In My Mailbox #17

In My Mailbox explores the books I received during the week. If you would to have your own "In My Mailbox" post, you can find more information at The Story Siren.

Step Up and Dance (Girlfriend Fiction, #6) by Thalia Kalkipsakis
1st August 2008 | Allen & Unwin

As I leaped and kicked, taking care to be perfectly in line, I felt a quickening in my chest, a secret dance in my heart. I just had to get through rehearsal and the game itself, then I would finally get to talk to him . . .
Saph's life is pretty perfect. At sixteen, she's already doing what she loves: dancing in a cheerleading squad for a professional basketball team.

So when she gets a Valentine from her secret crush, all her dreams seem to be within reach. But the harder Saph dances after her dreams, the more her real life starts to get in the way. Worst of all, the Valentine turns out to be a hoax. Humiliated and angry, Saph and her best friend, Summer, are determined to get revenge.

A funny, energetic story about forgetting the moves and remembering what's important.

Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern
29th September 2009 | Feiwel & Friends

It's Jessie's sophomore year of high school. A self-professed 'mathelete,' she isn't sure where she belongs. Her two best friends have transformed themselves into punks and one of them is going after her longtime crush. Her beloved older brother will soon leave for college (and in the meantime has shaved his mohawk and started dating . . . the prom princess!) . . .

Things are changing fast. Jessie needs new friends. And her quest is a hilarious tour through high-school clique-dom, with a surprising stop along the way - the Dungeons and Dragons crowd, who out-nerd everyone. Will hanging out with them make her a nerd, too? And could she really be crushing on a guy with too-short pants and too-white gym shoes?

If you go into the wild nerd yonder, can you ever come back?

1st February 1999 | MTV

Standing on the fringes of life...

offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

This haunting novel about the dilemma of passivity vs. passion marks the stunning debut of a provocative new voice in contemporary fiction: The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

This is the story of what it's like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie's letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite.

Through Charlie, Stephen Chbosky has created a deeply affecting coming-of-age story, a powerful novel that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller coaster days known as growing up.

Shrinking Violet by Danielle Joseph
5th May 2009 | MTV

High school senior Teresa Adams is so painfully shy that she dreads speaking to anyone in the hallways or getting called on in class. But in the privacy of her bedroom with her iPod in hand, she rocks out -- doing mock broadcasts for Miami's hottest FM radio station, which happens to be owned by her stepfather.

When a slot opens up at The SLAM, Tere surprises herself by blossoming behind the mike into confident, sexy Sweet T -- and to everyone's shock, she's a hit! Even Gavin, the only guy in school who she dares to talk to, raves about the mysterious DJ's awesome taste in music. But when The SLAM announces a songwriting contest -- and a prom date with Sweet T is the grand prize -- Sweet T's dream could turn into Tere's worst nightmare....

Blue Bloods and Masquerade (Blue Bloods, #1 & #2)
by Melissa de la Cruz

Invisible I (The Amanda Project, #1) by Stella Lennon

Everything Beautiful by Simmone Howell

Cassie (Girlfriend Fiction, #8) by Barry Jonsberg

Q: Where do you get most of your books from and how do you first hear about them?


  1. I'm interested to hear what you think of Perks of Being a Wallflower!

    Also I absolutely love Everything Beautiful and Notes from the Teenage Underground!

    Do you mostly borrow your books? Or get sent them for review? (If you buy them you must spend all your money on books!)

  2. Awesome books, they look really good! =] I have heard many good things about Into the Wild Nerd Yonder! Hope you enjoy it. Oh and Shrinking Violet was a really cute read, happy reading!

  3. @Steph - A friend of mine RAVED about Perks so I went to pick it up at the library and found it in the junior section so I knocked it back but just the other day I saw it in the teen section so I decided to try it anyway.

    I buy a book every now and again, mostly from online stores. I borrow ALOT of books, mostly reserving them through InterLibraryLoans and get a few books for review. I also do a lot of trading and bookmooching. I'm going to start buying books on eBay, there seem to be quite a few cheap lots on there.

    @Kate - Thats a shame about Wild Nerd, I was actually a bit disappointed when I saw the physical book, the cover just didn't do it justice.

  4. Blue Blood series is cool. Hope you enjoy your books and Happy Reading!!

  5. Great books you got this week. Blue Bloods and Masquerade are both really good. Hope you enjoy reading all your books.

  6. Ooo I love the Blue Bloods. Good Series!

  7. Hope you enjoy the Gaga book :-) great blog by the way, it's a great source of inspiration for new stuff to read

  8. That is a whole lot of books, and some I'm really envying! I really do need to read Shrinking Violet in particular. Hope you enjoy them all.

    I tend to either buy my books or get sent them for review. I know the library can be a great resource but when I love a book I can't bear to part with it!

  9. Amazing books you got this week. And lots of them!
    I never heard of most of them and also not of Lady Gaga: "Just Dance" - The Biography by Helia Phoenixl. Sounds like a fun book to read if it's written well. I hope you enjoy.

    I love buying books online or at the bookstores in Amsterdam. My library doesn't have lots available, so I have to buy lots of YA books.

  10. Wow, there's already a biography on Lady Gaga??? I think her style's kinda weird although her music isn't that makes one want to tap or sing along to her songs.

    I would like to read The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Despite its really plain-looking cover, I feel that there's much more to the book. Very thought-provoking cover, that is.

  11. I love that you introduce me to a bunch of books I've never stumbled upon myself. I'm off to check a bunch of these out and add them to my list.

    I hope you enjoy them! :D

  12. Great week for you! I love the cover of Step up and Dance!

  13. I can't wait to hear what you think of The Perks of Being a Wallflower or Shrinking Violet! :]

  14. A lot of these books look great! Into the Wild Nerd Yonder sounds funny. I want to read Invisible i too.

    I get most of my books from the library, and I hear about them through wonderful book blogs like this one!

  15. Wow you got so many awesome books! I love the cover of Step Up and Dance. The Perks of Being a Wallflower was amazing, I hope you like it as much as I did! Happy reading :)

  16. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is pretty much my favourite book ever, ever. I've never even reviewed it because I'll just swoon for pages and pages, haha. I really hope you enjoy it :) x

  17. awesome. I love Perks. definitely a favorite of mine. and I really want to read Into the Wild Nerd Yonder.

    did you enter my book lover's prize packet? come on by! one more week!


  18. I've heard TPOBAW is amazing...and wow, sooo many books!

    Hope you enjoy them all! :)

  19. Awesome books you have got over there.. Itoo want to read Amanda Project and Blue Bloods series ..

  20. Enjoy your books. You definately have alot of them. Here's Mine.


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