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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday #47: When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by  Breaking the Spine. 
This is were we get to 'spotlight' books that we are anxiously waiting to be released! The ones that we are dying to get our hands on and read into the wee hours of the night and, quite possibly, to make our shelves look all pretty too :)

What I'm waiting on... 

by Daisy Whitney
Expected release date: Little, Brown
Published by: June 2013
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary


Danny's mother lost her five-year battle with cancer three weeks before his graduation - the one day that she was hanging on to see.

Now Danny is left alone, with only his memories, his dog, and his heart-breaking ex-girlfriend for company. He doesn't know how to figure out what to do with her estate, what to say for his Valedictorian speech, let alone how to live or be happy anymore.

When he gets a letter from his mom's property manager in Tokyo, where she had been going for treatment, it shows a side of his mother he never knew. So, with no other sense of direction, Danny travels to Tokyo to connect with his mother's memory and make sense of her final months, which seemed filled with more joy than Danny ever knew. There, among the cherry blossoms, temples, and crowds, and with the help of an almost-but-definitely-not Harijuku girl, he begins to see how it may not have been ancient magic or mystical treatment that kept his mother going. Perhaps, the secret of how to live lies in how she died.

Filled with humor, raw emotion, a strong voice, and a brilliant dog named Sandy Koufax, When You Were Here explores the two most powerful forces known to man - death and love. Daisy Whitney brings her characters to life with a deft touch and resonating authenticity. 

Why I'm waiting on 'When You Were Here'...

This sounds like one of those reads that can have you crying one moment and then laughing to yourself the next - I love books that can bring on all different kinds of emotions.

And the setting to this book - Tokyo - so different!
Can't wait to read this one!!!

What are you waiting on this week???
Leave your links in the comments below, please :)

Happy reading!!!


  1. This definitely sounds like one of those "read-with-a-box-of-tissue" types! Very excited that it's set it Japan!

  2. I'm blown away by this story. You picked a great one this week.

    My WOW.

  3. Sounds really emotional but like you said fun at times too. Curious to see his adventure and what kind of life his mom was leading when she was there for treatment.
    My WOW

  4. This sounds like such an emotional read. Not sure this is something I can read at this time but maybe in the future. Thanks for sharing.

    My WoW

    Sabina @ Delirious About Books

  5. Definitely doesn't sound like my sort of read but I hope you enjoy it when you get the chance to read!

    My WoW

  6. I can't wait to read this one either, now! Oh, gosh my to-read list just keeps getting larger... Thanks for sharing! (:

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  7. This sounds emotional and one I will need tissues for. Adding it now. Nice pick.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever's WoW

  8. Interesting Pick. This book is very new to me, but it sounds really good. Great haul. Come visit me as well.


  9. Oh my goodness! I really like the cover. Great pick :)


  10. Oh, this was my WoW a few weeks back! The books just sounds so amazing, I really hope we both get to read it soon, Margie! Lovely pick! :)

    Here's my WoW.

    Sarika @ The Readdicts

  11. This sounds like a really powerful book, thanks for sharing I'll be looking into this one ;-)
    My WoW

  12. This sounds really interesting - and we don't see to many books set in Tokyo of this kind either

    Here's my WoW

  13. I have had this on my tbr for quite a while. I can't wait to read it. I know I'll need my tissues.
    My Wow

  14. I can't wait for this one! It sounds great :D

  15. Sounds sad, but a good read.


  16. I was just saying this one looks really compelling.

  17. Sounds like an emotional one. Have your tissues handy!

    Thanks for sharing! :)

  18. I am so excited for this one! I've never read anything set in Tokyo before. That I can remember, anyway!

    Books of Amber

  19. Wonderful choice for WoW, I really love Daisy's writing, and this one sounds fantastic!

  20. Wow! Great pick! I've never heard of this before, but it's really interesting! Now I have another book to look forward to! Lol :)) Thanks for sharing :D

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