It's hard finding beauty in the badlands of Washokey, Wyoming, but 14-year-old Grace Carpenter knows it's not her mother's pageant obsessions, or the cowboy dances adored by her small-town classmates. True beauty is wild-girl Mandarin Ramey: 17, shameless and utterly carefree. Grace would give anything to be like Mandarin.
When they're united for a project, they form an unlikely, explosive friendship, packed with nights spent skinny-dipping in the canal, liberating the town's animal-head trophies, and searching for someplace magic. Grace plays along when Mandarin suggests they run away together. Blame it on the crazy-making wildwinds plaguing their badlands town.
Because all too soon, Grace discovers Mandarin's unique beauty hides a girl who's troubled, broken, and even dangerous. And no matter how hard Grace fights to keep the magic, no friendship can withstand betrayal.
I've been on a bit of a contemporary binge lately, and this just sounds perfect to feed my recent addiction. It sounds touching, and sad, and beautiful, and just all around amazing. March is going to be a fab month for books :D
What are you waiting for?
Love the premise of this book, I am not normally a contemporary type but this one might change my mind. Thanks for putting it on my radar.ReplyDelete
I have had this one pre-order since last year and cannot wait either. Great pick!ReplyDelete
I can't wait for this one, it sounds soooo good!! Great pick! =)ReplyDelete
thanks so much for featuring Like Mandarin :) I can't believe March is almost here!ReplyDelete
Oh my gosh I cannot wait until this book comes out!! I'm so happy March is almost here! This sounds truly amazing!ReplyDelete
Awesome pick Cicely! :)
i'm so excited for this one! love my contemporary books.ReplyDelete
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