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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tuesday Recommendation: INCONVENIENT by Margie Gelbwasser

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.

Inconvenient by Margie Gelbwasser. Here's the summary from GoodReads:

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?


  1. I don't know if it's lesser known, but I sure enjoyed Jessi Kirby's debut, Moonglass.

  2. I agree with Angelina, Moonglass by Jessi Kirby was excellent. I've also loved Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han and it's two sequels, The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder, anything and everything Elizabeth Scott, Beauty Queens by Libba Bray, Carter's Big Break by Brent Crawford. So many great choices - that's just what I can think of off the top of my head at 7am! So glad realistic fiction is making a comeback. This was the genre that moved me, if not saved me, as a teenager and it's what I like to read the most still.