First things first, I am sure you all have noticed that I put the word review in quotes. There’s a reason for that. I feel that this book in particular deserves more than just a review. Let me explain.
Over the past few years, I have made many friends through this blog. Okay, so most of those connections were greatly facilitated by twitter. Whatevs. I would not be so over-active on twitter without this blog…so there. I digress.
So what do I mean by “more than a review”? I mean that the author, Sarah Rodriguez Pratt is a friend. She also happens to be a fantastic writer/storyteller, and I have read her blog for…two or three years now. I can’t put my finger on exactly when I started reading her blog because I can’t remember when I *wasn’t* reading her blog.
While you might be tempted to just write off what I’m about to say about her book as just another form of fandom, hear me out. I don’t really read a lot of YA (or “Young Adult Fiction” to the uninitiated). Sure, the genre has produced some fantastic books for many years, way before the character of Harry Potter was a twinkle in J.K. Rowling’s eye. I suppose all I can say is that I had simply lost interest. Kind of like not really hearing from a friend you had years ago. There was no “breakup”. Just a growing apart.
When Sarah told me that she was working on a book, I was happy for her…and I was eager to read it. When I found out that it was going to be a YA novel, I was optimistic that I would like it. After all, YA novels are like an old middle school friend to me. And so, here we are. Sarah self-published her book (read her post on that, it’s kind of fantastic) in July. She graciously sent me a digital copy so I could read it. [Read more...]