Today’s Waiting on Wednesday post is the long awaited (at least by me) sophomore novel by Jeff Garvin!
Title: The Lightness of Hands
Author: Jeff Garvin – His Website
Published By: Balzer + Bray
Publishing Date: April 14th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Sixteen-year-old Ellie Dante is desperate for something in her life to finally go right. Her father was a famous stage magician until he attempted an epic illusion on live TV—and failed. Now Ellie lives with her dad in a beat-up RV, attending high school online and performing with him at birthday parties and bars across the Midwest to make ends meet.
But when the gigs dry up, their insurance lapses, leaving Dad’s heart condition unchecked and forcing Ellie to battle her bipolar II disorder without medication.
Then Ellie receives a call from a famous magic duo, who offer fifteen thousand dollars and a shot at redemption: they want The Uncanny Dante to perform the illusion that wrecked his career—on their live TV special, which shoots in Los Angeles in ten days.
Ellie knows her dad will refuse-but she takes the deal anyway, then lies to persuade him to head west. With the help of her online-only best friend and an unusual guy she pairs up with along the way, Ellie makes a plan to stage his comeback. But when her lie is exposed, she’ll have to confront her illness and her choices head-on to save her father—and herself.
Why I’m Waiting:
Okay, so here’s the thing – when I originally had planned for this to be this week’s Waiting on Wednesday, I obviously hadn’t read the book yet. Then I got a copy of it and read it in about two hours so yeah, I’m technically not waiting anymore but I’m still waiting because I need my hands on a finished copy AND I need the rest of the world to read this book. Jeff’s first novel was phenomenal and I couldn’t wait until he finally wrote a second book. I have been on a huge contemporary kick lately, and I’ve really wanted books that can make me FEEL something, give me a lot of emotions and this book definitely did that. I was waiting for it because Jeff is a great guy, a fantastic writer and just so great at representing different ways to being human on the pages of a book. This book is something you should definitely pick up in April and if you don’t believe me, read my spoiler free review!
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