Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Waiting on When You Were Here

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

When You Were Here

By: Daisy Whitney

Expected Publication: June 4th 2013 by Little, Brown

257 pages

Genre: YA, Contemporary

( Goodreads | Amazon | The Book Depository )

Goodreads description--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.

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 Harajuku 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.

Sounds emotional...I'm for it. What are you waiting on this week? Let me know!


  1. This one seems really good! I haven't read any of Daisy Whitney's other novels though. Thanks for sharing. :)

    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  2. I haven't read any other books by her either. Thanks for stopping by and commenting! I'm headed over to see what you're waiting on now!

  3. I know a lot of people are really looking forward to this one. It looks good...but too sad for me. I'm sure it will be great though! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. She is a great author. This should be a good book! Thanks for sharing and for stopping by!

  5. Britt @ Not So Teen ReadsMay 9, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    I love Daisy Whitney and can't wait for this one! Great pick =)

  6. Great pick! Never heard about the author but I liked the synopsis a lot. New follower =)

  7. Contemporary novels aren't my cup of tea, but thanks for sharing! :)

    Thanks for stopping by! Old Follower.
    Daphne @ Reading Until Dawn

  8. Samantha StewartMay 10, 2013 at 4:35 AM

    Ooh, this sounds really different and interesting!
    Great pick :)

  9. I really like the cover!From the summary this sounds very interesting and emotional. And the setting is in Japan! Great pick! :D

    Thanks for visiting my blog! Have an awesome day!

  10. It definitely sounds sad. But I can handle sad as long as there's some hope in the mix. Thanks for dropping by and commenting!

  11. I hope so! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  12. Excellent! Glad to hear from someone who is familiar with her work! Thanks for stopping by!

  13. The author is new to me too. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. And thanks doubly for following!

  14. That's cool. There are so many genres out there and we all have our preferences. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!