Sunday, 5 December 2010

In My Mailbox 25

Hello everyone, hope you're all well :) What a week it's been here in England, we've had snow all week, which is nice to look at, but really cold and wet when you have to go to work in it. It's just about all gone now though.
I went to a Victorian Christmas Fayre on Friday, it was really lovely and there were some great looking stalls there, and the food smelled delicious. I would have taken some photos, but it was so cold that my camera didn't want to work properly!

Anyway, on to books... I received one book for review this week. 85A by Kyle Thomas Smith, I'm really looking forward to reading this.

The folder next to it is the press kit that came with the book.

It's a subzero Chicago morning on January 23, 1989, and Seamus is at his fighting best. Braving the bitter cold at the 85A bus stop, Seamus rails against his repressive environment in anticipation of his ''the-minute-I-turn-18'' move to London. Liberated by failure when kicked out of school for yet another late appearance, Seamus makes a break for London via an Amtrak to the mean streets of Late Eighties Manhattan. 85A tracks a watershed day in the life of an adolescent antihero. Foulmouthed with a capital F-word, Seamus embodies Johnny Rotten as a way of fending off the bullies at home, at school and in his whites-only neighborhood. Luckily, his mixed-raced friend Tressa opens him up to experiences that turn his worldview on its head. Through it all, Seamus basks in BBC dramas, dreaming of what life would be if only he could stow away to London. By the time Seamus reaches his last L stop, he will come to see that his 85A ride that morning was just the kickoff to an intrepid urban odyssey.
Author's Website


  1. I've not heard of that one. I'll be watching out for your review :)

  2. Sounds interesting but a little too 'realistic' for my usual tastes. I hope you enjoy it. My YA mailbox is here. Happy reading!

  3. A Victorian Fayre sounds fascinating. And 85A sounds interesting.
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  4. Doesn't really sound like my type of book, but I LOVE that folder that came with it. Very cool!