Ok, here goes, first book!
Author: Lauren Oliver
Year Published: 2011
Synopsis: Lena Haloway is content in her safe, government-managed society. She feels (mostly) relaxed about the future in which her husband and career will be decided, and looks forward to turning 18, when she’ll be cured of deliria, a.k.a. love. She tries not to think about her mother’s suicide (her last words to Lena were a forbidden “I love you”) or the supposed “Invalid” community made up of the uncured just beyond her Portland, Maine, border. There’s no real point—she believes her government knows how to best protect its people, and should do so at any cost. But 95 days before her cure, Lena meets Alex, a confident and mysterious young man who makes her heart flutter and her skin turn red-hot. As their romance blossoms, Lena begins to doubt the intentions of those in power, and fears that her world will turn gray should she submit to the procedure.
Why?: I'm all about YA dystopian novels, and this seems like a typical one. It's interesting that love is thought of as something that should be cured (like AIDS or cancer), and it's set in the US instead of on some distant planet in a parallel universe. Maybe not the most original of ideas or plot lines, but hopefully it proves to be a well written book with a different take on your typical YA love story.
Expectations: Not many expectations for this one, I haven't read anything else by this author and I haven't read many reviews about the book. Plus, it just came out like last month, so I haven't encountered anyone else who has read it or even heard of it (except Paul, of course).
Judging a book by its cover: The cover is, at first glance, pretty unassuming. Just the author and the title. Until you look at it closer... then you can see the girl's face in the letters. Oh, and when you take off the jacket, there's some girl just looking downwards. I'm hoping the book isn't as creepy as that. At least it's not something stupid like two hands holding an apple though...
Here goes nothing!