Waiting on Wednesday – Spotlight on Calling My Name by Liara Tamani

New WoW“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.

My “Waiting On” Wednesday selection for this week is Calling My Name by Liara Tamani.  I first saw this book listed on Edelweiss and what caught my eye and got me really excited about it was that it was described there as being “ideal for readers of Jacqueline Woodson, Jandy Nelson, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Sandra Cisneros.”  These are all authors that I enjoy so I definitely want to see what Calling My Name is all about. I also love a good coming of age story and it sounds like this will fit the bill on that front as well.

Calling My Name by Liara Tamani

Publication Date:  October 24, 2017

From Amazon.com:

Taja Brown lives with her parents and older brother and younger sister, in Houston, Texas. Taja has always known what the expectations of her conservative and tightly-knit African American family are—do well in school, go to church every Sunday, no intimacy before marriage. But Taja is trying to keep up with friends as they get their first kisses, first boyfriends, first everythings. And she’s tired of cheering for her athletic younger sister and an older brother who has more freedom just because he’s a boy. Taja dreams of going to college and forging her own relationship with the world and with God, but when she falls in love for the first time, those dreams are suddenly in danger of evaporating.


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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your WoW selection for this week. 🙂

12 replies
    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Yes, I’m fully expecting there will be tears when I read this story. I am also intrigued by the focus on spirituality, although I hope it isn’t too heavy handed with the religion.

  1. Eve
    Eve says:

    Not 100% sure this is my type of read but I do know several others that would love it and I’m happy to tell them about new finds and love having things to share with them! I hope you enjoy it!

  2. Greg
    Greg says:

    Hmm, sounds like an interesting coming of age read. I’ll bet a lot of kids going through this stuff can relate to these… nice that YA is able to meet that a bit.

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