Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. where on Wednesdays, book blogger share what book they’re eagerly waiting on. To say I’m eagerly waiting on this book is a complete understatement.
However, this week I am waiting on the Young Adult novel Damsel Distressed by Kelsey Macke. I had heard of this book before but only rediscovered this book again on Erin’s (The Hardcover Lover) blog where she reviewed it. Then I fell in love. Again.
Damsel Distressed by Kelsey Macke
Release Date: October 14th 2014
Published By: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pre-Order: Amazon / Barnes and Noble / Book Depository
Hot girls get the fairy tales. No one cares about the stepsisters’ story. Those girls don’t get a sweet little ending; they get a lifetime of longing
Imogen Keegen has never had a happily ever after–in fact, she doesn’t think they are possible. Ever since her mother’s death seven years ago, Imogen has pulled herself in and out of therapy, struggled with an “emotionally disturbed” special ed. label, and loathed her perma-plus-sized status.
When Imogen’s new stepsister, the evil and gorgeous Ella Cinder, moves in down the hall, Imogen begins losing grip on the pieces she’s been trying to hold together. The only things that gave her solace–the theatre, cheese fries, and her best friend, Grant–aren’t enough to save her from her pain this time.
While Imogen is enjoying her moment in the spotlight after the high school musical, the journal pages containing her darkest thoughts get put on display. Now, Imogen must resign herself to be crushed under the ever-increasing weight of her pain, or finally accept the starring role in her own life story.
And maybe even find herself a happily ever after.
Enhance the experience with the companion soundtrack, Imogen Unlocked, by the author’s band, Wedding Day Rain.
Why I Can’t Wait
I’m excited for this book and can’t wait for a variety of reasons. One, the girl is a size other than thin so it’s like, yes please because that’s not seen too much in YA fiction. Though it’s becoming a little more common with Eleanor & Park and The Duff: The Designated Ugly Fat Friend being out.
The second reason I’m so excited for this book is because it’s a Cinderella reverse telling. Rather than the main character, Imogen be the pretty one, she is not. Necessarily, anyway. That role belongs to her stepsister, Ella Cinder.
Let’s just take a minute to let that name sink in.
I know it’s not a big deal, but that just seems so clever to me, even though it’s not really. I don’t know, maybe I’m just enthused easily. Who knows?
The third reason I’m ecstatic is because Imogen has been in therapy, which I know, “that’s not exactly a great thing Amber”. I just like that she has issues. Of course one could argue that a lot of the “issues” in Young Adult novels are dealing with mental illnesses and therapy and the like, we’re not going to right now.
Okay, my final reason (sort 0f) that I am completely over the moon in love with this book is the fact that Imogen likes musicals. By like, I mean she actually performs in them. She sings and she does great according to the summery. I love that. There needs to be more Young Adult novels where the main characters go around singing show tunes. Okay, that’s probably not what Imogen does, but you catch my drift. Yes?
I’m also in love with the fact that she journals which is going to definitely cause some problems. Now this sounds a little cliche, which I don’t tend to like, but my enthuasim is too great at this point to really care.
Also, if I needed more of a reason to be excited for this book, it’s because of the cover. Look at it!
Okay, sorry, I’m a bit too far gone at this point. Anything I say or do cannot be held against me, included but not limited to pre-ordering this book.
This cover would have been perfect for last week’s “Wondrous Covers Wednesday” on my blog. Oh well. I just love the cover so much.
I just want to encourage everyone to check this book out when it comes out next month.
I remembered one more thing. Oh my gosh, there is this quote that is in the book which is
“When are we gonna get a fat princess? How about a princess with bad acne and crappy posture and the mouth of a sailor? Probably never. Every. Single. One. Is the same. Totally hot. Totally predicable.”
Oh my gosh guys. This quote reminds me of this other quote/lyric in this amazing musical called Bare: A Pop Opera, the original, not the remake, which I will be speaking of for this week’s “Musical Monday”. Yes, that was a plug on my own blog. Back to my point. The song is called Plain Jane Fatass, yes, I know, what a title. It’s a good song. It’s an amazing musical. It’s sung by a girl named Nadia who suffers from low self esteem issues. Anyway, the quote is
“But why can’t the fat girl play Juliet? It’s the plumpest of roles so then why not pick me?”
Yes, you see the amazing connection between Damsel, Distressed and Bare? Musical, musical, heavyset, heavyset, yes.
Now, the character that sings the song above isn’t a super main character, but she is one.
If that isn’t enough of a connection between the characters, I’ll have you know that Damsel Distressed is a Cinderella re-telling and Bare is basically a musical version of Romeo and Juliet, which the characters are doing a musical for. So we have play+musical in both, Damsel Distressed and Bare. Basically. 🙂 That’s the most amazing thing. The Bare characters do a musical version of Romeo and Juliet inside of the musical That makes sense? Right? Anyway, specifically this quote reminds me of Damsel Distressed, which is sung in “A Quiet Night At Home“.
“What a tale of star cross lovers, life is lived on other stages…”