I had an incredible listening month (tune in later to find out more), but if I have to pick one favorite it would have to be:
Okay, so I sometimes complain about the statistical improbability of all the death in YA (of protags and their parents/siblings), but then someone else does it so right that I tell myself to stop complaining and just let the masters have at it.
This book does it right...so amazing.
Indy's children's hospital is called Riley's (not Childrens, as in the book). They have red wagons to cart the young children around and people from all over the state make and donate quilts to the patients who have to go there (none of that was in the book). Also, their playground (also mentioned in the book) was funded by one of my favorite famous Hoosiers (second only to Kurt Vonnegut), David Letterman.
The other big hospital is called Methodist, not Memorial as in the book (my Aunt had two heart transplants there).
Finally, the characters complain that there are no mom and pop restaurants in Indy...I know this is part teen angst, ragging on your home town...but it's just plain not true.
Like getting off the main strip of Time Square to find the good restaurants in NYC, you have to get away from the main mall areas in Indy to find the homegrown restaurants:
Arnis, which serves the best pizza and chef salad known to man (or, at least, to me), started in my home town of Lafayette, IN and is now in Indy too.
Also, one of the things I miss most here in NJ are the lack of mom and pop Mexican restaurants...in Indy they have one in almost every strip mall.
But, let me repeat...none of this takes away from the amazing-ness of this book.
What about you? Read this? What was your Feb favorite?