Jan 10, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday - A World Away by Nancy Grossman

A World Away by Nancy Grossman
July 17th, 2012 from Hyperion

A summer of firsts
Sixteen-year-old Eliza Miller has never made a phone call, never tried on a pair of jeans, sat in a darkened theater waiting for a movie to start. She’s never even talked to someone her age who isn’t Amish, like her. 

A summer of good-byes 
When she leaves her close-knit family to spend the summer as a nanny in suburban Chicago, a part of her can’t wait to leave behind everything she knows. She can’t imagine the secrets she will uncover, the friends she will make, the surprises and temptations of a way of life so different from her own. 

A summer of impossible choice 
Every minute Eliza spends with her new friend Josh feels as good as listening to music for the first time, and she wonders whether there might be a place for her in his world. But as summer wanes, she misses the people she has left behind, and the plain life she once took for granted. Eliza will have to decide for herself where she belongs. Whichever choice she makes, she knows she will lose someone she loves.

This one is a totally different read for me, but I'm all over it. I don't think I am the only one that is a little fascinated with the Amish lifestyle. My fingers are always on the lapie or on my phone and I can't imagine living in the prairie days or even today as an Amish girl. I can't wait to see Eliza experience everything we take for granted...

What do you think? Do you know any other YA books that address the Amish community? And just before I hit Publish Post, I did a search and came across this list about Amish Teen Fiction. I don't recognize any. I will note that these books are written by the Amish, for the Amish.

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  1. LOVE this cover Jenn I need to add this one to TBR Pile.

  2. This sounds really good. Thanks for the suggestion!

    Please check out my WoW!

  3. I love that others love Amish fiction as much as me!!!

  4. I don't know if it counts as "teen" - but A Complicated Kindness is a great book that you may also enjoy!

  5. I've never read any Amish fiction before, but I can see the draw. This story sounds good!
    - Jessica @ Book Sake

  6. This one sounds really good. I've never read Amish fiction but this one sounds like a good one :)


  7. Holy moly, how have I not heard about this? What a great pick, Jen! I haven't read any books about the Amish community but it's definitely sounds intriguing.

    *adds to tbr list*

    (in Gollum's voice) MY PRECIOUS...

  8. I haven't gotten into any books about Amish Culture. The cover is beautiful, though! I'd definitely thumb through this to see what's up!

    Here's my pick
    Glitter Lit

  9. I hadn't heard of this one before - thanks for putting it on my radar! I find the Amish lifestyle/culture very intriguing and there aren't that many YA books about it, so this sounds like a great addition to the genre.

  10. This one is new to me but it definitely sounds good. Thanks for the rec.

  11. This one looks like such a great read - I adore the cover.

  12. Thanks for sharing! I was actually looking for an Amish title to read that didn't seem too cheesy. I had never heard of Amish fiction until I took a trip to Florida a few months back and discovered rows and rows of Amish romance fiction at the Walmart! I guess Amish fiction is big down there... which is strange because we actually have quite a few Amish communities in the province and I've never seen any Amish fiction here.