Weird and Wonderful
by Cece Barlow
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: February 13th 2017
Summary from Goodreads:
Gin Autry must finish the last semester of high school in eclectic Austin with her hippie grandmother while Gin’s brother waits for heart surgery in Houston.
Instability reigns, but Gin uses the principles of feng shui to find balance and send positive energy to her brother. She also secretly hopes her voice-over actress dream will advance and true love will show up.
Instead, she falls for the wrong guy and clings to the wrong dream. Nothing in Gin’s life is balanced, but when death threatens her brother, she discovers true balance is about listening, compromise, and the guy in the friend zone.
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Weird and Wonderful is about a girl whose life has turned upside down because of her brother’s illness. Here is the scene where she finds her anime mascots:
[I zipped up my jacket against the January chill. The sun had gone down, and temperatures had plummeted. Typical Texas winter. I carried the last stack of folded boxes. Outside, the sky was lit gray from the city lights, and I couldn’t see any stars. No matter. This was all for Nate.
The recycle bins were behind the house in the alleyway lit by Granny’s bright patio light. When I opened a bin, a loud chattering noise from a nearby dumpster sent me jumping into the air. The bin’s top fell and crunched my fingers. Ow!
The sound repeated, followed by plaintive barking, and then cries. Some kind of animal screamed in terror. I climbed into the dumpster and began shifting trash looking for the crying critter.
Ah, a cage, a thrown away pet, probably a hamster. Poor thing. Stupid human. The corner of the large cage jutted upward, and with serious shoving, I jerked it free. On the bottom of the cage was a jumbo-sized Cool Whip container with holes poked in it. Barks and rattling sounds came from inside it. I climbed out of the dumpster, dragging the cage after me.
The spewing cries grew louder and reminded me of cicadas crossed with a yelping Chihuahua. I wrestled the Cool Whip container out of the cage and opened it. Two furry heads popped up. The animals had bulbous black eyes, and white faces with gray stripes from ears to snout. Not hamsters, I’d never seen anything like them.]
About the Author
Cece Barlow writes books for young adults and the young at heart. She’s a a dash of fun, mixed in with some smart cookie and a splash of capable. She started her first fan fiction group in junior high and never stopped writing. Today, she writes about girls with lofty dreams and about the absolute craziness of falling in love.
When Cece’s not writing, she curls up with a book, heads to a popcorn blockbuster, or kicks back to watch shooting stars. If she sees the moon in the daytime, she thinks she’s lucky.
Cece lives in College Station, Texas with her college sweetheart Tim and two cats – one evil and one good.
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