Wow, really, I don’t know what I expected but this book just shows me what gems are out there when you’re not expecting it.
Let me state as a sort of disclaimer that I usually avoid contemporary fiction (YA or adult) like the plague. Uh huh, you heard me. So for me to completely be immersed in a novel like this one was a Big surprise.
Secondly, I’m also a Christian Youth Leader. Don’t worry, I can poke fun at myself too, just like am laughing at the YL in this novel. For all I know, I’m probably a ‘Roslyn’ minus the **eeek** jumpsuites!
The wittiness caught me by surprise;
“I crossed my legs and felt my head to see if little red horns had grown.”
“I opened my mouth to tell her what I thought of Craig, how fell into the HBNQR category (hot-but-not-quite-right) but the demented glint in her eye made save it. Sarita was a believer. She had the woolly balaclava of bullshit stretched over her eyes…”
but which I thoroughly enjoyed!
And how could you not like Riley Rose? An overweight teen with a brassy personality on the outside but is completely messed up inside. This is a coming-of-age story where Riley Rose learnt to deal with the pain of losing her mom and having to live again.
Warning: Lots of language and sexual references.
I would not myself recommend this book for under 15s (but then again I may be a conservative).