Waiting On Wednesday #8: The One With the Bared Souls

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.


This Waiting On Wednesday post is The Way We Bared Our Souls by Willa Strayhorn, which is the one with the bared souls.

Book Cover of The Way We Bared Our Souls by Willa Strayhorn
The Way We Bared Our Souls by Willa Strayhorn
Published by Razorbill on January 22nd 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy
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If you could trade your biggest burden for someone else’s, would you do it?

Five teenagers sit around a bonfire in the middle of the New Mexico desert. They don’t know it yet, but they are about to make the biggest sacrifice of their lives.

Lo has a family history of MS, and is starting to come down with all the symptoms.
Thomas, a former child soldier from Liberia, is plagued by traumatic memories of his war-torn past.
Kaya would do anything to feel physical pain, but a rare condition called CIP keeps her numb.
Ellen can’t remember who she was before she started doing drugs.
Kit lost his girlfriend in a car accident and now he just can’t shake his newfound fear of death.

When they trade totems as a symbol of shedding and adopting one another’s sorrows, they think it’s only an exercise.

But in the morning, they wake to find their burdens gone…and replaced with someone else’s.

As the reality of the ritual unfolds, this unlikely group of five embarks on a week of beautiful, terrifying experiences that all culminate in one perfect truth: In the end, your soul is stronger than your burdens.

Why Am I Waiting On This?

I actually discovered this one just the other day and I was immediately intrigued with the idea of it. Everyone has their struggles in life and often times we hear someone complain about theirs and we think that theirs is not so bad and we wish we could trade with them. That sounds exactly like what this book is about. This is exactly a book that can teach us all a great lesson: In the end, your soul is stronger than your burdens. It’s a random find for me and I hope I’ll be able to read it when it releases, granted I’m not super busy with classes.

Anticipation in a GIF:

I have a sense that the bonfire in the book won’t be all happy times like this one.

So that’s what I’m waiting on this Wednesday! What are y’all waiting on? Link me your posts in the comments so I can check them out!

10 thoughts on “Waiting On Wednesday #8: The One With the Bared Souls

  1. I remember reading about this a while back, but couldn’t remember the name of it. Now I can add it to my TBR list! lol, thanks for sharing, and the reminder!

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