Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The Kirkus. The Star. The Review.

You know, it's not every day you get a star from Kirkus Reviews. I'm still pretty gobsmacked. Here it is in all its glory.
Author: King, A.S.
A star is assigned to books of unusual merit, determined by the editors of Kirkus Reviews.
A harrowing but ultimately redemptive tale of adolescent angst gone awry. Vera and Charlie are lifelong buddies whose relationship is sundered by high school and hormones; by the start of their senior year, the once-inseparable pair is estranged. In the aftermath of Charlie’s sudden death, Vera is set adrift by grief, guilt and the uncomfortable realization that the people closest to her are still, in crucial ways, strangers. As with King’s first novel, The Dust of 100 Dogs (2009), this is chilling and challenging stuff, but her prose here is richly detailed and wryly observant. The story unfolds through authentic dialogue and a nonlinear narrative that shifts fluidly among Vera’s present perspective, flashbacks that illuminate the tragedies she’s endured, brief and often humorous interpolations from “the dead kid,” Vera’s father and even the hilltop pagoda that overlooks their dead-end Pennsylvania town. The author depicts the journey to overcome a legacy of poverty, violence, addiction and ignorance as an arduous one, but Vera’s path glimmers with grace and hope. (Fiction. 14 & up) 

If you still want to win the LAST ARC EVER you have another few days over at Heather Brewer's Blog. And if you're patient, in another few weeks, the contest machine will fire up again. Keep your pencils ready.

And thank you so much for your support. Every one of you who has shared positivity with me, you know who you are. I appreciate it more than you know. Now--off to work on ANTS. See you in a week...or when I've got more good news...whichever comes first.


Amy Sue Nathan said...

Wow. Today, those are smart folks at Kirkus. ;-)

A.S. King said...

Today. :)

Julia Karr said...

What a great review! I can't wait to read this book! The Dust of 100 Dogs is one of the few books I've reviewed (I loved it so, so much!) that I am certain I will love Please Ignore Vera Dietz. (It doesn't hurt that I used to like a guy with the last name of Dietz! :)

Sharen Ford said...

Woo hoo! I am proud, proud, proud of you!

Therese Walsh said...

Awesome, awesome, awesome. Congrats!

A.S. King said...

Thank you guys!

Julia--YAY! I think you'll like Vera. It's really different to DUST, but it's still me, if that makes sense.

Sharen HUGS!

Therese...only a few more weeks until those books get here!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the review!

Barbra Annino said...

This is so much more than pie good. This is pie, laced with whiskey, topped with cake and loaded with sprinkles good! Happy for you Amy!


Corry said...

Woo-hoo! Somehow I missed this when it first showed up and just saw it in the Backspace newsletter. Very cool!