Waiting on Wednesday: 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger

March 4, 2015 / 8 Comments / Book Memes, Uncategorized, Waiting on Wednesday

5 to 1
Author: Holly Bodger 
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Expected publication: May 12th 2015 

In the year 2054, after decades of gender selection, India now has a ratio of five boys for every girl, making women an incredibly valuable commodity. Tired of marrying off their daughters to the highest bidder and determined to finally make marriage fair, the women who form the country of Koyanagar have instituted a series of tests so that every boy has the chance to win a wife.

Sudasa, though, doesn’t want to be a wife, and Kiran, a boy forced to compete in the test to become her husband, has other plans as well. As the tests advance, Sudasa and Kiran thwart each other at every turn until they slowly realize that they just might want the same thing.

This beautiful, unique novel is told from alternating points of view-Sudasa’s in verse and Kiran’s in prose-allowing readers to experience both characters’ pain and their brave struggle for hope.

I think I saw this one on someone else’s Waiting on Wednesday a few weeks ago, so thank you, whoever it was! Not only does it have a gorgeous cover, but it’s definitely on my list for my #DiversityDive challenge this year. 

It’s such an unusual sounding dystopian – not about war and special girls with special powers. Arranged marriage is something that YA very rarely talks about – and the fact that this is set in futuristic India? Even better. 
I love that the novel will alternate between prose and poetry and I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how the author navigates that. I’m also kind of hoping that the characters DON’T fall in love at the end – but just escape together. Thoughts?
Are you interested in reading 5 to 1? What do you think of that cover? Do you read books in verse? How do you feel about alternating between verse and prose? What are you waiting for this week? Let me know in the comments!


“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that book bloggers are eagerly anticipating.

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