Waiting on Wednesday: Don’t Fail Me Now by Una LaMarche

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

Don't Fail Me Now by Una LaMarchePublisher: Razorbill

Author:  Una LaMarche

Release date: September 1, 2015

Synopsis from Goodreads:

From the author of Like No Other, the novel Entertainment Weekly calls “One of the most poignant and star-crossed love stories since The Fault in Our Stars“: What if the last hope to save your family is the person who broke it up to begin with? 
 
Michelle and her little siblings Cass and Denny are African-American and living on the poverty line in urban Baltimore, struggling to keep it together with their mom in jail and only Michelle’s part-time job at the Taco Bell to sustain them.

Leah and her stepbrother Tim are white and middle class from suburban Maryland, with few worries beyond winning lacrosse games and getting college applications in on time.

Michelle and Leah only have one thing in common: Buck Devereaux, the biological father who abandoned them when they were little.

After news trickles back to them that Buck is dying, they make the uneasy decision to drive across country to his hospice in California. Leah hopes for closure; Michelle just wants to give him a piece of her mind.

Five people in a failing, old station wagon, living off free samples at food courts across America, and the most pressing question on Michelle’s mind is: Who will break down first–herself or the car? All the signs tell her they won’t make it. But Michelle has heard that her whole life, and it’s never stopped her before….

Una LaMarche triumphs once again with this rare and compassionate look at how racial and social privilege affects one family in crisis in both subtle and astonishing ways.

Why I’m excited: I am all about the diversity in this book. I’m also looking forward to what sounds like a big focus on family. I really enjoy books that focus on the what family can mean to a person, whether traditional or not. Honestly, I especially like books that focus on non-traditional and/or diverse families. I feel like this is going to be a super emotional and complex storyline, and I love that. Plus, ROADTRIP. Yes, I know it doesn’t sound like the most wonderful situation, but I can’t wait to read about Michelle and Leah and how they survive.

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