Cartwheel by Jennifer duBois
Published by: Random House
Published on: September 24, 2013
Page Count: 384
My Reading Format: eGalley downloaded from NetGalley
Available Formats: Hardcover, eBook, and Audiobook
Summary from the Publisher:
When Lily Hayes arrives in Buenos Aires for her semester abroad, she is enchanted by everything she encounters: the colorful buildings, the street food, the handsome, elusive man next door. Her studious roommate Katy is a bit of a bore, but Lily didn’t come to Argentina to hang out with other Americans.
Five weeks later, Katy is found brutally murdered in their shared home, and Lily is the prime suspect. But who is Lily Hayes? It depends on who’s asking. As the case takes shape—revealing deceptions, secrets, and suspicious DNA—Lily appears alternately sinister and guileless through the eyes of those around her: the media, her family, the man who loves her and the man who seeks her conviction. With mordant wit and keen emotional insight, Cartwheel offers a prismatic investigation of the ways we decide what to see—and to believe—in one another and ourselves.
In Cartwheel, duBois delivers a novel of propulsive psychological suspense and rare moral nuance. No two readers will agree who Lily is and what happened to her roommate. Cartwheel will keep you guessing until the final page, and its questions about how well we really know ourselves will linger well beyond.
Today it is my great pleasure to be Jennifer duBois’ host on her TLC Book Tour. This tour is to celebrate her novel, Cartwheel. This is my second time hosting Jennifer duBois and it is always a pleasure. She’s one of my favorite new authors.
I have a lot of fun working as a tour host for TLC Book Tours. They always have great books and authors on tour. Check out their website for more information on this tour and the others that they are hosting.
Until I read Cartwheel, I’d never given Amanda Knox much thought. I knew the pop culture basics of Foxy Knoxy’s story, but she never interested me enough to pay close attention. When I discovered that Jennifer duBois’ upcoming novel featured a character similar to Knox in circumstance, however, I was intrigued. After reading of A Partial History of Lost Causes, I knew that Jennifer duBois could tell a great story. I was so curious to see what she did with the subject matter that I began reading the book as soon as I was approved on NetGalley. I barely stopped. I was caught up in a web of young adults constructing their personalities in the same way a model builds a wardrobe and the guilt that can only come from never truly feeling secure in one’s parenting.
Cartwheel kept me reading late into the night. I would come up for air, surprised each time how my opinions of Lily’s guilt, innocence, and stability subtly changed as I read. This book was well paced and well written novel, but it was also more. It made me look inward, to my core where I continue to store the insecurities of my youth. It caused me to imagine what I would do as a parent if my child was arrested for a horrific crime. It gave me pause to think about how how much influence the media has on my opinions of people I don’t know and will never meet. The more I read the more I wanted to know what happened to Katy and how, if at all, Lily was involved. Just as with reality, all the media exposure in the world can provide an unending supply of information and sound bites, but the complete truth is illusive and perhaps unknowable.
Cartwheel is my favorite book of 2013. While And The Mountains Echoed was close, there has been nothing else that matched this reading experience. I had that electric feeling I get when reading that book was all I wanted to do. Little distracted me while I was reading, which is so often not the case. Going into this book I knew that Jennifer duBois was a talented writer. Cartwheel exceeded my expectations. I think everyone should give this book a try and I was proud to recommend it in the September Bloggers Recommend Newsletter:
While studying in Argentina, Lily Hayes is charged with murdering her roommate. From that moment she, her father, her lover, and her prosecutor are forced to confront who they are, their choices, and what is true. As the details leading up to the murder are fleshed out, loyalties shift with the persona each has worked so hard to craft.
Giveaway: Now I have the opportunity to give a copy of this novel away. If you like in the United States, please indicate in the comments below if you’d like to be entered for a chance to win. I’ll select the winner on Tuesday, October 1st.
Jennifer duBois’ TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
You’re read what I think about Cartwheel. I’m the first stop on her tour. Check out the other stops on this tour to see what others have to say.
Thursday, September 26th: Wordsmithonia
Monday, September 30th: Jenn’s Bookshelves
Wednesday, October 2nd: Kritter’s Ramblings
Thursday, October 3rd: The Scarlet Letter>
Monday, October 7th: Entomology of a Bookworm
Wednesday, October 9th: She Treads Softly
Thursday, October 10th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Monday, October 14th: River City Reading
Thursday, October 17th: Sweet Southern Home
Monday, October 21st: Bloggin’ ’bout Books
Thursday, October 24th: Book-a-licious Mama
Monday, October 28th: Broken Teepee
Friday, November 1st: Book Dilettante