“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that book bloggers are eagerly anticipating.
This week’s can’t-wait-for-it book is a super-fun sounding historical!
Expected publication: January 27, 2015
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and songwriting legend Cynthia Weil’s extraordinary YA debut opens the secretive doors of the Brill Building-the hit factory that changed history. Part Mad Men, part Grace of my Heart, part murder mystery, I’m Glad I Did is a coming-of-age story at an unforgettable cultural tipping point: the summer of 1963.
JJ Greene, a gifted 16-year-old songwriter, defies her lawyer parents by secretly applying for a job in the famed Brill Building-the epicenter of songwriting for a new genre called rock-n-roll. But their warnings about the evils of the music industry prove far darker than she imagined when she finds herself at the heart of a cover-up that involves hidden identity, theft, and possibly murder.
I was lucky to attend a panel on YA Buzz Books for Fall/Winter at BEA this year, and I’m Glad I Did was one of the picks I found out about there. Cynthia Weil is a debut author and a songwriting legend, and it sounds like most of the book is semi-autobiographical, which I love. This book has it all for me: performing arts, mystery, intrigue, and the sixties! I really, really hope it includes the fashion from the sixties, too – think Mad Men and the Supremes!