Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Unstoppable Moses - Tyler James Smith

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week I can't wait for Unstoppable Moses!

Unstoppable Moses
Tyler James Smith
Series: n/a
Release Date: September 25, 2018
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Waited on by: Sam
In this coming-of-age debut, a seventeen-year-old boy has one week in the aftermath of a disastrous prank to prove to the authorities, and to himself, that he’s not a worthless jerk who belongs in jail.

Moses and his cousin Charlie were best friends, wisecracking pranksters, unstoppable forces of teenage energy—until the night they became accidental arsonists and set in motion a chain of events that left Moses alone, guilt-stricken, and most likely trapped in his dead-end town.

Then Moses gets a lucky break: the chance to volunteer as a camp counselor for week and prove that the incident at the bowling alley should be expunged from his record. And since a criminal record and enrollment at Duke are mutually exclusive, he’s determined to get through his community service and get on with his life. But tragedy seems to follow him wherever he goes, and this time, it might just stop him in his tracks.

“When people say reading makes us more empathetic, they are talking about books like Unstoppable Moses by Tyler James Smith. A lyrical, hilarious, so-real-it-hurts debut that reminds us all just how much we have to lose, and why it’s important to never give up. I’m so happy this book is in the world.” —Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock, Morris Honor-winning author of The Smell of Other People’s Houses
Accidental arsonists? Uh, oh!


This whole when-pranks-go-wrong-and-threaten-your-future thing has me quite interested. I like that the stakes are high. So, this is sort of a serious thing, but then it's packed with humor too. I like when an author can keep it real AND on the lighter side. I also like the idea that we can make mistakes and atone for said mistakes. Nobody's perfect, and though there are consequences, there also needs to be a way to make things better.

I think this will make me laugh, but also deliver a bit of an emotional punch. I am really looking forward to learning all about Moses' story.

What are you waiting on?
Let us know in the comments!

40 comments:

  1. Damn, that sounds like an INTENSE prank! I'm curious now!

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    1. Me too, and the cover is sort of whimsical, which always draws me in too.

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  2. Well, you certainly have me curious. An accidental arsonist?!? Great pick.

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    1. It is definitely a good hook, and I am really curious about the atonement tour.

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  3. I just got approved for an ARC of this a couple of days ago and can't wait to read it. I was hooked as soon as I read that synopsis!

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    1. My CWW wish to the universe resulted in an approval for me as well, so I'm excited

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  4. You're right, if an author can keep the stakes high and the book humourous, it's definitely worth checking out!

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  5. This sounds fascinating, and I like that it sounds like a mix of serious and light. Always a good thing! I'm so curious!!!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. My favorite books have a little of everything.

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  6. I hadn't heard of this one before! That cover is amazing though, and the story sounds so good!

    Here's our WOW: http://jennreneeread.blogspot.com/2018/07/waiting-on-wednesday-dance-of-thieves.html

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  7. Oooh this is intriguing! And I love that it gives life lessons, but can be funny at the same time. :) I hope you enjoy this!!!

    - Aimee @ Aimee, Always

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    1. L am always looking for something a little different and we don't get a ton of male POVs

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  8. Wow this one for sure has my attention now!! Great pick.

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    1. I stumbled on it, and it sounded like something I would like

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  9. This does sound really interesting, although it's not my usual kind of read. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I read a lot of ya contemporaries and I like redemption stories

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  10. Oooh, this one sounds good. Another one I hadn't heard of but now need to read. Thanks for the rec!

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  11. Sounds like something a contemporary reader would love - hope you really enjoy it. Pretty cover too!

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  12. This sounds like an impactful read. I am curious about the prank that could ruin a future.

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  13. Oooh! Such a cute looking cover! Great pick!

    Here’s my WoW!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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    1. I keep trying to find some hints in the cover as to what happens in the story.

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  14. I agree, this DOES sound good. What did that poor kid do? The mention of accidental arson is alarming. I do think it sounds like it mixes humor with serious topisc as well. Great pick!

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    1. Humor + substance = a good read in my book.

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  15. Oh no. This actually happened to me and some friends when we were young. We accidentally burned down an old barn. I'd love to read this. I bet it would bring back lots of memories:)

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  16. This book has quite a unique concept! I am going to add this to the TBR. Thanks for sharing it. :)

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    1. I am hoping it meets the expectations I set for it.

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  17. The mix of serious and light has me intrigued! Love the idea of humor keeping Moses moving forward. ♥️

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    1. Books that are too heavy always leave me too emotionally drained, but I love lighter books and a mix is my sweet spot.

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  18. It's kind of a "run against the clock" here! I can see why you'd find it fascinating. Maybe with a high blood pressure by the end of your read? LOL sophie @bewareofthereader

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    1. I am hoping for humor, growth and a happy ending

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  19. GIRL, your gif for this one is so perfectly suited it made me crack up xD Hahaha that would totally be me if I accidentally did what they did - hopefully never will though. I love a good redeemable character.

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    1. Urkel was the first person who popped into my head when I read the synopsis. Loved him!

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  20. I love that cover! It sounds like a good read. :)

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    1. I am curious to see how all the small images reflect the story.

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