Friday, June 10, 2016

Lindsay Ribar

Lindsay Ribar is a literary agent by day and a concert fanatic by night. She is the author of The Art of Wishing and The Fourth Wish.

Her new novel is Rocks Fall Everyone Dies.

Recently I asked Ribar about what she was reading. Her reply:
I just finished reading two back-to-back books about girls whose brains don’t behave in ways that are generally considered typical: When We Collided by Emery Lord and Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand.

When We Collided is a dual-POV YA novel about a boy whose father recently died and a bipolar girl who’s recently stopped taking her medication. At first it reads like many YA love stories: two offbeat teenagers, a summer romance, instant chemistry, great kissing. But as the story progresses and the outer layers of these characters get peeled away, it evolves into something truly incredible. And the ending is just perfect.

Some Kind of Happiness is a gorgeous middle grade novel about a girl with undiagnosed anxiety and depression, who writes stories about a fantasy land (and an orphan girl who finds her way there) in order to process everything she thinks and feels in real life, instead of bothering her family with her secret “blue days.” But it turns out she’s not the only one in her family with secrets. A warning here: don’t read this one without tissues handy.

And after that one-two punch straight to the feelings, what came next? A murder mystery! As a longtime fan of Kelley Armstrong (blame my weakness for werewolves) and a sucker for anything set in the far north (blame my weakness for Due South), I was a hundred percent sure I’d love her new book, City of the Lost. Story set mostly in the Yukon? Check. Descriptions of seriously gruesome murders? Check. Love story that you actually care about? Check. No chance at all that you’ll guess who the killer is until the very end? Check. This was a good one.

Next up: The Summer of Lost and Found by Rebecca Behrens!
Visit Lindsay Ribar's website.

--Marshal Zeringue