love in the Corner Pocket by Marlene Perez (Point April 2008) with its pink pool table and Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty by Jody Gehrman (Dial April 2008) with a pleasing hot pink background for a cup of… um… magic! coffee. Both set in California. And two more pink books Prom Kings and Drama Queens by Dorian Cirrone (HarperTeen March 2008) and Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Stories About Falling Out of Love by Four Incredible Authors by Niki Burnham, Terri Clark, Ellen Hopkins & Linda Sandoval (Graphia May 2008), a book of four stories about ending relationships.
So pink, not purple (see this post), seems to be the color of romance. Sure to keep the boys away.
It is interesting that all use objects, and not people, to indicate relationships within. A growing trend. I do wonder what led to the elimination of people on books for children and teens. Any ideas?
Love in the Corner Pocket: Chloe, a Laguna Beach, California, high school student, sorts out questions about her parents’ separation and her own friendships and love life as she gets ready to compete in a pool tournament. (Ages 12+)
Triple Shot Betty: Sixteen-year-olds Geena, Hero, and Amber spend the summer working at a Sonoma, California coffee shop, where they experience romance, identity crises, and newfound friendships. (Ages 14+)
Prom Kings and Drama Queens: When high school junior Emily Bennet is caught between a new relationship with the boy of her dreams and planning an alternative prom with her longtime rival on the student newspaper, it forces her to think about her values and make a difficult decision. (Ages 12+)
Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Four stories by four authors, about breaking up. (Ages 12+)