Tag: Young Adult

by Lucie Bryon

YA graphic novel where a high school senior lives alone in a tiny studio apartment (her parents had to relocate abroad and didn’t want to disrupt her final year). She seems to spend the entire book going to parties- at first because wants to connect with another girl- but gets very drunk and steals a bunch of stuff from the house. Afterwards she meets the girl and they have an instant attraction- and the other girl is a real kleptomaniac, though it doesn’t become clear why until much later in the story. Well, Ella wants to make things right and return all the stolen items- she’s shocked to find out they were in turn stolen from others– so the two girls plan to go uninvited to all these parties over the rest of the school year, sneak each item back into the house where it belongs. They almost succeed. What an odd premise. And all the scenes of drunkenness not really something I want my preteen reading (borrowed this one off their stack again). Although it does portray tons of negative consequences from all that. Kind of charming story in its own way, though I was continually distracted by how BIG Ella’s ears are.

Borrowed from the public library.

Rating: 3/5
208 pages, 2022

by Mike Curato

Graphic novel about a boy who is gay but afraid to admit it, even to himself. He’s worried about starting high school in the coming year, looking foward to a summer at Scout camp first. But has to deal with bullies and jerks who pick on him for being slightly chubby, soft-spoken, and of mixed race. Some of his friends and a counselor there are very supportive and helpful, others not so much. Fire has a large symbolic presence. Tons of dick jokes- I really could have done without all that, but it probably won’t surprise any kids who read this. Also addresses the stress of living in a family with a violent, angry father. And there’s a religious aspect- the boy is devoutly Catholic, but is starting to realize that some of the church teachings condemn what he feels he is. That’s very hard to come to terms with. There’s a scene where the main character feels so low, he seriously contemplates suicide- so warning for that. It’s a powerful story.

Borrowed from the public library.

Rating: 4/5
366 pages, 2020

by Karen Schneermann and Lily Williams

Graphic novel sequel to Go With the Flow. About four friends in high school. This book picks up right where the other one left off- Brit is recovering from a procedure that addressed her painful cycles- if you haven’t read the first book this might throw you off, but the friends quip in with enough questions that you’re filled in quick enough. (Brit’s explanations do feel like a bit of an info dump at times, though). Abby (the redhead) continues to advocate for the school providing products that girls (and trans guys- this book is very gender inclusive) need during that time of the month, and making people aware that it’s a normal thing to deal with, trying to lessen the stigma around menstruation, etc. But most of the book is about other everyday stuff, with growing up, navigating friendships and first crushes, and school life. Brit has to deal with two guys in lit class that pay too much attention to her- one is smoothly flirtatious but often wants to copy her work or get hints on test questions- and the other guy obviously resents that. Sasha is very self-conscious (being small, slender, and flat) but has a great guy for her first boyfriend, only they spend so much time together her grades start to suffer and she has to scramble to make up some work. Her friends help her learn strategies to deal with that. Christine (the tall, lanky tomboy) admits that she likes Abby as more than just a friend, but she’s afraid to come out to the group as lesbian, much less risk her friendship with Abby by confessing how she feels. She finally goes to the school LGBTQ+ club and is surprised who she finds there. So they all have their ups and downs and troubles- with parents, homework, guys, other kids in general- but support each other solidly through all the rough moments. Nice book with great positive messages, even if it did feel a bit over-the-top with the explanations a few times, and a bit awkward with scene switches at others (sometimes I wasn’t quite sure what happened between panels). And I’m still not keen on the art style, but the story was good enough to keep me interested.

Perfect kind of reading for my recovery (still working on that). Funny though, my husband saw this book on the bed and said “what’s that book, it doesn’t look like your usual reading material?” I guess he’s never really noticed that I do sometimes read juvenile fiction, graphic novels, even picture books and light silly stuff at times. Maybe he thinks I’m only into the serious novels, classics, nature writing and science . . . I mentioned I’d borrowed it from my younger one and he nodded “Oh, that makes sense” (ha).

Borrowed from the public library (off my kid’s stack).

Rating: 3/5
332 pages, 2023

by Colleen Af Venable

This book is more complex that you might think at first glance. I almost didn’t read it. I had thumbed through it once before, and something about one of the characters’ crass remarks about religion put me off (even though I’m not a religious person anymore). However my kid just finished it and started telling me how good it was and I had to stop them from giving me spoilers! So I read it myself- in just a few sittings. I admit it was hard to put down.

It’s about a girl who goes to a small private high school- her family’s Catholic. Her best friends are opposites- Cat is a “bad girl” who likes wild parties, goes out drinking, and has a new boyfriend every other week (seems like). Laura, next door, is pretty uptight and always trying to do the right thing. Laura’s brother Adam has been longing to ask Mads (our protagonist) out, but it’s Cat who’s interested in Adam. Mads isn’t sure who she likes. She’s had her first kiss already- an innocent one- and quite a few other awkward ones since, and some for the wrong reasons altogether. Really her favorite things to do are go to baseball games with her father, and watch a crazy-sounding tv show with him. She doesn’t seem to have much interest in boys at all. Which starts some rumors going when some kids start to wonder if she has a crush on Cat. To make things even more complicated, Mads overhears her father talking to someone she doesn’t know, which raises suspicions that he’s having an affair- but the truth is even more difficult, and was such a stain on the family that nobody will talk about it. Mads and her friends do some sleuthing and finally tease out the truth, and cause some big confrontations. I have to say, this book doesn’t present things the easy way. It’s a strong story about the difficulties faced by gender queer folks who get rejected by their families, and even as Mads is trying to figure everything out, she gets lectures from some family members that go all the wrong way. Judgmental and full of false information. Mads gets the silent treatment from her own father for a long time, and the cold shoulder from her friends, but she makes new ones, grows closer to her mother, and finds some reconciliation all round in the end. I found some parts of this story that dove into past generations a bit tricky to follow (I like my storylines more linear) but it became clear enough. Too bad that Mads makes some rather poor decisions while she’s exploring who she is, but that only made this story feel all the more honest.

Borrowed from the public library. Out of my kid’s stack.

Rating: 4/5
314 pages, 2019

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by Rainbow Rowell

This book has been so popular, I feel like everything’s been said about it already! But here goes: it’s about two kids who don’t fit in at school, and seem to be complete opposites, who find each other. Park is half Korean, into comic books and alternative music (this is the eighties- wow, it took me back remembering some of those songs- and lots were mentioned that I didn’t know at all!) His family is fairly well-to-do, pretty comfortable home life, but he feels like he can never please his father. Eleanor is totally different- she’s large, with bright red hair and odd clothing choices- so kids tease, mock and bully her at school. She thinks of herself as overweight and disgusting, so doesn’t expect anyone to ever like her (whereas, for the reader that becomes something to question- by the end of it, I started to think she was just very ample and curvy). Her home life is a disaster- there’s never enough money, she shares a room with four younger siblings, her stepfather is mean-tempered to say the least. She doesn’t let anybody else know what goes on at home. Least of all Park. He can’t even imagine. They meet on the bus when all the other kids taunt Eleanor by denying her a seat, and Park finally slides over and lets her sit by him. At first they just ignore each other. Then Park realizes she’s reading his comic books over his shoulder. So they find a connection via comics- and then music- and start to become friends- and then it quickly slides into something more.

It’s a lovely, tender and sweet story of first love, but not without some jagged edges, misunderstandings and completely different takes on what’s going on- because you read this story from both viewpoints. For example, Eleanor’s clothes. He thinks she dresses oddly as a statement: look how different I am. I thought at first she wore old clothes because she simply had nothing else. But by the end of the story you realize there might be another reason altogether: to make herself unattractive . . .  It takes Park a very long time to realize how awful the home situation is that Eleanor’s hiding, whereas for her part, it takes a long time to get up the courage to visit Park’s home, to accept his parents’ hospitality (his mother doesn’t like her at first) and then to open up about some of the realities she’s been hiding. And when her home life finally becomes intolerable, what will they do. Eleanor can’t stay there, but it breaks your heart to see these two who have found so much in each other, forced apart because one of them has to find a safe place.

There’s so much to like about this book. The ease of the flowing prose. The funny, realistic, snappy dialog. The gradual blooming friendship. The surprises- especially how one of the mean girls at school turns out to be not quite so bad. Dismay at how ineffectually adults at school deal with the bullying Eleanor suffers- that felt very real too, unfortunately. I really don’t get why this book has been banned- because of the swearing? it made me cringe a few times, but I was able to gloss over most of it (even though the f-word is among those that bothers me most). How it addresses abuse and sexuality probably is an issue for some people too- though I appreciated that, just like in her other book, the intimacy is portrayed mostly off page, you get more of what the characters think and feel about each other, than what they’re actually doing.

I waffled between giving this book three or four stars. It’s really really good- one you want to just sit and read all day– and I stayed up far too late two nights in a row to finish. Not quite stellar for me, though. Maybe because I’m no longer a teenager? Or because some of the back-and-forth between viewpoints felt a little choppy- it alternates between chapters, which become just pages, and then sometimes every other line or so for several pages in a row. Glad it’s easily marked, but a bit heady switching back and forth so quick.

Borrowed from the public library. The edition I read has fan art on the endpapers, and I really like the pieces by Simini Blocker and Mark Lauren Blado.

Rating: 3/5
336 pages, 2013

by Rainbow Rowell

This was great. It didn’t feel like a four-hundred-page book, as I read it in just under two days- spent way too much time doing that, actually- this one was hard to put down! The words flow so easily, and you quickly get caught up in what’s happening with the characters. I thought I wouldn’t relate well because the main character, Cath, is deep into writing fanfiction, which is something I’ve never even read. She has thousands of followers online, but in real life, very few friends- being an introvert and struggling with anxiety. She writes fic about a Simon Snow fantasy series (also fictional, an echo of Harry Potter). When she was younger, her twin sister wrote alongside her, but now that they’re at college, they seem to be drifting apart. Cath feels rather bereft and at loose ends without her sister around to help her through things, but she gradually makes some friends, although that doesn’t always turn out for the best. A writing partner takes advantage of her to boost his grades. Her roommate’s boyfriend is around all the time which first makes her annoyed, and then nervous. Nobody really seems to get the Simon Snow thing- they think it’s weird, or childish- but she’d still much rather be writing in her room than going out to parties. However, there’s this one awesome scene where she runs into a girl in the library who recognizes a fanfic reference and turns out to be an avid follower of her online persona- they get into a whole conversation about it but she never lets on that she’s the writer!

So many things addressed in this story, I don’t know how to discuss them all. Finding yourself is the biggest one. For Cath, it’s finding herself as a writer. Especially when a professor accuses her of plagiarism when she turns in a short fanfic piece for an assignment. The awkwardness and tenderness of first love- I really did like this part of the story. The guy Cath ends up with – after a very long phase of just knowing each other casually- is so sweet and good. (Almost unbelievably good, but he does make a few blunders almost as if to prove he’s a real person and not some perfect prop of a nice guy). Then there’s family problems back home- Cath’s father is emotionally unstable, so there’s trips home for the weekend (just a few hours from campus) to make sure he’s okay, and sometimes respond to emergencies when the situation slides backwards. Throughout the course of the story more of the picture gradually unfolds, how Cath’s mother left them when she and her sister were in third grade, and the family is still recovering from that. I thought it was ironic and also amusing that while Cath at one point doesn’t want to return to school after the first semester, while her sister had the opposite issue- after getting deeper and deeper into drinking bouts at parties, she finally winds up in the hospital, and is forbidden to go back to college unless she meets some rules laid out by their father. (It’s kind of refreshing to read a novel about young adults where the family is not only present in the story, but also an active part of it!) While all this is going on, Cath is struggling to keep up with her coursework, because she’s set herself a deadline with her fanfic writing, and doesn’t want to disappoint all the followers waiting to read her next chapter online.

Whew. It was a lot. But so easy and fun to read. Lots of great lines, lots of funny moments. Some wonderful characters (and some annoying ones too, but they were just foils to show the better qualities of the ones you care about). Between some chapters are little excerpts which are supposed to be from either one of the Simon Snow books, or from Cath’s fanfic. They were intriguing and made me want to read that- and guess what, I just might, because I found out afterwards that the author really did write three novels of the Simon Snow series. How great is that. I’m eager to read those, even though there’s vampires (not usually my thing).

Some other readers complained about how many loose ends were left at the end of the story, that it wrapped up a bit too quickly. I wouldn’t have minded reading another hundred pages to get more conclusion, but on the other hand, most of those points didn’t really bother me. I could see the direction things were going in, and I’d hope they continued on a steady course- Cath’s dad getting over a setback with his mental illness, her sister heading off alcoholism, even the boyfriend perhaps getting help with his learning disability (it was obvious he’d learned to cope, but no indication if he’d ever sought or received professional help for it). I admit there’s one thing that did disappoint me with this book: there’s no sex. The characters talk plenty about sex, and it’s obvious some of them are doing it, but there’s not one actual scene. There’s a lot of buildup to it, though, and then plenty of hints that it happened- but somehow I was expecting that to be on the page, handled without too many blunt details, of course (it’s what I’d expect as this novel is so clean in that regard). I can’t believe I was actually disappointed not to have that scene. I’ve never had that response to a book before- usually I’m relieved when those things are left out! And what’s funny is that from the way the characters talk, Cath herself writes steamy scenes into her fanfic. But the author didn’t put a scene for her in this book.

Borrowed from the public library.

Rating: 4/5
438 pages, 2013

by Heidi Heilig

I picked up this book on a whim, when looking for one “recommended by a librarian” to finish the little summer reading challenge. The theme for the challenge was “voyage through time” with a generously broad interpretation- so things on the librarians’ pick shelf ranged from historical fiction to time travel stories. I chose one of the former to read for the challenge, this one is of the latter.

It’s about a girl whose father is captain of a ship- and the ship can take them anyplace they have a map for. And depending on when the map was made, the ship takes them to that time as well. Apparently it also works for places that were drawn from imagination- shores of islands that never really existed, maps drawn for fantasy countries- the ship will take them there. Disappointingly, in the story they never actually go to a fantasy land (as far as I read), but they have curious items and magical creatures on board that only existed in places reached by invented maps. Such an intriguing premise! and I often like stories that take place on sailing ships, and this one has a bit of pirate adventure feel to it. But somehow I lost interest halfway through. Not sure why- probably because I’m not the target audience and the further it got into intrigue and adventure, the less interested I became.

There’s so much going for it, though. The girl has a difficult relationship with her father, in the first place because her mother died (of an illness I think) when she was born, which devastated him. In the second place, because he has an addiction to opium. And his quest is one that might put her in danger- he wants to find a map that will take him back to the island she was born on, in particular right before her birth, so he can give her mother a cure. He’s adamant about this goal, even though tried many times and never got to the right time and place. The closer he gets to success, the more anxious our main character is for what will happen- it’s that classic time travel paradox. Will she cease to exist? will she exist as herself at the current age, and also as an infant? does her father even care. He doesn’t seem to. Again, I’m not sure why I got tired of this novel. It certainly reads well, I was going through it quickly at first. There’s a love triangle that arises, between the girl, one of her shipmates, and a young man on an island they land on. There’s also some minor characters that could be interesting- two more shipmates from distant, exotic places- but they seemed rather flat and so in the background, I felt like I never really knew who they were. Oh well. I think my twelve-year-old might really like this book, but I found myself picking up magazines to read instead, between chapters, so it’s time to move on for me.

Borrowed from the public library.

Rating: Abandoned
454 pages, 2016

by Jon Blake

Jade finds a cat in her backyard. This is a shock, because in her world, set in a dystopian future, there are no cats roaming around at all. A deadly feline disease reputedly transmissible to humans caused the government to conduct programs removing and euthanizing almost all cats. Cat breeding and sales are now strictly controlled by one corporation, which means of course they’re terribly expensive and rare animals (to the general public). So Jade is in awe at seeing the cat, but also frightened. If someone suspects she has it, they could send authorities to search her house- and that’s not at all the worst that could happen. Yet how can anyone resist a cat’s soft fur, mesmerizing eyes, comforting purr? Jade of course takes in the cat, against her mother’s protests, but she can’t manage to keep it hidden forever. Terrible consequences ensue- and after the very worst she ends up on the run with an unlikely friend, desperate to keep her cat from being confiscated, or even put to death. I won’t say more about the plot because it was a fun, if tense, surprise all the way through. This story of controlling powers, oppressed people and a lonely girl suddenly thrown into dangerous circumstances, is lightened on nearly every other page by charming descriptions of the cat’s features and behavior. Obviously written by someone who knows cats well! (and ferrets, apparently).

It pulled up so many other books in my mind- The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, for how one sudden action a kid made in self-defense, sent them on the run from the law. Because it was set in a future England with kids attempting to get somewhere (furtively, which is nearly impossible) on a canal boat with an animal, it reminded me of Heartsease. And the whole aspect of the main character just wanting to get her life back to normal, while becoming involved in protests and surrounded by activists because of the forbidden animal, it made me think acutely of Eva, by Peter Dickinson. All great reads!

This one, the ending didn’t go where I guessed, but it was very satisfying and I wish there was a sequel. Apparently quite a few other readers thought it lacked detail and had glaring plot holes, but honestly I enjoyed it too much to notice those. I might with a re-read, but I wasn’t scrutinizing things closely enough to care this time.

Rating: 4/5
270 pages, 2008

by Nancy Werlin

It’s a tad ironic that I picked as one of my reads for this year’s library challenge, a book that I won as a prize for finishing last year‘s challenge. Which I thought would be not quite my type- a teen romance, wrapped around an ancient family curse that nobody even realizes is hanging over their heads, until it’s almost too late. The story was inspired by that old ballad Scarborough Fair, and the seemingly impossible tasks that a man demands of a woman. When you start reading this book on the surface, it feels like an ordinary teen romance story- that goes awry pretty darn quickly when it becomes about an unexpected teen pregnancy. The main character, Lucy, is surrounded by supportive friends and family, but the hardest thing for her isn’t facing how much her life will changed, soon becoming a young mother- or even if she wants to keep the baby- but, is this all because of a curse? She finds an old diary, and some fascinating but garbled family history, and there’s a very real explanation for much of what appears to be going on- mental illness runs in her family, afflicting the women in particular. But she starts to wonder: is it madness, or is something else going on? and if it’s the curse, can she thwart it, solve the ancient riddle and perform the tasks? is doing them in a certain way cheating or not? how will she know if the curse is broken? At first she can’t tell anyone because of course they’ll just think she’s crazy, it’s the inherited schizophrenia (best guess) starting to manifest. Some of the things are too uncanny to be coincidences though, so she and her family determine to try and break the curse regardless. With a new love at her side (neighbor boy who was always just a good friend becomes something more), Lucy gives it her all.

I really thought I was going to find this story too improbable, or melodramatic, or heavy on the romance stuff. It wasn’t any of those things at all. The main characters are all so darn practical and methodical about things (but I love the family’s sense of humor) it feels like a story that could happen in a real life setting. (So I’ve labeled this on ‘speculative fiction’ because it feels more like urban fantasy than anything, but in a way that I like). It reminded me of Pamela Dean’s Tam Lin, which is also a modern telling of college-age girl who ends up trying to foil a curse laid out in an old ballad. The neighbor boy was so good-hearted, rather too perfect if you ask me, but that’s okay. The romance was sweet, and it never went too far into those kind of details- you get all the heady thoughts they have about each other, and significant looks, and the touch of hands, but the intimate stuff is off-page and only alluded to later. So that’s nice, if you’re not into steamy romances. Which I’m not. So I enjoyed this one more than I anticipated, and it really kept me turning the pages to see how they’d solve the riddle in the ballad- I had some guesses, it was nice to see the characters unravelling the same ideas, though hampered by their impending sense of doom and panic as the crucial time to solve the tasks grew closer.

There was one part that bothered me, though- a scene where Lucy goes to visit her insane mother who’s in a hospital, hoping to find out more about the curse, and to discover from the doctors there if any kind of medication which helps the mother, might help her in the future, should she also go insane as the curse implied. She finds her mother too sedated by medication to have any real conversation, and then the chapter ends, and the next one doesn’t have any follow-up! Did they ever talk to a doctor or not? I was just annoyed that that part was skipped over so abruptly, it almost felt like there were pages missing from the book (nope). Sometimes it also felt awkward the way the characters talked to each other in the story- the conversations didn’t feel real, but I was willing to gloss over that and just enjoy the puzzle of the story in this case.

Rating: 3/5
376 pages, 2008

by Clare Bell

I was blown away by this book when I first read it long ago as a pre-teen. I still recall very distinctly how enthralled I was with the beginning storyline, the startling turn the narrative takes into new and intriguing directions, and a very physical shock I felt when a sudden tragic event occurs- I literally had to snap the book shut with a gasp, my heart leaping. It’s not often that a book affects me so strongly. I’ve read it multiple times, though it’s been decades since the last re-read. Of course the surprises no longer leap out at me, but the story was very much still engaging, I loved revisiting all the details, and I grasped much better than my younger self, the parts that took place in historical Egypt. Warning: I love this book so much I want to say a lot about it, so there’s gonna be SPOILERS, though I’ll try not to give everything away.

Well: it’s about a race of sentient cheetahs, that live in a far-distant future when humans have abandoned Earth. The planet is not in great shape- the cheetahs struggle to survive harsh conditions, with rapidly diminishing plant life and scant prey to make their living from. Kichebo is a young cheetah born into difficult circumstances, to say the least. Her mother dies in an accident when she’s very young, and she struggles with fears of abandonment for most of her life. Her aunts begrudgingly raise the orphaned cub (cheetah culture frowns on this, she was supposed to be left to die) and are first appalled, then frustrated when she starts to mature. Her adult fur coat grows in completely black, with gold tear lines and tail tip. This anomaly is a serious threat to her survival- it’s nearly impossible to hunt, when she is so visible against the pale desert scenery. She learns to manage by using ambush techniques, or sticking to crepuscular times, but longs to run freely out in the open, to be the way a cheetah is supposed to be.

So there’s all that- this daily struggle to survive, this one cheetah in particular dealing with trying to accept her differences and find a way to fit in. I would have been totally satisfied to read an entire novel just about that. The cheetahs are so alive, their personalities very distinct, their catlike mannerisms, customs and expressions reminding you strongly that these are not anthropomorphized characters, even though they talk to each other. But then! Strange alien flying craft start to appear, and it becomes obvious they’re tracking the cheetahs, focusing on Kichebo in particular. Which makes it even harder for her to fit into cheetah society. Things happen, and she ends up fleeing to live on her own, just barely in possession of her adult skills. One day she finds an alien craft crashed in the desert, on fire. There’s a naked apelike creature trapped in the wreckage- she drags it free intending to eat it, but then doesn’t. For some strange reason she is reluctant to kill the creature, ends up letting it follow her, then eventually adopts it in a manner of speaking. It is a humanoid, somewhere in the toddler age range. The relationship that slowly develops between the lonely outcast cheetah and this little defenseless human is so believable and tender- and not without its amusing moments either. I loved the details about how Kichebo tries to communicate with the creature she ends up calling Menk, tries to teach it to speak– but finds its lack of ability to use expressive gestures, having no tail or whiskers- such a handicap that she can only get the most basic messages across. Imagine! A story in which animals pity humans for the limitations of using just verbal sounds to communicate. This story got better and better.

There’s more. Kichebo and Menk acquire another companion- an elderly cheetah who has also dealt with physical differences her whole life. They all take up residence in a place no other cheetahs are interested in claiming as territory- because it’s near an ancient human ruin. The massive remnants of buildings are impressive by their sheer size, but strange things also happen when Kichebo walks among them. She’s taken by fits (that sound like epilepsy) and makes a mental connection to another black cheetah who lived far, far in the past- in ancient Egypt during the time of Tutankhamen. So now there’s another parallel storyline, about this other black cheetah who lived among royalty, with details on how the Egyptians kept cheetahs in captivity, trained them to course game, some of their customs of worship, court intrigue surrounding the young King Tut, and much much more. I admit when I was a kid a lot of this part went over my head, even though I found it fascinating. This time around I was able to pick up on more subtleties. For her part, Kichebo is at first terrified by the experience of mind-melding (I don’t know what else to call it) with a long-extinct conspecific, then she becomes eager to learn more about herself, from the only other black cheetah she’s ever encountered. Is he real, though? Her elderly companion gently suggests that maybe Kichebo made the whole thing up, that heatstroke and her strange fits are giving her delusions.

So they travel past the ruins to a site Kichebo had learned about from her friend in the past, just to prove to herself that he really did exist. She finds far more than she expected to. Long ago this ending section of the book felt rushed and confused to me, I didn’t quite grasp all the implications. But this time around it was pretty clear. Kichebo the rare black cheetah, at last gets the answers she’s sought her whole life- why she looks so different from all the others, why she felt compelled to keep Menk as a companion instead of eat her as prey, even about some abilities she wasn’t aware she had, and where her future might lead her.

Man, if only there was a sequel or companion novel to this book! I’d snap it up in a heartbeat. Done talking now, before I tell all the things I’ve skipped over in this post. Have to leave something for other readers to discover- if you can find a copy of this novel count yourself fortunate.

Rating: 5/5
292 pages, 1986

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