Tuesday, December 29, 2015

#2 of 2015 - It's Just A Jump to the Left by Libba Bray

It's Just a Jump to the LeftIt's Just a Jump to the Left by Libba Bray
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
 Published May 12th 2015 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

When the lights dimmed and the familiar red lips and white teeth glowed on the screen, the audience erupted into cheers, and Leta felt that surge of excitement in her belly, the thrill of sitting in the dark with strangers sharing an experience that made them all seem like friends.

Best friends Agnes and Leta have a Friday night ritual. They spend an hour trying on different lipsticks, experimenting with eyeliner, and torturing their hair before they head off to the Cineplex for the midnight showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

That was always the routine, until Agnes started dating Roger, and left Leta behind. But between Leta's awkward first kiss; her crush on Tom, the cute guy at the movie theater; and her absentee dad, everything feels so out of control--she could really use her best friend right now. Can Agnes and Leta find their way to a new and better friendship?

The One That Hit Home

Libba have I told you lately that I love you?
There is so much right with this story.

7 Months Later

I feel like I should state for the record that I'm not the biggest fan of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. I acknowledge it, but it's not exactly an "oh my gods! midnight screenings let's go!"
But Libba Bray writing a short story based around it seemed kind of perfect. I don't know if it's simply the pop culture reference or her sharing something she's a fan of but whatever it is I loved it all the more.

Then again; I've never given any of Libba Bray's books less than 5.

There is so much right with this story. There are so few stories that have made me think "This is my life!" I know exactly what it's like to be left behind when your best friend "discovers" boys. I know exactly what it's like to want to hold on to what you know and love; even when someone tells you "it's just a movie."
I'm sure we all know what it's like to feel like everything is getting out of control. Been there, done that.

This short 38 paged story got all of that. I was Leta.

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