Today is a HUGE day for my very dear friend, Bethany Crandell, and I couldn't be more happy for her. Her book, SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS, is finally out!
*tosses confetti* *pops cork* *screams the news from the rooftop*
I remember reading this book very early on, long before her publishing deal, and thinking, holy crap--this girl is AMAZING! And then, of course, a wave of fear swept over me when I realized she was reading the manuscript I was querying at the time, which in my opinion, paled in comparison. Of course, being the incredible, supportive, and all-around lovely human being she is, she gushed about my book (even if it wasn't my best work at the time), and ever since then we've been huge fans of each other's work. Like I always tell her, I'd read ANYTHING she wrote, because her voice pulls you into the story and makes you FEEL. Whether it's laughing or crying, I always know I'm in for a ride (of the emotional variety) when I open up one of her manuscripts.
So, enough of my ramblings, let me introduce you to SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS!
(Taken from Goodreads)
Spoiled, Versace-clad Cricket Montgomery has seventeen years of pampering under her belt. So when her father decides to ship her off to a summer camp for disabled teens to help her learn some accountability, Cricket resigns herself to three weeks of handicapped hell.
Her sentence takes a bearable turn as she discovers the humor and likeability of the campers and grows close to fellow counselors. Now, if she can just convince a certain Zac Efron look-alike with amazing blue eyes that she finally realizes there's life after Gucci, this summer could turn out to be the best she's ever had.
If you're looking for something different...a book with a main character who's honest, maybe not always likeable, but real; I highly recommend checking out this book. You will laugh, root for the underdogs, and maybe even feel a little uncomfortable at times. SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS is so different than everything else out there and easily one of the best young adult contemporary books I've ever read. I can't wait to see what Bethany Crandell comes out with next!