Waiting on Wednesday: Before My Eyes by Caroline Bock

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.  Its purpose is to spotlight eagerly-anticipated upcoming releases.

This week I’m eagerly awaiting:

Before My Eyes by Caroline Bock

Expected Release Date:  February 11, 2014

Dreamy, poetic Claire, seventeen, has spent the last few months taking care of her six-year-old sister, Izzy, as their mother lies in a hospital bed recovering from a stroke. Claire believes she has everything under control until she meets “Brent” online. Brent appears to be a kindred spirit, and Claire is initially flattered by his attention. But when she meets Max, the awkward state senator’s son, her feelings become complicated.

Max, also seventeen, has been working the worst summer job ever at the beachside Snack Shack. He’s also been popping painkillers. His parents—more involved in his father’s re-election than in their son’s life—fail to see what’s going on with him.

Working alongside Max is Barkley, twenty-one. Lonely and obsessive, Barkley has been hearing a voice in his head. No one—not his parents, not his co-workers—realizes that Barkley is suffering from paranoid schizophrenia. Until the voice in his head orders him to take out his gun.

Narrated in turns by Claire, Max, and Barkley, Before My Eyes captures a moment when possibilities should be opening up, but instead everything teeters on the brink of destruction.

(summary via Goodreads)

Okay.  This could be great, or it could be a disaster.  I actually think the summary gives away too much, but maybe I’m wrong and all that happens right at the beginning?  Doubtful, but I’m still willing to give this one a try.  I like the idea of alternating chapters, so long as each character is distinctive enough.  I have a feeling this one is going to end in tragedy, but who knows.

What are you waiting on this week?

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4 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday: Before My Eyes by Caroline Bock

  1. I hadn’t heard of this one before, but now I’m waiting for it too! I’m getting the tragedy vibe from this too. And yes I hope the characters are distinct enough.

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