I don't have an author interview for this Tuesday, so instead I've been thinking about a book I can highlight. Tara Kelly recently started a Realistic Revolution on her blog, where she asked her readers for suggestions of contemporary realistic fiction, with a focus on books that have been overlooked, or may not have gotten the attention they deserve.
I've recently read lots of books I've really loved, but one in particular that I think falls into this category. I'm not a book reviewer, but just want to throw this out as suggestions, if you're looking for something contemporary to read.
In fifteen-year-old Alyssa Bondar's Russian-Jewish culture, having a few drinks is as traditional as blinchiki and piroshki. So when her mom's midday cocktails turn into an all-day happy hour, it seems like Alyssa's the only one who notices—or cares. Her dad is steeped in the nightly news—and denial—and her best friend Lana is too busy trashing their shared Russian heritage so she can be popular.
Alyssa would rather focus on cross-country meets and her first kiss with her running partner, Keith, but someone has to clean up her mom's mess. But who will be there to catch Alyssa when her mom's next fall off the wagon threatens to drag her down, too?
I finished reading this book in a few short days. The characters drew me in and the writing was wonderful. I know people usually want to rush out and read The Next Popular Book, but I encourage you to take time to look for some lesser-known gems as well.
Do you have any lesser-known gems you want to recommend?