by Karen Finneyfrock
When the recommendation blurbs on the back of the book are written by Sherman Alexie, Ruta Sepetys, and James Howe, there’s a pretty good indication that this book is special.
I am in the middle of a book drought, where nothing speaks to me, and I’ve finally found the book that I need to stay up late to finish.
Celia is starting high school and has gone “dark,” (aka, goth) in order to cope with a social trauma from the previous year. She is bitter and broken and friendless when a new boy sees her for who she is, and through that friendship she begins to heal.
The book has moments of humor and truth and absolute heartbreak. Celia pours her heart into her books of poetry and has secretly nerdy ambitions (like to read a book from each of the Dewey Decimal classifications). She needs to decide whether she wants to hold onto the past and revenge or allow herself to move on.
I highly recommend this read- go pick it up!