Synopses & Reviews
Kate Axelrods atmospheric, intense book captures perfectly the heady feeling of being on the edge of adulthood, when the abstract concept of love starts to have real and sometimes terrifying meaning and consequences.” Emily Gould, author of Friendship
THE LAW OF LOVING OTHERS . . .
Hours after Emma returns home from boarding school, she realizes that her mom is suffering from a schizophrenic break. Suddenly, Emmas entire childhood and identity is called into question.
COULD NOT BE DISCOVERED BY REASON,
Desperate for answers, Emma turns to her boyfriend, Daniel. Will he love her even if she goes crazy too? But its the lonely, brooding boy Emma meets while visiting her mother at the hospital who really understands Emma. Phil encourages Emmas reckless need for hurt and pain in the face of all this change and she is soon caught in a complicated spiral of loss and mistrust.
BECAUSE IT IS UNREASONABLE.”
In the span of just one winter break, Emmas relationships alter forever and she is forced to see the wisdom in a line from Anna Karenina: The law of loving others could not be discovered by reason, because it is unreasonable.”
A beautifully grounded coming-of-age novel, THE LAW OF LOVING OTHERS demands that the reader accept the main character, Emma, for who she is, while also creating deep sympathy for all that she is going through.
"After Colby graduates from high school, his well-laid plans to spend a year traveling through Europe go up in smoke when his travel partner and best friend, Bev, reveals she's going to art school instead. Colby is angry and hurt, but he doesn't have time to do much brooding. He's committed himself to playing chauffeur for Bev's all-girl rock band, the Disenchantments, on their first (and probably last) summer tour. Chronicling the band's road trip up the West Coast, this insightful coming-of-age story expresses how a teen in limbo learns some profound lessons about disappointment, love, and the pursuit of dreams in some unexpected places. Between gigs, Colby meets unlikely kindred spirits a tattoo artist, a semifamous graffiti artist, and a female farmer whose outlooks influence his decisions about the future. LaCour (Hold Still) skillfully draws connections between art and life as she delves into the heart of her characters, revealing their fears and celebrating the creative forces that inspire them to reach for the stars. Ages 14 up. Agent: Sara Crowe, Harvey Klinger Inc. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"A rich tapestry that will make readers confident that they are in the hands of a master storyteller."--Kirkus Reviews
, starred review
"Enchanting...this realistic novel will hit home."--School Library Journal, starred review
"Astonishing."--Booklist, starred review
"Make this book a part of your collection--you will not be disappointed."--VOYA, starred review
Praise for The Disenchantments
"This is about the inside and outside of characters, the past and future of their lives—and it is astonishing." --Booklist, starred review
"...a rich tapestry that will make readers confident that they are in the hands of a master storyteller...Hauntingly beautiful." --Kirkus, starred review
"LaCour (Hold Still) skillfully draws connections between art and life as she delves into the heart of her characters..." --Publishers Weekly, starred review
“LaCour’s writing style is laid-back, low key, and totally on point.” --VOYA, starred review
"Enchanting in its depiction of the cusp of young disenchantment, this realistic novel will hit home with many thoughtful YAs.” --School Library Journal, starred review
“Each roadtripper has his or her own artistic way of chronicling the individual journeys they are on together, and that introspection draws the reader into this intimate novel.” --NPR.org
"Quietly compelling...well rendered, bittersweet and hopeful." --Los Angeles Times
“THE LAW OF LOVING OTHERS . . . immerses us in an utterly convincing world, and, in Emma, creates the kind of complex heroine readers will long remember—in all her flaws and hidden strengths and surprising wisdom.”—Dan Chaon, author of AWAIT YOUR REPLY and STAY AWAKE
"A riveting and heartbreaking story of every young person's worst nightmare: the descent of a parent into madness. A great read by a great new writer to watch." -Blake Nelson, author of The Prince of Venice Beach
“The Law of Loving Others is a poignant, powerful, and insightful novel about love, loss, and growing up. Kate Axelrod has written a wise and wonderful debut.” -- Margo Rabb, author of Cures for Heartbreak and Kissing in America
"Axelrod has created a convincing portrait of a teen newly experiencing the step-by-step process of learning how to cope with a family members mental illness." --SLJ
Praise for The Museum of Intangible Things
“A crisp, beautifully crafted story of adventure, love, and the limits of friendship…” -Booklist (Starred Review)
“A finely crafted blend of heartbreak and humor…” -Kirkus
“Hannahs fluid narration will keep the pages turning until the novels complex and bittersweet conclusion.” -SLJ
“…beautifully explored…highly entertaining…Hand this to (girly) fans of Steven Chbosky.” -VOYA
“A cast of well-rounded and memorable characters and a realistic perspective on mental illness make for a thought-provoking story.” -PW
“Zoe is a complex character who in addition to being bipolar is also intelligent, loyal, and funny. Tragically, however, its Zoes illness that brings this outstanding novel—and an inspiring friendship—to a heartbreaking but inevitable conclusion.” -Horn Book
"By building an engrossing story with likable characters around a set of poetic, even philosophical, concepts, Wunder invites readers to consider the intangibles in their own lives." -BCCB
“Nobody writes true, messy, gorgeous friendship like Wendy Wunder. The Museum of Intangible Things is wrenching and real.”
--Katie Cotugno, author of How to Love
“The Museum of Intangible Things is the best kind of joyride: exhilarating and hilarious and full of heart. A must-read for anyone who has ever had - or longed for - a true best friend.”
--Alexandra Coutts, author of Tumble and Fall
Colby and Bev have a long-standing pact: graduate, hit the road with Bev's band, and then spend the year wandering around Europe. But moments after the tour kicks off, Bev makes a shocking announcement: she's abandoning their plans - and Colby — to start college in the fall.
But the show must go on and The Disenchantments weave through the Pacific Northwest, playing in small towns and dingy venues, while roadie Colby struggles to deal with Bev's already growing distance and the most important question of all: what's next?
Morris Award–finalist Nina LaCour draws together the beauty and influences of music and art to brilliantly capture a group of friends on the brink of the rest of their lives.
Loyalty. Envy. Obligation. Dreams. Disappointment. Fear. Negligence. Coping. Elation. Lust. Nature. Freedom. Heartbreak. Insouciance. Audacity. Gluttony. Belief. God. Karma. Knowing what you want (there is probably a French word for it). Saying Yes. Destiny. Truth. Devotion. Forgiveness. Life. Happiness (ever after).
Hannah and Zoe havent had much in their lives, but theyve always had each other. So when Zoe tells Hannah she needs to get out of their down-and-out New Jersey town, they pile into Hannahs beat-up old Le Mans and head west, putting everythingtheir deadbeat parents, their disappointing love lives, their inevitable enrollment at community collegebehind them.
As they chase storms and make new friends, Zoe tells Hannah she wants more for her. She wants her to live bigger, dream grander, aim higher. And so Zoe begins teaching Hannah all about lifes intangible things, concepts sadly missing from her existencethings like audacity, insouciance, karma, and even happiness.
An unforgettable read from the acclaimed author of The Probability of Miracles, The Museum of Intangible Things sparkles with the humor and heartbreak of true friendship and first love.
About the Author
Wendy Wunder is the author of The Probability of Miracles, which was called beautiful” in a starred review from Kirkus and a graceful balance of comedy and tragedy” by Publishers Weekly. When shes not writing or spending time with her family, she teaches yoga in Boston. Like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/wendywunder.