Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers! Today's post is a doozy if I do say so myself (and of course I do). It's a book that begs the reader to put aside their own beliefs temporarily in order to read through the fictional experiences of another and see what can happen when one's focus becomes to singular. Like I said...it's a doozy. Seat belt fastened? Here we go. Today's book of choice is....
Olivia Peters is your average school girl. She has her friends (Ashley and Jada), her family (Mom and sister, Greenie), her crush-hopefully-known-as-boyfriend-soon Jamie, and fairly decent grades in school. Yes, life seems to be pretty hunky dory at this point. The only thing that could possibly make it better would be a win in the writing competition she entered at school. Oh, wait...she DID win. Wahoo! Happy dance time for one and all...right? Perhaps not...
Olivia attends the local Catholic high school...preparing for her move to Holy Mary University upon graduation. The religious aspect of her daily interactions with teachers and students, nuns and priests, are all common place to her, just part of the everyday ordinary routine since her family is, in her words, "very Catholic". It's not unusual for one of the priests to be at their home for dinner on any given night;, in fact it'd be more out of sorts if one wasn't. As she makes her way to Sister June's office to officially hear the announcement, her mind is blown once again when she realizes her literary idol is delivering the news personally.
Overall, I'd say the story was a page turner for the simple fact that you had to see how far this was taken and if his come-uppance would actually come up.... You'll feel for Olivia (the main character) as she tries to navigate a world she's always known and felt safe and secure in, by a new set of rules being imposed upon her. You'll shout at the page (literally or figuratively is up to you) as she again denies the alarms going off in her mind. Definitely an interesting read, but one I'd recommend approaching with an open mind (if possible) so as to avoid any snubs to your own beliefs.
Special thanks to Ksenia at Macmillan Children's Publishing Group for the ARC to review. (THANKS) For more information on this title and their myriad of other great reads, check out their main site, the division site for Farrar, Straus and Giroux, or follow along on Twitter.
Until next time....happy reading!