September 1st, 2012

books

Emergency update

Instructions For A Broken Heart:

[something awesome just happened on page 89.]
JESSA JUST KISSED HER TEACHER.

DYING.

I mean, I know this is a one-off, but good grief, WHY DON'T YOU JUST GIVE ME EVERYTHING THAT EXISTS IN THE SHIP REALM.

It's actually kind of sad, in a way, because they were just having a really nice heart to heart discussion about love and heartbreak outside** (in the wake of Jessa inappropriately throwing a soda in her ex's face at a restaurant). And I was having all these super happy "THIS IS HOW YOU BE AN AMAZING TEACHER" feelings, while secretly (secretly!) thinking about it as a fantasy ship because of how he's been described so far, and now she's gone and ruined the chances of him ever serving as confidante to his students again. Siiiiigh.

[**Details: The teacher is 26 (so obviously my brain has already been wrestling with whether to leave him as Mr. Schue or replace him with one of the other conveniently available teachers in my canon teacher/student fandoms), he is nursing his own recently-broken heart, and was on the scene with her when she found her boyfriend half naked with another girl.]

But on the other hand, (attempted) comfort kissing! *\o/*

In other news, I am having the most fabulous time casting Kurt as the Tyler character, although I can swap him out in an instant for Sam if there is any significant interest shown in a girl. Everything is working in my favor in this book!

[EDIT, PAGE 133: In which Jessa has slipped out for a bit of fresh air to escape the disco, and her teacher is outside and miraculously does not bolt at the sight of her, despite the awkwardness.

"I'm sorry about what happened." And she was. She flushed, though, remembering how soft his mouth had been.

It was dark, but she saw his face flush too.

"You're hurting. People do stupid things when they're hurting."

"What stupid things have you done?" The rain started again, just a light mist. It coated her face like dust. "You know what -- you don't have to tell me that." She listened to the hish the rain brought, the way it seemed to use up the air, pack it with cotton. What was he thinking about, her teacher? Standing there in the rain.


"You're easy to talk to," he said, so quietly Jessa was surprised she had heard it, as if it had been brought to her on rain fingers, pressed word by word into her ears. She didn't speak, barely breathed. "And I wish I could talk to you, but it's sort of...I just don't want to give you the wrong idea."

BRB, partying like it's a discotheque. She managed to break the tension by asking for a letter of recommendation and we got to hear a tad more about his ex-girlfriend in the process, so huzzah.

I also need to readjust my cast of characters in this book a little, because a new one just showed up and wow, there are just so many possible love interests in this book I am not wholly sure there are enough decent boys on Glee to fill them all. I might have to pull in Ryder.



P.S. This is officially the best weekend to work ever. Because it's end of the month time, I have had like 3 hours' worth of work total across the last 3 days. Normal workload assigned tomorrow, but Monday off so I imagine what I'll do is basically take tomorrow off like a normal Sunday, just with maybe 30 minutes of scanning for problems and making any needed contacts. AND THEN ALL OF SEPTEMBER WITH NO WORK WEEKENDS. In fact, since I demanded the first October weekend off for the book sale, no weekend work until the first Glee hiatus! Which is how I measure time now.
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That wasn't funny.

One last update for Instructions For a Broken Heart, which I just finished and which is obviously the new leader among YA novels read in 2012 because I can't stop writing about it:

[Spoiler for the very end, which Voice and probably you will find rather amusing irony.]
..."cute Italian boy," as the cover calls him, a/k/a the one I immediately decided should be Blaine, but the YA novel version of Blaine I always use so I can get my Blaine/Rachel fix...

...ended up being gay.

I DO NOT APPRECIATE YOUR IRONY, UNIVERSE. I DO NOT APPRECIATE IT AT ALL. Although I kind of do. I sat there and laughed for like five minutes straight, because after all, about 75 pages in (when said boy hadn't shown up yet) I did cheat and look at the last page so I knew I was supposed to be paying attention to Dylan Thomas and thus I'd kind of been letting Blaine straddle both characters until I made up my mind. I couldn't be too terribly upset...but really, what are the odds?

Another part of me is a little bit peeved on principle, though, and debating whether to knock this from 5 stars to 4 just for the "whoops gotta meet the gay kid quota!" twist in the last couple of pages. I hate it so very much when YA novels randomly do that reveal. It's like, "No. Just stop. You wouldn't have written that in even 20 years ago, you know you wouldn't have, so don't do it now just because you can and/or feel like you'd appeal to a wider demographic if you did."