Saturday, April 30, 2011
I quote from the final paragraph. The rest will be posted closer to release date (October) on the YA Books Central site. But as an author eager to hear how this book will be received, reading and being able to share this now (right now) means the world:
In some books, it’s the story that captures you and in some, it’s the characters. In You Are My Only, it is that rare combination of story and character. Kephart has created two (almost) separate but equal stories, both intriguing and engrossing. In addition, she has created the perfect characters. I defy anyone not to fall in love with Sophie, Joey and Aunts Cloris and Helen or Emmy and Autumn and even Harvey, the dog. I defy anyone not to hate (maybe intensely dislike) Sophie’s mother or Peter. As always, Kephart chooses her words with care, and while the language is not as ‘ethereal’ as in some of her recent books, her images and descriptions and wording remain essential in understanding the characters and surroundings. There are secrets that need to be unearthed and things to ponder. There are relationships that you are jealous you are not a part of and those you are glad you have not experienced. You can read You Are My Only quickly and enjoy the story or you can read it slowly and savor every word and nuance and description. Either way, you must read Beth Kephart’s latest addition to Young Adult literature, You Are My Only. More than likely, after you’ve read it once, you’ll go back and read it again. I know I will.