Thursday, June 11, 2015

What I thought was true

By: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Location: FIC FIT
Genre: ya-contemporaryyasiblingsromancemental-illnesshigh-schoolcontemporary

This novel:

is layered, 
beautifully written, 
has an incredible setting, 
contains rich prose, 
has emotionally charged characters, 
explores deep relationships, 
shows family complexities, 
shows the differences between working class/upper class,
explores sexuality and the power and influence it has on one's life, 
explores "just sex" (hookups) versus sex with someone you love,
shows embarrassment/shame/humiliation and the pain "hookups" can cause,
shows how sex can be used as a weapon to hurt someone you care about,
shows the complexity of love, 
explores the power of lies and secrets & how they deeply effect people,
shows how communication is critical in relationships,
includes a special needs child & some of the dynamics that go with taking care of and loving that child, 
interweaves expectations of parents, 
explores the challenges and difficulties of working with the elderly, not just for a YA, but how it might feel to suddenly need help when you've always taken care of your own needs. 
Liza Wiemer-

“sometimes we hold on to something—a person, a resentment, a regret, an idea of who we are—because we don’t know what to reach for next.” 

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